Juliette Gréco, the muse of Saint-Germain-des-Prés, is definitely one of the most legendary French artists ever. Her singing and acting career took off right after World War II and to this day, now in her 80s, she continues to release albums regularly and performs on stages worldwide
If any singer now alive deserves to be called legendary, it’s surely Juliette Greco. She’s a last link to that impossibly exotic era of 1950s Paris, when Stalin could still be regarded as a hero, be-bop was the last word in cool, and existentialist philosophers hung out in the cafes.
The muse of the post-war Parisian Left Bank scene inspired countless poets, musicians, writers and film-makers, including Raymond Queneau, Boris Vian, Jean-Paul Sartre, Simone de Beauvoir and Albert Camus.
Here is a beautiful collection of some of her very best songs.