Charles-François Panard, dit Pannard (1689 – 1765) was an 18th century playwright. Nicknamed by his contemporaries the "La Fontaine de la chanson" or the "La Fontaine du vaudeville", Pannard shared with this great fablier carelessness, distractions and the art of spending lavishly. Prolific, he was the author of a hundred comedies for the comic opera, the Italian Comedy, the Théâtre de la Foire. He also left nearly 800 shorter pieces (allegories, maxims, cantatas, fables, couplets, small party and social pieces). Many of these pieces were selflessly composed to help anyone who asked. A man generally esteemed for his honesty, the regularity of morals, and above all his extreme modesty, he found himself almost completely destitute in his old age and had to rely on a few friends who undertook to satisfy his modest tastes in food, clothing and lodging until when he died in 1765 from a stroke.
50 years ago, yesterday, I queued at Berwicks Record Store in Rugby for the new album from a certain David Bowie. This weekend I will be playing my forth copy (three have been worn out) of Ziggy Stardust & The Spiders From Mars.