Bruel had previously covered classic French chansons, usually in concert, but in , he jumped into the style with both feet. The double studio album Entre Deux "Between Two," i. His audience followed the move, helping to keep traditional French pop alive and vital for new generations. In , the album Des Souvenirs Devant went to number one on both the French and Belgium pop charts, as did his effort Lequel de Nous after a six-year musical hiatus. A heavy interest in the blues ensued and, later on a trip to America, Milteau became enthralled with the traditional blues of artists such as Little Walter, Charlie McCoy, and others.
In the late '70s, Milteau decided to devote his entire career to performing music and began making various gigs around Paris, performing with such high-profile artists as Charles Aznavour, Jean-Jacques Goldman, Yves Montand, and others.
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It wasn't until though that Milteau released his solo debut, Blues Harp. Milteau released the Tennessee-recorded Memphis in His premature death of a heart attack in robbed French pop of one of its greatest modern-day practitioners.
His father was future film director Jules Dassin, and his mother was Hungarian violinist Beatrice Launer. In , the family moved to Los Angeles to further Jules' highly promising directing career; however, it was interrupted when he fell victim to the McCarthy-era blacklist. Moving to Europe in search of work, the family lived a migratory existence for a time, and finally settled in Paris in Joe's parents divorced in ; stung, he returned to the United States and enrolled at the University of Michigan, where he studied medicine and anthropology.
In his free time, he worked as a radio DJ, and began singing folk songs and Georges Brassens compositions around the area with another French-speaking student. After returning to France, Dassin worked some low-level jobs in the film industry, including a few small parts in his father's movies; he also worked in radio and wrote freelance articles for Playboy and The New Yorker.
In late , at the urging of his future wife Maryse, Dassin made a demo recording for CBS France that turned some heads; soon, the label made him its first French signer. It flopped, as did two EPs released in However, 's "Bip Bip" -- an adaptation of John D. His deep, charismatic voice and good looks made him highly popular with female audiences, but his American roots also lent him a certain novelty, a link to the free open spaces and flower-child optimism of his native country.
Sadly, though, his wife gave birth to a premature son who died not long after; always moody and private anyway, Dassin sank into a deep depression that effectively stalled his career for over a year. His first child was born later in ; by that time, disco had begun to take over the French music scene, and a new generation of pop singers were also making their presence felt. He performed at the Olympia for what proved to be a final time in ; by the end of the year, his second marriage was on the rocks, and he suffered a heart attack.
Early in , not long after the birth of his second child, Dassin's marriage officially broke up.
With his personal life in turmoil, and feeling the pressure for a comeback hit, Dassin suffered a heart attack that summer; while in the hospital, he also underwent surgery for a stomach ulcer. Nonetheless, Dassin attempted to make his way to his second home in Tahiti for a break from the pressure. During a layover in Los Angeles, Dassin suffered yet another heart attack; still, he pressed on with the journey. On August 20, , while dining in a restaurant in Papeete, Tahiti, Dassin suffered a final, fatal heart attack; he was not quite 42 years old. After being called up during the Algerian War in to work in transmissions, he briefly returned to Renault factories and then worked at the ORTF, mainly as a stage manager and director, before embarking on a career in music.
He last performed in Paris in September at Le Limonaire. His last appearance on stage took place at La Cigale, during a Sanseverino concert. The latter, who had recorded and performed Le Tango de l'ennui, had invited him on stage to sing this classic from his repertoire. He died of cancer at home at the age of Last edited by Romain on Tue Oct 15, pm, edited 1 time in total. He won the French Prix de Rome in , with his cantata Edith. He himself was succeeded by another distinguished Franck pupil, Charles Tournemire. He remained in the post until when Paul Paray took over his duties.
He made a few electrical recordings for Odeon Records, from to , conducting the L'Orchestre Colonne, including a performance of his Ramuntcho and a performance of excerpts from his ballet Cydalise et le Chevre-pied.
His most famous composition is probably the oratorio La Croisade des Enfants based on the book by Marcel Schwob. His chamber work, Introduction et variations sur une ronde populaire, for saxophone quartet is a standard in saxophone quartet repertoire. It is very rarely that a musical project lives up to the billing of being a "supergroup". However, the exception to this rule comes in the shape of L'Epee. Far from being defeated by a world seemingly regressing into turmoil, L'Epee's strength comes from a long history of challenging the status quo -- they all share a fierce intelligence and an outsider aesthetic which, over the decades, has been sharpened to a razor's edge.
Fitting, then, that their name translates as "The Sword". This pent-up creative energy has been channeled into their extraordinary debut album, Diabolique. Named in tribute to Mario Bava's cult classic Danger: Diabolik, it's a musical masterclass where elements of garage, ye-ye, sleaze rock, cult soundtracks, sci-fi, spaghetti westerns, and girl-group pop noir are combined with the cut-and-thrust zeal of a band bursting with ideas and energy.
