During the weekend of Valentine's Day, February 15 and 16, 2014, Don sang four contemporary
French songs at the Winter Concert of Ballet Tucson in the premiere of "Danses à la Française",
choreographed by Chieko Imada, Assistant Artistic Director of Ballet Tucson. There were a total of three performances.
Winter Concert was the Ballet's participation in the second annual Tucson Desert Song Festival, the theme of which this year
was French music and French composers.
The Ballet engaged three singers for the performances: two to sing arias from "Carmen"
and Don to sing the lighter, contemporary French popular standards for the segment "Danses à
During the month of April 2012, there were
tributes to Maurice Chevalier
in France, in honor of the 40th anniversary of his passing
November, 2011 We FINALLY have
all three (3) of our videos for tracks on "Rythme eclectique" on available on a DVD! The songs are "Over the
Rainbow / l'Arc en ciel,," "Pour toi / Dime (Feelings)," and "I Don't Care Much / Je m'en fous."
The DVD will be sent FREE with every CD order - no matter which CD you order.
September, 2011 We are currently in post-production
for a DVD containing all three of the videos for tracks on Rythme éclectique, along with the
story of "Pour toi / Dime (Feelings)" in English, French, and Spanish. The DVD will be available on this web site
in the near future.
August 14, 2010 We are very happy
to congratulate our good friend Pierre Herbineaux on his reaching the quarter finals of "America's Got Talent."
They gave him the name "Harmonica Pierre." Pierre is a world-class harmonicist and plays the harmonica
solo in the interlude between verses on "She / Tous les visages de l'amour" on our first CD "eclectique."
Click on picture to play the video
January 1, 2010 Happy New Year! Bonne Annee !
We invite you to view our latest music video on YouTube
" I Don't Care Much / Je m'en fous" from "Rythme
We now have available the French lyrics sheet for the French lyrics sung in "Rythme eclectique!"
And Happy Birthday today to Rick Barraza!Rick
was a big contributor to "Rythme eclectique" as Graphics Designer.
He also directed and starred in our music video for track #6 "Pour toi / Dime (Feelings)" which is now available at iTunes!
September 12, 2009
" Tout va
bien pour moi, tout va bien pour vous... Everything's
happy for me... everything's happy for you ! "
September 10, 2009
Hi everyone, I just want you to know that Maurice Chevalier's birthday is September
12 (1888) and my dear friend, Francois Vals, who was Maurice's right-hand man and personal manager for the
last 20 years of Maurice's illustrious career, has a birthday just two days later on September 14th!
Birthday / Joyeux Anniversaire, François !
- ton ami, Don Sheppard
François' tribute to his boss, Maurice Chevalier
It contains photos, letters, and tributes from Maurice's own collection
A book of tribute to Maurice Chevalier not to be
FrançoisVals compiled this
magnificent book about Maurice Chevalier, with many photos, letters, awards, and historical facts about his long career. It
was published in 2002. François and Madeleine Vals were Maurice's personal staff, along with Fred Freed, his accompanist.
They traveled with him during all his many tours throughout the world.
François shares with his readers how he first met Maurice when he was only 14 years old and Maurice
was a world famous personality and how much Maurice's friendship and trust in him has meant to him throughout the many years.
Francois welcomes Don to France in May 2007
August 31, 2009
Well folks, our CD "Chevalier
on Broadway - an American tribute" placed third in the field of ten nominees for the category Best Theater Album. We
congratulate the other winners! We are very humbled to be acknowledged by such a large, dedicated group of volunteer judges
who put in so many hours of their time listening to so many albums -- and ours is a 2-CD album!
August 12, 2009
The music video for "Pour toi / Dime (Feelings)" is now on Apple iTunes!
for "Don Sheppard" then click on "Music Videos" then click on "Pour toi / Dime (Feelings)" and
select "Preview" to watch 30 secs of it! (or just click this link!)
You can buy it and download it for $1.49!
Newsflash! June 30, 2009
We have learned that our CD "Chevalier on Broadway - an American tribute"
has earned a nomination for a 2009 JPF (Just Plain Folks) MusicAward in the "Theater
The JPF Awards are the largest music awards in the world. This year over
42,000 albums were sent in containing 560,000 songs from over 160 countries for entry in 95 different
Winners will be announced August 29, 2009 in Nashville.
... and about
our newest CD "Rythme eclectique" released February 2009...
March 9, 2009
Madame Line Renaud wrote to us:
J'ai écouté avec beaucoup de plaisir votre CD en français, et
en particulier "Pour toi" de mon mari Loulou Gasté. C'est magnifique vocalement et votre français
est incroyable. Bravo, bravo, et merci pour votre délicate attention qui
m'a beaucoup touchée.
I kiss you
I have listened with much pleasure to your CD in French, and especially "Pour
toi" by my husband Loulou Gasté. It's magnificent vocally and your French is unbelievable. Bravo, bravo, and thanks for your careful attention which touched me very much.
I kiss you.
the kind permission of Line Renaud)