« The Jacques Canetti Productions are to the French song what “Blue Note” is to jazz»*
In the summer of 1962 Jacques Canetti resigned from Philips for whom he had created, as artistic director, the most prestigious catalogue of chansons françaises including authors, composers and performers who were to become, in under 50 years, the standard against which a whole new generation of singers, comedians, musicians…and artistic directors, measured themselves.
In September 1962, Jacques Canetti founded the first independent record label in France: Les Productions Jacques Canetti.
By doing so he made it clear that he wanted to continue to produce music as a “craftsman”, as he always had done. At the height of the pop music revolution when singles were taking over the music market, when artists became famous for a single song, when radio was blasting out hits*, Jacques Canetti proved to be resolutely against the flow of what the music industry was becoming: show business. *A phrase coined by Boris Vian