C'est si bon
"C'est si bon" is a French popular song composed in 1947 by Henri Betti with the lyrics by André Hornez. The English lyrics were written in 1949 by Jerry Seelen. The song is also adapted in several languages.
|"C'est Si Bon"|
|Single by Johnny Desmond|
|B-side||"If You Could Care"|
|Label||MGM Records 10613|
|Songwriter(s)||Henri Betti (music), André Hornez (French lyrics), Jerry Seelen (English lyrics)|
It was while watching the showcase of a women's lingerie shop under the arcades of the avenue Jean Médecin in Nice in July 1947 that the first nine musical notes of the song come into the head of Henri Betti. He wrote the notes in a sheet of music paper to be able to recall them to play on the piano. Once home, he composed the melody in less than ten minutes. He then made an appointment with the lyricist André Hornez at the Hôtel Powers in Paris in order to find a title for the song. The lyricist said that the title should be three syllables, sung to the first three notes of the song. The next day the lyricist showed Henri Betti a list of ten three-syllable titles, the last of which was C'est si Bon. Henri Betti told him that it was the one he wanted, but André Hornez replied that he did not agree because there had been a song by Charles Trenet named C'est Bon (1942) a few years previous. Henri Betti told him that si makes all the difference. The song was registered at the SACEM on 18 August 1947.
Before finding a professional singer for the song, Henri Betti sang the song himself at the restaurant La Réserve in Nice. He first proposed the song to Yves Montand together with Mais qu'est-ce que j'ai ? which he had just composed (with lyrics by Édith Piaf). On 9 October 1947, at the Théâtre de l'Étoile, Yves Montand sang Mais qu'est-ce que j'ai ? but did not sing C'est si Bon, preferring to wait a few weeks to sing it on stage or on the radio.
On 5 January 1948, Bernard Hilda recorded the song with his orchestra. On the other side of the disk, he records another song composed by Henri Betti the same year : Mais qu'est-ce que j'ai ? (lyrics by Édith Piaf).
On 26 February 1948, Lucien Jeunesse recorded the song with Émile Prud'homme and his Orchestra.
On 5 May 1948, the Étienne Sisters recorded the song with Raymond Legrand and his Orchestra and this version became a hit. In 1968, they recorded it again with Raymond Legrand and his Orchestra.
On 7 May 1948, Yves Montand recorded the song with Bob Castella and his Orchestra. In 1964, he recorded the song again but with Hubert Rostaing and his Orchestra for his album Le Paris de...
On 30 March 1950, Jean Sablon recorded the French version of the song in London with Woolf Phillips and his Orchestra. On 23 November of the same year, he recorded the English version in Buenos Aires with Emil Stern and his Orchestra.
In May 1950, the publisher proposed the song to Suzy Delair to sing it with Aimé Barelli and his Orchestra at the Monte Carlo Casino. During the rehearsals, Louis Armstrong is present in the room and enjoys the song. On 26 June, he recorded the American version of the song with Sy Oliver and his Orchestra in New York City. When it was released, the album was a worldwide success and the song was then performed by the greatest international singers and used in film and television.
In 1954, Eddie Constantine recorded the song in French with Herman Garst and his Orchestra.
In 1966, Barbra Streisand recorded the song in English with the musical arrangements of Michel Legrand (son of Raymond Legrand) for her album Color Me Barbra which is promoted in a color TV show on CBS on 30 March 1966.
In 2006, Arielle Dombasle recorded the song in bilingual with the musical arrangements of Jean-Pascal Beintus for her album C'est si bon where she sings several popular American songs performed in Broadway.
In 2017, Mireille Mathieu recorded the song (in French) for her double CD album Made in France, which gathers the greatest French songs known around the world, interpreted by the singer. It was announced in her official website on 15 August that year.
In 1949, Nino Rastelli wrote the Italian lyrics of the song for the recording of Natalino Otto with Luciano Zuccheri and his Orchestra in March 1949. The title of the song become Tutto è bello.
In 1950, Ralph Maria Siegel wrote the German lyrics for the recording of Rita Gallos with Kurt Edelhagen and his Orchestra in May 1950. The title of the song is not translated into German.
The same year, Tapio Kullervo Lahtinen wrote the Finnish lyrics for the recording of Maire Ojonen with George de Godzinsky and his Orchestra. The title of the song become Hyvä on olla luonasi.
In the 1950s, Gustavo Dasca wrote the Spanish lyrics for the recording of Ana María González. The title of the song become Es Mejor.
Vécsey Ernő wrote the Hungarian lyrics for the recording of Záray Márta. The title of the song become Vártam rád.
In 1988, Roberto de Carvalho wrote the Portuguese lyrics for the recording of Rita Lee. The title of the song become Cecy Bom. In 2016, Izabella Rocha wrote more Portuguese lyrics for her version, which she named É Tão Bom.
