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Born to be alive...

Patrick Hernandez is a French singer-songwriter who started his artistic career at the age of 19, playing in dancing parties near Périgueux and Limoges.

We find him in the mid-1970s in a group called Paris Palace Hotel, also named PPH, and it is within this group that he will compose the outline of a small title called…"Born to be alive”. Title that must appear on an album to be released, album that will never actually be released.

The group ends up separating and the young artist sincerely thinks about stopping his career. But fate has not forgotten him and it is the Belgian producer Jean Van Loo who will put him back on track. Which producer made him re-record the title and broadcast it first in Italy in 1978. And the miracle took place !

The title began by making a huge splash there before being broadcast in France in its turn a few months later. Then gradually in other countries. The title became one of the biggest dance phenomena in the world of the end of the 1970s. So much so that it was classified in around fifty countries and sold around 25 million copies.

A tidal wave success that will be short-lived because anything that will be released subsequently will not experience the incredibly incredible success of this unique opus ...

To discover or rediscover.

Discography (among others ...) :

  • Born to be alive 1977

  • Someone’s stepping on my mushrooms 1978

  • You turn me on 1979

  • Back to boogie 1979

  • Disco queen 1980

  • Can’t keep it up 1980

  • Goodbye 1981

  • Y’a toujours des sam’dis soirs 1982

  • Fais moi calin 1982

  • Non stop 1982

  • Tallulah 1983

  • Kalisha Kalima 1988


Clips :

1977 ... the Disco Masterpiece ! A single title, THIS title, was enough for this young singer out of nowhere to simultaneously obtain fame, fortune and a direct ticket to posterity. He signs here quite simply one of the biggest dance hits of all time, just that. CULT !

1978 ... we suspect that it will be literally impossible for the singer to match the exceptional performance he achieved on the previous track. Especially when we see the overall average quality of this title ...

1979 ... we really wonder if we are dealing with the singer who set fire to every Dancefloor on the planet two years ago. Cruel setback ...

1979 ... this title will save more or less the furniture but narrowly. It will really take a miracle quickly to avoid the outright sinking ...

1980 ... it's Dance, Dance, Dance, there's no denying it. But a Disco tempo is not enough to make a title a Masterpiece. But where did his brilliant inspiration go, which he knew on his first title ...

1981 ... he tries to stick to the new standards of the moment but that will not change the situation unfortunately. The novelty train has passed and he pretty much missed it. Frankly shame ...

1982 ... an irremediable dropout which is accentuated even more with this title. Nothing, and no one, can now prevent the singer's pure and simple disappearance from the French musical landscape ...

1982 ... a career which is now made completely outside the system. A decision to say the least risky and above all completely counterproductive ...

1983 ... a desperate attempt to get back into the race which once again ended in failure. When it doesn't want anymore, it doesn't want anymore ...


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