Michel Delpech

Jean-Michel Delpech (26 January 1946 – 2 January 2016), known as Michel Delpech, was a French singer-songwriter and actor.

Michel Delpech
Michel Delpech Cabourg 2012
Michel Delpech in 2012
Background information
Birth nameJean-Michel Delpech
Born26 January 1946
Courbevoie, France
Died2 January 2016 (aged 69)
Puteaux, France
GenresPop
Occupation(s)Singer, songwriter, actor
InstrumentsVocals
Years active1964–2015
LabelsVogue, Disques Festival, Barclay, Tréma, Disques AZ, Universal, Discovery, Arcade, Polydor, Polygram, Magic, Laserlight
Websitemicheldelpech.artistes.universalmusic.fr
Michel Delpech
Michel Delpech in concert at Louviers in October 2006

Career

In 1963, he had his debut release hit "Anatole" on Disques Vogue. In 1964, Delpech met Roland Vincent, and a long singing songwriting partnership ensued[1] with Delpech being signed to Festival French record label.

In 1965, he took part in the music comedy Copains Clopant that had a six-month run and made him very popular, particularly through his interpretation of "Chez Laurette". He was the opening act for Jacques Brel's goodbye concert at the Paris Olympia. In 1967, he collaborated with Johnny Stark. In 1968, he won the "Grand Prix du Disque" award for "Il y a des jours où on ferait mieux de rester au lit".

Then he left Vogue to sign with Barclay Records. At the peak of his success, he recorded "Wight Is Wight" in tribute to the Isle of Wight Festival, a famous rock festival on the Isle of Wight that became his best known song. It sold over one million copies in Europe, and was awarded gold disc status.[2]

'Pour Un Flirt' was a second smash hit. It charted in the French-speaking countries around the globe as well in the Netherlands, and a version in German brought him charts success in West Germany, Austria and Switzerland. An English translation, Flirt, made the Top 20 in the UK.

The early 1970s brought separation from Johnny Stark for two years, and the end of the long collaboration with Roland Vincent, his first-ever writer. He had some new releases but with limited success. In the 1980s, he enjoyed a comeback and released the album Loin d'ici. A compilation album followed in 1989. He continued releasing albums and making concerts. In December 2006, he released an album of duets Michel Delpech and that topped the French Albums Chart for one week (week of 21–27 January 2007). He also engaged on a French tour.

Personal life

  • In 1966, he met Chantal Simon whom he married. Later on the couple divorced, and Delpech suffered depression. He searched for relief in religions, mainly Buddhism and later the Catholic faith.
  • In the 1970s, there were also many rumours about attempted suicides, but he denied these rumours in a later biography.
  • In 1983, he met Geneviève Garnier-Fabre, a French artist and they married in 1985.
  • In 1990, he had a son, Emmanuel. He became a talented guitarist and joined his father in his concerts since 2007.
  • In 2007, Pascal Louvrier wrote a biography about him titled Michel Delpech - Mis à Nu published on Editions Perrin.
  • In 2011, he played the role of Françoit Gouriot in Beloved (French title: Les Bien-aimés)
  • In 2011, he was a guest of honor for the sixth season of Âge tendre et Têtes de bois broadcast in France, Belgium and Switzerland.

Death

Delpech had long been a heavy smoker, going through a pack of cigarettes daily starting at the age of 18 and quitting only after his diagnosis of throat cancer in 2013. [3][4] He died at a hospital in Puteaux, France on 2 January 2016 at the age of 69.[5]

Discography

Albums

  • 1966: Inventaire 66
  • 1969: Il y a des jours où on ferait mieux de rester au lit
  • 1970: Album
  • 1974: Le chasseur
  • 1975: Quand j'étais chanteur
  • 1979: 5000 kilomètres
  • 1986: Oubliez tout ce que je vous ai dit
  • 1991: Les Voix du Brésil
  • 1997: Le roi de rien
  • 1999: Cadeau de Noël
  • 2004: Comme Vous
  • 2006: Michel Delpech &
  • 2009: Sexa
Compilations
  • 1990: J'étais un ange
  • 1999: Fan de toi (2 CDs)
  • 2008: Fan de toi (3 CDs)
  • 2008: Les 100 plus belles chansons
  • 2009: Best of
Live albums
  • 1972: Olympia 1972
  • 2005: Ce lundi-là au Bataclan
  • 2007: Live au Grand Rex

