Today in 1910, Django Reinhardt was born. He died in 1953, the year I was born. That was not the only run-in I had with him. For years in Brussels, every time I got an accounting from SABAM, the Belgian performing rights society I would get a tidy sum for my song “Nuages” on my record “Broken Fingers”. My Nuages is basically another song on that record “Petit Piece Chinoise” played backwards, so I thought myself very clever and lucky to be getting money for that song. After some time had passed, I received a letter from SABAM telling me that that money had been intended for Django Reinhardt for his song “Nuages” and that I had to give it back! And they withheld my royalties for quite some time until I paid it back. Morons. Anyway, he was marvelous and so was his violinist Stephane Grapelli who was a hero of mine. Now here are some videos of him from youtube, followed by my song “Les Nuages”.
Blaine L. Reininger “Les Nuages”