"PARIS S'EVEILLE" by Jacques Dutronc -1968 Vogues. REMIX


Jacques Dutronc is one of the greatest French music icons since the sixties. His music has remained untarnished over the years.

Jacques Dutronc was born in Paris on 28 April 1943. He grew up in a highly musical environment at home as his father, an engineer, was a passionate music fan. Jacques learnt to play piano at an early age and soon progressed to the guitar, which would become the favourite instrument of his teenage years. Jacques, who never showed the slightest amount of interest in his schoolwork, left the Lycée Condorcet at the age of 16 to study industrial drawing. Yet draughtsmanship failed to motivate the teenage Jacques any more than his schoolwork.

Jacques’s great passion in life was music and he would spend every single moment of his free time practising guitar riffs with his friends in the Trinité area of Paris. (These early musician friends included Hadi Kalafete and a young man by the name of Jean-Philippe Smet, who would go on to become the legendary French rock star Johnny Hallyday). Rock’n’roll was beginning to drift over the Atlantic in the early 60’s and Jacques Dutronc soon found himself caught up in the Yéyé craze (as the French dubbed their own version of rock’n’roll). Inspired by the thriving music scene in Paris, Jacques went on to form his own group El Toro et les Cyclones who began to make a name for themselves on the French music scene in 1962. Indeed El Toro et les Cyclones scored two minor hits with a couple of four-track singles they recorded in the spring of that year.

Jacques Dutronc’s teenage music career was soon cut short, however, when he was sent off to do his national service in Germany. But as soon as Jacques returned to Paris he threw himself back into music with a vengeance and soon landed a job playing guitar for the famous French 60’s star Eddy Mitchell (former lead singer of Les Chaussettes Noires). Jacques Dutronc rapidly made a name for himself on the French music scene and went on to become artistic director of the Vogue label, where he was responsible for signing new artists and writing material for his new protégés. One day Jacques Wolfsohn, a colleague at Vogue, introduced Dutronc to Françoise Hardy, one of the fastest rising young stars of the Yéyé era. Dutronc went on to write a whole string of hits for Françoise Hardy including "Va pas prendre un tambour" and "C'est le temps de l'amour" (an adaptation of the instrumental track "Fort Chabrol" which Dutronc had written for his old group Les Cyclones).

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