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Jean Ferrat

Jean Ferrat

(1930 – 2010)

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Jean Ferrat

Jean Ferrat
(1930 – 2010)

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Jean Ferrat

(1930 – 2010)
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This is a tribute to Jean Ferrat. Jean Ferrat was born Jean Tenenbaum and was a French singer-songwriter and poet.
Jean Ferrat was born in Vaucresson, Hauts-de-Seine. He was the youngest of four children from a modest Jewish family which moved to Versailles in 1935, Jean Ferrat studied at the Jules Ferry College. His Russian father was deported to Auschwitz during the war, where he died. Jean Ferrat dropped out of school to help the family survive.
In the early 1950s he started in Parisian cabaret. After that he has avoided any particular musical style, but remained faithful to himself, his friends and his public.
In 1956, he set "Les yeux d'Elsa" ("Elsa's eyes"), a Louis Aragon poem which Jean Ferrat
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loved, to music. Its rendition by popular artist André Claveau brought Jean Ferrat some initial recognition as a songwriter.
His first 45 RPM single was released in 1958, without success. It was not until 1959, with publisher Gérard Meys, who also became his close friend and associate, that his career started to flourish. He signed with Decca and released his second single, "Ma Môme", in 1960 under the musical direction of Meys.
In 1961 Jean Ferrat married Christine Sèvres, a singer who performed some of his songs. He also met Alain Goraguer, who became an arranger of his songs. His debut album, Deux Enfants du Soleil, was released that year. Jean Ferrat also wrote songs for Zizi Jeanmaire
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and went on the road, sharing billing with her at the Alhambra for six months.
Nuit et Brouillard, which followed in 1963, was awarded the Académie Charles Cros's Grand Prix du Disque. Jean Ferrat toured again in 1965, but stopped performing on stage in 1973.
In 1990, he received an award from the Société des auteurs, compositeurs et éditeurs de musique, (SACEM) the French association of songwriters, composers and music publishers.
Jean Ferrat passed away on the 13th March 2010. This is a memorial to his life. May he rest in peace.
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Jean Ferrat

This is a tribute to Jean Ferrat. Jean Ferrat was born Jean Tenenbaum and was a French singer-songwriter and poet.
Jean Ferrat was born in Vaucresson, Hauts-de-Seine. He was the youngest of four children from a modest Jewish family which moved to Versailles in 1935, Jean Ferrat studied at the Jules Ferry College. His Russian father was deported to Auschwitz during the war, where he died. Jean Ferrat dropped out of school to help the family survive.
In the early 1950s he started in Parisian cabaret. After that he has avoided any particular musical style, but remained faithful to himself, his friends and his public.
In 1956, he set "Les yeux d'Elsa" ("Elsa's eyes"), a Louis Aragon poem which Jean Ferrat...

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