Richard Anthony (singer)
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Richard's father, Edgar Btesh is from the province of Aleppo in Syria, it is in the textile industry in Egypt, his mother Margaret is the daughter of the ambassador of the United Kingdom in Iraq. The young Richard spends affluent childhood in Egypt, Argentina and the United Kingdom, where he joined the famous Brighton College, then returned to France where he joined the Lycee Janson de Sailly in Paris in 1951. He has a little sister named Valerie who will be part of "Tangerine", French folk group of the 70s. After graduation and the beginning of his law studies, he refuses to follow his parents in Milan, preferring to stay with Michelle, met on the benches of the school, who would become his first wife with whom he had three children, Nathalie, Jerome and Johanne. He became a sales representative in refrigerators, while practicing the saxophone in clubs jazz.
In 1958, influenced by English pop he knows well and is polyglot (he speaks five languages) Richard Anthony decided to adapt it to French texts. Taking as artist name the meeting of the two names of the registry office, then he recorded You Are My Destiny by Paul Anka and Peggy Sue Buddy Holly. The label Columbia Records gives him a chance but these two titles revert unnoticed. The first to be signed in a record is Jacques Plait, who became the producer and artistic director of Joe Dassin.
He must wait for his third disc "Nouvelle Vague", a revival of Three Cool Cats Coasters' to be finally recognized. This is a huge success. Then follows a series of tubes, recorded between Paris and London, including the famous "et j'entends siffler le train" in 1962. This year, there will be 22 weeks number one in sales.
In 1964 he bought a private plane he flies himself to make his rounds, shipping musicians and his team, he was the first singer to adopt this mode of travel. Faster and safer than crossing the road to France at a rate of 300 shows per year. It also allows him to join his family as he can in his villas in Saint-Tropez or Marbella, his home in the Chevreuse Valley and his chalet in Crans. It will also build a hotel in Jamaica.
In France in 1965, he was a great success with "Je me suis souvent demande", adaptation of a Belgian song (in Dutch) of Bobbejaan Schoepen. It will also be a hit in Argentina under the title A veces me Pregunto yo.
In 1967, he adapted the Concerto de Aranjuez by Joaquin Rodrigo, who will be his greatest success at the global level it is estimated that over 5 million copies sold, the first in France, Belgium, Switzerland, Spain, and South America. At that time he lives between Marbella or his family resides and London where he recorded at Abbey Road Studios next to the Beatles.
It was less successful in the 1970s, not fitting to the rising fashion of disco, the divorce from his wife Michelle. He moved with Josiane (Iris Franck) for 4 years at Saint-Paul-de-Vence, alongside Yves Montand and Simone Signoret, during which he had a son, Julian.
He becomes the first sales in 1974, with "Amoureux de ma femme".
After a halftone album, "Non Stop" in 1978, despite the title "J'irai" that will rank number two in sales, he decided to move to Los Angeles with his new wife Sabine and their three children, Xavier, Alexander and Cedric for doing production, he wants to export French melodies to the American public. There he produced the Indian Summer in English, adaptation of The Indian Summer of Joe Dassin. He returned to France in 1982 for a few months, but was caught up by the justice for tax adjustment, which led him to spend three days in jail in 1983.
In the late 1980s, after a divorce and a new serious boating accident, he moves away from the public. In 1993, he released, EMI, a box of 300 songs that quickly triple gold. In 1996, he returned to the studio to re-record his hits for France but also in Spain with the album Sentimental.
He published his autobiography, published by Michel Laffont, It seems the stars, from the title of one of his songs, and celebrates 40 years of career in 1998 at the Zenith in Paris. It is a new back in 2006 with tours Age tender, in which it continues to happen. Many artists like Mariah Carey, A-HA, resumed its songs and adaptations, as well as dozens of times its arranged and orchestrated version of the Concerto de Aranjuez.
In 2010 comes the second edition of his autobiography "When choosing freedom" classified in best sellers of the year. He occasionally several TV appearances including one at Mireille Dumas.
In January 2011, Richard Anthony was promoted to the rank of Officer in the Order of Arts and Letters and decorated November 23, 2011 by the Minister Frederic Mitterrand in the honors salons of the Ministry of Culture.
February 12, 2012, he sold out to a concert on the stage of the Olympia.
