This rare recording of Dédé comes as part of an Operette series of re-releases from Accord. Max de Rieux initiated this series of recordings of the 1950s and 1960s to provide a testament to a forgotten age. The Traubner book on Operetta speaks well of Christiné who introduced to Paris a new form of operetta-revue or musical. Dédé is characteristic of the style of Twenties stage shows.
Henri Christiné spent a lot of his adult life in France yet was a native of Switzerland. He was born in Geneva, the son of a watchmaker. An interest in music was developed after marrying a singer from a travelling troupe which came to Geneva. Christiné wrote chansons for her. His release from aRead more strict upbringing brought about an interest in non-conformist material. He moved first to Brussels where he presented his first operettas and later to Paris where he worked initially as a conductor. Later he was decorated with the Légion d'honneur and became Vice-President of the Société des Auteurs Dramatiques.
Dédé followed the roaring success of Phi-Phi at the Théâtre des Bouffes-Parisiens three years later. Christiné had gained the attention of the theatre-going public with his new style operetta/revue and carried the formula into the Twenties (known in France as 'The Folie Years'). Dédé was a hit attraction at the Bouffes-Parisiens, opening in November 1921.