- 1948 : Rythmes de Paris by Henri Verneuil. Performed by Jean Marco.
- 1951 : Holiday in Paris: Paris by John Nasht. Performed by Dolores Gray.
- 1953 : Trois hommes et un piano by André Berthomieu. Performed by Henri Betti.
- 1953 : Soyez les bienvenus by Pierre-Louis. Instrumental version.
- 1953 : His Father's Portrait (Le Portrait de son Père) by André Berthomieu. Instrumental version.
- 1953 : It Happened in the Park (Villa Borghese) by Gianni Franciolini. Instrumental version.
- 1953 : We, the Women (Siamo Donne) by Alfredo Guarini. Instrumental version.
- 1954 : New Faces by Harry Horner. Performed by Eartha Kitt.
- 1954 : L'Œil en coulisses by André Berthomieu. Performed by Danny Kaye.
- 1955 : Sam and Friends (episode C'est Si Bon) by Jim Henson. Performed by Stan Freberg.
- 1957 : Rendez-vous avec Maurice Chevalier n°2 by Maurice Régamey. Hummed by Maurice Chevalier.
- 1957 : Love in the Afternoon by Billy Wilder. Hummed by Gary Cooper.
- 1959 : State Trooper (episode The Girl on Cloud Nine) by Richard Irving. Performed by Gale Robbins.
- 1959 : Wild Cats on the Beach (Costa Azzurra) by Vittorio Sala. Hummed by Alberto Sordi.
- 1961 : Ghosts of Rome (Fantasmi a Roma) by Antonio Pietrangeli. Hummed by an extra.
- 1962 : Two Tickets to Paris by Greg Garrison. Performed by Joey Dee and the Starliters.
- 1963 : Le Magot de Josefa by Claude Autant-Lara. Instrumental version.
- 1963 : La Voix dans le Verre by Lazare Iglesis. Instrumental version.
- 1964 : The Fugitive (episode World's End) by Robert Butler. Instrumental version.
- 1965 : The Munsters (episode Lily Munster, Girl Model) by Earl Bellamy. Instrumental version.
- 1965 : Bewitched (episode A Change of Face) by William Asher. Instrumental version.
- 1966 : Color Me Barbra by Dwight Hemion and Roland Vance. Performed by Barbra Streisand.
- 1967 : Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C. (episode Lou-Ann Poovie Sings Again) by Coby Ruskin. Performed by Elizabeth MacRae.
- 1972 : Monty Python's Flying Circus (episode The Cycling Tour) by Ian MacNaughton. Instrumental version.
- 1973 : Der Wind hat mir ein Lied erzählt by Dieter Wendrich. Performed by Gitta Lind.
- 1974 : Earthquake by Mark Robson. Instrumental version.
- 1975 : Columbo (episode Troubled Waters) by Ben Gazzara. Instrumental version.
- 1976 : A Butterfly in the Night (Una Mariposa en la Noche) by Armando Bó. Performed by Yves Montand.
- 1977 : Silvestr 1977 by Ján Rohác. Performed by Milan Lasica, Július Satinský and Jana Kocianová.
- 1978 : Fedora by Billy Wilder. Hummed by Marthe Keller.
- 1979 : Shirley MacLaine at the Lido by Dwight Hemion. Performed by Shirley MacLaine and Tom Jones.
- 1981 : Perry Como's French-Canadian Christmas by Jeff Margolis. Performed by Perry Como and Diane Tell.
- 1982 : Mit Musik Geht Alles Besser by Ekkehard Böhmer. Performed by Jean-Claude Pascal.
- 1985 : Magnum, P.I. (episode The Man from Marseilles) by John Llewellyn Moxey. Instrumental version.
- 1987 : Through Main Street with an Orchestra (Po glavnoy ulitse s orkestrom) by Pyotr Todorovsky. Hummed by Oleg Menshikov.
- 1989 : American Masters (episode Satchmo) by Gary Giddins and Kendrick Simmons. Performed by Louis Armstrong.
- 1995 : Faust (episode Tödliche Route) by Michael Mackenroth. Performed by Eartha Kitt.
- 1996 : Chloé by Dennis Berry. Performed by Louis Armstrong.
- 1996 : The Nanny (episode A Pup in Paris) by Dorothy Lyman. Performed by Eartha Kitt.
- 1996 : Mad Dog Time by Larry Bishop. Performed by Dean Martin.
- 1996 : Ladri di Cinema by Piero Natoli.
- 1996 : Transatlantique by Christine Laurent. Performed by Évelyne Didi.
- 1999 : Balko (episode Verkaufte Unschuld) by Andy Bausch. Performed by Eartha Kitt.
- 2001 : Dean Martin : That's Amore by David Leaf and John Scheinfeld. Performed by Dean Martin.
