Jean-Jacques Goldman

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Jean-Jacques Goldman
Jean-Jacques Goldman - may 2002.jpg
Jean-Jacques Goldman (May 2002, Zénith de Paris)
Background information
Born (1951-10-11) 11 October 1951 (age 62)
Origin Paris, France
Genres Pop rock
rock
progressive rock
New wave
Occupations Singer-songwriter
Instruments Vocalist, guitarist, pianist
Years active 1975–present
Associated acts Taï Phong, Céline Dion, Les Enfoirés, Fredericks Goldman Jones, Grégoire

Jean-Jacques Goldman (French pronunciation: ​[ʒɑ̃.ʒak ɡɔldˈman]; born 11 October 1951) is a Grammy Award-winning French singer-songwriter. He is hugely popular in the French-speaking world, and since 2003 has been the second-highest-grossing French living pop-rock singer, after Johnny Hallyday. In the 1990s, he was part of the trio Fredericks Goldman Jones with a string of hits.

Biography[edit]

Born in Paris to an immigrant Polish Jewish father, Alter Mojze Goldman and a German Jewish mother, Ruth Ambrunn, Goldman was the third of four children. As a child, he began his music studies on the violin, then the piano. In 1968, he abandoned his classical music studies for "American Rock & Roll" as well as folk music, listening to The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix or Aretha Franklin, and emphasizing the guitar.[1] He also earned a business degree from the École Des Hautes Études Commerciales, commonly known as EDHEC, in Lille. In 1972, he met Catherine, his first wife, with whom he had three children. He first entered the French music scene as member of a progressive rock group named Taï Phong ("great wind, typhoon" in Vietnamese), which released its first album in 1975. Their first song to be a moderate hit was "Sister Jane." After singing four years and three albums in English with Taï Phong, Goldman was determined to do it alone and write and sing in French.

In 1981, Marc Lumbroso heard his recording "Il suffira d'un signe" on the album Démodé and signed him to a five-album contract with Epic Records. In 1982, his first hit album Minoritaire, which included the hit song "Quand la musique est bonne", was released; subsequent albums have all been successful. In 1987, he recorded the hit single "Là-bas" with Sirima, which remained a popular song throughout the years. From 1990 to 1995, he recorded two studio albums, one live album and released several singles (such as "Nuit", "À nos actes manqués", "Né en 17 à Leidenstadt" and "Tu manques") with Carole Fredericks and Michael Jones, which were successful. Several of these songs were recorded with English versions, but did not find much success in England or the United States. In 2007, he recorded the hit "4 Mots sur un piano" with Patrick Fiori and Christine Ricol.

Jones is a Welsh singer who had settled in his mother's native France. He and Goldman scored a hit in the early 1980s with "Je te donne" ("I give you"), a bilingual song with Jones singing the English lyrics and Goldman the French. Fredericks was an American singer, the sister of Taj Mahal who settled in France in the 1970s.

Jean-Jacques Goldman wrote the theme for "Restos du Coeur" the eponymous song performed by les Enfoirés as the theme of the charity created by Coluche, Les restos du coeur. Throughout his career, he has frequently written for other singers, notably Céline Dion : he wrote her whole albums D'eux (released in the US as The French Album) that is the best selling French album in history with 9.000.000 copies worldwide, S'il suffisait d'aimer and 1 fille & 4 types, and also composed the songs If That's What It Takes, I Don't Know and Fly of her album Falling into You, and Let's Talk About Love of the album of the same name. He has also collaborated with Johnny Hallyday, Patricia Kaas, Garou, Marc Lavoine, Gérald De Palmas, Patrick Fiori, Khaled ("Aïcha"), Lorie and Florent Pagny as well as famous jazzman Chet Baker, Supertramp's saxophonist John Helliwell, Englishman Joe Cocker, American king of soul Ray Charles and American songwriter Diane Warren.

On 19 November 2012, Génération Goldman, a tribute album to Goldman was released on My Major Company France and M 6 Music label with a number of artists interpreting Goldman songs.

Personal life[edit]

His half-brother Pierre Goldman, a left-wing intellectual and convicted (though later acquitted) robber, was murdered in mysterious circumstances in 1979 in Paris. His younger brother Robert Goldman is also a songwriter (often known as J Kapler). His son Michaël Goldman is one of the co-founders of My Major Company France, a major fan-funded music label.

