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Claude François

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Alongside Johnny Hallyday, Claude François was one of the primary stars of French rock and roll & roll, rising through the so-called “yé-yé” movement of the first ’60s. Like Hallyday, his early achievement came mainly from French adaptations of English-language rock and roll and folk strikes, instead of from original materials written designed for him. Nevertheless, his picture — immaculately coiffed locks and glitzy sequined matches — played just like big a job in his reputation, and produced him a significant teenager idol in his heyday, when followers dubbed him “Clo-Clo.” He outfitted his much-imitated quartet of backup dancers, the Clodettes, in a lot more flamboyant outfits (some self-designed), which offered his act an absolute kitsch charm and became a visible signature for a lot of his profession. Properly for the vocalist who recorded the initial version from the track that became “My Method,” François resided the outsized existence of a celebrity, cycling through some high-profile affairs and obtaining a reputation to be extremely difficult to utilize. Despite continued recognition, he endured a work of poor personal luck within the ’70s that culminated in his freak unintentional death of them costing only 39 yrs . old, electrocuting himself within the bath tub while changing a lamp. Claude Marie Antoine François was created on Feb 1, 1939 in Ismailia, Egypt, where his French-born dad worked like a shipping and delivery traffic controller within the Suez Canal. His Italian-born mom motivated him musically, obtaining him into violin and piano lessons; François favored the drums, nevertheless. When Egypt nationalized the Suez Canal in 1956, François and his family members had been repatriated to France, settling in Monte Carlo. His dad fell seriously sick shortly after, and François was pressured to obtain a work and help support the family members. He worked inside a lender by day time, but soon captured on like a drummer with regional orchestras within the resort and nightclub circuit. He produced his professional debut with Louis Frozio in 1957, over his father’s intense objections. Around 1959, François began to try his hands at performing, and proved popular with resort viewers around the France Riviera. In 1961, he and his first wife transferred to Paris. François discovered a gig executing with Les Bettors, but soon made a decision to go on a single profession, hoping to make use of the stone fad emerging one of the youngsters of Paris. Still in 1961, he arrived a record offer and released a debut one, “Nabout Twist,” beneath the name Koko. It flopped. Nevertheless, his second discharge, an Everly Brothers version retitled “Belles, Belles, Belles,” was a million-selling smash for Philips in 1962. Adopted simply because a teenager idol with the French music press and the favorite Salut Les Copains present, he scored many more strikes over the following calendar year, including “Marche Tout Droit,” “Pauvre Petite Fille Riche,” “Dis-Lui,” as well as the past due-1963 chart-topper “Si J’Avais el Marteau” (a French edition of “EASILY Acquired a Hammer”). Hence established being a superstar, François embarked on a headlining tour of France in 1964, and wound it up with an appearance on the famed Olympia movie theater in Paris. François documented prolifically through the middle-’60s, cranking out one after one and version after version. He added the very first version from the Clodettes to his stage display in 1966, which offered him a complete new charm in concert, and installed another hugely effective tour. Right now lengthy since separated from his 1st wife, he previously a short and well-publicized love with vocalist France Gall in 1967. Within the aftermath from the separation, he co-wrote and documented a music known as “Comme d’Habitude,” that was later on modified by Paul Anka in to the English-language pop regular “My Method.” François began his personal Flèche label in 1968, exactly the same yr he previously the to begin two kids with a fresh girlfriend. François continuing to execute and record with substantial success for another couple of years, but broke down and collapsed on-stage in 1971 throughout a concert at Marseille. He recuperated within the Canary Islands for a short while, and came back to France and then break several bone fragments in a significant car crash. In 1972, he uncovered songwriter Patrick Juvet, who constructed his smash strike “Le Lundi au Soleil”; nevertheless, more misfortune implemented, as François was discovered to owe a lot more than two million francs in back again taxes. He previously several more strikes in 1973, the largest which was “Ça S’en Va et Ça Revient,” but experienced more misfortune once the windmill at his nation home caught open fire, so when he was unintentionally head-butted by way of a lover during another concert at Marseille. François got a big success in 1974 with “Le Phone Pleure,” which when translated into British (as “Tears on calling”) offered him his 1st U.K. graph single. Within the U.K. on the promotional tour in 1975, he narrowly prevented being wiped out by an IRA bombing. By this time around, he had resolved a few of his economic problems by obtaining several periodicals (one teen-oriented, one with adult nude picture taking) along with a modeling company. In 1977 he reinvented himself being a disco vocalist using the smash strikes “Alexandrie, Alexandra” and “Magnolias Forever,” two of the very most enduringly popular music of his profession (and improved live with the Clodettes’ disco routines). Unfortunately, they might also be the final. On March 11, 1978 — shortly after taping a U.K. Television particular — François was going for a shower at his Paris house when he pointed out that the over head light bulb required changing. He stood up to take action, still standing up in drinking water, and was fatally electrocuted. Information of his loss of life was fulfilled by an outpouring of grief from People from france music enthusiasts, who continue steadily to enjoy a lot of his latter-day function.

