Serge Gainsbourg

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Decades: 1990s 2000s
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Lucien Ginsburg, 2 April 1928, Paris, France, d. 2 March 1991, Paris, France. Gainsbourg was a frustrated painter who eked a living as a bar pianist before joining the band hired for the musical Milord L’Arsouville starring Michèle Arnaud. Eventually given a reluctant singing role, his stage fright was interpreted by the audience as part of the act. His subsequent self-penned hit parade successes included ‘Le Poinçonneur Des Lilas’, ‘La Chanson De Prévert’ (a homage to the renowned French poet) and ‘La Javanaise’ but, an unlikely looking pop star with his heavy-lidded homeliness, he preferred to compose for others. More prestigious than his soundtrack work and songs for Régine, Valérie Lagrange and Dominique Walter were those commissioned by such as Juliette Gréco, France Gall, Sacha Distel, Johnny Hallyday, Claude Francois and also English language vocalists, Petula Clark and Dionne...

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