Singles

Disques Vogue
  • 1964: "Anatole"
  • 1965: "Chez Laurette"
Festival
  • 1964 : "Elle se moque de toi"
  • 1965 : "Copains Clopants" (with Chantal Simon)
  • 1965 : "Chez Laurette" (rereleased in 1970 and with Musidisc in 1978)
  • 1965 : "T'en fais pas"
  • 1965 : "Plus d'bac"
  • 1966 : "Marie-toi Marie Jo" (rereleased in 1970)
  • 1966 : "Inventaire 66"
  • 1966 : "Quand on aime comme on s'aime"
  • 1966 : "Le restaurant chinois" (rereleased in 1970)
  • 1967 : "La Femme de l'an 3000"
Barclay
  • 1967 : "Il faut regarder les étoiles"
  • 1967 : "Pour un coin de Pologne"
  • 1968 : "Poupée cassée"
  • 1968 : "Les p'tits cailloux blancs"
  • 1969 : "Le Mauvais Jardinier"
  • 1969 : "Wight Is Wight"
  • 1969 : "Quand la pluie tombe en été"
  • 1970 : "Chérie-Lise"
  • 1970 : "Un coup de pied dans la montagne"
  • 1971 : "Le blé en herbe"
  • 1971 : "La Vie, La Vie"
  • 1971 : *Pour un flirt
  • 1972 : "Quand un soldat reviens"
  • 1972 : "Même pendant la guerre on chante"
  • 1972 : "Fan de toi"
  • 1972 : "Que Marianne était jolie"
  • 1973 : "Rimbaud chanterait"
  • 1973 : "Les divorcés"
  • 1973 : "Les aveux"
  • 1973 : "Je pense à toi"
  • 1974 : "Je l'attendais"
  • 1974 : "Le chasseur (Les oies sauvages)"
  • 1975 : "Quand j’étais chanteur"
  • 1976 : "Ce lundi-là"
  • 1976 : "Tu me fais planer"
  • 1976 : "La fille avec des baskets"
  • 1977 : "Fais un bébé"
  • 1977 : "Le Loir et Cher"
  • 1978 : "C’est ta chanson" (remake of "Your Song")
  • 1979 : "Trente manières de quitter une fille" (remake of "50 Ways To Leave Your Lover")
  • 1979 : "Je cherche un endroit"
  • 1980 : "Docker"
  • 1981 : "Bombay"
  • 1983 : "Animaux animaux"
  • 1984 : "Loin d'ici"
Pathé-Marconi / EMI / Charles Talar Records
  • 1985 : "Rock en U.R.S.S."
  • 1986 : "J'peux pas dormir"
  • 1986 : "Oubliez tout ce que je vous ai dit"
  • 1987 : "Petite France"
  • 1988 : "Ces mots-là"
Carrère
  • 1988 : "Fais glisser tes bas... ces mots-là"
Tréma
  • 1989 : "Pleurer le chanteur"
  • 1990 : "J'étais un ange"
  • 1991 : "Les voix du Brésil"
  • 1992 : "Terre d'amour"

References

  1. ^ "Delpech - Biography". RFI Music. Retrieved 2015-08-25.
  2. ^ Murrells, Joseph (1978). The Book of Golden Discs (2nd ed.). London: Barrie and Jenkins Ltd. p. 278. ISBN 0-214-20512-6.
  3. ^ https://www.gala.fr/l_actu/news_de_stars/michel_delpech_face_au_cancer_je_n_ai_pas_d_autre_choix_que_de_me_ressaisir_340336
  4. ^ https://www.gala.fr/l_actu/news_de_stars/michel_delpech_raconte_son_combat_contre_le_cancer_300557
  5. ^ Michel Delpech est mort ‹See Tfd›(in French)

External links

2016 in France

Events from the year 2016 in France.

AZ (label)

AZ is a French record label established in 2002 as an affiliate of Universal with a big list of artists signed or with distribution rights for their releases in France.

