december 22 2005
dig rock and roll music
garçons dans le vent (A hard day's night)
can't get no) Satisfaction
J'ai mon badge
is black (Noir c'est noir)
viens danser le rock
pony (Pony time)
une poignée de terre (A hundred pounds of clay)
rock (Reveille rock)
Let's do't (En frappant dans nos mains)
sauvage (Ruby Tuesday)
la dernière danse (Save the last dance for me)
m'as trompette mon amour", the discographical love story we dedicated
to him, Vivonzeureux! comes back to Georges Jouvin, the man with the golden
trumpet, this time with a selection of his songs plucked in the rock songbook.
Let me make things clear, Georges Jouvin is not and has never been a rocker. He is a popular trumpet player, and as such, over a period of roughly thirty years from the mid-fifties to the mid-eighties, he tackled nearly every genre of popular music, from greatest classical tunes to disco, including French chanson, jazz and every single sub-genre of the period, from twist to monkiss. So, on his way, he also dealt with rock songs, most of the time after they were made popular in France by covers in French by pop singers. So, there's a great line-up of cf people covered here, from Johnny & The Hurricanes to The Kinks, including The Beatles and The Rolling Stones of course.
We have only
selected songs recorded before 1971, and we have picked the ones that pleased
our ears most, or made them laugh the most. It is obvious that most of these
songs would be better if the trumpet was erased from them !
The oldest song here is "Georges, viens danser le rock" ("Georges, come dance the rock"), from 1958. As it is signed by Jo Moutet, Jouvin's arranger, I thought for some time that it was an original, especially as the lyrics seem tailored for him. It is only recently that I learned that it was actually originally a single B side released by Mr. Guétary, whose first name is also Georges !! Thre are two more "originals" in this set, the excellent "J'ai mon badge" and "Let's do't", an interesting case of an unashamed rip-off, as you can find on the same side of the "Dansez le monkiss" EP a song called "Let's go", made famous by The Ventures, and "Let's do't", credited to Jo Moutet and Georges Jouvin, which is strictly and simply an identical song to "Let's go" !! I think they didn't even bother to change the backing vocals from "Let's go" to "Let's do't . And of course, when this song was used on other releases, liike the one here sung by Dominique, it's always "Let's do't" that is credited, not "Let's go".
French labels used another way to keep some of the publishing rights in France : very often, the person responsible for adapting the lyrics into French is credited, even when the cover is an instrumental, like it is the case with nearly all Jouvin records !
has made few Stones covers, and many more by The Beatles, probablly because
their songs were more accessible, but also because Jouvin was on the same label
as The Beatles. Still, one of the few times you can clearly hear an electric
guitar on a Jouvin record is of course on "Satisfaction". "La
voix de son maître" achieved quite a feat by uniting The Beatles
and The Stones on the cover art of the "Spécial Jouvin" EP
(EGF 744), since the photo that they used to illustrate "A hard day's night
" is clearly a touched-up picture of The Stones !!
The Georges Jouvin orchestra had a very groovy sound around 1966-1967, that's why the majority of the songs we selected are from this period. The organ is particularly present on these recordings, sometime dialoguing with the saxophone. But the golden trumpet never strays far away from the spotlight...!
Pol Dodu, december 2005.