Song of the Day: Django Reinhardt, “Nuages”

Gypsy jazz guitar great Django Reinhardt was born on this day in 1910. A caravan fire injured his left (fretting) hand, so he only had full use of his thumb, index, and middle fingers. Despite this handicap, he was able to play solos that were almost impossible even with full use of the hand. He and violinist Stephane Grappelli fronted the Quintette du Hot Club de France in the years prior to World War II. “Nuages” is a Django composition and possibly his best-known song.

7 thoughts on “Song of the Day: Django Reinhardt, “Nuages”

  1. Ot just shows how some people can overcome something so bad but they still can create. I love this guy. Reminds me of Beethoven who was deaf when he composed some of his best works

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  2. Hi John – he certainly opened the door to other musicians – while what a talent after his accident … incredible – cheers Hilary

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