Pierre Vassiliu

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Pierre Vassiliu in concert at Cambieure

Pierre Vassiliu (23 October 1937 in Villecresnes, France – 17 August 2014 in Sète, France) was a French singer and songwriter.[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.


  1. ^ "Le chanteur Pierre Vassiliu est mort" (in French). Lemonde.fr. Retrieved 2014-08-18. 
  2. ^ Popular music - The Beatles Julian

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