|Arles, France 1975 by William Messer|
Recorded at London's Trident Studios with a mix of British and French musicians, Nino Ferrer's "Le Sud"( "The South") is about an imagined place in Italy where Ferrer, a show business refugee, could find peace and sanctuary from his inner demons. When the single sold a million copies, he bought his mansion in the South, a 15th Century fortress in in southwest France where he bred horses. But his demons caught up with him. Days after his mother died, Ferrer walked out into a field with a hunting rifle and shot himself through the heart.