Wednesday, 6 January 2010

Jacques Dutronc

I discovered Jacques Dutronc thanks to the Black Lips' cover of his song 'Hippie Hippie Hourrah' and fell in love with a best of compilation I came across (Spotify link). Jacques is currently married to singer Francoise Hardy (since 1981) and is a French singer, composer and actor. He began as a guitar player in the group 'El Toro et les Cyclones' and also played backign guitar for a number of French stars. After landing a job as assistant at Vogue Records he produced several songs for a number of lesser known artists. Dutronc got his big break after one of the stars heard a demo of Jacques singing a song he had arranged for him and insisting he perform it. 'Et moi, et moi, et moi' was his first single and turned him into a star in 1966.

His sound has been compared to that of The Kinks, with people often labelling him 'the French Ray Davies'. I won't bore you with a long list of other comparisons, so instead take a listen to these tracks!


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