Olivier Toussaint

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Olivier Toussaint
Olivier Toussaint.jpg
Olivier Toussaint in 1969
Background information
Origin Paris, France
Genres Instrumental pop
Classical
Easy listening
Occupations Composer, Arranger
Singer, Producer
Instruments Guitar
Piano
Years active 1968 - Present
Labels Delphine
AZ

Olivier Toussaint is a French composer, pop singer, orchestra arranger, company manager, and record producer.

Early life[edit]

He was born in Paris, in a family of classical musicians. His great-grandfather, Gilbert Duprez was a very well known Opera singer. His grandparents were both opera singers, and his mother was a concert pianist who played in big orchestras in France.

On the insistence of his mother, he studied Economics and Social Sciences at University in Paris. But as soon as he graduated, he was back making music. He worked professionally as a singer and musician, playing guitar. At the same time he was involved in writing music for television and the cinema.

Classical music was a part of his life due to his family background, but it did not fit to his musical expectations. Other than classical music, he was very interested in jazz, easy listening, semi-classical, and pop music.

Music career[edit]

Early years[edit]

He started a partnership with the French composer, Paul de Senneville in 1968. Soon after, they started to compose many songs together. Their collaboration got well known immediately, and their compositions were recorded by major French singers such as Michel Polnareff, Christophe, Dalida, Petula Clark, Claude François and Mireille Mathieu. They internationally sold more than 100 million records.

Olivier Toussaint and Paul de Senneville also got involved in music production business and started up the group "Pop Concerto Orchestra". In this group, Toussaint was a lead singer. Then they launched a second rock and roll group "Anarchic System". Over a period of 5 years, both of the groups sold several millions of records.

Career development[edit]

1975 was the major breakthrough for both Paul de Senneville and Olivier Toussaint with the triumph of Dolannes Melody which launched the trumpet player Jean-Claude Borelly. They collaborated with the French composer/arranger Gérard Salesses, in arranging many of titles for Jean-Claude Borelly.

In 1976, Paul de Senneville and Olivier Tousaint set up their own record company, Delphine Productions (named after de Senneville's first daughter, Delphine). Delphine company is one of the leading French music exporters to the world market. Soon after in 1976, they discovered Richard Clayderman, and established him as the top French record seller world wide more than 65 millions of LPs sold. Ballade pour Adeline composed by Paul de Senneville and Olivier Tousaint, was the first song recorded by Richard Clayderman at Delphine studio, and it sold over 22 million singles in 38 countries through the years 1977 to 1979.

Success[edit]

The year 1978 was Olivier Toussaint's big success, attending in Monégasque entry in the Eurovision Song Contest 1978, and performing the duet Les jardins de Monaco (The Gardens of Monaco) with the female singer "Caline". It was succeeded as Monegasque representative at the 1979 Contest by Laurent Vaguener with Notre Vie C'Est La Musique.

In 1983, with the song "Eden is a magic world" (composed by Paul de Senneville), Olivier Toussaint got No.1 in the charts in France, Switzerland and Belgium.

Since then, Olivier Toussaint has been the main manager to Delphine company, looking after over 40 employees and artists. Delphine company is nowadays several groups representing 15 companies dealing with various activities. Besides producing and recording music for several international instrumentalists such as Richard Clayderman, Nicolas de Angelis, and Ocarina group, Delphine activities is in instrumental an advertising film and clip production.

Olivier Toussaint is still passionately involved with Richard Clayderman's career; managing his worldwide tours, producing his albums, etc.

Discography[edit]

  • 1974 - Electric Arena
  • 1975 - Pop concerto orchestra
  • 1975 - Anarchic system
  • 1976 - Chérie Sha la la
  • 1976 - Generation
  • 1977 - She wears a Rainbow
  • 1978 - I made up my mind to make love
  • 1978 - Les jardins de Monaco (ESC 1978 for Monaco)
  • 1982 - Eden is a magic world

Filmography[edit]

  • Baby Cat (1983)
  • Nuit de l'été, La (1979) (TV)
  • Une femme spéciale (1979)
  • Et vive la liberté! (1978)
  • Molly (1977)
  • Un amour de sable (1977)
  • Bel Ami (1976)
  • Porn's Girl (1976)
  • Hard Core Story (1975)
  • Pleins feux sur un voyeur (1975)
  • Un linceul n'a pas de poches (1974)
  • Célestine, bonne à tout faire (1974)
  • Par ici la monnaie (1974)
  • Convoi de femmes (1974)
  • Il était une fois, la chatte mouillée (1974)
  • Règlements de femmes OQ Corral (1974)
  • Casablanca Driver (2004) ("Pop Concerto Show")
  • Un linceul n'a pas de poches (1974) (writer: "Dolannes Melodie")
  • The Eurovision Song Contest (1978) (TV)

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References[edit]

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Preceded by
Michèle Torr
Monaco in the Eurovision Song Contest
(
with Caline)
1978
Succeeded by
Laurent Vaguener