La Javanaise

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"La Javanaise"
Single by
Serge Gainsbourg or
Juliette Gréco
Released 1963
Format 7" single
Recorded 1963
Genre Chanson
Label Philips
Songwriter(s) Serge Gainsbourg

"La Javanaise" is a song written and composed by Serge Gainsbourg originally for Juliette Gréco, and interpreted by both her and Serge Gainsbourg in 1963. The first recordings of both artists constituted the B-sides of each of the two 45s.

Recording Information[edit]

  • By Serge Gainsbourg :
    • Recording Date : January 1963 at Studio Fontana (London)
    • Arrangements and conducting : Harry Robinson
    • Producer : Jacques Plait
    • Format : 45 rpm EP Philips 432-862 (Title: "Vilaine fille mauvais garçon")
    • Duration : 2:29
    • Release Date : March 1963[1]
  • By Juliette Gréco :
  • Publishers : Warner Chappel Music Publishing, Melody Nelson Publishing


One summer evening in 1962, Gréco and Gainsbourg spent the evening listening to records and drinking champagne in the huge lounge at 33, rue de Verneuil. The next day, he sent her La Javanaise. […] It seems that Gréco had debuted it in March 1963 by placing it at the beginning of her cabaret tour La Tête de l'art.[1]

In films[edit]


  1. ^ a b c Source : volume 6 of L'Éternel Féminin by Juliette Gréco (Mercury, 2003).