French group, created in Lyon, France in 1941 under the name Compagnons de la Musique. The name was changed in 1946 to Compagnons de la Chanson. The group included 9 singers who each had additional roles (such as lyrics). In 1944 they met Edith Piaf who would become their strongest supporter. recorded and performed many French songs, at first from the popular folk music but later with more modern music and lyrics.