Pierre Vassiliu

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Pierre Vassiliu
Pierre Vassiliu performing at a concert in Cambieure in 2004.
Pierre Vassiliu performing at a concert in Cambieure in 2004.
Background information
Born(1937-10-23)23 October 1937
Villecresnes, Seine-et-Oise, France
Died17 August 2014(2014-08-17) (aged 76)
Sète, Hérault, France
OccupationsMusician, songwriter, actor

Pierre Vassiliu (23 October 1937 – 17 August 2014) was a French singer, songwriter and actor.[1]

His first record, "Armand", co-written with his brother Michel, appeared in 1962. It was an enormous success, selling 150,000 copies.[citation needed] This opened the doors of the Olympia in Paris to him, where he opened for the Beatles in 1964.[2] He went on to a two-month stand with Françoise Hardy, Jacques Dutronc, and Johnny Hallyday. He had a string of hits, including "Charlotte", "Ivanhoe", and "La femme du sergent", censored because of the Algerian War. His 1973 song "Qui c'est celui-là?" was done partido alto by Chico Buarque; it sold more than 300,000 copies and secured for him a place in the memories of the teenagers of the time.

With his vocal trio, he resurrected the old French song "Belle qui tiens ma vie", sung a cappella.

In 2002, he covered Boby Lapointe's "L'Été ou est-il?" with Thallia on the album Boby Tutti-Frutti – L'hommage délicieux à Boby Lapointe by Lilicub.

In 2003, he made a CD with Senegalese griots of the Kalone Orchestra of Casamance. Vassiliu lived a part of his life in the Casamance, the region of Senegal lying to the south of the Gambia.

He died in his sleep in 2014, after years of battling Parkinson's.


  1. ^ "Le chanteur Pierre Vassiliu est mort" (in French). Lemonde.fr. Retrieved 18 August 2014. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ Popular music - The Beatles Julian

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