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Posted: Sun Dec 18, 2011 8:33 pm Post subject: Moustaki.
Giuseppe Mustacchi, known as Georges Moustaki (born in Alexandria, Egypt May 3, 1934) is a French singer and songwriter of Italo-Greek Jewish origin, best known for his poetic rhythm, eloquent simplicity and his hundreds of romantic songs. He has written songs for Édith Piaf .
His parents, Nessim and Sarah, came originally from the island of Corfu, Greece, and were Corfiot Italian Jews, but they moved to Alexandria, Egypt, where Georges learned French. They had a bookshop in the cosmopolitan city where many communities lived together.
Moustaki went to Paris in 1951 and was inspired by the young Georges Brassens. He changed his name to Georges Moustaki, in honor of him.
Moustaki sang songs in French, Italian, Greek, Portuguese, Spanish, English and Arabic.
On a personal note, ‘Le Métèque” album was a usual gift between young lovers in 1969. My copy is no exception given to me on my birthday by my girlfriend at the time We shared the same birthday with a one year difference. You never forget your first real love. And yes, I still have her picture after 43 years....
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