"Mon Homme" is a popular song known by its English translation, My Man. The song was originally composed by Jacques Charles, the writer, Channing Pollock, Albert Willemetz, and Maurice Yvain.

Although the song originated in France -- where it was a hit for Mistinguett in 1916 -- it was popularized in the English speaking world in the 1920s with the 1921 recording by Ziegfeld Follies singer Fanny Brice. The song was a hit, and the record eventually earned a Grammy Hall of Fame Award for Brice in 1999.

The ballad version recorded by Brice was modified by Billie Holiday, who introduced a jazz/blues recording of "My Man." Holiday's version was also successful, although the song continued to be associated with Brice. Over the years, other artists from both the United States and abroad covered the song, though none of the artists achieved as much success as Brice and Holliday. One notable version was a 1940s recording by Edith Piaf, the most notable recording of "Mon Homme" in its original language.

Peggy Lee recorded the song for her 1959 album "I Like Men!" Her arrangement is very minimalistic, with the drums predominant in the mix.

In 1965, the song was covered by Barbra Streisand, the then-rising star of the hit Broadway musical, Funny Girl, a semi-biographical account of Fanny Brice's life. Streisand's cover became a minor commercial success, and was also included on the album My Name Is Barbra and in the film adaptation of Funny Girl. Her emotional rendition of "My Man" as the film's finale drew additional critical praise to an already lauded performance that earned her the Academy Award for Best Actress in 1968.

Diana Ross performed the song in her final concert appearance as a Supreme at the Frontier Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada, on January 14, 1970. Her performance was recorded & later released on the 1970 live album, Farewell. Ross adopted Billie Holiday's jazz and blues version rather than the Brice or Streisand versions. In 1972, Ross recorded "My Man" again for the soundtrack for the film Lady Sings the Blues, in which she portrayed music legend Billie Holiday. The soundtrack album peaked at #1 on Billboard's Pop albums chart, reportedly selling over 300,000 copies during its first eight days of release. Ross' acting received critical acclaim and Golden Globe and Academy Award nominations for Best Actress; she won the Golden Globe award for "Most Promising Newcomer." Ross' second version of the song was a revival of Holiday's jazz/blues reading. Ross gave one of her most critically hailed performances of the song in 1979 at Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, Nevada, which was recorded for an HBO concert special during her "The Boss" world tour.

Billie's accompanied by Buck Clayton, t / Prince Robinson, cl / Vido Musso, ts / Teddy Wilson, p / Allan Reuss, g / Walter Page, sb / Cozy Cole (as SWING ROO). Recorded in New York, November 1, 1937. (Brunswick Records)

Sometimes I say

If I just could get away

With my man
He'd go straight sure as fate

For it never is too late 
for a man.
I just like to dream

Of a cottage by a stream

With my man
Where a few flowers grew

And perhaps a kid or two

Like my man.
And then my eyes get wet

I 'most forget

'Til he gets hot

And tells me not to talk 
such rot

(refrain)

Oh my man I love him so

He'll never know

All my life is just despair

But I don't care

When he takes me in his arms

The world is bright

All right
What's the difference if I say

I'll go away

When I know I'll come back

On my knees someday
For whatever my man is

I'm his 
forever more

1973

Jazz / Blues / Pop / Vocal

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