Michel Emer

Michel Emer (June 19, 1906 – November 23, 1984), (real name Emer Rosenstein), was a French musician, composer and lyricist. His songs have been performed by Edith Piaf, Fréhel, Damia, Lys Gauty, Yves Montand, Jean Sablon, André Claveau, Ray Ventura and his Collegians, Luis Mariano, Tino Rossi, and Eartha Kitt. He also wrote songs for at least one of his wife Jacqueline Maillan's shows.

The first of his songs to be sung by Edith Piaf was "L'Accordéoniste", which he composed in 1940. He went on to write more than twenty songs for her, including "J'm'en fous pas mal", "Bal dans ma rue", and "A quoi ça sert l'amour?", one of her most famous songs, which she sang as a duet with her second husband Theo Sarapo.

He co-authored with Charles Trenet the music for the song "Y'a d'la joie", and arranged many of Trenet's songs. Jean Sablon performed and recorded his song "Béguin-Biguine" in 1932.

Birth and Death Data: Born June 18th, 1906 (Saint Petersburg), Died November 23rd, 1984 (Neuilly-sur-Seine)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1931 - 1948

Roles Represented in DAHR: composer


Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor BS-011659 10-in. 8/5/1937 Si mon coeur pouvait te dire Norman, Cloutier ; Jean Sablon Male vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Odeon 6874 10-in. approximately 1931 Je te dirai Carlos Gardel Male vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble composer  
Columbia (U.K.) CL8560 10-in. 6/11/1948 Monsieur Lenoble Edith Piaf Female vocal solo, with orchestra composer  


Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Emer, Michel," accessed July 23, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/100313.

Emer, Michel. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved July 23, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/100313.

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URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/100313


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