Francis Cabrel

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Francis Cabrel
Cabrel2.jpg
Background information
Born (1953-11-23) 23 November 1953 (age 64)
Agen, France
Genres Folk, pop, blues
Occupation(s) Singer, songwriter
Years active 1974–present
Labels CBS, Columbia

Francis Cabrel (born 23 November 1953 in Agen) is a French singer-songwriter and guitarist.[1] He has released a number of albums falling mostly within the realm of folk, with occasional forays into blues or country. Several of his songs, such as "L'encre de tes yeux," "Petite Marie," and "La corrida," have become enduring favorites in French music.

His first hit song was "Petite Marie", in 1974; since then he has sold 21 million albums. The song was about the woman who soon became his wife, Mariette, to whom he was still married in 2016.[2]

An unauthorized biography was published in 2015. Cabrel, who is one of the most private French singers, attempted to have the book suppressed.[3]

Biography[edit]

Francis Cabrel was born in Agen into a modest family of Friulian descent. His father was a labourer in a biscuit factory and his mother a cashier in a cafeteria. He has a sister, Martine, and a brother, Philippe. He spent his childhood in Astaffort, in Lot-et-Garonne.[4]

Albums[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

List of studio albums, with selected chart positions, sales figures and certifications
Title Album details Peak chart positions Certifications Sales
FRA BEL
(Vl)
BEL
(Wa)
CAN QUE ROD SWI
Les Murs de poussière[a]
Les Chemins de traverse
  • Released: 1979
  • Label: CBS
  • Format: LP • cassette
2
  • FRA: 2× Platinum
  • FRA: 1,110,000
Fragile
  • Released: May 20, 1980
  • Label: CBS
  • Format: LP • cassette
2
  • FRA: Diamond
  • FRA: 1,300,000
Carte postale
  • Released: September 14, 1981
  • Label: CBS
  • Format: LP • cassette
15
  • FRA: 2× Platinum
Quelqu'un de l'intérieur
  • Released: August 25, 1983
  • Label: CBS
  • Format: LP • cassette • CD
1
  • FRA: 2× Platinum
  • CAN: Gold
Photos de voyages
  • Released: October 9, 1985
  • Label: CBS
  • Format: LP • cassette • CD
6 1
  • FRA: 2× Platinum
  • CAN: Gold
Sarbacane
  • Released: February 21, 1989
  • Label: CBS
  • Format: LP • cassette • CD
1 1
  • FRA: Diamond
  • CAN: 2× Platinum
  • SWI: Platinum
  • FRA: 1,975,000
Samedi soir sur la Terre
  • Released: April 3, 1994
  • Label: Columbia
  • Format: LP • cassette • CD • MiniDisc
1 1 1
  • FRA: Diamond
  • BEL: 4× Platinum
  • CAN: 2× Platinum
  • SWI: 2× Platinum
  • FRA: 3,375,000
Hors-saison
  • Released: March 29, 1999
  • Label: Columbia
  • Format: LP • cassette • CD • digital download
1 1 1
  • FRA: Diamond
  • BEL: 2× Platinum
  • CAN: Gold
  • SWI: Platinum
  • FRA: 1,900,000
Les Beaux Dégâts
  • Released: May 17, 2004
  • Label: Columbia
  • Format: LP • CD • SACD • digital download
1 75 1 9 2 3
  • FRA: 2× Platinum
  • BEL: Gold
  • SWI: Gold
  • FRA: 588,400
Des roses et des orties
  • Released: March 31, 2008
  • Label: Columbia
  • Format: LP • CD • digital download
1 81 1 5 3 3
  • FRA: Diamond
  • BEL: 2× Platinum
  • SWI: Platinum
  • FRA: 838,500
Vise le ciel ou Bob Dylan revisité
  • Released: October 22, 2012
  • Label: Columbia
  • Format: LP • CD • digital download
1 63 1 14 3 10
  • FRA: 2× Platinum
  • BEL: Gold
  • FRA: 157,900
In extremis
  • Released: April 27, 2015
  • Label: Columbia
  • Format: LP • CD • digital download
1 13 1 6 1 1 2
  • FRA: 3× Platinum
  • BEL: Platinum
  • FRA: 381,500
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that territory.

