C’est La Vie

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C’est La Vie

Song details
Performer: Tony LeMans
Writer(s): Tony LeMans (assumed)
Producer(s): Prince; Tony LeMans (assumed)
Live Appearances
First and last live appearance:
  • This track is not believed to have been performed live by Prince.
Performed regularly on tour:
  • none
Performed occasionally in shows:
  • none

C’est La Vie (meaning That’s life in french) is an unreleased song by Paisley Park Records artist Tony LeMans. Prince worked on the song on 9 November 1986 at Sunset Sound in Hollywood, California by adding overdubs. C’est La Vie was possibly intended for Tony LeMans’ eponymous album, but ultimately not included when released in 1989 (almost three years later).

Prince also offered the song Fuchsia Light for the album in 1988, but it is believed that he withdrew altogether from the project when he discoveved that Tony LeMans had had an affair with Ingrid Chavez.

Tony LeMans’ eponymous album released in 1989 was his first and ultimately only album as he died in a motorcycle accident before he finished recording his second album in 1992, which was also due to be released on Paisley Park Records. Both tracks remain unreleased.

Recording Information
Recording Sessions
Date Studio Additional info
1986 (assumed) Unknown studio, USA Tracking by Tony LeMans (no Prince input)
9 November 1986 Sunset Sound - Studio 3,
Hollywood, CA, USA
Overdubs by Prince and mixing
Recording Personnel
  • Tony LeMans - lead vocals and all instruments (assumed)
  • Prince – unidentified additional instruments and production
  • other personnel, if any, unknown

Unreleased Versions
Title Version Additional Info
C’est La Vie Studio Long version with overdubs by Prince
C’est La Vie Studio Edited version with overdubs by Prince

Additional Information

See also Trivia

  • Incidentally, another American artist, Robbie Nevil released a song also called "C'est La Vie" with much success in October 1986. LeMans’ song is not believed to be related to this track.

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