Graeme Allwright

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Graeme Allwright in 2012.

Graeme Allwright (born November 7, 1926) is a singer-songwriter. Born in Wellington, New Zealand, he moved to France in 1948. He began to perform and write folk songs a few years later and was eventually signed by Sonogram[disambiguation needed]. In the 1960s, he translated into French a number of songs written by Leonard Cohen, Tom Paxton and Pete Seeger. He remained active through the 1970s.

Together with Sylvie Dien, he wrote new lyrics to the French national anthem, "La Marseillaise", making it a song of peace rather than a song of war.[1][2] The French government has not adopted these new lyrics, although a movement is afoot in France to get the government to do just that.[3]

In popular culture[edit]

He is also well known for his French lyrics adaptation "Petit Garçon" for the Christmas song "Old Toy Trains" by Roger Miller. In 2014, the song was adopted as the official song for the annual French charity event Téléthon 2014 and was recorded by the campaign's sponsor (parrain), the Canadian French singer Garou accompanied by a young singer Ryan. It also appeared in Garou's Christmas new album It's Magic released 1 December 2014 in France.[4]

Discography[edit]

  • Le trimardeur, 1965, BAM.
  • Joue, joue, joue, 1966, Mercury.
  • Le jour de clarté, 1968, Mercury.
  • Recollections, 1970, Mercury.
  • A Long Distant Present from Thee ... "Becoming,", 1971, Mercury 6459 100
  • Jeanne d'Arc, 1972, Mercury.
  • Graeme Allwright chante Leonard Cohen, 1973, Mercury.
  • À l'Olympia, 1973, Mercury.
  • De passage, 1975, Mercury.
  • Questions..., 1978, Mercury.
  • Condamnés?, 1979, Mercury.
  • Graeme Allwright et Maxime Le Forestier enregistement au Palais des Sports, 1980, Mercury.
  • Ombres, 1981, Mercury.
  • Lumière, 1992, EPM.
  • Live, 1994, EPM.
  • Graeme Allwright & The Glenn Ferris Quartet, 2000, EPM.

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