Claude François

Knowledge Identifier: +Claude_Francois


Claude Francois

French pop singer, songwriter and dancer add

Category: Music

Born in 1939.

Countries: France (55%), United States (15%), Monaco (5%)

Education: undef.

Main connections: Jacques Revaux, My Way, Paul Anka

Linked to: Provisional Irish Republican Army, Phonogram Inc.




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Claude François was born in 1939 add something


Jacques Revaux - "'Jacques Revaux"' is a French songwriter most famous for his 1968 collaboration with singer Claude François on the song "Comme d'habitude" that singer-songwriter Paul Anka reworked into the English language as "My Way"


In 1951 the job took the family to the city of Port Tawfiq on the Gulf of Suez add something


As a result of the 1956 Suez Crisis, the family returned to live in Monaco, where they struggled financially after François' father fell ill and could not work add something


While working the clubs, he met Janet Woolcoot, an English dancer whom he married in 1960 add something


In 1963 he followed the first success with another French adaptation of an American song, this time recording "If I Had a Hammer" and "Walk Right In" in French as "Si j'avais un marteau" and "Marche Tout Droit" add something


Andre Ceccarelli - After almost two years, several tours and many recordings with this band, he left in January 1964 to resume some time the position of drummer in the band the "Casino Sporting Club Monaco", and playing with many entertainers in studio and on tour, including Claude François, he turned to jazz


In January 1965, while returning from a trip to Las Vegas, Francois, fascinated by the American shows, decided to take them as a model, and eventually the project of performing on the stage with a female dancer band became clear in his mind add something


Herve Vilard - In 1966, he becomes the opening act for Claude Francois. with whom he later goes on a European and World tour


Divorced from his wife, in 1967 he began a relationship with Eurovision-winning singer France Gall add something


In 1967, he and Jacques Revaux wrote and composed a song in French called "Comme d'habitude" , which became a hit in Francophone countries add something


My Way - Its lyrics were written by Paul Anka and set to music based on the French song "Comme d'habitude" composed in 1967 by Claude François and Jacques Revaux


My Way - Paul Anka heard the original 1967 French pop song, "Comme d'habitude" performed by Claude François, while on holiday in the south of France


Comme d'habitude - Revaux agreed and with some rewriting from Gilles Thibaut the song became "Comme d'habitude" and was released by Claude François in 1968


After a brief period off, he returned to the recording studios, releasing several best-selling hits throughout the early 1970s add something


Although François continued his successful formula of adapting English and American rock and roll hits for the French market, by the 1970s the market had changed and the disco craze that swept North America took root in France add something


Biddu - During the late 1970s, Biddu had a hit in France with the late Claude François, for whom he produced the song "Laisse Une Chance A Notre Amour"


He sang the original version of "Parce que je t'aime, mon enfant" in 1971, which, while remaining relatively little-known in France, was taken over by Elvis Presley under the title "My Boy" add something


However, in 1971, his workload caught up with him when he collapsed on stage from exhaustion add something


Although driven to achieve financial success, in 1974 he organized a concert to raise funds for a charity for handicapped children, and the following year he participated in a Paris concert to raise funds for medical research add something


Le Telephone Pleure - "'Le Téléphone Pleure"'" was a 1974 hit single by French artist Claude François


In 1975, while in London, he narrowly escaped death when an IRA bomb exploded and two years later a gangster tried to shoot him while he drove his car add something


In 1977 and 1978, more than 15 years after his first hit record, he was still topping the musical charts with multi-million sales from hits such as "Alexandrie Alexandra" and performing to large audiences add something


Claude François sold some 70 million records during his career and was about to embark for the U.S. when he accidentally electrocuted himself in 1978 at age 39 add something

Claude François died in 1978 add something


On 16 January 1978, he performed a gala at the Royal Albert Hall in London to an audience of 6000 add something


After working in Switzerland on 9 and 10 March and recording a television special for the BBC on Saturday, 11 March 1978, he returned to his Paris apartment in order to appear, the next day, on "Les Rendez-vous du Dimanche" with TV host Michel Drucker add something


On 11 March 2000, on the 22nd anniversary of his death, Place Claude-François in Paris was named in his memory; it is located right in front of the building where he died add something


A biopic called "Cloclo" was released in March 2012 to coincide with the anniversary of his death add something


Jeremie Renier - He portrayed famous singer Claude François in 2012 film "My Way"


Robert Knepper - In 2012, he guest-starred as Frank Sinatra in the film Cloclo, biopic of Claude François the French pop singer who wrote "Comme d'habitude", the original version of "My Way


My Way - In 2016, Claude François Jr., the son this song's original French version's performer French singer worked with French singer M. Pokora and published an album My Way, reprising some of Claude François's famous songs