Quick Facts


Full Name Claude François
Died March 11, 1978, Paris, France
Height 1.7 m
Profession Singer, Actor, Photographer, Music Producer, Songwriter, Editor, Dancer
Nationality French
Spouse Janet Woollacott
Children Marc François, Claude François Jr.
Parents Aimé François, Lucia Mazzeï
Siblings Marie-Jose François
Music Songs Comme D'Habitude, Alexandrie Alexandra, Magnolias for Ever, Chanson populaire, Le téléphone pleure, Bélinda, Le Lundi au soleil, Cette année-là, Si j'avais un marteau, Belles ! Belles ! Belles !, My Way, Le Chanteur malheureux, Le mal aimé, Donna donna, Meme si tu revenais, Toi et moi contre le monde entier, Je vais à Rio, Le Jouet extraordinaire, Pauvre Petite Fille Riche, Soudain il ne reste qu'une chanson, Mais quand le matin, J’attendrai, C'est la même chanson, Toi et le soleil, Il fait beau, il fait bon, Sha La La, Stop au nom de l'amour, Y'a le printemps qui chante, Sale bonhomme, J'y pense et puis j'oublie, Quelque fois, Éloïse
Albums Pour les jeunes de 8 à 88 ans, Il fait beau, il fait bon, Je viens dîner ce soir, Les choses de la maison, C'est la même chanson, Toi et moi contre le monde entier, C'est comme ça que l'on s'est aimé, Le Nabout twist, Un monde de musique, Claude François à l'Olympia (1969), Y'a le printemps qui chante, Menteur ou cruel, Le Mal-aimé, Si douce à mon souvenir, Dis-lui, Magnolias for ever, J'attendrai, Le Monde extraordinaire de Claude François, Le vagabond, Maman chérie, Si j'avais un marteau, ...en vrai, Pourquoi pleurer (sur un succès d'été), Le Lundi au soleil, Si tu veux être heureux, Cloclo (Bande originale du film), Sur Scène Eté 1975, Eloise, De ville en ville, "Forest National" Bruxelles 1974, Olympia 1964, Génération Cloclo, Live: Olympia Septembre 1964, N°4, PODIUM, Hit Parade (Extrait du spectacle musical), Ses plus grands succès, 30 ans édition anniversaire, Souvenir 1978, 10 ans de chansons 1962-1972, Remix 90's, Les plus grands succès de Claude François, Le jouet extraordinaire, Cette année là, Ces années là..., Best Of 2 CD, D'Alexandrie à Alexandra, Claude François (Live), Quand un bateau passe, Intégrale des Années Warner 1975-1978, J'y pense et puis j'oublie


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#Fact
1 When Claude photographed naked women for Absolu magazine (the equivalent of Playboy magazine), he signed under the pseudonym François Dumoulin.
2 Claude François had a secret relationship with singer France Gall.
3 Recorded in France for Philips Record 434.912 BE the US Big Hit by Vaughn Horton: "La ferme du Bonheur"- (Mockin' Bird Hill) in German it was called: (Auf der Alm in Tirol).
4 After a break-up with singer France Gall in 1967, he was very depressed. In order to help, Jacques Revaux, a friend of his, proposed him a little melody. With Revaux and Gilles Thibault, he wrote the lyrics about a failing couple, destroyed by their usual life habits. It was titled "Comme d'habitude". A little time later, the song had an English version: "My Way".
5 French singer superstar. Extremely maniacal, he died when he decided to change an electric bulb above his bathtub while he was taking a bath on the afternoon of March 11th, 1978.


Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Who's Doing the Dishes? 2016 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Atop the Fourth Wall 2013-2015 TV Series music - 2 episodes
Saturday Night Live 1986-2015 TV Series writer - 2 episodes
The Walk 2015/II performer: "Douce Candy"
Mo'adon Layla 2014 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Gente de bien 2014 music: "A Mi Manera"
Mad Men 2014 TV Series music - 1 episode
X-Men: Days of Future Past 2014 performer: "Stop Au Nom De L'Amour"
Carmina y amén. 2014 music: "My Way"
Gent de paraula 2011-2013 TV Series music - 5 episodes
Rock the Casbah 2013 music: "Comme d'habitude"
Samedi soir on chante France Gall 2013 TV Movie music: "Comme d'Habitude"
Captain Jokes Parrot's Adventures TV Mini-Series performer - 1 episode, 2013 writer - 1 episode, 2013
Des gens qui s'embrassent 2013 writer: "My Way"
Pasila 2012 TV Series music - 1 episode
Cloclo 2012 At Seventeen, If I Had A Hammer, December, 1963 Oh, What a Night, I Can't Help Myself, Beggin, Miss Belinda, Freddom come, Freedom go, Daydreamer, I'll be around Whenever you want me, ", "Magnolias for ever", "Alexandrie, Alexandra", performer: "17 ans", "Bye Bye Blackbird", "Le Nabout Twist", "Si j'avais un marteau", "Cette année-là", "Je sais", "L'amour c'est comme ça", "Reste", "Comme d'Habitude", "Belinda", "Le lundi au soleil", "Il fait beau, il fait bon", "Le mal aimé", "Le téléphone pleur
No me la puc treure del cap 2012 TV Series music - 1 episode
Isabel, a su manera 2011 TV Movie music: "A Mi Manera"
Juan of the Dead 2011 performer: "My Way"
Hoy quiero confesar 2011 TV Mini-Series music - 1 episode
Punisher '79-82 2010 Short writer: "My Way"
Vater Morgana 2010 music: "My Way"
The Simpsons 2010 TV Series music - 1 episode
Tung metal 2010 TV Series music - 1 episode
Les petits mouchoirs 2010 writer: "My Way"
Live from Studio Five 2009 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Hi havia una vegada el disc de La Marató 2009 TV Movie documentary music: "Com he fet sempre"
Mansikkapaikka 2009 TV Series writer - 1 episode
BBC Electric Proms 2009 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Banda sonora 2008-2009 TV Series music - 3 episodes
Aufgspuit! 2008 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Memòries de la tele 2008 TV Series music - 1 episode
Atrapats pel cap d'any 2007 TV Movie music: "My Way"
My Way 2007 writer: "My Way"
L'invité 2007 performer: "Y'a le printemps qui chante", "Si j'avais un marteau" "If I Had a Hammer / writer: "Y'a le printemps qui chante"
Pour le meilleur et pour le rire: La croisière du rire 2007 TV Series performer - 2 episodes
Sicko 2007 Documentary performer: "Ce monde absurde"
La tele de tu vida 2007 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Elvis Lives: The 25th Anniversary Concert, 'Live' from Memphis 2007 Video writer: "My Way"
A Very British Gangster 2007 Documentary writer: "My Way"
Happy Feet 2006 music: "My Way"
Elvis Presley: Love Me Tender 2006 Video writer: "My Way"
Aloha from Sweden 2006 Video writer: "My Way"
The Sopranos 2006 TV Series music - 1 episode
New Tricks 2006 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Kupetzky 2006 TV Series writer - 1 episode
American Dreamz 2006 writer: "My Way"
Commissaire Valence 2006 TV Series writer - 1 episode
The X Factor 2005 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Popaganda: The Art and Crimes of Ron English 2005 Documentary music: "Cartoon Bikini"
La madrastra 2005 TV Series music - 1 episode
La vie de chantier 2004 Video writer: "Alexandrie Alexandra"
Far Far Away Idol 2004 Video short writer: "My Way"
Les fautes d'orthographe 2004 lyrics: "Dona Dona"
