Edith Piaf, 1915 – 1963

December 19, 1915 – Birthdate of Edith Piaf, French singer-songwriter and actress.

Piaf became widely regarded as France’s national chanteuse, as well as being one of France’s greatest international stars.

Her music was often autobiographical with her singing reflecting her life, and her specialty being chanson and Torch ballads, particularly of love, loss and sorrow. Among her well known songs are “La Vie en rose” (1946), “Non, je ne regrette rien” (1960), “Hymne à l’amour” (1949), “Milord” (1959), “La Foule” (1957), “L’Accordéoniste” (1955), and “Padam … Padam …” (1951).

Since her premature death in 1963 and with the aid of several biographies and films including 2007’s Academy Award winning La Vie en rose, Piaf has acquired a legacy as one of the greatest performers of the 20th century, and her voice and music continue to be celebrated globally.  (Wikipedia)

A number of countries have issued postage stamps honoring Edith Piaf.  The first shown here is a se-tenant pair with a Miles Davis stamp from the United States in 2012:

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Belgium issued a 0,42-euro stamp in 1999 commemorating Ms. Piaf and noting her specialization in chanson:

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And, in  2013 the Central African Republic – a former French colony – issued a mini-sheet on the 50th anniversary of Piaf’s death with 4 images of the singer in very animated poses:

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