Gibson Brothers

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Gibson Brothers
Gibson Brothers (2018)
Gibson Brothers (2018)
Background information
OriginFrance
GenresEuro disco
Years active1976–present
WebsiteOfficial website
MembersAlex Francfort
Chris Francfort
Past membersPatrick Francfort

The Gibson Brothers are a French musical group, originally from Martinique, who had their greatest success during the disco boom of the late 1970s. Their best known hit singles included "Cuba" and "Que Sera Mi Vida".

Career[edit]

The three brothers, Chris Francfort (born 20 June 1954, lead vocals, percussion), Patrick Francfort (23 February 1957 – 4 April 2020, vocals, drums)[1][2] and Alex Francfort (vocals, keyboards), were born in Lamentin Acajou on Martinique in the West Indies. They traveled with their parents to Paris in the mid-1950s, and in 1969 joined the group Phalansters, formed by Jean-Jacques Goldman.[3] They also formed the group Martinique Express, who appeared on French television alongside Guy Lux. They were seen by record producer Daniel Vangarde, who changed the name of their group to The Gibson Brothers.[4]

They recorded their first single "Come to America" in Paris in 1976, and both it and its follow-up "Non Stop Dance" made the charts in Europe, where they toured successfully. The following year they released "Heaven", which was picked up by TK Records in the U.S.

In 1978 they recorded "Cuba". The mix of disco beats, Latin percussion, soulful vocals and a catchy tune propelled the song to No. 1 in several countries, and earned them four gold records worldwide.[citation needed] In the UK it made No. 41 on its initial release, and No. 12 when reissued in 1980. Like most of their other hits, it was written and produced by Vangarde, and the Belgian producer Jean Kluger. The Gibson Brothers had three further big hits in 1979 and 1980, "Ooh! What a Life", "Que Sera Mi Vida" (a Jean Kluger/Nelly Byl-penned song which sold over five million copies worldwide),[citation needed] and "Mariana". They continued to record and tour worldwide.

Patrick Francfort, known as Patrick Gibson, died on April 4, 2020, from the COVID-19 virus.[2]

Discography[edit]

Singles[edit]

Year Single U.S. Billboard Hot 100 Chart[5] UK Singles Chart[6]
1976 "Come to America"
"Non Stop Dance"
1977 "Heaven"
1978 "Cuba" 81 41
1979 "Ooh, What a Life" 10
"Que Sera Mi Vida" 5
1980 "Cuba/Better Do It Salsa" 12
"Mariana" 11
1983 "My Heart's Beating Wild (Tic Tac Tic Tac)" 56
"Silver Nights"

References[edit]

  1. ^ BFM: Patrick FRANCFORT
  2. ^ a b "Gibson Brothers drummer Patrick Frankfurt dies", MBC News, April 5, 2020. Retrieved April 5, 2020
  3. ^ "Gibson Brothers drummer Patrick Frankfort disappears", Archyde.com, 5 April 2020. Retrieved 6 April 2020
  4. ^ "Coronavirus : Patrick Francfort le batteur Martiniquais des "Gibson Brothers" est décédé", FranceInfo, 5 April 2020. Retrieved 5 April 2020
  5. ^ Whitburn, Joel (1983). Joel Whitburn's Top Pop 1955-1982. Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin: Record Research, Inc. p. 173. ISBN 0-89820-051-2.
  6. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. pp. 226–227. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.

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