Les Compagnons de la chanson were a French vocal group from Lyon, France, founded during World War II. Before 1946, they were part of a larger choir called the 'Compagnons de la musique'. The group met Edith Piaf first in 1944, and performed in German occupied Paris. 1946 they recorded a French language song, "Les trois cloches", which was written in 1945 by Jean Villard Gilles and Marc Herrand. English lyrics were later added by Bert Reisfeld, but it was first recorded by the Melody Maids in 1948.

Some of Les Compagnons de la chanson's biggest hits were "Tom Dooley", "Kalinka", "The Windmill Song" and the aforementioned and re-titled "The Three Bells". The latter track peaked at #21 in the UK Singles Chart in October 1959. It suffered from competition by the bigger selling rival version of the time, recorded by the American family trio of The Browns. Their version sold over one million copies in the US alone, and reached #6 in the UK chart.

Les Compagnons de la chanson made over 350 records and undertook around 300 concerts per year. Their final concert was in 1985.

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Album + Compilation

Year Title RatingReleases
1987 Compact d'or 1
1994 Leurs plus grands succès 1
1998 Les Compagnons de la Chanson 1
1998 Verte Campagne 2
1999 Les Compagnons de la Chanson 1
2001 La marche des anges 1
2001 Les trois cloches 1
2001 Les Compagnons de la Chanson 1
2002 Nos belles années 1
2003 L'Essentiel 1
2003 Mes jeunes années 1
2007 Platinum Collection 1
2010 Les trois cloches (The Three Bells) 1
Les Compagnons de la Chanson 1
Les Trois Cloches & Other Hits 1


Year Title RatingReleases
1980 La Liberté / Les Caraïbes 1
1982 Ce n'est pas un adieu / Quand c'est une chanson d’amour 1


Year Title RatingReleases
1966 Noël blanc 1

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