Monty, Line (1926-2003)


Around the age of 25, she starts to learn to sing with an Italian teacher and performs in public, mainly in charity galas.
She goes to Paris in the beginning of the 1950’s, and as soon as February 1952, records under the name Line Monty, with the music label Pathé Marconi, several 78 RPM discs in Arab.
The pianist Maurice El Médioni will play with her during all her Oriental career.
Her friend Youssef Hagège also known as José De Suza, famous author and composer who accompanied the best of Oriental music artists, proposes to her one of his compositions : L’orientale.

L’Orientale quickly becomes a hit and will be sung by Enrico Macias ten years later.
One year later, Line Monty changes her repertoire. She gives up, for a time, the songs in Arab, and starts singing in French.
From the end of December 1952 till October 1956, she records several 78 RPM discs, still with the music label Pathé, accompanied by the orchestras of Raymond Legrand, Marius Coste or André Popp. 

She receives the Édith Piaf award, and the first prize of l’Olympia, mulitplies hits in music-halls and cabarets of rich neighborhoods. She thus sings French songs all over the world, particularly in Canada, the United States (she holds a trendy club in New-York for about ten years), in South America, Germany, the Netherland and the Middle-East.

Nevertheless, she will sing again several Algerian songs after the independance of Algeria.

Line Monty played her own character in the movie Le Grand Pardon 2, by Alexandre Arcady.
She passed away in Paris in August 2003 and is buried in a cemetary in Pantin.
After Line Monty’s death, followed by Lili Boniche’s in 2008, a historical documentary on the treasures of Arab-Andalusian music called Le Port des amours, was released, directed by Jacqueline Gozland.

See her discography

Sources :

JE CHANTE MAGAZINE n° 12, January 2016

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