Michel Polnareff

Genres: Pop / Rock Soundtrack
Decades: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s


3 July 1944, Nérac, Lot-et-Garonne, France. Raised in Paris, Michel’s father, Leib Polnareff, was a professional musician (as Léo Poll), his mother a dancer. He learned piano from the age of five and attended the Paris Conservatoire. Despite his playing and composing skills, Polnareff worked in commerce until the mid-60s when he switched careers. He played guitar and sang, won a rock talent contest, and eventually began a successful recording career with 1966’s ‘La Poupée Qui Fait Non’. More record successes followed in France and other European countries and although his behaviour was sometimes erratic he built a following and attracted media attention, the latter doubtless owing in part to his glitzy stage persona. In 1968 he wrote the music for a stage production of Rabelais and in 1969 scored the film L’Indiscret.

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