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Alain Chamfort - Biography
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|Alain Chamfort (real name Alain Legovic) is a French composer, pianist & singer, born on March 2, 1949 in Paris, France. He started taking piano lessons with his older sister. In 1962, Alain founded his first band, Dreamer's, then he became the organist of the bands Shaker's & Murator's. In 1996, he was the singer of Les Mod's & Jacques Dutronc's pianist. In 1968, he released his first solo 7".|
In 1970, he met Claude François, who gave him the name Chamfort. Alain signed to Flèche & released the singles "Dans Les Ruisseaux", "L'Amour En France", "Signe De Vie Signe D'Amour", until "Le Temps Qui Court" (French version of Barry Manilow's "Could It Be Magic") in 1975. Alain left Flèche & signed to CBS.
In 1976, Alain released his LP Mariage À L'Essai. In 1977, he worked with American musicians & called Serge Gainsbourg, who wrote the lyrics of the album Rock'N'Rose. In 1979, Poses came out, including the hit "Manureva". Serge Gainsbourg only wrote 3 songs on the album. After Amour Année Zéro in 1981, Alain & Serge's collaboration ended.
Chamfort comes into his own
In 1983, Alain released Secrets Glacés & produced Lio's second album. In 1986, he released his album Tendres Fièvres, written with lyricist Jacques Duvall. Between 1987 & 1989, he composed & produced 3 songs for the duet À Caus' Des Garçons.
Chamfort reaches maturity
In 1990, Trouble got new sounds & in 1993, he released Neuf, including the hit "L'Ennemi Dans La Glace". In 1995, Alain participated to les Francofolies de La Rochelle & recorded "Vu Du Ciel" & in 1997, Personne N'Est Parfait was his last album for Epic/Sony.
In 2003, Alain signed to Delabel/Virgin & released Le Plaisir, but he has been fired by his label the following year. In 2005, he received a Victoire De La Musique for "Les Beaux Yeux De Laure" video & performed at Paris' Jardins Du Luxembourg, followed by a live album.
In 2006, he celebrated 40 years of career at Paris' Olympia. In 2007, he released the compilation of all his albums & on March 20, 2007, French Culture Minister Renaud Donnedieu De Vabres decorated Alain "Chevalier De La Légion D'Honneur".
Une Vie Saint-Laurent
In February 2010, Alain released Une Vie Saint-Laurent, written with lyricist Pierre-Dominique Burgaud, based on the biography of fashion designer Yves Saint-Laurent. The album has been autoproduced. The following year, he signed to Mercury France/Universal. On April 19, 2012, French Culture Minister Frédéric Mitterrand decorated Alain "Officier De L'Ordre National Du Mérite".
Writing and production credits
As Alain Legovic
Claude François Si Douce À Mon Souvenir (Philips)
Claude François Il Fait Beau, Il Fait Bon (Philips)
As Alain Chamfort
Lio Suite Sixtine (Attic Records Canada)
Lio Amour Toujours (Ariola Germany)
Jane Birkin Baby Alone In Babylone (Philips)
Ana Belén Geminis (CBS Discos Inc.)
Paloma San Basilio La Fiesta Terminó (CBS Discos Inc.)
Lio Pop Model (Polydor/PolyGram)
À Caus' Des Garçons À Caus' Des Garçons, Faire Les Voyous & Pas Envie D'Expliquer (WEA/Warner)
Jane Birkin À La Légère (Mercury)
Jane Birkin Rendez-Vous (Capitol France)
Véronique Sanson Longue Distance (WEA/Warner)
Vanessa Paradis Divinidylle (Barclay)
Yelle Pop-Up (Source)
Coralie Clément Toystore (Discograph)
Line Renaud Rue Washington (Warner Music France)