Under the Bridges of Paris

"Under the Bridges of Paris"
English title Sous les ponts de Paris
Published 1931
Form Jazz
Composer(s) Vincent Scotto

"Under the Bridges of Paris" is a 1913 popular song with music written by Vincent Scotto, the original French lyrics (entitled "Sous les ponts de Paris") by Jean Rodor (1913), and English sections of lyrics added by Dorcas Cochran (1952) resulting in the released version (1954) containing both French and English sections.


Recordings by both Eartha Kitt and Dean Martin charted in the United Kingdom in 1955, but failed to chart in the United States, though both were subsequently released as LP album tracks as well.

The recording by Eartha Kitt with Henri René and his orchestra and chorus was made in New York City on October 25, 1953. It was released by RCA Victor Records as catalogue number 20-5502 (in USA)[1] and by EMI on the His Master's Voice label as catalogue number B 10647. Kitt's recording appears on her 1954 album That Bad Eartha.

Michel Legrand recorded a jazz trio version of the song for his Paris-themed album of 1960, Legrand Piano. It was also performed by Polish singer Violetta Villas during her Las Vegas shows in late 60s.


  1. RCA Vcitor Records in the 20-5500 to 20-5999 series
  2. Under The Bridges Of Paris (Sous Les Ponts De Paris) [Sheet music], English lyric by Dorcas Cochran; French lyric by J. Rodor; Music by Vincent Scotto. Copyright 1914 by H. Delormel. Copyright renewed 1948 by Vincent Scotto and assigned to H. Delormel. Copyright 1952 by Editions Fortin. Copyright 1953 by Hill and Range songs, New York, N.Y.

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