Laurent Voulzy

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Laurent Voulzy
Voulzy Concert Belle-Ile (2).jpg
Background information
Birth name Lucien Voulzy
Born (1948-12-18) 18 December 1948 (age 66)
Paris, France
Genres Alternative rock, French pop, pop rock, experimental, chanson, soft rock
Occupation(s) singer-songwriter
Instruments Guitar
Years active 1969 – present
Website laurentvoulzy.com <FR>

Laurent Voulzy (born Lucien Voulzy on 18 December 1948) is a French singer and composer.

Life and career[edit]

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.[1] In 2007, Voulzy toured France.

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Year Album Record
label
Peak positions
FR
[2]
BEL
(Vl)

BEL
(Wa)

SWI
1979 Le Coeur Grenadine RCA
1983 Bopper En Larmes
1992 Caché Derrière Ariola
2001 Avril RCA 3  – 4 50
2006 La Septième Vague 1  – 1 7
2008 Recollection 2  – 1 20
2011 Lys and Love Columbia 2  – 1 30
2014 Alain Souchon & Laurent Voulzy
(joint album with Alain Souchon)
Parlophone 1 117 1 8

Live albums[edit]

Year Album Record
label
Peak positions
FR
[2]
BEL
(Wa)

1994 Voulzy Tour Ariola
2004 Le Gothique Flamboyant Pop Dancing Tour RCA 10 12
2013 Lys & Love Tour (live) Columbia 18 28

Compilations[edit]

Year Album Record
label
Peak positions
FR
[2]
BEL
(Wa)

SWI
2002 Les Essentiels 1977–1988 RCA
2003 Saisons, Le double best of 1977–2003  – 8 46
2012 Belle île en mer 1977-1988 Columbia 167  –  –

Songs[edit]

  • 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
Year Title Peak positions
FR
[2]
BEL
(Wa)

SWI
1984 "Désir désir"
(duo with Véronique Jannot)
29
1984 "Belle-Île-en-Mer, Marie Galante" /
"Les Nuits Sans Kim Wilde" (feat. Kim Wilde)
20
1987 "My Song of You" 31
1989 "Le soleil donne" 21
1992 "Paradoxal système" 10
1993 "Le pouvoir des fleurs"  –
"Caché derrière"  –
"Le rêve du pêcheur" 37
1995 "Rockollection (Live 95)" 37 39
2001 "Une héroïne"  –  –
2002 "La fille d'Avril" 26 8
(Ultratip)
"Amélie Colbert" 36  –
2003 "Là où je vais"  –  –
2006 "Derniers baisers" 8 17 96
2008 "My Song of You"
(instrumental duo with Jean-Pierre Danel)
 –  –  –
"Jelly Bean"  – 3
(Ultratip)
 –
2009 "Le vent qui va"  –  –  –
2011 "Jeanne" 14 4  –
2012 "C'était déjà toi"  – 6
(Ultratip)
 –
"En regardant vers le pays de France"  – 15
(Ultratip)
 –
2014 "Derrière les mots"
(duo with Alain Souchon)
35 22  –
"La baie des fourmis"
(duo with Alain Souchon)
197  –  –

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Un duo avec Roger Daltrey (The Who) sur le prochain Voulzy". 15 November 2011. Retrieved 16 November 2011. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Laurent Voulzy discography". lescharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved 10 December 2014. 

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