Live albums[edit]

List of live albums, with selected chart positions, sales figures and certifications
Title Album details Peak chart positions Certifications Sales
FRA BEL
(Vl)
BEL
(Wa)
CAN QUE ROD SWI
Cabrel Public
  • Released: November 16, 1984
  • Label: CBS
  • Format: LP • cassette • CD
1
  • FRA: 2× Platinum
  • CAN: Platinum
D'une ombre à l'Autre
  • Released: September 30, 1991
  • Label: Columbia
  • Format: LP • cassette • CD
33
  • FRA: 2× Platinum
Double Tour (Électrique & Acoustique)
  • Released: October 16, 2000
  • Label: Columbia
  • Format: LP • CD • digital download
2 15 43
  • FRA: 2× Gold
  • FRA: 143,900
La tournée des Bodegas
  • Released: November 21, 2005
  • Label: Columbia
  • Format: LP • CD • CD/DVD • digital download
15 21 63
  • FRA: Gold
L'In Extremis Tour
  • Released: October 14, 2016
  • Label: Sony
  • Format: LP • CD • CD/DVD • digital download
4 110 3 4 16
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that territory.

Compilation albums[edit]

List of compilation albums, with selected chart positions, sales figures and certifications
Title Album details Peak chart positions Certifications Sales
FRA BEL
(Vl)
BEL
(Wa)
CAN QUE ROD SWI
Canta en Español
  • Released: 1985
  • Label: CBS
  • Format: LP • cassette • CD
Cabrel 77-87
  • Released: November 17, 1987
  • Label: CBS
  • Format: LP • cassette • CD
28 12 19
  • FRA: Diamond
  • CAN: Gold
  • SWI: Platinum
  • FRA: 1,520,000
Algo más de amor (1990)
  • Released: 1990
  • Label: CBS
  • Format: LP • cassette • CD
Algo más de amor (1998)
  • Released: April 6, 1998
  • Label: Colombia
  • Format: LP • cassette • CD
27
L'Essentiel 1977–2007
  • Released: June 1, 2007
  • Label: Colombia
  • Format: LP • CD • CD/DVD • digital download
44 1 3 13 13
  • FRA: Platinum
  • BEL: Platinum
  • CAN: Gold
  • SWI: Gold
  • FRA: 230,900
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that territory.

Box sets[edit]

List of box sets, with selected chart positions, sales figures and certifications
Title Album details Peak chart positions Certifications Sales
FRA
Les Murs de poussière / Les Chemins de traverse / Fragile
  • Released: November 4, 1996
  • Label: Columbia
  • Format: CD
  • FRA: Gold
  • FRA: 100,000
Carte postale / Quelqu'un de l'intérieur / Photos de voyages
  • Released: November 4, 1996
  • Label: Columbia
  • Format: CD
Cabrel Public / Sarbacane / Samedi soir sur la Terre
  • Released: October 7, 2002
  • Label: Sony
  • Format: CD
193
Collection 1977-1989
  • Released: November 20, 2015
  • Label: Sony
  • Format: CD
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that territory.

Singles[edit]

As lead artist[edit]

