12-string Guitar: Dominique (Including lyrics and chords)





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Uploaded on Oct 4, 2011

A request from MrFranklintree leads me to sing this song which was a popular hit in a number of countries in 1963/4.
The following information about it comes from Wikipedia:
"Dominique" is a popular song in French by Sœur Sourire (Sister Smile, born Jeanine Deckers), of Belgium, also known as The Singing Nun. It is about Saint Dominic, a Spanish-born priest and founder of the Dominican Order, of which she was a member (as Sister Luc-Gabrielle). The English version of the song was written by Noël Regney. In addition to French and English, Deckers recorded versions in Dutch, German, Hebrew and Japanese.
"Dominique" reached the top ten in eleven countries in late 1963 and early 1964, topping the hit lists in the United States, Canada and New Zealand. It reached the Top 5 in Norway, Denmark, Ireland, Australia and South Africa, with the song making it into the lower reaches of the Top 10 in the Netherlands, West Germany and the United Kingdom. The song reached and stayed at #1 on both the U.S. pop chart and "easy listening chart" (since renamed the Adult Contemporary chart) for four weeks in December of 1963. It was the second foreign language song to hit #1 on the Hot 100 in 1963, the other being "Sukiyaki" by Kyu Sakamoto. No other foreign language song reached the US Top 40 Billboard charts until the Spanish language hit Eres tú hit the US charts in 1973.
Jeanine Deckers never again reached the same success and continued to lead a colourful, but tragic life. She and her long-time friend, Annie Pescher, both committed suicide in 1985, as a result of financial and tax problems stemming from the recording of the song.
"Dominique" outsold Elvis during its stay on the Billboard Pop Charts in 1963. It was the second #1 hit in the post-Kennedy assassination era and the second to last #1 hit before the advent of Beatlemania.

My schoolboy French is not very good, so I have only attempted to sing the chorus in French at the beginning and end of the song, and apologise for any mispronunciation.

I have just produced a book of songs under the title "50 Songs from the 'threelegsoman' collection". It is available as a printed book or as an eBook and can be found at:


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