Beloved (2011 film)

Beloved (French: Les Bien-aimés) is a 2011 French film written and directed by Christophe Honoré, starring Chiara Mastroianni, Catherine Deneuve, Ludivine Sagnier, Louis Garrel, Miloš Forman, Paul Schneider, and Michel Delpech. The story is set in the 1960s through the 2000s in Paris, Reims, Montreal, Prague and London. While not a musical, the characters use musical 'narration' and 'dialogues' throughout the film.

Delpech

Delpech is a surname, and may refer to:

Anthony Delpech (born 1969)

Bertrand Poirot-Delpech (1929–2006)

Francois Seraphin Delpech (1778–1825), French lithographer and printer; worked after Carle Vernet, Charles Remond, Hippolyte Lecomte, Constant Bourgeois and others

Jacques Mathieu Delpech (1777–1832)

Jean-Luc Delpech (born 1979)

Michel Delpech (1946–2016)

Didier Barbelivien

Didier René Henri Barbelivien (born 10 March 1954 in Paris) is a French author, lyricist, songwriter and singer. Beginning in the 1970s, he wrote a number of successful songs for artists such as: Dalida, Johnny Hallyday, Michel Sardou, Daniel Guichard, Claude François, Gilbert Montagné, Sylvie Vartan, Patti Layne, Gilbert Bécaud, Enrico Macias, Demis Roussos, Mireille Mathieu, Hervé Vilard, Michèle Torr, C. Jérôme, Christophe, Julio Iglesias, Sheila, Nicole Croisille, Patricia Kaas, Eric Charden, Jean-Pierre François, Michel Delpech, Philippe Lavil, Elsa, Gérard Lenorman, Ringo, Garou, Corynne Charby, David and Jonathan, and Caroline Legrand among others.

In the 1980s and 1990s, he enjoyed popular success singing his own songs, many of which climbed quickly to the top of the French charts of the era. In the 1990s, he sang several titles with Félix Gray.

He was made Chevalier (Knight) of the Légion d'honneur in 2009.

Flirt! (song)

"Flirt!" is a song and single written by Jonathan King, Michel Delpech and Roland Vincent and performed by King. Released in 1972 it reached 22, on the UK charts, staying there for nine weeks. The song is a cover of a French song, Pour un Flirt, by Delpech and Vincent, to which King added English lyrics.

French pop music

French pop music is pop music sung in the French language. It is usually performed by singers from France, Canada, Belgium, Switzerland, or any of the other francophone areas of the world. The target audience is the francophone market (primarily France), which is considerably smaller than and largely independent from the mainstream anglophone market.

Gold (album series)

Gold is a series of two-disc compilation albums released by Universal Music Group. Some include tracks licensed from non-Universal labels.

Most, if not all, of the albums share a common layout, with a photograph of the artist below a gold bar, with a gold vertical line near the right hand side, the artist's name on the left of the gold line, and "Gold" on the right. Earlier Gold series compilations had a design based on that of ABBA Gold, such as the compilations for The Carpenters and Etta James.

Most of the earliest CDs in this series were released on the Hip-O imprint.

CDs in this series include, alphabetically by band or artists's full name:

Gold (ABC album), a 2006 ABC compilation reissue of Look of Love – The Very Best of ABC

Gold (Aerosmith album), a 2005 Aerosmith compilation reissue of Young Lust: The Aerosmith Anthology

Gold (The Allman Brothers Band album), a 2005 The Allman Brothers Band compilation

Gold (Joan Armatrading album), a 2005 Joan Armatrading compilation reissue of Love and Affection: Joan Armatrading Classics (1975–1983)

Gold (Louis Armstrong album), a 2006 Louis Armstrong compilation

Gold (Asia album), a 2005 Asia compilation

Gold (Hugues Aufray album), a 2006 Hugues Aufray compilation

Gold (Roy Ayers album), a 2005 Roy Ayers compilation

Gold (Bachman–Turner Overdrive album), a 2005 Bachman-Turner Overdrive compilation

Gold (The Beautiful South album), a 2006 The Beautiful South compilation

Gold (Chuck Berry album), a 2005 Chuck Berry compilation reissue of The Anthology

