||This article may be expanded with text translated from the corresponding article in the French Wikipedia. (December 2012)|
|Birth name||Lucien Voulzy|
18 December 1948 |
|Genres||Alternative rock, French pop, pop rock, experimental, chanson, soft rock|
|Years active||1969 – present|
Laurent Voulzy (born Lucien Voulzy on 18 December 1948) is a French singer and composer.
Life and career
Voulzy was born in Paris, France. He originally led the English-pop-influenced Le Temple de Vénus before joining Pascal Danel as guitarist from 1969 to 1974. However, he is best known for his collaborative songwriting efforts with singer/songwriter Alain Souchon and his solo singing career, which spanned several successful albums.
Voulzy had an international hit with the song Rockollection. The French lyrics were interspersed with some lines from classic rock hits after the chorus. His major French hits also include 'Le Soleil Donne' – sung in French, English and Spanish – and 'Les Nuits Sans Kim Wilde' ('Nights without Kim Wilde'), inspired by the chart-topping English singer.
Voulzy had a huge hit with his album La Septième Vague which reached number one. Featured on the album is a cover of the Everly Brothers hit "All I Have to Do Is Dream", recorded as a duet with Irish singer Andrea Corr. The song was released as a single and was also included on The Corrs' greatest hits album Dreams: The Ultimate Corrs Collection.
In 2006, Voulzy recorded in 2007 a duet with famous French guitarist Jean-Pierre Danel on his hit album Guitar Connection 2. The song hit the French charts at #7 in 2008. For his 2011 album, Lys and Love, Voulzy recorded a duet on the song "Ma seule amour" with English singer Roger Daltrey of The Who. In 2007, Voulzy toured France.
- Le Coeur Grenadine (1979, RCA)
- Bopper En Larmes (1983, RCA)
- Caché Derrière (1992, Ariola)
- Avril (2002, RCA)
- La Septième Vague (2006, RCA)
- Recollection (2008, RCA)
- Lys and Love (2011, Columbia)
- Voulzy Tour (1994, Ariola)
- Le Gothique Flamboyant Pop Dancing Tour (2004, RCA)
- Lys & Love (live) (2013, Columbia)
- Saisons (2003, RCA) 1977–2003
- Les Essentiels (2002, RCA) 1977–1988
- 1977: Rockollection
- 1978: Bubble Star
- 1979: Le Cœur grenadine
- 1979: Karin Redinger
- 1979: Cocktail chez mademoiselle
- 1980: Surfing Jack
- 1981: Idéal simplifié
- 1983: Bopper en larmes
- 1983: Liebe
- 1984: Désir désir (duo with Véronique Jannot)
- 1985: Les Nuits Sans Kim Wilde
- 1986: Belle-Île-en-Mer
- 1987: My Song of You
- 1988: Le soleil donne
- 1992: Paradoxal système
- 1993: Le Pouvoir des fleurs
- 1993: Caché derrière
- 1993: Le Rêve du pêcheur
- 2001: Une héroïne
- 2002: La Fille d'avril
- 2002: Amélie Colbert
- 2003: Là où je vais
- 2006: Derniers Baisers
- 2008: My Song of You (instrumental duo with Jean-Pierre Danel)
- 2008: Jelly Bean
- 2009: Le vent qui va
- 2013: Jeanne
- "Un duo avec Roger Daltrey (The Who) sur le prochain Voulzy". 15 November 2011. Retrieved 16 November 2011.
- "Laurent Voulzy". Lyrics Freak. 2012. Retrieved 2012-03-23.
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- Biography of Laurent Voulzy, from Radio France Internationale