Jean Ferrat

Jean Ferrat

Vaucresson, Departement des Hauts-de-Seine, Île-de-France, France
Death 13 Mar 2010 (aged 79)
Aubenas, Departement de l'Ardèche, Rhône-Alpes, France
Burial Antraigues-sur-Volane, Departement de l'Ardèche, Rhône-Alpes, France
Memorial ID 49849570 · View Source
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Singer, Songwriter. Born Jean Tenenbaum in Vaucresson, Hauts-de-Seine, to Russian-Jewish parents, he began his career in the cabarets of the postwar Left Bank and then made a name for himself as a chanson française in the 1960s and 1970s with a series of lyrical love songs. A friend of the Left, his song "Potemkine" is said to have helped spark the student uprisings of 1968 in France. During his career he wrote about 200 songs reflecting his political views. He was also known for his adaptations of works by the communist poet Louis Aragon. Among his best-known songs were La Montagne (The Mountain), Potemkine and Ma France, the latter a patriotic song banned from radio and television in the 1960s for what the French considered excessively political content. His 1963 song "Nuit et Brouillard" (Night and Fog) was awarded the Académie Charles Cros's Grand Prix du Disque. He was recognized in 1990 with an award from the Société des auteurs, compositeurs et éditeurs de musique, the French association of songwriters, composers and music publishers. Died of complications from lung cancer in Aubenas.

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