Gold (Jane Birkin album), a 2007 Jane Birkin compilation

Gold (Georges Brassens album), a 2007 Georges Brassens compilation

Gold (Bobby Brown album), a 2009 Bobby Brown compilation

Gold (James Brown album), a 2005 James Brown compilation

Gold (J.J. Cale album), a 2007 J. J. Cale compilation

Gold (John Cale album), a 2007 John Cale compilation reissue of The Island Years

Gold (Cameo album), a 2005 Cameo compilation reissue of Anthology

Gold (Carpenters album), The Carpenters' 2004 compilation, which was originally a gold and black album; it was reissued in 2006 under the "Gold" series

Gold (Cher album), a 2005 Cher compilation

Gold (Cinderella album), a 2006 Cinderella compilation

Gold (Patsy Cline album), a 2005 Patsy Cline compilation reissue of The Ultimate Collection

Gold (Joe Cocker album), a 2006 Joe Cocker compilation

Gold (John Coltrane album), a 2006 John Coltrane compilation

Gold (Commodores album), a 2005 European Commodores compilation or a 2008 US Commodores compilation, both spanning the Commodores career with Lionel Richie and without him

Gold (The Cranberries album), a 2008 The Cranberries compilation

Gold (Cream album), a 2005 Cream compilation

Gold (Bing Crosby album), a 2008 European Bing Crosby compilation reissue of The Best of Bing Crosby or a 2008 US Bing Crosby compilation

Gold (The Crusaders album), a 2007 The Crusaders compilation

Gold (Roger Daltrey album), a 2006 Roger Daltrey compilation

Gold (Chris De Burgh album), a 2007 Chris De Burgh compilation

Gold (Paco De Lucía album), a 2005 Paco De Lucía compilation reissue of Antología

Gold (Michel Delpech album), a 2006 Michel Delpech compilation

Gold (Neil Diamond album), a 2005 Neil Diamond compilation with no relation to the live album of the same name from 1971

Gold (Bo Diddley album), a 2008 Bo Diddley compilation

Gold (Eric B. & Rakim album), a 2005 Eric B. & Rakim compilation

Gold (Fairport Convention album), a 2005 Fairport Convention compilation reissue of Chronicles

Gold (François Feldman album), a 2008 François Feldman compilation

Gold (Ella Fitzgerald album), a 2007 Ella Fitzgerald compilation

Gold (Four Tops album), a 2005 Four Tops compilation

Gold (Peter Frampton album), a 2005 Peter Frampton compilation

Gold (Connie Francis album), a 2005 Connie Francis compilation

Gold (Claude François album), a 2006 Claude François compilation

Gold (Serge Gainsbourg album), a 2007 Serge Gainsbourg compilation

Gold (France Gall album), a 2006 France Gall compilation

Gold (The Gap Band album), a 2006 The Gap Band compilation

Gold (Marvin Gaye album), a 2005 Marvin Gaye compilation

Gold (Stan Getz album), a 2008 Stan Getz compilation

Gold (Astrud Gilberto album), a 2008 Astrud Gilberto compilation

Gold (Billie Holiday album), a 2005 Billie Holiday compilation

Gold (Buddy Holly album), a 2005 Buddy Holly compilation with a new remastering of all tracks from the 1993 Buddy Holly Collection

Gold (John Lee Hooker album), a 2007 John Lee Hooker compilation

Gold (The Human League album), a 2013 The Human League compilation

Gold (Engelbert Humperdinck album), a 2005 Engelbert Humperdinck compilation

Gold (The Jackson 5 album), a 2005 The Jackson 5 compilation

Gold (Michael Jackson album), a 2008 Michael Jackson compilation

Gold (The Jam album), a 2005 The Jam compilation reissue of the 2 disc edition of The Sound of The Jam

Gold (Etta James album), a 2007 Etta James compilation

Gold (Rick James album), a 2005 Rick James compilation

Gold (C. Jérôme album), a 2007 C. Jérôme compilation

Gold (Tom Jones album), a 2005 Tom Jones compilation

Gold (Patrick Juvet album), a 2007 Patrick Juvet compilation

Gold (B.B. King album), a 2006 B.B. King compilation reissue of Anthology

Gold (Kiss album), a 2005 Kiss compilation

Gold (Gladys Knight & the Pips album), a 2005 European Gladys Knight & the Pips compilation spanning only The Pips career or a 2006 US Gladys Knight & the Pips compilation spanning Gladys Knight solo career as well

