born on 18/10/1940 in Brou-sur-Chantereine, Île-de-France, France
died on 6/4/2018 in Paris, Île-de-France, France
Jacques Joseph Victor Higelin (18 October 1940 – 6 April 2018) was a French pop singer who rose to prominence in the early 1970s. Early in his career, many of Higelin's songs were effectively blacklisted from French radio because of his controversial left wing political beliefs, and his association with socialist groups.
Higelin was born on 18 October 1940. His father Paul, a railway worker and musician of Alsatian descent, introduced his two sons to some forms of music, while his mother, Renée, of Belgian descent, raised them both.
Higelin's entertainment career began at age 14, when he left school to work as a stunt double. While playing a number of small roles in various motion pictures, Higelin was taught to play the guitar by Henri Crolla, a French-Italian jazz guitarist and film composer. By the early sixties, Higelin was attending the René Simon drama school, where he won the François Perier award.
For two years starting in 1961, Higelin served in the French military in various countries. Upon returning to France, he resumed his cinematic career, but increasingly began to focus on music over film. By the end of the decade, he was also very active in the artistic underground in Paris, and he began to channel his music towards radical militancy. He began attracting popular attention through his live concerts, typically held in smaller venues, and released his first solo album, in 1971. By the middle of the 1970s, Higelin had become one of France's most successful musicians, and he remains influential to this day.
Personal life and death
Higelin married to Aziza Zakine in 2011. He had three children, all artists:
- Arthur H, an elder son and a famous French singer (born to Higelin and Nicole Courtois) in 1966
- Kên Higelin, an actor (born to him and Kuelan Nguyen) in 1972
- Izïa Higelin, a daughter, a singer (born to Higelin and Aziza Zakine) in 1990
Higelin died on 6 April 2018 in Paris.
- Studio albums (non-charting)
- 1971 – Jacques "Crabouif" Higelin
- 1976 – Irradié
- 1976 – Alertez les bébés !
- 1978 – No Man's Land
- 1979 – Champagne pour tout le monde, and Caviar pour les autres... (also released as a double album under the title Champagne et Caviar, currently the standard edition)
- 1980 - La Bande du Rex
- 1982 – Higelin 82
- 1985 – Aï (double album)
- 1988 – Tombé du ciel
- 1991 – Illicite
- 1994 – Aux héros de la voltige
- Studio albums (charting)
|Year||Album||Credited to||Peak positions|
|1974||BBH 75||Benarroch, Boissezon, Higelin (BBH)||117||–||–|
|2006||Amor doloroso||Jacques Higelin||7||83||97|
|2010||Coup de foudre||Higelin||2||20||51|
- Live albums (non-charting)
- 1981: Higelin à Mogador (triple album, 2 CDs)
- 1983: Casino de Paris (1 album, 1 CD)
- 1986: Higelin à Bercy (triple album, 2 CD)
- 1990: Follow the Live (double album, 1 CD)
- 1992: Higelin Le Rex (double album, 1 CD)
- Live albums (charting)
|Year||Album||Credited to||Peak positions|
|2000||Higelin Live 2000||Jacques Higelin||60||–||–|
|2005||Higelin enchante Trenet||Jacques Higelin||36||83||–|
|2007||En plein Bataclan||Jacques Higelin||151||–||–|
- Albums with Brigitte Fontaine
- 1966: 12 chansons d'avant le déluge
- 1976: 15 chansons d'avant le déluge, suite et fin
- Album with Areski Belkacem
- 1969: Higelin et Areski
- 1973 – Jacques Canetti présente Jacques Higelin
- 1980 - Inédits 1970
- 2005 - Entre deux gares
- 2004 : Colette, une femme libre, directed by Nadine Trintignant (TV Mini-Series)
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Jacques Higelin.|
- ^ Higelin, Jacques; Lehoux, Valérie (2015). Je vis pas ma vie, je la rêve. Fayard. p. 7.
- ^ Chanter pour la paix. Paris: Mango jeunesse. 2003. p. pink. ISBN 2-7404-1630-X.
- ^ Le chanteur Jacques Higelin est décédé (in French)
- ^ a b "Jacques Higelin discography". lescharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved 25 April 2012.
- ^ "Le Top de la semaine : Top Albums Fusionnes - SNEP (Week 41, 2016)" (in French). Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique. Retrieved 18 October 2016.
- ^ Includes 6 songs written by Boris Vian and sung by Higelin
- Official website
- RFI Biography – Jacques Higelin
- Europop Music - Jacques Higelin (English)
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