All delivered by Emmanuelle in a sultry Gallic drawl which will send a frisson of recognition through anyone familiar with her iconic roles in, among many others, Frantic , Venus In Fur , and Bitter Moon all directed by her husband, Roman Polanski. Utilizing a treasure trove of vintage equipment, Anton set to work, re-recording the drums with Marie and adding -- and deleting -- tracks so that the shifting layers of sound suited the mood of each individual track. Last edited by Romain on Mon Nov 11, am, edited 1 time in total. Gong's debut album, Magick Brother featured a psychedelic pop sound.
In , Allen and Smyth left the band, which continued without them, releasing a series of jazz rock albums under the leadership of drummer Pierre Moerlen. This incarnation soon became known as Pierre Moerlen's Gong. Meanwhile, Smyth formed Mother Gong while Allen initiated a series of spin-off groups, including Planet Gong, New York Gong and Gongmaison, before returning to lead Gong once again in until his death in With Allen's encouragement, the band decided to continue, releasing the album Rejoice! I'm Dead!
Album: Camembert Electrique is the second studio album by the progressive rock band Gong, recorded and originally released in on the French BYG Actuel label. She has sold more than 68 million records. Born in Marseille on 11 August , Pourcel started learning the violin at the age of six. Later, Pourcel studied violin at the Conservatoire in Marseille, and also drums because he loved jazz, and spent a year in Paris at the Conservatoire.
By , he was working as a violinist in several theaters in Marseille, marrying Odette eight years later. He then became the musical director for Lucienne Boyer, with whom he went on a world tour. He immigrated to the United States in but returned to France the following year to record "Blue Tango" and the follow-up "Limelight". In , he recorded his version of "Only You", which sold over three million copies by , and was awarded a gold disc. It peaked at 9 on the United States Billboard pop chart during a 16 weeks chart run. Between and , he was the conductor for France at the Eurovision Song Contest with the exceptions of and Four of the songs that he conducted won first place for France.
As a result, France became the most successful country in the contest's early years, until Luxembourg matched its four wins in By , Pourcel started recording classical music.
The song became the main theme for the film, Sister Act. In , at the request of Air France, Pourcel composed an anthem for their new supersonic plane, Concorde. Pourcel recorded albums, over songs, and he conducted famous orchestras such as London Symphonic Orchestra, BBC Orchestra and Orchestre des concerts Lamoureux. His first recordings from to were released under the series Originals. Pourcel recorded until with EMI.
He died on 12 November in Neuilly-sur-Seine, at the age of 87, from Parkinson's disease. Pourcel co-wrote the song with his friend and fellow French bandleader Paul Mauriat.
Mauriat later recorded an instrumental version, which he released on his album Paul Mauriat Plays the Hits of Her English version reached No. Clark also recorded Italian and German versions of the song, with her Italian version, "Sul mio carro", reaching No.
March's version spent 14 weeks on the Billboard Hot , reaching No. Her version also reached No. The song also reached No. He released some forty albums over this period, composing the music and the majority of the lyrics. He released many hit singles, particularly between and the mid-seventies. His uncle, former violinist and secretary at the Casino, used to bring him to performances and rehearsals at the Monte Carlo Opera.
He remained there for eight long years of severe discipline and boredom. He graduated from high school at Monaco, but his father did not let him attend the Conservatory of Music. In Musique Byzantine —54 , he expanded his topics on aesthetics, such as tonality necessity, exotic melody, opera the "song of rich people" , boredom, and originality or "marshmallow music". In , in order to submit Verdi examination at La Scala in Milan, he wrote the libretto and music of an opera called La Vie d'artiste same title as the song.
He began to sing in larger venues such as l'Olympia, as the opening act of Josephine Baker in It was a violent flop. They maintained a steady pace of creation, realizing almost an album a year, sometimes more. Eventually, Madeleine asked a hunter neighbour to put the chimpanzee out of its misery. The huge success of "C'est extra", an erotic ballad, greatly expanded his audience, especially among the French youth, who recognized in the poet the "prophet" of his own rebellion.
He mixed Ravel and Beethoven with his own compositions and reversed the placement of the orchestra. This was an unprecedented performance, breaking free from conventions and blending separated worlds.
Concerts were sold out for five weeks, but critics from the classical music field rejected this hybrid show. From to he toured less. He drifted from his violently declamatory expression of revolt to avoid being typecast. From then until the end of his career the majority of his recordings would be made with the Milan-based RAI National Symphony Orchestra under his conducting. He refused being guest of honor in the Victoires de la musique Music's Victories , annual French award ceremony recognizing the best musical artists of the year the music equivalent to the American Emmy Awards for television, the Tony Awards for stage performances, or the Academy Awards for motion pictures.
He was buried at the Monaco Cemetery. The song: The difficult beginnings, the forbidden songs. A libertarian and libertine Leo. C'est extra is one of his most popular works. He has just offered the anarchists a song like a new standard.