Gold (Kool & the Gang album), a 2005 Kool & the Gang compilation

Gold (Patti LaBelle album), a 2005 Patti LaBelle compilation

Gold (Marie Laforêt album), a 2006 Marie Laforêt compilation

Gold (Boby Lapointe album), a 2006 Boby Lapointe compilation

Gold (Level 42 album), a 2005 Level 42 compilation

Gold (Jerry Lee Lewis album), a 2008 Jerry Lee Lewis compilation

Gold (Loretta Lynn album), a 2006 Loretta Lynn compilation

Gold (Lynyrd Skynyrd album), a 2006 Lynyrd Skynyrd compilation reissue of The Essential Lynyrd Skynyrd

Gold (The Mamas & the Papas album), a 2005 The Mamas & the Papas compilation

Gold (Bob Marley & The Wailers album), a 2005 Bob Marley and The Wailers compilation

Gold (John Martyn album), a 2008 John Martyn compilation

Gold (The Mavericks album), a 2006 The Mavericks compilation

Gold (Brian McKnight album), a 2007 Brian McKnight compilation

Gold (Stephanie Mills album), a 2006 Stephanie Mills compilation

Gold (Yves Montand album), a 2007 Yves Montand compilation

Gold (The Moody Blues album), a 2005 The Moody Blues compilation

Gold (Darío Moreno album), a 2008 Darío Moreno compilation

Gold (Mouloudji album), a 2007 2Mouloudji compilation

Gold (Nana Mouskouri album), a 2006 Nana Mouskouri compilation

Gold (Georges Moustaki album), a 2006 Georges Moustaki compilation

Gold (The Neville Brothers album), a 2005 The Neville Brothers compilation

Gold (Aaron Neville album), a 2008 Aaron Neville compilation

Gold (New Edition album), a 2005 New Edition compilation

Gold (Olivia Newton-John album), a 2005 Olivia Newton-John compilation

Gold (The Oak Ridge Boys album), a 2007 The Oak Ridge Boys compilation

Gold (Ohio Players album), a 2008 Ohio Players compilation

Gold (Robert Palmer album), a 2006 Robert Palmer compilation

Gold (Parliament album), a 2005 Parliament compilation

Gold (Poco album), a 2006 Poco compilation

Gold (Poison album), a 2014 Poison compilation

Gold (Martha Reeves & The Vandellas album), a 2006 Martha and the Vandellas compilation

Gold (Lionel Richie album), a 2006 Lionel Richie compilation spanning Lionel Richie career as lead singer with the Commodores and solo

Gold (The Righteous Brothers album), a 2005 The Righteous Brothers compilation

Gold (Smokey Robinson & The Miracles album), a 2005 European Smokey Robinson & The Miracles compilation spanning only The Miracles career or a 2006 US Smokey Robinson & The Miracles compilation spanning Smokey Robinson solo career as well

Gold (Frankie Ruiz album), a 2006 Frankie Ruiz compilation

Gold (Rush album), a 2006 Rush compilation

Gold (Scorpions album), a 2006 Scorpions compilation

Gold (William Sheller album), a 2006 William Sheller compilation

Gold (Mort Shuman album), a 2007 Mort Shuman compilation

Gold (Nina Simone album), a 2005 European Nina Simone compilation spanning only her career with Universal's labels or a 2007 US Nina Simone compilation spanning her entire career

Gold (Siouxsie & The Banshees album), a 2007 Siouxsie and the Banshees compilation withdrawn soon after release. Reissue of the 2 disc edition of The Best of Siouxsie & The Banshees

Gold (Soraya album), a 2006 Soraya compilation

Gold (Burning Spear album), a 2005 Burning Spear compilation

Gold (Dusty Springfield album), a 2008 Dusty Springfield compilation

Gold (Squeeze album), a 2005 Squeeze compilation

Gold (The Statler Brothers album), a 2006 The Statler Brothers compilation

Gold (Status Quo album), a 2005 Status Quo compilation

Gold (Steppenwolf album), a 2005 Steppenwolf compilation

Gold (Cat Stevens album), a 2005 Cat Stevens compilation

Gold (Rod Stewart album), a 2005 Rod Stewart compilation

Gold (The Style Council album), a 2006 The Style Council compilation

Gold (Styx album), a 2006 Styx compilation reissue of Come Sail Away – The Styx Anthology