List of singles as lead artist, with selected chart positions and certifications, showing year released and album name
Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album
FRA BEL
(Wa)
QUE
"L'instant d'amour" 1977 Francis Cabrel
"Petite Marie" 137
"Pas trop de peine" 1978
"Les Murs de poussière"
"Je l'aime à mourir" 1979 1
  • FRA: Gold
Les Chemins de traverse
"Je rêve" 15
"L'Encre de tes yeux" 1980 5 13 Fragile
"Je pense encore à toi" 18
"La dame de Haute-Savoie" 1981
"Carte postale" Carte postale
"Répondez-moi" 1982
"La fille qui m'accompagne" 1983 Quelqu'un de l'intérieur
"Saïd et Mohammed" 1984
"Question d'équilibre" 2
"Encore et encore" 1985 14 4
  • FRA: Silver
Photos de voyages
"Tourner les hélicos" 17
"Je te suivrai" 1986
"Il faudra leur dire"
(Cabrel and the children)
2 1
  • FRA: Gold
Cabrel 77-87
"Sarbacane" 1989 30 1 Sarbacane
"C'est écrit" 6 4
  • FRA: Silver
"Animal" 31 1
"Tout le monde y pense" 1990 19
"Petite Marie" (live) 5 8
  • FRA: Silver
D'une ombre à l'autre
"La Corrida" 1994 7 3 Samedi soir sur la Terre
"Je t'aimais, je t'aime, je t'aimerai" 78 1
"La cabane du pêcheur" 1
"Octobre" 1995 88 1
"Samedi soir sur la Terre" 14
"Vengo a ofrecer mi corazón"
(with Mercedes Sosa)
1997 39 Algo más de amor (1998)
"Presque rien" 1999 8 Hors-saison
"Le reste du temps" 1
"Hors-saison" 133
"Le monde est sourd" 2000 2
"Ma place dans le trafic" (live) Double Tour
"Bonne nouvelle" 2004 7 Les Beaux Dégâts
"Qu'est-ce que t'en dis?" 9
"Tu me corresponds"
"Les gens absents" 2005 15
"Je pense encore à toi" (live) La tournée des Bodegas
"Gardien de nuit" 2006 40 Le Soldat Rose
"Le gorille" 2007 L'Essentiel 1977-2007
"La robe et l'échelle" 2008 2 11 Des roses et des orties
"Le chêne liège" 31 34
"Des hommes pareils" 2009 22 21
"Né dans le Bayou" 23
"Les cardinaux en costume" (live) 17[b] N/A
"Comme une femme" 2012 130 5[b] Vise le ciel ou Bob Dylan revisité
"Je te veux" 26[b]
"Partir pour rester" 2015 42 39 In extremis
"Dur comme fer" 13[b]
"À chaque amour que nous ferons" 141
"Le pays d'à côté" 2016 28[b]
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that territory.

As featured artist[edit]

List of singles as featured artist, with selected chart positions, showing year released and album name
Title Year Peak chart positions Album
FRA BEL
(Wa)
"La complainte de la butte"
(with Patrick Bruel)
2002 48 Entre deux
"Tout reste à faire"
(with Souad Massi)
2010 15[b] Ô houria
"Petite Marie"
(with Umberto Tozzi)
2012 25[b] Yesterday: The Best of 1976-2012
"Sueno"
(Gipsy Kings featuring Francis Cabrel)
2014 Savor Flamenco
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that territory.

Other charted songs[edit]

List of songs, with selected chart positions, showing year released and album name
Title Year Peak chart positions Album
FRA BEL
(Wa)
"Madame n'aime pas" 2009 12[b] Des roses et des orties
"Les filles à quoi ça sert"
(with Bénabar, Jean-Jacques Goldman and Alain Souchon)
2011 3[b] Titeuf
"Lucie"
(with Nolwenn Leroy)
2014 193 Kiss & Love
"Mademoiselle l'aventure" 2015 150 Des roses et des orties
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that territory.

Videography[edit]

  • Sarbacane tour (1989)

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ Les Murs de poussière was originally released as Francis Cabrel.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i These songs did not enter the Ultratop 50 (Walloon), but rather the sales chart Ultratip 50.

References[edit]

  1. ^ La chanson française depuis 1945: intertextualité et intermédialité. ISBN 978-3-89975-135-2. Retrieved 21 June 2015. 
  2. ^ Source in French: Perrine Stenger for Voici. April 8, 2015. His song "Je l'aime à mourir" was covered by Shakira. This version, both sung in french and spanish, became a mayor hit single. Francis Cabrel : les secrets de son couple dévoilés
  3. ^ Source in French: Marc Fourny for Le Point. April 30, 2015. Francis Cabrel embarrassé sur sa vie privée
  4. ^ Cabrel official website, franciscabrel.com; accessed 21 June 2015.

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Claude Nougaro
Victoires de la Musique
Male artist of the year

1990
Succeeded by
Michel Sardou