Hello Monaco Winter 2018–2019 HelloMonaco #05 Winter 2018–2019 - Page 90

History Pages The 100th anniversary of the creation of Monte-Carlo © fr.montecarlolegend.com Humorous lyrics, toe-tapping melody and the title featuring the Principality of Monaco were a successful combo. In 1966, the Principality celebrated the 100th anniversary of the creation of Mon- te-Carlo. On this occasion SBM organized a luxurious ball in Salle Garnier and on the Terraces of the Casino with the participa- tion of the Princely couple. At the same time, Monegasques were wit- nessing the large-scale construction of a new quarter called Fontvieille, which was being built right into the sea. This project allowed the Prince of Monaco to increase the state’s surface by 20 % in the early 70’s. In the 60s, Aristotle Onassis and Maria Cal- las were frequent guests of the Principa­ lity. Their presence only improved the image of Monaco. Then in 1974, Josephine Baker attended the opening of the Monte- Carlo Sporting Club. The same year was marked by the first International Circus Festival of Monte Carlo and 36-year-old Joe Dassin, at the height of his fame, vis- ited Monaco on this occasion. He had just released a new album including Vade Retro and Si Tu T’appelles Melancolie that became an absolute success. The French singer had been to Monaco be- fore. When asked about how much time he needed to recover after a performance, the singer confessed: «After performing in the open air before a twenty-thousand crowd — about two hours. After the concert in the Sporting Monte-Carlo — one and a half min- utes. These are completely different things». 88 / Hello Monaco Winter 2018–2019 Construction of Fontvieille