Gold (Sublime album), a 2005 Sublime compilation

Gold (Donna Summer album), a 2005 Donna Summer compilation

Gold (Supertramp album), a 2005 Supertramp compilation released in the UK/Europe under the title Retrospectacle – The Supertramp Anthology

Gold (The Supremes album), a 2005 The Supremes compilation

Gold (Tears for Fears album), a 2006 Tears for Fears compilation

Gold (The Temptations album), a 2005 The Temptations compilation

Gold (Tesla album), a 2008 Tesla compilation

Gold (Them album), a 2005 Them compilation

Gold (Michèle Torr album), a 2006 Michèle Torr compilation

Gold (Pete Townshend album), a 2005 Pete Townshend compilation

Gold (Traffic album), a 2005 Traffic compilation

Gold (Tri Yann album), a 2006 Tri Yann compilation

Gold (Conway Twitty album), a 2006 Conway Twitty compilation

Gold (Sarah Vaughan album), a 2007 Sarah Vaughan compilation

Gold (The Velvet Underground album), a 2005 The Velvet Underground compilation

Gold (Dinah Washington album), a 2007 Dinah Washington compilation

Gold (Grover Washington, Jr. album), a 2006 Grover Washington, Jr. compilation

Gold (Muddy Waters album), a 2007 Muddy Waters compilation reissue of The Anthology

Gold (Barry White album), a 2008 Barry White compilation

Gold (Whitesnake album), a 2006 Whitesnake compilation

Gold (Don Williams album), a 2000 Don Williams compilation reissue of Anthology

Gold (Hank Williams album), a 2005 Hank Williams compilation reissue of The Ultimate Collection

Gold (Zamfir album), a 2006 Zamfir compilationVarious Artists Gold CDs (each contains 2 CDs)

This list was compiled from a personal collection of "Gold" series CDs and may not be complete:

60s Gold

70s Gold

70s Soul Gold

80s British Gold

80s Dance Gold

80s Gold

80s Metal Gold

80s Soul Gold

90s Rock Gold

Blues Gold

British Invasion Gold

Burt Bacharach And Friends Gold

Classic Country Gold

Classic Rock Gold

Country Gold

Disco Gold

Easy Listening Gold

Funk Gold

Hard Rock Gold

Hip Hop Gold

Jazz Divas Gold

Latin Gold

Love Songs Gold

Motown Classics Gold

More Motown Classics Gold

New Jack Swing Gold

New Wave Gold

Old School Jams Gold

Power Ballads Gold

Quiet Storm Gold

R & B Gold (Universal Music Australia import – might not be part of the Gold series)

Reggae Gold

Sampler Gold (1 CD, 12 songs)

Soft Rock Gold

Southern Rock Gold

Summer Of Love Gold

List of number-one singles of 1969 (France)

This is a list of the French Singles & Airplay Chart Reviews number-ones of 1969.

List of number-one singles of 1970 (France)

This is a list of the French Singles & Airplay Chart Reviews number-ones of 1970.

List of number-one singles of 1971 (France)

This is a list of the French Singles & Airplay Chart Reviews number-ones of 1971.

List of number-one singles of 1974 (France)

This is a list of the French Singles & Airplay Chart Reviews number-ones of 1974.

List of number-one singles of 2007 (France)

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Marcilhac-sur-Célé

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Salut les copains (album series)

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Tréma (record label)

Tréma was a record and video label founded in 1969 by Jacques Revaux and Régis Talar. The word tréma was an acronym for Talar Revaux Éditions Musicales Associées.

Tréma was initially created to publish the recordings of Michel Sardou, whose parents used to buy meat from the parents of Jacques Revaux, but various other artists also joined it, such as Animo, Richard Anthony, Charles Aznavour, Pierre Billon, Carlos, Dani, Jean-Jacques Debout, Michel Delpech, Dionysos, Frédéric François, Michel Fugain, Pierre Groscolas, Michel Kricorian, Catherine Lara, Enrico Macias, Didier Marouani, K-Reen, Matmatah, Alexandra Roos, Patrick Topaloff, Serge Reggiani, and Hervé Vilard. Liz Mitchell (lead singer of Boney M) also has 3 singles and an album issued by the company in the late 80s, No one will force you(album) and Get on up and dance (promo 12inch single) Marinero (12'inch single promo)& Single Marinero b/w Times a river. Michel Sardou, by himself, made up 80% of the sales of the label.

