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Putumayo Presents Vintage France

Vintage FranceRead on for a chance to win a CD set of Putumayo’s best-selling French collection, available in most Whole Foods Market Stores. Dan Storper is the CEO and founder of Putumayo World Music. UPDATE: Thanks to everyone that entered. Congratulations to our randomly chosen winner, Nicole!

Though echoing the past, Putumayo proves how alive and hip classic French chanson remains in its latest release, Vintage France. Several generations of musicians continue to find inspiration in tunes that were first popularized in the early to mid-1900s and have withstood the test of time.

On Vintage France, sultry songstresses such as the iconic Juliette Gréco (singing the Belle Époque beauty “La Valse Brune”) and Madeleine Peyroux (with a cheeky renewal of Serge Gainsbourg’s “La Javanaise”) join newcomers Francesca Blanchard (“Sous le Ciel de Paris”) and Dutch jazz harmonica whiz Martijn Luttmer (“Les Parapluies de Cherbourg”). Old master Norbert Slama’s swinging “Nany,” is full of Gypsy jazz energy and retro warmth, and demonstrates the connection between Paris of the 1940s when Slama first performed, and the vibrant French music scene of today.

This harmonious collection has deep roots. From the outdoor guingette dances where the waltzing musette instrumentals of early French popular music began, to the cabarets where Édith Piaf, Maurice Chevalier and other legends entertained a country struggling with the recovery from World War II. Over the last 100 years, the French chanson tradition has undergone a process of evolution, yet retained an inimitable charm.

The musicians featured on this collection, such as Slama, have kept the tradition of rich harmonization and rhythmic nuance alive while evolving the sound for today’s listeners. This open-minded evolution is captured on the interpretations of classic songs on Vintage France.

Fans of Édith Piaf and Serge Gainsbourg, or new listeners looking for an introduction to France’s classic gems, will find exactly what they are looking for on Vintage France.

Does French music make you go ooh-la-la? Share your favorite French artist in the comments below by May 15 for a chance to win a CD set of Putumayo’s best-selling French collection, including Vintage France, French Café, Paris and French Playground.

The fine print: No purchase necessary. Promotion ends May 15, 2013, 11:59 PM CDT. Must be a legal resident of the US or Canada (except in Quebec, where it is void) age 18 or older to participate. Taxes on prize, if applicable, are the responsibility of the winner. Employees of Whole Foods Market, Inc., are not eligible. Void where prohibited.

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cindy ottoni says …

Maurice Chevalier

Aubrey says …

Alizee :)

Donna Y. says …

Marcel Marceau, sans doute. Regardez et ecoutez.

cindy ottoni says …

maurice chevalier

Jackie Brown says …

Paris Combo

maighdlin says …

Lately, Paris Combo.

Victoria Mayeux says …

Putumayo produces the livliest, feel good ethnic CD's!

Pat Burns says …

music and a bottle of wine oh la la!

Lucy barros says …

I. Love Carla bruni.

Nicole GG says …

Edith Piaf is a legendary classic. But, I went to France in high school and we saw a rock opera called Starmania! I loved it- so classic eighties!!! I hope I win, I love the Putumayo cds. I'm a teacher and I play them for my class all the time. Would love to add to my collection!!! Pick me, pick me!!! Sil vous plait!!

Lori B says …

Edith Piaf, of course!

Faye says …

Oui! J'aime la musique française. My current favorite French singer is Madeleine Peyroux!

Louis Wigley says …

My favorite French artist would be the group Mano Negra.

Leah B says …

Édith Piaf - a beautiful voice that instantly sends my mind to the rolling hills of the French countryside! Enjoy while quaffing a glass of vin, of course!

Kim says …

Edith Piaf!

Lisa F says …

I enjoy Louise Attaque and the band Justice, though no one can really beat Edith Piaf.

Janelys says …

My favorite french artist is Francis Cabrel. His songs tell beautiful stories and he conveys such genuine emotion when he tells these stories. He is my absolute favorite.

Madeleine Cohen says …

The perfect Mother's Day gift! My octogenarian mom has already made her funeral wishes known ... More of a French/Mexican wake: a toast with tequila and Edith Piaf's rendition of La Vie en Rose.

Leah says …

Edith Piaf of course!

