He Did it His Way First

Remembering French Performer Whose Song Became 'My Way'

Fans pay their respects at Claude Francois' grave south of Paris.

Fans pay their respects at Claude Francois' grave south of Paris. Nick Spicer, NPR News hide caption

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Before Frank Sinatra sang "My Way" into the American musical lexicon, a French singer-songwriter had his own version of the ballad. Twenty-five years after his death, Claude Francois is still drawing fans to his former home, which has been turned into a museum. NPR's Nick Spicer reports.

Different Versions of 'My Way'

Listen Claude Francois (singing 'Comme d'habitude')

Listen Frank Sinatra

Listen Sid Vicious

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