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Yves Montand. WOMEN OF HIS LIFE

Yves Montand took everything from life that she gave him. He was devilishly jealous. In rage, he could say a lot of superfluous, but, having calmed down, to find and pronounce the necessary words so affectionately and passionately that his beloved forgave him. They adored him for the seething frantic energy in movements and gestures, for the eyes radiating radiant light, for the tonality of his beautiful voice, for the gentle and strong hugs that give rise to the passion that turns the soul and pierces the heart.

Or did you choose?
Ivo Livi was born on October 13, 1921. He began working at age 13 as an assistant hairdresser, and then as a docker in the port. He performed as a singer in small variety shows and restaurants, and then in the Parisian Folin-Berger and Moulin Rouge.

At the age of seventeen, Ivo Levy first appeared on the stage under the pseudonym Yves Montand. Singer Yves Montan (“Montan” comes from a phrase in the peculiar Italian-French dialect “Willow, Montage” (“Ivo, go home!”), – so his mother called him home in childhood). Yves’ parents were wary of their son’s occupation, but 50 francs a week were a convincing argument for continuing their singing career. At the end of 1938, Ivo first performed songs in a movie theater before the start of the show. After France entered the war against Nazi Germany, Montan was forced to give up singing and get a hammer thief at a shipyard. Nevertheless, he continued to rehearse at home, hoping to someday return to music. In the spring of 1941, Montand again entered the scene, and his popularity began to grow rapidly. This was followed by the first tour of France and radio performances. Then the song career is again interrupted: Montana is taken to the obligatory “Youth construction projects”, which replaced military service during the occupation of France. In 1944, Yves first came to Paris and successfully debuted in the ABC concert hall.

France Sparrows Edith Piaf and the giant Yves Montand
singer Yves Montans Edith Piaf
A huge role in the professional development of the singer and in his personal life was played by a meeting with Edith Piaf. After listening and the first joint performances, she was so fascinated by the young Marseilles that she was eager to make him a real professional. Under the tutelage of Piaf Montan, who turned out to be a very capable student, he took up self-education. She taught Yves the beauty of singing that made him great. She taught me to truly love a woman and not be afraid to show all ardor in love, to feel easy and natural in passion. The little sparrows taught a simple, muscular guy with a height of 187 centimeters and a weight of 82 kilograms.

And Yves Montand, despite his harsh and tough character, did not resist the lessons of love, but longed for more and more meetings, especially after the quarrels, the singer Yves Montany scandals, expected that precious moment when they forgive him again and he could be in the arms of his beloved.

Yves Montand repeatedly suggested Edith Piaf to get married, but they remained just loyal friends … For both, career was in the first place, passion gradually faded. Eve’s ever-increasing success was a little scary for Edith. Since the fall of 1945, they no longer held joint concerts. In parting, Piaf made another gift to her protege, opening in front of him the doors of the cinema, in which he was so eager.

Concerts, concerts …
In the late 1940s, Montand continued to give concerts and began to record records. The repertoire of the artist is again adjusted. At the same time, Yves Montand began to sing the singer Yves Montand songs from the movie “The Gates of the Night”: “Children who love each other” and “Autumn Leaves”. The latter eventually becomes the most popular in his repertoire. In the spring of 1949, the singer performed with great success at the ABC instead of Edith Piaf (at her request), and in the fall at concerts in Etoile, he first brought to the public a song by Francis Lemarque “In Paris”.

Since 1951, Montan begins to regularly perform in Etoile with large solo programs. Twenty-two songs per evening and two poems. Montana’s songs are primarily interested in words, and only then in music. At this time, the singer sets the absolute record for France: more than two hundred performances in a row, more than 200 thousand tickets were sold, the collection from concerts amounted to 118 million francs. Odeon has released a golden disc, Autumn Leaves.

The Americans for a long time refused to issue entry visas to Montana and his wife as a result of their “leftist” views, but in 1959 the singer was still able to conduct a tour in the USA, which the singer Yves Montan was a resounding success. The style of the Montana song-stories, which needed facial expressions and movements, was completely unusual for the Americans and so original that they dubbed it the “Montana style.” Yves had serious problems with the English language, but thanks to painstaking rehearsals and careful study of the script, these difficulties were able to be obscured. Montana was rescued by the innate naturalness of behavior on stage and the ease with which he flaunted memorized phrases. Newspapers wrote about the singer’s “almost animal magnetism” and called him the new sex symbol, which was unusual for Montana.

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