F. R. David

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F. R. David
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Background information
Birth name Elli David Fitoussi
Born (1947-01-01) 1 January 1947 (age 71)
Menzel Bourguiba, Tunisia
Origin France
Genres Europop, synthpop, pop rock
Occupation(s) Singer, songwriter, musician
Instruments Vocals, guitar, bass, piano, keyboards, drums
Years active 1967–present
Labels Carrere Records, Discos RGE, Discos CBS, Columbia Records, Epic Records, CBS Records, Sony Music.
Website www.frdavid.net

"F. R." David (born Elli Robert Fitoussi 1 January 1947, Menzel Bourguiba, Tunisia) is a Tunisian-born French singer. He is best known for his 1982 hit single "Words".


F. R. David began his career as Robert Fitoussi, a Tunisian-born singer-songwriter and guitarist with French garage band Les Trèfles. After one E.P., they mutated into Les Boots, but achieved very little commercial success. Adopting his new stage name, he went solo in 1967 and recorded some orchestral pop psych with Michel Colombier, including a version of The Beatles' "Strawberry Fields Forever" (Il Est Plus Facile). He enjoyed minor hits with the Éric Charden penned "Symphonie" and a cover of The Bee Gees' "Sir Geoffrey Saved the World", but this success did not last. He then created Aztec Records with Sonopress & Carrer and started producing with Michael Haubrich and they wrote and produced several groups. The first was called Cockpit, followed by David Cast, Doc & Prohibition Group, Ragga, Alain Maria, Freddy Meyer, and DD Daughterdydawn with Vangelis Papathanassiou. During the early 1970s, he formed the progressive rock group David Explosion but their one album was not a success. He worked with Vangelis for a while, appearing as vocalist on some of his early 1970s albums, and then joined French rock band Les Variations, appearing on their final album Café De Paris (1975), which featured an early rock-disco crossover "Superman, Superman". When the band broke up, he went solo again. His personal "trademarks" are his sunglasses and his guitar (a white Fender Stratocaster).

His most recognised song was his hit "Words" in 1982, which sold eight million records worldwide, topped various charts around Europe in late 1982, and reached No. 2 in the UK Singles Chart[1] in spring 1983, covering a rival version by 1960s hitmakers The Tremeloes, and going on to becoming the 22nd best-selling single in the UK during 1983. The song appears in the Oscar-nominated film for Best Picture, Call Me By Your Name. The song is a catchy, slightly plaintive synth-led mid-tempo ballad sung in a slender, high-pitched voice. F. R. David's voice is also heard on the 1974 45rpm single "Who" by Vangelis under the name 'Odyssey'.

In 1983, Thomas Anders covered F. R. David's song "Pick Up the Phone" in German. In 2007, Mr. Oizo of Ed Banger Records sampled the song "Don't Go" on his song "First Love", which features singer Uffie.

During the 1990s, he took time out from his own music career and focused on writing and composing for other well known artists. F. R. David released another album Words - '99 Version in 2000 which contained mostly covers. In 2009, he released the album Numbers, which was in collaboration with other musicians and featured songs that F. R. David himself most preferred.[2]

Between 2010 and 2011, he went on a national French tour of 52 concerts.[2]



  • Words (1982)
  • Long Distance Flight (1984)
  • Reflections (1987)
  • Voices of the Blue Planet (1998)
  • Words – '99 Version (1999)
  • The Wheel (2007)
  • Numbers (2009)
  • Midnight Drive (2013)


  • "Words" (1982)
  • "Pick Up the Phone" (1982)
  • "Music" (1983)
  • "I Need You" (1983)
  • "Gotta Get a Move On" (1983)
  • "Play a Little Game" (1983)
  • "Rock Fame" (1983)
  • "Sand Dunes" (1983)
  • "Dream Away" (1984)
  • "Sahara Night" (1986)
  • "Don't Go" (1987)
  • "Words '91" (1991)
  • "I'll Try to Love Again" (1992)


  • Rocker Blues (1986, Argentina only)
  • Greatest Hits (1991)
  • Best Of F. R. David (2000)
  • Songbook (2003)


  1. ^ German, Yuri. "Biography: F.R. David". AMG. Retrieved 9 May 2010. 
  2. ^ a b Site officiel. F. R. David. Retrieved on 2013-02-10.

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