He Did it His Way First 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.
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He Did it His Way First

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He Did it His Way First

He Did it His Way First

Remembering French Performer Whose Song Became 'My Way'

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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

(Note: Selections edited from original length)