Claude Nougaro

Genres: Pop / Rock Vocals World Music
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s

Biography

9 September 1929, Toulouse, France, d. 4 March 2004, Paris, France. Born into a highly musical family, his father Pierre Nougaro was a classical singer, his mother, Liette, was a pianist and teacher, Claude took an interest in music from an early age. He listened on radio and records not only to classical music and French popular music but also to American swing bands and blues singers. Not surprisingly, given that he was growing up during the occupation of France in World War II, his education was erratic. After the war, he became a journalist, writing for French newspapers on the mainland and in French-controlled Algeria. By the early 50s he was living in Paris where he wrote lyrics for songs composed by Marcel Amont (‘Le Balayeur Du Roi’) and Philippe Clay (‘Joseph’). In mid-decade, he began performing his own material at Parisian nightspots and in 1959 recorded his first album. In the early 60s, he began an association with pianist-composer...

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