Hey ! You want to know more about this interesting photograph ? I am Eric, the son of accordionist Jo Krasker
who is partially hidden on the document. In fact, this photo was taken on Saturday 27 September 1952
at the very famous (at the time) "Bal des Apaches"
at Saint Germain des Prés in Paris. The person who is dancing with this (beautiful) lady is not just anybody, he's the famous academician and novelist Francis Carco
! Carco is, among several other things, the author of the novel Jésus la Caille
which was turned into a theater play in early 1952 by author Frédéric Dard
. For the needs of the play, an accordionist had to be appointed, and so my father Jo Krasker started the job in June 1952, standing in for the first accordionist who gave up after only four months of engagement. It should be pointed out that my father stayed in the company until January 1953
after the play had been also performed throughout France and even in Morocco (Marrakech...) in December 1952.
Now, let's go back to the photo : Before or after (it is not specified) one of the performances of Jésus la Caille
in théâtre Gramont, Mr Francis Carco wanted to go to the "Bal des Apaches" and so the complete company, including people like actress Lila Kedrova
, came along with him just for fun (several photos of this event, plus the one on which you can clearly see my father, are now circulating on the web).The event was so funny and unexpected that it made the headline of newspaper France Soir
on 29 September 1952 which said : "Francis Carco a chaloupé au bal des Apaches" (Francis Carco has danced at the Bal des Apaches).
So, you better understand now why my father (who is still wearing his typical stage clothing and cap) is not playing his accordion at all
here (neither the basses or the main notes), because he's only a member of the audience, considering that the real orchestra playing the music is hidden by the dancers.
If you want to know more about my father's career and see some photos of the Jésus la Caille
play and company as well as some original posters (sorry, it's in French language), please click on the following link here : http://lafranceetlesbeatles.blogspot.fr ... ge_10.html
Moreover, within a few weeks, the several recordings my father made between 1957 and 1962 will be reissued on CD (including this beautiful waltz of Italian composer Joseph Colombo, Riva Bella
, one of my father's favourites). He has also recorded for belgian label Kraftone the Beethoven track Für Elise
with friend accordionist Raymond Siozade
that you can hear here on Youtube (sorry for the sound quality) and which will be also included on the CD too : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LpmLZ2qTUJ8
Unfortunately, my father Jo Krasker passed away on 15 August 2016. He would have been 90 on 19 December 2016.
Thanks for reading.