La columna 2004 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Podium 2004 music: "Comme d'Habitude" / performer: "Ça s'en va et ça revient", "I know", "Alexandrie Alexandra sequential mix", "Je viens dîner ce soir", "La musique américaine", "Le lundi au soleil", "Magnolias for ever", "Belinda", "Je vais à Rio", "Le mal aimé Daydreamer", "Si j'avais un marteau"
Sister Helen 2002 Documentary writer: "My Way"
One Night with Robbie Williams 2001 TV Special documentary music: "My Way"
Anders Matthesen: Anden live i Cirkusbygningen - Hva' snakker du om? 2001 Video writer: "Min vej"
Who Is Bernard Tapie? 2001 Documentary writer: "My Way"
CQ 2001 performer: "Ce Soir, Je Vais Boire"
3000 Miles to Graceland 2001 "My Way"
The Mole 2001 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Barend en Van Dorp 2000 TV Series music - 1 episode
Lucky Numbers 2000 writer: "My Way"
Laços de Família 2000 TV Series music - 1 episode
Hinter Gittern - Der Frauenknast 2000 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Workers for the Good Lord 2000 music: "Comme d'Habitude"
The Filth and the Fury 2000 Documentary writer: "My Way"
The Astronaut's Wife 1999 writer: "My Way"
My Giant 1998 writer: "My Way"
George of the Jungle 1997 writer: "My Way"
Jungle 2 Jungle 1997 writer: "My Way"
Mad Dog Time 1996 writer: "My Way"
Bat Yam - New York 1996 TV Series music - 1 episode
Another Midnight Run 1994 TV Movie writer: "MY WAY"
Demob 1993 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Sinatra 1992 TV Mini-Series music: "My Way"
Growing Pains 1991 TV Series music - 1 episode
Vreemde praktijken 1991 TV Series music - 1 episode
Sinatra 75: The Best Is Yet to Come 1990 TV Special documentary music: "My Way" - uncredited
Welcome Home, Roxy Carmichael 1990 writer: "My Way"
The Boyfriend School 1990 writer: "My Way"
Goodfellas 1990 writer: "My Way"
The Wizard 1989 writer: "My Way"
The Fabulous Baker Boys 1989 writer: "My Way"
My Boyfriend's Back 1989 TV Movie writer: "My Way"
The Heist 1989 TV Movie music: "A Mi Manera"
Frank, Liza & Sammy: The Ultimate Event 1989 TV Special documentary music: "My Way" - uncredited
Jack's Back 1988 lyrics: "My Way" / music: "My Way"
Die Hausmeisterin 1987 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Zeg 'ns Aaa 1987 TV Series music - 1 episode
Elvis '56 1987 TV Movie documentary writer: "My Way"
Only Fools and Horses.... 1986 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Sid and Nancy 1986 writer: "My Way"
Webster 1983 TV Series music - 1 episode
O Tal Canal 1983 TV Series writer - 1 episode
De Mike Burstyn show 1978-1981 TV Series writer - 2 episodes
This Is Elvis 1981 music: "My Way"
Divine Madness 1980 Documentary music: "My Way"
The First 40 Years 1980 TV Special music: "My Way" - uncredited
Claude François - le film de sa vie 1979 Documentary music: "Comme d'Habitude" / performer: "Le Nabout Twist", "Belles Belles Belles Girls, girls, girls", "Hey Potatoes", "Je sais", "J'attendrai Reach Out I'll Be There", "C'est la même chanson It's the Same Old Song", "Si j'avais un marteau If I Had A Hammer", "Petite mèche de cheveux", "Comme d'Habitude", "Il fait beau, il fait bon Freddom come, Freedom go", "17 ans At Seventeen", "Un peu d'amour, beaucoup de haine", "Sha La La Hier Est Près De MoiYesterday once more - Viens à la mais
Série noire 1979 performer: "Alexandrie Alexandra", "Magnolia forever"
Top of the Pops 1977 TV Series music - 1 episode
Frank Sinatra: The Main Event 1974 TV Movie documentary music: "My Way" - uncredited
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to James Cagney 1974 TV Special documentary music: "My Way" - uncredited
Frank Sinatra: In Concert at the Royal Festival Hall 1971 TV Special music: "My Way" - uncredited
Sinatra 1969 TV Special music: "My Way" - uncredited
Le palmarès des chansons 1966 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Age tendre et tête de bois 1963 TV Series performer - 2 episodes
Studio en folies 1947 Short writer: "Oupetta La Bella"

