Les trois cloches

"Les trois cloches" (French pronunciation: ​[le tʁwɑ klɔʃ]) is a Swiss song written in French by Jean Villard Gilles.[1] Édith Piaf and Les Compagnons de la chanson started their US tour in 1945/46 with this song, which was one of Piaf's greatest hits. The song was recorded by the Browns in 1959 in English as "The Three Bells" (with words adapted by Bert Reisfeld)."[2] Dutch singer/comedian André van Duin had a Dutch Top 40 number one hit in 1982 with his Dutch comedy version of the song titled "Bim bam".[3]

Tina Arena versionEdit

"Les trois cloches"
Single by Tina Arena
from the album In Deep
ReleasedJanuary 21, 2000 (January 21, 2000)
FormatCD single
Songwriter(s)Jean Villard Gilles
Producer(s)Christophe Battaglia, J. Kapler
Tina Arena singles chronology
"Aller plus haut"
"Les trois cloches"
"Live (For the One I Love)"

Australian singer Tina Arena released her version of the song as a single from her 1997 album In Deep. The song became a huge hit in Belgium (Wallonia) where it topped the chart for three weeks and remained in the top 40 for 20 weeks, and in France, where it charted in the top ten for 13 weeks and peaked at number 4 for 2 weeks. The single was certified gold by the SNEP. The single version was different from the album version in that it featured only two of the three original verses, omitting the last one.

Track listingEdit

  1. "Les trois cloches" – 3:50
  2. "Burn" (version acoustique) – 5:34


Weekly chartsEdit

Chart (2000) Peak
Belgian (Wallonia) Singles Chart 1
European Hot 100 Singles 15
French Singles Chart 4
Swiss Singles Chart 49

Year-end chartsEdit

Chart (2000) Position
Belgian (Wallonia) Singles Chart[4] 17
French Singles Chart[5] 28


Region Certification Certified units/sales
France (SNEP)[7] Gold 270,000[6]

^shipments figures based on certification alone

Other versionsEdit

  • The Browns went to the top of the charts with "The Three Bells" in the United States, in 1959.[2]
  • Esther & Abi Ofarim in Germany (1965)[8]
  • Ben Keith recorded an instrumental version for Seven Gates: A Christmas Album by Ben Keith and Friends in 1994. The album was reissued in 2008 under the title "Christmas at the Ranch" but with a new recording of the song with vocal by Neil Young and Pegi Young, which also appeared two years later on the Christmas album Gift Wrapped II: Snowed In (2010).
  • Ehud Manor translated the song into Hebrew, and it was sung by Tunisian-Israeli singer Corinne Allal on her 1990 album Sfat Immi ("my mother's tongue").

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "TROIS CLOCHES LES". ACE Title Search. American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers. Retrieved 28 November 2011.
  2. ^ a b "Show 11 - Tennessee Firebird. [Part 3], Big Rock Candy Mountain. [Part 1] : UNT Digital Library". Digital.library.unt.edu. 1969. Retrieved 2011-04-06.
  3. ^ "De Nederlandse Top 40, week 33, 1982". Retrieved March 15, 2009.
  4. ^ 2000 Belgium (Wallonia) Singles Chart "Archived copy". Archived from the original on April 17, 2008. Retrieved September 1, 2007.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link) (Retrieved April 19, 2009)
  5. ^ 2000 French Singles Chart "Archived copy". Archived from the original on March 8, 2012. Retrieved March 8, 2012.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)(Retrieved April 19, 2009)
  6. ^ "InfoDisc : Les Certifications (Singles) du SNEP (Bilan par Artiste)". Infodisc.fr. Archived from Infodisc.fr the original Check |url= value (help) on July 13, 2012. Retrieved 2013-11-09.
  7. ^ "French single certifications – Tina Arena – Les trois cloches" (in French). Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique.
  8. ^ http://www.esther-ofarim.de/Disco.htm

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