Schmoll above all does not want to look like a monk...

Eddy Mitchell, whose real name is Claude Moine, is a French singer and actor whose particularity is to have been the singer of the first French rock group "Les Chaussettes Noires".

From an early age, little Claude was fascinated by the rock and roll version of Elvis Presley, as well as by the Westerns, which he regularly saw at the movies with his father.

He took his first singing steps at the age of 15, singing in front of Crédit Lyonnais employees where he worked as a courier. But it is especially his adoration for singer Gene Vincent that will push him to embark on a career as a singer.

At the end of the 1950s, he began to perform in balls where he used standards of the time. First in a band called "Eddy Dane Et Les Danners", then "The Fives Rocks" which later turns into "Les Cinq Rocks". Which will occur regularly at Golf-Drouot.

He then takes the name Eddy Mitchell, Eddy in reference to actor Eddie Constantine and Mitchell because the name must sound American. His nickname “Schmoll” would come from the fact that taller than most of his friends, he called them “Small”. Pronounced in the French style, it will give its nickname.

Barclay signed the group in 1960 and the first single was released a year later in 1961. It was Eddie Barclay himself who, unbeknownst to them, changed the name of the group to "Les Chaussettes Noires". Change for which the reason is simple : he has just signed an advertising contract with Stemm socks.

The group will continue the successes until 1962, when the singer is called up for the flag. The recordings of new songs are always done but more difficult. He also took the opportunity to record his first solo songs. The final separation from the group will take place a year later in 1963.

His first solo albums, even if they are rock oriented, show an evolution of the influences that the singer undergoes. Ditto in terms of clothing. This is how songs like the now famous "Toujours un coin qui me rappelle" came into being in 1964.

But success followed failure until the middle of the 1970s. So much so that Barclay even suggested that he reform Les Chaussettes Noires. Offer he declines.

Back in force and return to the roots at the end of the 70s with albums where rock becomes predominant again. But also with superb ballads such as "Sur la route de Menphis", "La dernière séance", even more melodramatic pieces like "Il ne rentre pas ce soir".

With these successes, the singer accentuates his crooning side in the early 80s and the result is impressive. He delivers 3 magnificent titles: "Couleur menthe à l'eau" in 1980, "Pauvre baby doll" in 1981 and "Le cimetière des éléphants" in 1982.

And the decade ended in style with more rock titles such as "Vieille canaille" in 1986 and "Leche boots blues" in 1989.

A rare singer to have lived through several decades without being out of fashion, he remains to this day one of the last legendary figures in the French musical landscape and has left some first-rate pieces of anthology in history.

To discover or rediscover.

Discography (among others ...) :

  • Mais reviens moi 1962

  • Je ne pense qu’à l’amour 1963

  • Chain gang 1963

  • Ma maitresse d’école 1964

  • Toujours un coin qui me rappelle 1964

  • S’il n’en reste qu’un 1965

  • J’ai oublié de l’oublier 1966

  • Je ne me retournerai pas 1967

  • Alice 1967

  • Je n’aime que toi 1968

  • Miss Caroline 1969

  • C’est facile 1971

  • En revenant vers toi 1972

  • Soudain l’été 1973

  • Alice au pays des amours 1974

  • Pas de boogie woogie 1976

  • La fille du motel 1976

  • Sur la route de Memphis 1976

  • La dernière séance 1977

  • Il ne rentre pas ce soir 1978

  • Tu peux préparer le café noir 1979

  • Couleur menthe à l’eau 1980

  • Pauvre baby doll 1981

  • Le cimetière des éléphants 1982

  • L’amour est vraiment fort 1983

  • Comme quand j’étais môme 1984

  • Vieille canaille 1985

  • Manque de toi 1986

  • Dans la peau d’une autre 1987

  • Leche bottes blues 1989

  • Le baby blues 1990

  • Soixante soixante deux 1991

  • Rio Grande 1993

  • Te perdre 1994

  • Les tuniques bleues et les indiens 1996

  • Un portrait de Norman Rockwell 1996

  • Ça fait désordre 1997

  • J’aime pas les gens heureux 1999

Clips :

1962 ... finished "Les Chaussetes Noires", welcome to the solo career of the one who will become in a few decades one of the greatest singers of the end of the XXth century on the French side

1963 ... a solo career that starts off with a bang and sees him success after success. And that's just the beginning !

1963 ... a perfectly mastered Yéyé style which allows him to quickly establish himself as one of the essential figures of the movement

1964 ... another perfect example with this title which once again hits the mark. Year after year, title after title, the legend is built ...

1964 ... then comes THIS title. A luxury cover of Lou Johnson's title "Always something there to remind me" and which will propel him to heights he never even suspected existed

1965 ... each year now brings its share of very high caliber successes. A dynamic that is not about to end !

1966 ... a beautiful first foray into the Intimist. An area in which he will prove to be extremely effective ...

1967 ... the beginning of the Sixties in Dance Yéyé mode then backtracking completely. From now on, it is "With emotions" register at all costs !

1967 ... decidedly, it floats like a certain air of romanticism in this year 1967. And my faith, who will complain ...?

1968 ... a change of year which does not bring any change in truth. Everything is stable and...quiet !

1969 ... the tempo suddenly accelerates again. We suspected that the natural would come back at a gallop. History to end the decade in style !

1971 ... change of decade, change of style and sound. The metamorphosis is obvious and announces a beautiful sequel

1972 ... well, for the next beautiful thing, we will have to wait a few more years. The titles are always of quality but the singer navigates between two waters on the sound side : on one side, the 60s and on the other the 70s. You have to choose ...

1973 ... a new foray into the Intimist which was not enough to raise the bar. Let us leave time to time ...

1974 ... a relative crossing of the desert which will not last very long. The main thing is to believe it ...

1976 ... the rebirth. THE title that will change everything and allow the artist to make a shattering appeal on the front of the stage. HU-GE !

1976 ... a decidedly exceptional year when everything was once again successful for the artist. The successes follow one another at astonishing speed !

1976 ... the pass of 3 ! With a HUGE title that will surely remain as one of his most emblematic. In addition to a Country style totally out of step with the standards of the time ...

1977 ... and what about that one ! He signs here one of his most beautiful titles and always in Country mode, what daring ! A daring that pays off in any case !

1978 ... it's a flood of incredible hits that allow the artist to once again become one of the essential figures of the moment. For the 2nd time !

1979 ... new luxury cover and new major success. This time thanks to Arthur Alexander's title "Everyday I have to cry". Decidedly the covers bring him luck !

1980 ... another change of decade and here comes the WONDER, an absolutely sumptuous Ultimate Slow which will undoubtedly remain as one of the most beautiful titles of the decade on the French side. MA-GIC !

1981 ... a start to the 1980s which is confirmed by emotion and romanticism. Once again MA-GIC !

1982 ... he connects the WONDERS at an incredible speed ! An extraordinary inspiration for 2 years which allows him to produce songs that will very quickly become legendary

1983 ... and it continues ! The years go by, the Intimist hits follow one another. An incredible and well deserved longevity !