Camille Périer (born 1856, died 1935), known by his stage name Kam-Hill, was a French cabaret performer and singer in Paris.[1] He was the son of a musician at the Opéra-Comique and brother of the famous opera and operetta singer Jean Périer.[2]

He began to sing from the lyric repertoire around 1885 in salons, before making his real debut at the Gaîté Montparnasse in 1890 in his trademark bizarre costume resembling a rider, with red coat, black silk trousers, a top hat and white gloves; he even sang on horseback at the Nouveau Cirque in Paris.[1] Yvette Guilbert and Kam-Hill appeared together regularly, often singing songs by Tarride.[2] He also appeared at the Eldorado, the La Scala, the Ambassadeurs, and the Folies Bergère.

Guilbert and Kam-Hill dominated the café-concert in Paris in the last decade of the 19th century.[3] He recorded several cylinders for Pathé between 1905 and 1907 (some of which have been re-issued on CD), before retiring in 1910.[1]


  1. 1 2 3 Du Temps des cerises aux Feuilles mortes – French chanson from the end of the Second Empire to the 1950s
  2. 1 2 La Roque, Adrien. Acteurs & Actrices de Paris, 33ème Édition, Librairie Calmann-Lévy, Paris, 1899.
  3. Cinquante Ans de Musique Française de 1874 à 1925. Les Éditions Musicales de la Librairie de France, Paris, 1925.

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