Tribute by Frédéric Mitterrand, Minister of Culture and Communication to John William

He lent his voice to the most beautiful films and songs in the world: the Song
de Lara, The Great Escape, The Longest Day… Today, it is he who
abandons us. John William, the moving interpreter of If you too
the iconic song from the film “The Train Will Whistle Three”
times” and so many others, huge successes, has left us. Alsatian
father, it was from his Ivorian mother, that he inherited the warm color
her skin and her beautiful, deep voice with so soft accents.
Beyond the miracle of this single-tone voice, it may be the
the charism of the man who best explains the emotion emanating from his
songs, whether they resonate in the music hall or later in churches.
Profane or religious, they were the soul of her distant but always
perennial roots.