Showing posts with label Frida Boccara. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Frida Boccara. Show all posts

Tuesday, 16 April 2019

Un día, un niño - Frida Boccara

One of the most beautiful Eurovision melodies of the Sixties must surely be 'Un jour, un enfant' by Frida Boccara. She was one of four winners in the 1969 edition, together with the Spanish, Dutch and UK entries.

Boccara recorded the beautiful ballad in five languages: the original French version, English, German, Italian - and this Spanish version. It is not easy to find these versions for a reasonable price, so I was happy to snap up this Spanish single for the tiny amount of 1 euro.

My collection: 7" single no. 6037
Found: Record fair, Utrecht, April 13, 2019
Cost: 1 euro
Tracks: 'Un día, un niño' / 'Bella de dia'

Saturday, 14 February 2015

Les quatres chemins de l'amour - Frida Boccara

Frida Boccara used the melody of Vivaldi's Concerto for two mandolins in G major for 'Les quatres chemins de l'amour', a single released in 1970. It was the year after her impressive Eurovision win with 'Un jour, un enfant', one of the most melancholy Eurovision winners ever.

It's never fun and games with Frida Boccara, so this song sounds almost upbeat in comparison. Classical music can lend itself to modern interpretations, and this one is a good example.

My collection: 7" single no. 5693
Found: Velvet Vinyl Outlet, Leiden, January 9, 2015
Cost: 1 euro
Tracks: 'Les quatres chemins de l'amour' / 'La croix, l'étoile et le croissant'

Sunday, 20 October 2013

Cent mille chansons - Frida Boccara

Although Casablanca-born Frida Boccara was already a big star in France since her debut in 1960, she was introduced to an international audience with this single, 'Cent mille chansons'. A year later, she was one of four acts to win the Eurovision Song Contest when she sang 'Un jour, un enfant', but despite this, 'Cent mille chansons' remains her best known song. It makes an appearance in the Dutch Top 2000 of all times every year since 1999, with number 622 as its highest place back in 2006.

My collection: 7" single 5348
Found: Kringloop, Den Haag, October 19, 2013
Cost: 0,25 euro
Tracks: 'Cent mille chansons' / 'Je ne veux pas te dire adieu'

Saturday, 23 May 2009

Un jour, un enfant - Frida Boccara

Frida Boccara was born on October 29, 1940 in Casablanca, Marocco. She started her singing career in the Sixties. In 1969, she represented France during the Eurovision Song Contest. Her monumental ballad 'Un jour, un enfant' was one of the four songs to win the Contest that year, since no rules were in place for a tiebreak.

This single was made in Holland and contains mono versions of the two tracks. It did not reach the charts in the Netherlands, which may be caused by the country's own victory by Lenny Kuhr. Frida Boccara died on August 1, 1996.

My collection: 7" single no. 3745
Found: Record fair, Den Haag, May 23, 2009
Cost: 4 euro
Tracks: 'Un jour, un enfant' / 'Belle du Luxembourg'

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