Music Department

Music Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Frank Sinatra in Japan: Live at the Budokan Hall, Tokyo 1985 TV Special music: "My Way"
The Great Rock 'n' Roll Swindle 1980 composer: song "My Way"
My Way 1972 composer: theme song "My Way"

Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Si Perrault m'était conté 1966 TV Mini-Series Billy Work
Teuf-teuf 1963 TV Movie

Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Avec le coeur 1972 TV Movie

Composer

Composer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Janine 1968 Short documentary

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Cloclo 2012 in memory of

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Les rendez-vous du dimanche 1977-1978 TV Series Himself
Numéro 1 1975-1978 TV Series Himself / Himself - Host
Wednesday at 8 1977 TV Series Himself
L'école des fans 1977 TV Series Himself
Seaside Special 1977 TV Series Himself
Music-Hall à Provins 1977 TV Series Himself
Midi-Première 1975-1977 TV Series Himself
Drôles de zèbres 1977 Himself
Stars on Sunday 1977 TV Series Himself
Top à... 1972-1974 TV Series Himself / Himself - Host
Midi Trente 1972-1974 TV Series Himself
Les grands moments de dimanche - Salvador 1974 TV Movie Himself
Samedi soir 1971-1972 TV Series Himself
Avec le coeur 1972 TV Movie Himself - Host
Les étoiles de la chanson 1971 TV Series Himself
Blood, Sweat and Tears 1971 TV Movie documentary Himself - Narrator
Sacha show 1966-1971 TV Series Himself
Show-Report 1970 TV Series documentary Himself
D'hier et d'aujourd'hui 1970 TV Series Himself
Night-Club 1969 TV Series Himself - Musician
Succès 68 1968 TV Movie Himself / Performer
Dim Dam Dom 1967 TV Series Himself
Voilà, voilà 1967 TV Movie Himself
Tilt 1966-1967 TV Series Himself
A Tale of Two Rivers 1966 TV Mini-Series Himself
Le palmarès des chansons 1966 TV Series Himself
Träume für den Sommer 1966 TV Movie Himself - Musician
Age tendre et tête de bois 1963-1965 TV Series Himself
Tête de bois et tendres années 1965 TV Series Himself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Lundi en histoires 2016 TV Series documentary Himself
Vivement dimanche 2012 TV Series Himself
Salut les geeks 2011 TV Series Himself
Nous nous sommes tant aimés 2010 TV Series documentary Himself
20 heures le journal 2007 TV Series Himself
13 heures le journal 2007 TV Series Himself
Pour le meilleur et pour le rire: La croisière du rire 2007 TV Series Himself
Un jour, un destin 2007 TV Series documentary Himself
Les grands du rire 2006-2007 TV Series Himself
On n'est pas couché 2007 TV Series Himself
C'est bon pour le moral 2006 TV Series Himself
Les marches du podium 2004 Video documentary short Himself
Graffiti 60 2004 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself
Podium 2004 Himself
Claude François - Sa première tournée - Un été frénétique 1994 Video Himself
Palmarès 1981 TV Series Himself

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#Trademark
1 Single sequin dress
2 Claude often danced with dancers held light, the first to have danced undress before the cameras of French television.


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