Jacques Higelin

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Jacques Higelin
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Jacques Higelin live at the Zarbs festival in July 2007
Background information
Birth name Jacques Joseph Victor Higelin
Born (1940-10-18)18 October 1940
Brou-sur-Chantereine, France
Genres French pop
Occupation(s) French singer-songwriter
Instruments Guitar, piano, banjo, accordion, harmonica, melodica, harspichord
Years active 1969–present
Website jacqueshigelin.fr

Jacques Joseph Victor Higelin (born 18 October 1940 in Brou-sur-Chantereine, Seine-et-Marne, France) is a French pop singer who rose to prominence in the early 1970s. Early in his career, many of Higelin's songs were effectively blacklisted from French radio because of his controversial left wing political beliefs, and his association with socialist groups. He is also known as Higelin.

Higelin's entertainment career began at age 14, when he left school to work as a stunt double. While playing a number of small roles in various motion pictures, Higelin was taught to play the guitar by Henri Crolla, a French-Italian jazz guitarist and film composer. By the early sixties, Higelin was attending the René Simon drama school, where he won the François Perier award.

For two years starting in 1961, Higelin served in the French military in various countries. Upon returning to France, he resumed his cinematic career, but increasingly began to focus on music over film. By the end of the decade, he was also very active in the artistic underground in Paris, and he began to channel his music towards radical militancy. He began attracting popular attention through his live concerts, typically held in smaller venues, and released his first solo album, in 1971. By the middle of the 1970s, Higelin had become one of France's most successful musicians, and he remains influential to this day.

Personal life[edit]

His father Paul, railway worker and musician of Alsatian descent introduces his two sons in some forms of music while his mother, Renée, of Belgian descent, raises them both.[1][2] He is married to Aziza Zakine since 2011/12/08. Higelin has three children, all artists:

  • Arthur H, an elder son and a famous French singer (born to Higelin and Nicole Courtois) in 1966
  • Kên Higelin, an actor (born to him and Kuelan Nguyen) in 1972
  • Izïa Higelin, a daughter, a singer (born to Higelin and Aziza Zakine) in 1990



Studio albums (non-charting)
Studio albums (charting)
Year Album Credited to Peak positions

1974 BBH 75 Benarroch, Boissezon, Higelin (BBH) 117  –  –
1998 Paradis païen Higelin 7  –  –
2006 Amor doloroso Jacques Higelin 7 83 97
2010 Coup de foudre Higelin 2 20 51
2013 Beau repaire Higelin 5 49  –
2016 Higelin 75 Higelin 6
36 74
Live albums (non-charting)
  • 1981: Higelin à Mogador (triple album, 2 CDs)
  • 1983: Casino de Paris (1 album, 1 CD)
  • 1986: Higelin à Bercy (triple album, 2 CD)
  • 1990: Follow the Live (double album, 1 CD)
  • 1992: Higelin Le Rex (double album, 1 CD)
Live albums (charting)
Year Album Credited to Peak positions

2000 Higelin Live 2000 Jacques Higelin 60  –  –
2005 Higelin enchante Trenet Jacques Higelin 36 83  –
2007 En plein Bataclan Jacques Higelin 151  –  –
2010 Paris/Zénith 18-10-2010 Higelin 200  –  –
Albums with Brigitte Fontaine
Album with Areski Belkacem
  • 1973 – Jacques Canetti présente Jacques Higelin
  • 1980 - Inédits 1970
  • 2005 - Entre deux gares



  1. ^ Higelin, Jacques; Lehoux, Valérie (2015). Je vis pas ma vie, je la rêve. Fayard. p. 7. 
  2. ^ Chanter pour la paix. Paris: Mango jeunesse. 2003. p. pink. ISBN 2-7404-1630-X. 
  3. ^ a b "Jacques Higelin discography". lescharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved 25 April 2012. 
  4. ^ "Le Top de la semaine : Top Albums Fusionnes - SNEP (Week 41, 2016)" (in French). Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique. Retrieved 18 October 2016. 
  5. ^ Includes 6 songs written by Boris Vian and sung by Higelin

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