- 2002 : Laurel Canyon by Lisa Cholodenko. Performed by Eartha Kitt.
- 2003 : Something's Gotta Give by Nancy Meyers. Performed by Eartha Kitt.
- 2003 : Cuéntame cómo pasó (episode Arde Paris) by Agustín Crespi. Performed by Yves Montand.
- 2003 : Cuéntame cómo pasó (episode La Larga Noche del Maletín) by Agustín Crespi. Performed by Louis Armstrong.
- 2006 : En uppstoppad hund by Kristina Humle. Performed by Stig Gabrielson.
- 2007 : The Ballroom (Chega de Saudade) by Laís Bodanzky. Performed by Norma Bengell.
- 2007 : Game of Four (Détrompez-vous) by Bruno Dega. Performed by Dean Martin.
- 2009 : Rita Rocks (episode What's Love Got To Do With It) by Lynn M. McCracken. Performed by Tisha Campbell-Martin.
- 2009 : Caras & Bocas (episode 1, season 1) by Ary Coslov. Performed by Rita Lee.
- 2011 : Herr Alsmann trifft Frau Hielscher by Klaus Michael Heinz. Performed by Margot Hielscher.
- 2011 : Ivo Livi, dit Yves Montand by Patrick Rotman. Performed by Yves Montand.
- 2011 : Empreintes (episode Brasseur, père et fils) by Anne Andreu. Performed by Yves Montand.
- 2011 : The Great Ghost Rescue by Yann Samuell. Performed by Graffiti6.
- 2013 : The Wolf of Wall Street by Martin Scorsese. Performed by Eartha Kitt.
- 2014 : Mulheres de Abril (episode Uma Familia Transmontana) by Henrique Oliveira. Performed by Eartha Kitt.
- 2014 : Miss Sixty by Sigrid Hoerner. Performed by Iris Berben and Alexander Hacke.
- 2014 : Party Girl by Marie Amachoukeli, Claire Burger and Samuel Theis. Hummed by Angélique Litzenburger.
- 2014 : X-Men: Days of Future Past by Bryan Singer. Performed by Eartha Kitt.
- 2014 : Altman by Ron Mann. Performed by Yves Montand.
- 2015 : Mad Men (episode New Business) by Michael Uppendahl. Performed by Yves Montand.
- 2016 : Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie by Mandie Fletcher. Performed by Eartha Kitt.
- 2017 : Molly's Game by Aaron Sorkin. Performed by Eartha Kitt.
- 2018 : Show Dogs by Raja Gosnell. Hummed by Stanley Tucci.
- 2018 : The Man in the High Castle (episode Kasumi) by Jennifer Getzinger. Performed by Marlie Collins.
- 2019 : Huge in France (episode 5) by Andrew Mogel and Jarrad Paul. Performed by Guy Marchand.
- 2019 : The Appolo by Roger Ross Williams. Performed by Eartha Kitt.
- 1972 : Grapillon uses the song for their red grape juice.
- 1980 and 1982 : Mont Blanc uses the song for their dessert cream.
- 1983, 1985 and 1987 : Simmons uses the song for their mattresses.
- 1990 : Yves Saint Laurent uses the version of Jill Jones for their toilet water Jazz.
- 1992 : Yves Saint Laurent uses the version of Take 6 for their toilet water Jazz Prestige.
- 1993 : Hautes-Pyrénées uses the song for their ski resort.
- 1994 : Cidou uses the song for their juice Cidorange.
- 1999 and 2000 : William Saurin uses the song for their ready-cooked dish.
- 2005 and 2006 : LU uses the song for their cake Vandame.
- 2007 : Jacques Vabre uses the song for their coffee Costa Rica and Pérou.
- 2012 : Pierre Fabre uses the song for their drug Cetavlon.
- 2012 : McDonald's uses the version of Bob Sinclar for their sandwich McBaguette.
- 2013 : Géramont uses the version of Eartha Kitt for their cheese C'est bon.
- 2013 : Harrys uses the version of Louis Armstrong for their pain de mie Beau et Bon.
- 2013 : Palmolive uses the song for their shower gel Gourmet.
- 2014 : Grey Goose uses the version of Eartha Kitt for their bottle of vodka The Gift.
- 2014 : Renault uses the version of Maximilien Philippe for their car Renault Clio.
- 2015 : Beats Electronics uses the version of Eartha Kitt for their headphones Solo2 Wireless.
- 2016 and 2017 : Crédit Agricole uses the song for their bank Credit Agricole Bank Polska.
- 2018 : Sabon uses the version of Dean Martin for their soap La Sabongerie.
- 2018 : Jumbo uses the version of Eartha Kitt for their Mexican green salad and watermelon.
- Louis-Jean Calve, Cent ans de chansons française, Archipoche, 2008, p. 67