Discography[edit]

[2]

Studio albums[edit]

Solo
Year Album
1981 Jean-Jacques Goldman (a/k/a Démodé)
  • Record label: Epic
1982 Jean-Jacques Goldman (a/k/a Minoritaire)
  • Record label: Epic
1984 Positif
  • Record label: Epic
1985 Non homologué
  • Record label: Epic
1987 Entre gris clair et gris foncé
  • Record label: Epic
as Fredericks Goldman Jones
Year Album
1990 Fredericks Goldman Jones
  • Record label: CBS
1993 Rouge with Red Army Choir, Carole Fredericks and Michael Jones
  • Record label: Columbia
Solo
Year Album Peak positions Certifications
FRA
[3]
BEL
(Vl)

[4]
BEL
(Wa)

[5]
SUI
[6]

1997 En passant
  • Record label: Columbia
1 38 1 10
2001 Chansons pour les pieds
  • Record label: Columbia
1 1 2

Live albums[edit]

Year Album Peak positions Certifications
FRA
[3]
BEL
(Wa)

[5]
SUI
[6]
1997 En public
  • Record label: Epic
N/A N/A N/A
1989 Traces
  • Record label: Epic
N/A N/A N/A
1999 En passant - Tournée 1998
  • Record label: Columbia
1 1
2003 Un tour ensemble
  • Record label: Columbia
1 1 7
as Fredericks Goldman Jones
Year Album
1992 Sur scène
  • Record label: Columbia
1995 Du New Morning au Zénith
  • Record label: Columbia

Compilations[edit]

Year Album
1991 L'Intégrale 81/91
1996 Singulier 81/89
1996 Pluriel 90/96
(with Carole Fredericks and Michael Jones)
2000 L'Intégrale 90/00
2008 La collection 81-89
Year Album Peak positions Certifications
FRA
[3]
BEL
(Vl)

[4]
BEL
(Wa)

[5]
SUI
[6]
2011 Singulier 81/89 11 14 1
La Collections 81-89 113 142
2011 La Collections 1990-2001 74 76

Tribute albums to Jean-Jacques Goldman[edit]

(For peak positions, see Génération Goldman page)

Year Album
2012 Génération Goldman
2013 Génération Goldman Volume 2

Singles[edit]

Solo (first phase)
Year Album Peak positions Certifications
FRA
[3]
1984 "Envole-moi"
"Long Is the Road (Américain)" 6
1985 "Je marche seul" 2
"Je te donne" (Goldman / Jones) 1
1986 "Pas toi" 5
"La vie par procuration" [in public] 2
1987 "Elle a fait un bébé toute seule" 4
1988 "C'est ta chance" 16
"Puisque tu pars" 3
"Il changeait la vie" (Live) 14
1989 "Peur de rien blues" 17
As Fredericks, Goldman & Jones
Year Album Peak positions Certifications
FRA
[3]
1990 "Nuit" 6
"À nos actes manqués" 2
1991 "Né en 17 à Leidenstadt" 11
"C'est pas d'l'amour" 11
1992 "Un, deux, trois" 8
"Tu manques" 12
"Il suffira d'un signe" (Live) 14
1993 "Rouge" 18
1993 "Juste après" 32
1993 "Fermer les yeux" 33
Solo (2nd phase)
Year Album Peak positions Certifications
FRA
[3]
BEL
(Wa)

[5]
SUI
[6]
1997 "Sache que je" 19 18
1998 "Quand tu danses" 66
1999 "Bonne idée" 68
1999 "Et l'on n'y peut rien" 7 37 61
Others
Year Album Peak positions Certifications
FRA
[3]
BEL
(Wa)

[5]
SUI
[6]
1986 "Les "restos" du cœur"
(Jean-Jacques Goldman / Yves Montand / Michel Platini / Nathalie Baye / Michel Drucker / Coluche)
2
1987 "Là-bas"
(Sirima and Jean-Jacques Goldman)
2
2007 "4 Mots sur un piano"
(Patrick Fiori / Jean-Jacques Goldman & Christine Ricol)
1 7 40

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Michel Jonasz
Victoires de la Musique
Male artist of the year

1986
Succeeded by
Johnny Hallyday