Georges Moustaki

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Georges Moustaki
Grand Gala du Disque Populaire 1974 - Georges Moustaki 927-0097.jpg
At the Grand Gala du Disque Populaire, 1974
Background information
Birth nameGiuseppe Mustacchi
Born(1934-05-03)May 3, 1934
Alexandria, Egypt
DiedMay 23, 2013(2013-05-23) (aged 79)
Nice, France
OccupationsMusician; songwriter
InstrumentsVocals
Guitar
 
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Georges Moustaki
Grand Gala du Disque Populaire 1974 - Georges Moustaki 927-0097.jpg
At the Grand Gala du Disque Populaire, 1974
Background information
Birth nameGiuseppe Mustacchi
Born(1934-05-03)May 3, 1934
Alexandria, Egypt
DiedMay 23, 2013(2013-05-23) (aged 79)
Nice, France
OccupationsMusician; songwriter
InstrumentsVocals
Guitar

Georges Moustaki (born Giuseppe Mustacchi;[1] May 3, 1934 – May 23, 2013), was a French singer-songwriter of Italo-Greek origin, best known for the poetic rhythm and simplicity of the romantic songs he composed and often sang. Moustaki wrote songs for Édith Piaf (such as "Milord"),[1] Dalida, Françoise Hardy, Barbara, Brigitte Fontaine, Herbert Pagani, France Gall, and Cindy Daniel, as well as for himself.

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Life [edit]

Georges Moustaki was born in Alexandria, Egypt, on May 3, 1934. His parents, Sarah and Nessim Mustacchi, originally from the island of Corfu, Greece, were Italo-Greek Sephardic Jews, moved to Egypt, where Georges first learned French. They had a bookshop in the cosmopolitan city of Alexandria where many ethnic communities lived together.[2]

At home, everyone spoke Italian while in the street, the children spoke Arabic.[3] . His parents placed Georges and his sisters into a French school where they learned to speak French.[3]

Moustaki went to Paris in 1951 as an aspiring artist and was inspired by the young singer-songwriter Georges Brassens. He changed his name to Georges in honor of him.[1]

Moustaki sang songs in French, Italian, Greek, Portuguese, Spanish, English and Arabic. After many hits he wrote for other singers, in 1969, Moustaki scored an international hit with the song "Le Métèque", which he composed and sang himself.

He married Annick "Yannick" Cosannec when he was twenty years old and she was twenty five and in 1954 they had a daughter, Pia.

Georges Moustaki died on May 23, 2013 in Nice, France, after a long period of illness.[4][1]

Discography [edit]

  • 17 ans
  • Adolescence
  • Alexandrie
  • Amandes
  • Aphorisme
  • As-tu brisé un coeur ?
  • Ave Maria
  • Bahia
  • Balance
  • Ballade en fumée
  • Ballade pour cinq instruments
  • Ballade de nulle part
  • Blessure
  • Blue jeans blues
  • Boucle d'oreille
  • Bye bye Bahia
  • Chanson
  • Calix Bento
  • Cantique
  • Ce soir mon amour
  • C'est là
  • Chanson cri
  • Chanson de Patsy
  • Chanson du mois de juin
  • Chanson pour elle
  • Chansons
  • Chante ta nostalgie
  • Chanter tout haut
  • Chaque instant est une vie
  • Dans mon Hamac
  • Danse
  • De Shanghai à Bangkok
  • Déclaration
  • Donne du rhum à ton homme
  • Eden Blues
  • Eldorado
  • En Méditérranée
  • En voyage
  • Et pourtant dans le monde
  • Flamenco des Flandres
  • Gardez vos filles
  • Gaspard
  • Gestes
  • Grand-pere
  • Heureusement qu'il y a de l'herbe
  • Hiroshima
  • Il faudra mourir un jour
  • Il est trop tard
  • Il y avait un jardin
  • Images
  • J'ai vu des rois serviles
  • Je m'appelle Daisy
  • Je ne sais pas où tu commences
  • Je suis un autre
  • Joseph
  • Kaimos (anglais)
  • Kaimos (grec)
  • La carte du tendre
  • L'acteur
  • La dame brune
  • La ligne droite
  • La philosophie
  • La pierre
  • La Pinzutu
  • L'eau, de l'eau
  • Le facteur
  • Le maraudeur
  • Le mauvais larron
  • Le métèque
  • Le passager clandestin
  • Le petit homme et le grand homme
  • Le temps de vivre
  • Les amandes
  • Les amours finissent un jour
  • Les eaux de mars
  • Les enfants d'hier
  • Les amis
  • Les marchands
  • Les musiciens
  • Les orgues de barbarie
  • Les orteils au soleil
  • L'homme au coeur blessé
  • L'île habitée
  • Ma liberté
  • Marteau d'or
  • Ma solitude
  • Marche de Sacco et Vanzetti
  • Matin
  • Mendiant
  • Milord (for Édith Piaf)
  • Mon île de France
  • Natalia
  • Nous n'étions pas pareils
  • Où mènent ces routes?
  • Pourquoi mon Dieu?
  • Requiem pour n'importe qui
  • Reveline
  • Rien n'a changé
  • Sans la nommer
  • Sarah
  • Tu m'attendais
  • Un jour tu es parti
  • Votre fille a vingt ans
  • Voyage

References [edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Georges Moustaki, composer of Edith Piaf hit song, dies". BBC News. May 23, 2013. Retrieved May 23, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Recuperating cosmopolitan Alexandria: Circulation of narratives and narratives of circulation" by Deborah A. Starr, Department of Near Eastern Studies, Cornell University, 23 May 2005
  3. ^ a b "Georges Moustaki: A Ptolemean Greek" ["«Ζορζ Μουστακί: ένας Πτολεμαίος Ελληνας»], interview to Kathimerini, 10 July 2001 (in Greek)
  4. ^ Mortaigne, Véronique (May 23, 2013). "Mort de Georges Moustaki, le chanteur du 'Métèque'" [Death of Georges Moustaki, singer of 'Métèque']. Le Monde (in French). Retrieved May 23, 2013. 

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