Fred Mella, the star of the Compagnons de la Chanson, died this Saturday at the age of 95 at his home in Yvelines. He was the last “historical” member of the formation.
He went to join his companions. Fred Mella died Saturday night at the age of 95. His son Michel, announced the news to AFP , stating that his father died ” at 21:25 among his family, peacefully ” at his home in Goupillères, Yvelines. His brother René Mella is deadonly a month and a half ago, at the age of 93. Born in 1924, Fred Mella was the lead singer of the Compagnons de la chanson, a group formed in Lyon, in the free zone, during the Second World War. After having been a school teacher, the one who dreams of becoming a lyrical singer will join the formation, first called the Companions of France and then the Companions of Music, in 1942. With his well-marked tenor voice, Fred Mella wins quickly as the soloist and the main star of the group, while the other eight members, in his historical formation, sing with more harmonious tones.
A last concert at the Olympia in 2008
For the Compagnons de la Chanson, everything changed in 1944 during a meeting with Edith Piaf . Two years later, they record with La Môme the song “The Three Bells”, which becomes a huge worldwide success and reveals them to the world. As popular in France as in the United States, the members of the formation will experience continued success until the 1970s, thanks to titles such as “My Young Years”, “Tom Dooley”, The galley slaves “or” Le sous -marin vert “, French adaptation of the Beatles'” Yellow Submarine. “After the group’s end in 1985, Fred Mella continued his solo career, and in 2006, he published his autobiography under the name” My Enchanting Masters “before giving last concert in 2008 at the Olympia,