In total there will be 17 tubes in his career ranked No. 1 21 times sales in 16 years: it is still the only French singer who achieved such a record. It is also one of the few French to have been number one in foreign countries with French songs. Italy, Germany, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland, Belgium, Argentina, Chile, Iran
Richard Anthony has been married twice and has recognized nine children. With more than 600 songs recorded and nearly 50 million records sold, it remains in the collective memory
- Tu m’étais destinée (1958) – You Are My Destiny
- Peggy Sue (1958) – Peggy Sue
- Suzie Darling (1958)
- La do da da (1958)
- Nouvelle vague (1959) - Three Cool Cats
- Jericho (1959) - Joshua Fit' the Battle
- Tu parles trop (1960) - You Talk Too Much
- Clémentine (1960) - Clementine
- Itsy bitsy petit bikini (1960) – Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini
- Dis-lui que je l’aime (1961)
- Ecoute dans le vent (1961) – Blowin' in the Wind, Bob Dylan
- Ça tourne rond (1961) - African Waltz
- Let’s twist again (1961) – Let's Twist Again
- Fiche le camp, Jack (1961) – Hit the Road Jack
- Noël (1961)
- Tu peux la prendre (1961 ou 1962) - You Can Have Her
- Leçon de twist (1962)
- Délivre moi (1962) - Unchain My Heart
- J’entends siffler le train (1962) – Five Hundred Miles
- Ne boude pas (1962) - Take Five
- Fait pour s’aimer (1962) - Desafinado
- On twiste sur le locomotion (1963) – The Loco-Motion
- En écoutant la pluie (1963) - Rhythm of the Rain
- C’est ma fête (1963) – It's My Party
- Tchin tchin (1963)
- Donne-moi ma chance (1963) - Too Late To Worry
- Ce Monde (1964) – You're My World / Il mio mondo
- À présent tu peux t’en aller (1964) – I Only Want to Be with You
- À toi de choisir (1964) – Swinging on a Star
- La Corde au cou (1965) - I Should Have Known Better
- Je me suis souvent demandé (1965)
- Au revoir mon amour (1965) - Goodbye My Love
- Jamais je ne vivrais sans toi (1965) – You Don't Have to Say You Love Me
- The night (La nuit) (1965), by Salvatore Adamo
- Hello pussycat (1966) – What's New Pussycat?
- La Terre promise (1966) – California Dreaming
- Sunny (1966) – Sunny
- Aranjuez, mon Amour (1967) inspired by Concierto de Aranjuez by Joaquín Rodrigo
- Le Grand Meaulnes (1967) – Le Grand Meaulnes, song inspired by a novel by the French author Alain-Fournier
- Inch'Allah (1967) in Arabic, by Salvatore Adamo
- Un homme en enfer (1968)
- L’Été (1968)
- Les Ballons (1968) - Little Arrows
- Le Sirop Typhon (1969) – Lily the Pink
- Les Petits Cochons (1969)
- L’An 2005 (1969) - In the Year 2525
- Bien l’bonjour (1970)
- Na na hé espoir (1970) - Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye
- Il pleut des larmes (1970) – La Nave del Olvido
- Non stop (1977) - Don't Stop
- New York (1978)
- Señora la dueña (1970) - Lady D'Arbanville
- San Diego (1970)
- Et après (1971) by Salvatore Adamo
- Un soleil rouge (1971)
- Tibo (1971)
- Maggy May (1971) – Maggie May
- Sans toi (1972) - Without You
- Victoire je t’aime (1973)
- Marie Jeanne (1973)
- Amoureux de ma femme (1974) - Nesuuno piu guidicare
- Nathalie (1975)
- Chanson de dix sous (1975) - I Can't Stay Mad At You
- De la musique républicaine (1976)
- Voilà pourquoi je l’aime (1976)
- À l’aube du dernier jour (1977)
- Minuit (1980) - MemOry
- Los Angeles (1981)
- Elle m’attend (1983)
- T'aimer d’amour (1985)
- Barrière des générations (1990)
- Le Rap pas innocent – Ronymix 98 (1998)
- Et je m'en vais – Sloop John B
- Autant chercher à retenir le vent (1965) – Catch the Wind
- Je n'ai que toi – All by Myself
- Le soleil ne brille plus (1966) – The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine Anymore
- J'irais pleurer sous la pluie – Crying in the Rain
- Après toi – The Next Time
- Un papillon qui vole (1966) – Elusive Butterfly