Nicolas Peyrac, whose real name is Jean-Jacques Tazartez, is a singer-songwriter who shouldn't have been a singer but rather a doctor. Indeed, the son of doctors, he originally intended to carry on the family tradition and spent 6 years on the benches of the medical school.
But art in general, whether through photography or music, gradually took a predominant part in his life at the start of the 1970s. And it was the meeting in 1971 with Patrick Legrand, editor of music and Michel's brother, who will suddenly be a game-changer.
Indeed, the latter takes certain texts that the young Jean-Jacques has just written, which has the joy of finding one sung a few months later by Marie Laforet, just that. As happiness never comes alone, this unexpected success earned him a signing at Pathé-Marconi.
But the bellows fell as quickly as he went up because the first two 45s that he released under his own name went completely unnoticed and the label is seriously considering ending their collaboration. They still leave him one last chance with a title called "So far away from L.A.", a title which, this time, will not go unnoticed, far from it.
The title was a hit during 1975 and thrust the artist into the limelight in a shattering fashion. Title that we find on his first album "D'où venez-vous" which was released the same year.
Follow in the wake of another flagship title that is "Et mon père", taken from the album "Nicolas Peyrac" which will be released a year later in 1976. Title which immediately positions the artist as one of the most big phenomena of the moment on the French music scene.
Another major success two years later in 1977 with the titles "Je pars" and "Le vin me saoule". Which will unfortunately be almost his last notable successes. Because other titles come out later but the artist misses the turn of the 80s and cannot adapt to new musical trends. A failure from which he will never recover, musically speaking of course.
To discover or rediscover.
Discography (among others ...) :
Entre l'ombre et la lumière 1974
So far away from L.A.1975
Et mon père 1975
Satanée question 1976
Comment t’appeles-tu 1976
Je pars 1977
Et la fête est finie 1977
Il y aurait du soleil 1977
Le vin me saoule 1977
Ne jouez plus 'God save the queen' 1978
Good bye California 1978
Et nous voilà 1979
Je l’aime 1981
Tu vois j'vais bien 1981
Elle sortait d'un drôle de café 1982
Elle disait 1982
Attends moi j’arrive 1983
From Argentina to South Africa 1984
Quand elle dort 1986
Plus j'avance 1987
Tu m’oublieras 1988
Et même 1989
Si elle veut 1990
J'T'aimais trop, J'T'aimais tellement 1991
Ceux qui nous aiment 1993
Toujours une route 1998
1974 ... first steps which immediately set the trend : this young man has talent to spare, that's clear. And the rest will prove it in a brilliant way !
1975 ... the proof with this title ! He simply signs here one of the most beautiful ballads of the decade and takes the opportunity to make a sensational entry into the big leagues. MAS-TER-FUL !
1975 ... an incredible 1975 which saw him literally explode on the French music scene with this new title. The singer then becomes one of the biggest phenomena of the moment, a recognition well deserved !
1976 ... after a sumptuous year 1975 in all respects, 1976 will turn out to be somewhat pale. It is true that the bar has been set so high that it would have been miraculous for the year 1976 to be even a better vintage !
1976 ... the year ends better than it started with this title which allows the singer to record a new notorious success. Nothing to worry about then ...
1977 ... a year 1977 which will prove to be as exceptional as it was in 1975. Starting with this title which allows the artist to enter definitively into the musical legend of the end of the 20th century. HU-GE !
1977 ... very simple titles but formidably effective. A quality of writing well above the average which allows to produce Intimist moments of Premium quality
1977 ... even if this title will not have the same level of success as 'Je pars', it is clear that the singer's level of inspiration does not weaken by an iota. One of the best inspiration of the moment !
1977 ... a year 1977 which ends as it began, that is to say in beauty with this title which allows him to attach a new star to his prize list !
1978 ... even years are much more successful than odd years, go figure. And yet it is not for lack of offering titles of more than certain quality !
1978 ... whatever the case, the artist remains in the leading pack with obvious ease. His talent is enough to maintain him at a level of excellence that outclasses the competition without too much difficulty
1979 ... surprisingly, he freewheeled the decade with only one title on the clock for 1979. What to worry about ?
1980 ... the level of success plummeted. The transition to the 1980s is painful and the singer will have to adapt very quickly to the new musical trends of the moment, that's clear
1981 ... the quality of his compositions is not to be questioned, but rather his style which does not really correspond to what the public now expects in this new decade ...
1981 ... we have the impression of being stuck in the 70s. The singer is literally on the spot and the questioning is more than urgent !
1982 ... one feels like a hint of evolution of sound with this title but the evolution is unfortunately most timid. There is still a long way to go, it's clear ...
1984 ... slowly, year after year, things are moving in the right direction. On the other hand, the texts involved tend to scare away part of the general public in this decade of the 80s. So risky bet ...
1985 ... we will have to wait for the year 1985 to see a frank and massive improvement on the sound side. But the public has already moved on and the change is coming far too late ...
1986 ... a finally trendy sound that could have allowed him to come back to the race. But when it doesn't want anymore, it doesn't want anymore ...
1987 ... anyway, he resists and hangs on at all costs. