Alain Souchon

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Alain Souchon
Background information
Birth nameAlain Kienast
Born(1944-05-27) May 27, 1944 (age 68)
Casablanca, French Morocco
OriginParis, France
GenresAlternative rock
French pop
Pop/Rock
Experimental
Chanson
Techno
OccupationsSinger-songwriter
InstrumentsVocals, Guitar
Years active1971–present
LabelsRCA (1973-1984), Virgin (1985-present)
Associated actsLaurent Voulzy, Renaud, Maurane, Geoffrey Oryema, Zazie, Michel Jonasz, Catherine Lara
Websitealainsouchon.net
 
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Alain Souchon
Background information
Birth nameAlain Kienast
Born(1944-05-27) May 27, 1944 (age 68)
Casablanca, French Morocco
OriginParis, France
GenresAlternative rock
French pop
Pop/Rock
Experimental
Chanson
Techno
OccupationsSinger-songwriter
InstrumentsVocals, Guitar
Years active1971–present
LabelsRCA (1973-1984), Virgin (1985-present)
Associated actsLaurent Voulzy, Renaud, Maurane, Geoffrey Oryema, Zazie, Michel Jonasz, Catherine Lara
Websitealainsouchon.net

Alain Souchon (French pronunciation: [a.lɛ̃.su'ʃɔ̃] ; born Alain Kienast on May 27, 1944) is a French singer, songwriter and actor. He has released 15 albums and has played roles in seven films.

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Six months after Souchon was born his family returned to France. When he was 15 his father died in an accident. His mother sent him to a French college in England, but due to problems registering he decided to stay in London and work. Upon returning to France he took up guitar, influenced by English and American music. In 1970, he married and had his first son continuing to play in the cabarets and bars in the Rive Gauche of Paris.

Souchon in 1978.

Souchon signed his first contract in 1971 with the Pathe-Marconi label but had no success. Bob Socquet, the artistic director of RCA encouraged him to perform his song "L'amour 1930" at the Rose D'Or of Antibes contest. Souchon then began to collaborate with composer/arranger Laurent Voulzy (b. 1948); they would write together, but each released albums under his own name. Souchon's first hit was "J'ai 10 ans" (1974), from the album of the same name. He continued releasing albums and in 1978 wrote the theme for François Truffaut's 1979 film Love on the Run (L'amour en fuite). At this time his second son was born. In 1980, he was invited to perform at l'Olympia. He also began his acting career, most notably starring in the 1983 film L'été Meurtrier. Following the album 'On avance', he left RCA and signed with Virgin Records at 40 years old. In 1989 "La beauté de Ava Gardner" was voted best title of the year by the Victoires de la Musique.

Then came Souchon's biggest hit "Foule sentimentale" from 1993's million-selling C'est déja ça. At the 20th anniversary of the Victoires de la Musique in 1995, Alain Souchon received the award for best "Chanson Originale" for his song "Foule Sentimentale." In 1996, he received the "le Prix Vincent Scotto" award given by the SACEM (Societe des Auteurs Compositeurs) for his song "Sous les Jupes des Filles". Souchon returned in 2005 with the hugely successful album La vie Théodore which contained the hit single "...Et si en plus y'a personne".

Discography

Studio Albums

YearAlbumFR
[1]
BE
[2]
CH
[3]
Sales
1974J'ai dix ans
  • RCA
---
1976Bidon
  • RCA
---
1977Jamais content
  • RCA
---France: Gold (100,000)
1978Toto 30 ans, rien que du malheur...
  • RCA
---France: Gold (100,000)
1980Rame
  • RCA
---France: Gold (100,000)
1983On avance
  • RCA
---France: Gold (100,000)
1985C'est comme vous voulez
  • Virgin
108A--
1988Ultra moderne solitude
  • Virgin
---France: Gold (100,000)
1993C'est déjà ça
  • Virgin
37A7-France: Diamond (1,000,000+)
1997Sol en si (with Francis Cabrel, Michel Jonasz, Catherine Lara,
Maxime le Forestier, Maurane, Zazie)
  • Virgin
3--
1999Au ras des pâquerettes
  • Virgin
1574France: Diamond (1,206,000)
2005La Vie Théodore
  • Virgin
113France: 2xPlatinum (462,100)
2008Écoutez d'où ma peine vient
  • Virgin
1227France: Platinum (200,000)
2011À cause d'elles
  • Virgin
81190France: Platinum (200,000)

Live albums

YearAlbumFRBECHSales
1984Olympia 83
  • RCA
---
1990Nickel
  • Virgin
49A--France: Gold (100,000)
1995Défoule sentimentale - Live
  • Virgin (2-disc)
-9-France: 2xGold (200,000)
2002J'veux du live
  • Virgin
2926-France: Gold (100,000)
2010Alain Souchon est chanteur
  • Virgin
1315-France:

Compilations

YearAlbumFRBECHSales
1994L'Intégral
  • RCA (5-disc)
---
199720 Chansons
  • Also known as 20 Sur 20
  • BMG
---France: Platinum (300,000)
2001Collection (1974-1984)
  • RCA
-3010France: Platinum (300,000)
Collection (1985-2001)
  • Virgin
---France: Platinum (300,000)
2002Par les Sentiments
  • Virgin (2-disc)
---
2004Platinum Collection
  • Virgin
-13-
2007100 Chansons
  • EMI France (5-disc)
---

Singles

YearSingleFRBESNEPAlbum
1986"La Ballade de Jim"24-C'est comme vous voulez
1989"Quand je serai k.o.29-Ultra moderne solitude
1993"Foule sentimentale"1-Silver (125,000)C'est déjà ça
1994"L'amour à la machine"21-
2000"Tailler la zone"71-Au ras des pâquerettes
2001"Le baiser / Caterpillar"80-
2002"La vie ne vaut rien"46-J'veux du live
2005"Et si en plus y'a personne"1912La vie Théodore
2006"La vie Théodore"68-
2008"Écoutez d'où ma peine vient"-7Ecoutez d'où ma peine vient

Awards

1986

1990

1991

1994

1996

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Preceded by
Alain Bashung
Victoires de la Musique
Male artist of the year

1994
Succeeded by
MC Solaar