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Death of Juliette Gréco: behind the scenes of her last extraordinary tour

2020-09-24T10:41:48.793Z

Between 2015 and 2016, at the age of 88, the artist embarked on a final epic song tour called “Thank you! ". She particularly wanted to s



" Thank you!

"Ultimate elegance, that's how Juliette Gréco named her last album and her last tour, in 2015." What a gift to have been able to travel the world with her ", remembers Alexandre Baud, the producer of this ultimate singing tour which remained in contact with her until August by telephone.

"She left this Wednesday afternoon in her sleep with grace and elegance, to use the words of her little daughter Julie," says the producer of Quartier Libre.

What is striking is that until the end, Juliette had her head and followed the news, commenting on it with the liveliness that characterized her.

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To say "Thank you!"

»To his audience but also to his authors, from Brel to Gainsbourg, from Ferré to Miossec, Juliette Gréco was accompanied by her husband, the pianist Gérard Jouannest and the accordionist Jean-Louis Matinier.

Together, they gave around 40 concerts for a year.

“When we signed the contract, Juliette said to me:

Alex, I only want you to take me to see the whales

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So we set up a few dates in Canada and we went to Tadoussac to see the whales.

On the road, we stopped to eat, because Gérard never skipped a meal.

And when Juliette entered the restaurant, the boss burst into tears of emotion.

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“It has often happened that people cry when they see her,” says Alexandre Baud.

It also happened in Athens and Milan, with 25 year old kids too happy to meet her.

This tour has been magical, incredible.

She had an impressive international aura.

She was very selfless.

And at 88, she was giving a lot on stage.

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To have attended two concerts, Printemps de Bourges and La Cigale in 2016, we can confirm it.

Imperial and playful in her long black dress, Juliette Gréco held the stage like no one else and put a crazy intensity in her interpretations.

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Juliette Gréco moving and tired for her last spring in Bourges

On this tour where she returned to cities and venues that had marked her career, it also played (bad) tricks on her.

In Bourges, she had to cut her concert short by two songs.

At the end of her strength, seated behind the piano, she had nodded her head to her husband and greeted the audience, who cheered her on.

We had gone to get some news in his lodge.

She was better and blamed herself.

“I'm not happy with myself.

The bass rumbles unsettled me.

And I was too moved, I was too hot.

The more I felt that the audience was open, that their hands and hearts opened, the more I thought to myself,

I'm going to fall.

We'll do better next time.

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Indeed, at La Cigale in December, it was even better.

It was vibrant, overwhelming, unforgettable.

Each performance made the audience shudder and leap.

In her dressing room, she had welcomed her admirers for a long time, a smile on her lips and a glass of champagne in her hand.

Juliette Gréco celebrated her 89th birthday on February 7, 2016 at the Théâtre de la Ville, during a weekend devoted to her with concerts and the screening of her cult series, "Belphégor".

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The singer and actress had then entrusted the microphone of France Inter to be in "small form".

She was due to finish her farewell tour at the end of March in Sausheim, but illness and hospitalization put an end to her journey by car with Gérard Jouannest.

His true farewells took place on March 10, 2016 in Sérignan.

At La Cigalière, the name of the Hérault room, we haven't finished saying thank you.

Source: leparis

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