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My Way

COVERED BY ELVIS

Comme d'Habitude - my way


recording date elvis: Thursday, 10 June 1971; Studio
first release:


originally by: Claude François

recording year: 1967
music written by: Jacques Revaux; Claude François
lyrics written by: Gilles Thibault
catalognumber:
label: Flèche
album: comme d'habitude
Comments: The album is actually untitled, but to avoid confusion we call it "Comme d'habitude", the first song on the album.

Born: February 1, 1939
Died: March 11, 1978
Country: France



The song was originally recorded in French by Claude François (see also "My Boy") in 1967, as "Comme d'Habitude." It was first released as a three-track single in November 1967 on the Disques Flèche and Philips label, number 424.550.BE. None other than young David Bowie recorded the first English version of that number (same tune, unrelated lyrics, in other words), titled "Even A Fool Learns To Love," in 1968, though this was not released at the time, as Paul Anka already owned the rights (this led Bowie to write "Life On Mars"). Anka had bought the rights to the song after hearing the French version in 1967. Following a conversation in 1968 with Frank Sinatra, who was toying with the idea of early retirement, he wrote English lyrics to match the melody and came up with "My Way," which he offered to Frank after having recorded it himself (perhaps meant as a demo). Incidentally, Claude François recorded the English version shortly before he was killed in 1978 when a hair-drier fell into his bath water, or when he tried to fix a broken light fitting when standing in the bath (the truth is hard to find!).


Comme d'Habitude
performed by:
Claude François

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My Way
performed by:
Elvis Presley

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