The label was bought by Universal Music France in 2004.

Voyage (band)

Voyage was a French disco and pop/funk group, consisting of André "Slim" Pezin (guitar/vocals), Marc Chantereau (keyboards/vocals), Pierre-Alain Dahan (drums/vocals) and Sauveur Mallia (bass), together with British lead vocalist Sylvia Mason-James, who sang on the group's first two albums, Voyage (1977) and Let's Fly Away (1978).

For their next two albums, Pierre-Alain Dahan became the lead vocalist on Voyage 3 (1980) and on One Step Higher (1982), and the group's sound changed from disco to pop.

Before Voyage, Pezin, Chantereau, Dahan and Mallia worked together in a band called V.I.P. Connection in 1975 with two disco songs: "Please Love Me Again" and "West Coast Drive", songs known by fans and collectors of early disco music.

They also worked as session musicians or in live performance in France, with artists such as: Manu Dibango, Cerrone, Alec R. Costandinos & the Synchophonic Orchestra, Michel Sardou for Slim Pezin; Michel Legrand, Jean Musy, Cerrone, Bernard Lavilliers for Sauveur Mallia; Léo Ferré, Michel Delpech, Guy Béart or Johnny Hallyday for Marc Chantereau; Nino Ferrer, Jean-Claude Petit and Stéphane Grappelli.

From the late 1960s until the mid 1970s, they were in demand in France, Europe and worldwide, in all styles of music: jazz with Grappelli, French chanson with Ferré, world music and jazz with Dibango, rock with Hallyday, and French pop with Sardou and Delpech.

Their lone Billboard Hot 100 entry was "Souvenirs," which hit No. 41 in 1979. They had more success on the U.S. Hot Dance Club Play chart, where two of their albums, Voyage (1978) and Fly Away (1979), hit number one.

In the UK, the group had three chart singles. A double A-side, "From East To West"/"Scotch Machine" (the latter song retitled "Scots Machine" because the term "Scotch" is no longer used in Scotland) reached No. 13 in 1978, while later that year "Souvenirs" made No. 56. Also popular was the song "Lady America". Their last impact on the charts came in 1979 when "Let's Fly Away" peaked at number thirty-eight.In their home country, France, they were successful in the nightclubs of Paris, and featured on radio and television promoting their songs, but they ranked only three singles, "From East To West" peaked at #20 on May 26, 1978, then "Souvenirs" peaked at No. 53 on January 12, 1979 and "Tahiti - Tahiti" peaked at No. 43 on May 5, 1979. However, the four musicians couldn't replicate their successful French record sales in the United States. In spite of the quality of their albums, their songs, "I Don't Want To Fall In Love Again" in 1980 and "Let's Get Started" in 1982 failed to chart. As disco went on the wane, they turned to making albums with a more funky sound.

After Voyage, the group members worked separately with a number of singers, including Françoise Hardy, Alain Chamfort, Mylène Farmer, Guesch Patti, Jean-Louis Murat. Slim worked on the French movie soundtrack Betty Blue in 1986 and produced a French hit "Caressé Mwen" sung by Marijosé Alie in 1987. Sauveur Mallia worked on several movies soundtracks like Moonstruck with Cher in 1987, Breakfast of Champions with Bruce Willis in 1999, and was involved in other projects with Chantereau and Dahan.

Wight Is Wight

"Wight Is Wight" is a French song by Michel Delpech. It sold over one million copies, and was awarded a gold disc. Released in 1969 it became a big hit in France and internationally. The hippy-influenced song mentions Bob Dylan and Donovan as tribute.

Éthiopie

"Éthiopie" is a charity song recorded in 1985 by the collective band known under the name 'Chanteurs sans Frontières'. The song achieved a huge success in France, topping the chart for two months and becoming one of the best-selling singles in that country.

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