Alain Souchon

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Alain Souchon
Alain Souchon 2012.jpg
Background information
Birth name Alain Kienast
Born (1944-05-27) May 27, 1944 (age 69)
Casablanca, Morocco
Origin Paris, France
Genres Alternative rock
French pop
Pop/Rock
New wave
Synthpop
Experimental
Chanson
Techno
Occupations Singer-songwriter
Instruments Vocals, Guitar
Years active 1971–present
Labels RCA (1973-1984), Virgin (1985-present)
Associated acts Laurent Voulzy, Renaud, Maurane, Geoffrey Oryema, Zazie, Michel Jonasz, Catherine Lara
Website alainsouchon.net

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

Profile[edit]

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 1830" 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[edit]

Studio Albums[edit]

Year Album FR
[1]
BE
[2]
CH
[3]
Sales
1974 J'ai dix ans
  • RCA
- - -
1976 Bidon
  • RCA
- - -
1977 Jamais content
  • RCA
- - - France: Gold (100,000)
1978 Toto 30 ans, rien que du malheur...
  • RCA
- - - France: Gold (100,000)
1980 Rame
  • RCA
- - - France: Gold (100,000)
1983 On avance
  • RCA
- - - France: Gold (100,000)
1985 C'est comme vous voulez
  • Virgin
108A - -
1988 Ultra moderne solitude
  • Virgin
- - - France: Gold (100,000)
1993 C'est déjà ça
  • Virgin
37A 7 - France: Diamond (1,000,000+)
1997 Sol en si (with Francis Cabrel, Michel Jonasz, Catherine Lara,
Maxime le Forestier, Maurane, Zazie)
  • Virgin
3 - -
1999 Au ras des pâquerettes
  • Virgin
1 5 74 France: Diamond (1,206,000)
2005 La Vie Théodore
  • Virgin
1 1 3 France: 2xPlatinum (462,100)
2008 Écoutez d'où ma peine vient
  • Virgin
1 2 27 France: Platinum (200,000)
2011 À cause d'elles
  • Virgin
8 11 90 France: Platinum (200,000)

Live albums[edit]

Year Album FR BE CH Sales
1984 Olympia 83
  • RCA
- - -
1990 Nickel
  • Virgin
49A - - France: Gold (100,000)
1995 Défoule sentimentale - Live
  • Virgin (2-disc)
- 9 - France: 2xGold (200,000)
2002 J'veux du live
  • Virgin
29 26 - France: Gold (100,000)
2010 Alain Souchon est chanteur
  • Virgin
13 15 - France:
  • A Re-release

Compilations[edit]

Year Album FR BE CH Sales
1994 L'Intégral
  • RCA (5-disc)
- - -
1997 20 Chansons
  • Also known as 20 Sur 20
  • BMG
- - - France: Platinum (300,000)
2001 Collection (1974-1984)
  • RCA
- 30 10 France: Platinum (300,000)
Collection (1985-2001)
  • Virgin
- - - France: Platinum (300,000)
2002 Par les Sentiments
  • Virgin (2-disc)
- - -
2004 Platinum Collection
  • Virgin
- 13 -
2007 100 Chansons
  • EMI France (5-disc)
- - -

Singles[edit]

Year Single FR BE SNEP Album
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" 19 12 La vie Théodore
2006 "La vie Théodore" 68 -
2008 "Écoutez d'où ma peine vient" - 7 Ecoutez d'où ma peine vient

Awards[edit]

Souchon has won a number of Victoires de la musique awards:

  • 1986: Music Video of the Year (La Ballade de Jim), directed by Philippe Bensoussan
  • 1986: Song of the Year (Belle-Île-en-Mer)
  • 1990: Song of the Year (Quand j'serai KO)
  • 1991: Album of the Year (Nickel)
  • 1994: Male Artist of the Year
  • 1994: Song of the Year (Foule sentimentale)
  • 1996: Album of the Year (Défoule sentimentale)

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

1994
Succeeded by
MC Solaar