French singer-songwriter Jean-Jacques Goldman was born October 11, 1951. He’s largely unknown to the English-speaking world, but he’s the second highest grossing performer in France (Johnny Hallyday is still king). He’s a graduate of EDHEC, one of the most prestigious business schools in the world and a grande école, the French equivalent of the Ivy League. His musical debut was with a rock group named Tai Phong that performed in English. A couple of years later, Goldman decided to go it alone and write and perform in French. His collaborations with singers such as Céline Dion, Patricia Kaas, and Patrick Fiori were huge financial and artistic successes. He was France’s male artist of the year in 1986 and his contribution to Dion’s album Falling Into You was honored with a Grammy in 1997. One of his biggest solo hits is “Là-bas,” which means “Over There.”
Today’s expression means donner sa parole d’honneur (done-ay sah pa-roll don-uhr) means “to give one’s word of honor.” The word parole means lyric as well. Jean-Jacques Goldman has given his words to others and that has resulted in honors all round.