Monique D'Auteuil says …

My favorite French chanteuse is Rina Ketty singing J'Attendrai. Merci. La Paix sur la terre ( peace on Earth) Monique

Carol Pitzer says …

Shahnour Vaghenag Aznavourian was born in Paris, and he has appeared in more than 60 films, composed more than 1000 songs in several languages and worldwide he has sold more than 100 million records. CNN named Charles Aznavour “Entertainer of the Century” voted for by Times Online users – beating Elvis Presley to first place. He has been described as the French Frank Sinatra and his soulful love songs and unique voice have made him a major success in many countries including the UK where one of his most well-known songs “She” reached No. 1 in the charts in 1974. He has sung with artists from Edith Piaf and Frank Sinatra to Elton John and Serge Gainsbourg – his sound is timeless and appeals to all ages and he is still going strong. His most famous song is probably La Boheme. Charles Aznavour is my fav.

virgnia robles-villalba says …

My favorite is Edith Piaf -- a classic.

AJP says …

Edith Piaf

Shannon says …

Frédéric Chopin

Phil Friedman says …

How can you suggest anyone except Piaf? She is a league all of her own.

Beverly says …

I would have to say Jacques Brel. I also like French folk songs.

Carmelita Tucker says …

J'aime la musique Francais!

Mary W says …

I love listening to French music! I am a student of French so it is really great to 'study' and listen to music at the same time! There are lots of wonderful French singers, Juliette Greco, Jacques Brel, etc. Thanks for giving me the chance to win this disc!

Jo Anne Kindler says …

Jacques Brel (bien sur!)

Yvette Gordillo says …

For me nothing beats Edith Piaf singing "La Vie En Rose". Had a wonderful women guide on my long ago trip to France sing it on our tour bus as we drove through the streets of Paris, it was magic, the next best thing to hearing Edith herself.

Karen says …

I love the song, French Cafe. It is a song by Marc Broussard and it evokes baguettes and wine and wonderful memories coming back home on a plane ride from France. Edith Piaf also sends my heart to the lavender fields!

Jeannie V says …

Édith Piaf

Joann Clarke says …

Just Perfect

Vivian Wheeler says …

My fav French music artist is Vanessa Paradis

Carol Smith, MD says …

Maurice Chevalier was and will always be my favorite French artist. Loved him in Gigi!

Deborah Anderson says …

I teach music and our school is also going to offer French next school year! This would be a lovely way, listening to music to start a class...also at the end of the day for me!

kerrie says …

How about Django Reinhardt?

Sarah M Crea says …

Monsieur Gainsbourg. It would be awesome to win the CDs, I'm studying French for an upcoming trip. :)

Natasha Celm says …

Edith Piaf......she was French chic! Her voice is unmistakeable. Love it

Ashley Mead says …

I have yet to discover a favorite French musician. However, I cannot wait to explore types of musicians. This collection would be so romantic paired with a Brie and Baguette romantic dinner, bottle of French vino and the music playing in the background!

Becky says …

Champs Elysees By Joe Dassin!

susan shannon says …

Naturally, Edith Piaf is my all time favorite. However, Josephine Baker and Django Reinhardt are at the top of my list as well. The French song that makes me sigh "oooh la la" though is Je Cherche Homme sung by Eartha Kitt (not French, but a chanteuse who had great talent and class).

Maha Gebahi says …

Georges Moustaki

cj moylan says …

I know the tried and true answer is Edith Piaf and she is grand in the largest sense of the word but my favorite French artist is the one who played low and slow sax music one night at 3 am as I crossed the Pont du Neuf bridge alone, passing what I thought were lovers as I approached the bridge and actually stoned refugees sharing vodka and laughs. I was turning 50 and my guy of two years got talked out of going with me so I was alone, listening to and following the slow music that winds one the long way home. and what a journey that is.

Sandra Rothschild says …

Edith Piaf

Ann Tracy says …

I've always loved Edith Piaf--such a distinctive voice!

Angie says …

Don't have a particular favorite, but would love to be introduced to some French artists. :-)

Amy Gendron-Hansen says …

I wonder if George Brassens made the cut... he's my (French) husband's all-time favorite.

Jennie Estrada says …

I love Putumayo World Music and I love Whole Foods. Now that's worth a ooh-la-la. Norbert Slama is by far my fav.....

Michelle H. says …

This week c'est ZAZ.

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