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French electronic music composer and showman extraordinaire Jean Michel Jarre was born on August 24, 1948. He’s best known for his 1976 album Oxygène. Jarre recorded it in his home studio and it sold 12 million copies, making it the … Continue reading

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Une passion déchainée

I’m happy to share my birthday with Joseph-Maurice Ravel, born on March 7, 1875. (I must point out that I wasn’t born the same year or even same century as the French composer.) SACEM (La Société des auteurs, compositeurs et … Continue reading

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Blanc comme un cachet d’aspirine

French-Polish composer and piano virtuoso Frédéric Chopin was born on March 1, 1810 (although the church baptismal record says February 22). He was born near Warsaw to a Polish mother and a French father who was an immigrant to Poland. … Continue reading

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Mettre les bâtons dans les roues

The soundtrack to Louis XIV’s life was written by Italian-born composer Jean-Baptiste Lully. Lully was born November 28, 1832 in Florence, Italy. He was brought to France as a boy where he worked scrubbing pots in the kitchen of a … Continue reading

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Le seul honneur pour un artiste, c’est de n’en pas avoir

Léo Ferré, one of the greatest French language wordsmiths of the 20th century was born on August 24, 1916 in Monaco. One of his most haunting songs is Avec le temps, first recorded in 1970, shown here with the original … Continue reading

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