The Windmill Song
|"The Windmill Song|
|Single by The Andrews Sisters|
|A-side||"The Three Bells"|
|Label||Decca Records 27858|
|Songwriter(s)||Henri Betti (music), Jacques Plante (French lyrics), Mitchell Parish (English lyrics)|
In 1948, Henri Betti met Jacques Plante at the SACEM who told him that he had the idea of writing a song referring to the strikes of the coal miners. Jacques Plante says to Henri Betti that the song must speak about a young employee who works in the countryside in a mill which is directed by a man whose name is Maître Pierre and who wants to stop working because he is tired. He stops his work and he goes to Paris to change job only once he arrives, he cannot find a job and he returns to the mill where he worked before. When he arrives at the mill and he sees the director again, he tells him : Il fait bon chez vous Maître Pierre.
The song was a great success and the Ministry of Culture asked that the song be learned in schools.
On December 10, 1948, Yves Montand recorded the song with an orchestra leads by Henri Betti who is the composer of the music. On the other side of the disk, he recorded another song composed by Henri Betti : Rien dans les mains, rien dans les poches (lyrics by André Hornez) but with an orchestra leads by Bob Castella.
On January 5, 1949, Georges Guétary recorded the song with Marius Coste and his Orchestra. In 1974, he sang the song at the TV show Midi trente, in 1976 at the TV show Système deux with Jean Claudric and his Orchestra and in 1984 at the TV show Cadence trois with Jean-Claude Borelly and his Orchestra.
On February 15, 1949, Louis Ferrari recorded the song with his Orchestra.
The same year, Linette Lemercier recorded the song with Marcel Cariven and his Orchestra. Les Quatre Barbus recorded the song with Daniel White and his Orchestra. Jula De Palma recorded the song with Bruno Quirinetta and his Orchestra. They recorded two other hits of Henri Betti : C'est si bon and Rien dans les mains, rien dans les poches (lyrics by André Hornez).
In 1963, Henri Leca recorded a medley of music with his Orchestra for the album Surprise-Partie Monstre where he also recorded a medley of three other musics composed by Henri Betti : La Polka des Barbus, C'est si bon and Mais qu'est-ce que j'ai ?.
In 1980, Jacqueline François and Jacques Martin sang the song with Robert Quibel and his Orchestra at the TV show Thé Dansant. In 1985, Charles Level sang the song in this TV show where he also sings the same year C'est si bon.
In 2013, Jean-Jacques Debout recorded the song with the musical arrangements by Jacques Ferchit for the album Sous le Soleil des Guinguettes. The same year, he recorded another song composed by Henri Betti : La Chanson du Maçon (lyrics by Maurice Chevalier and Maurice Vandair) for the album Les Chansons des Guinguettes.
In 1951, Mitchell Parish wrote the English lyrics for the recording of the song by The Andrews Sisters with Gordon Jenkins and his Orchestra on October 24, 1951. The title song became The Windmill Song.
In 1953, the melody of the song is played by an orchestra in Soyez les bienvenus in which the melodies of C'est si bon, Mais qu'est-ce que j'ai ? and Rien dans les mains, rien dans les poches are also played. These four songs were composed by Henri Betti and sung by Yves Montand. The same year, the melody is also played in Le Portrait de son père.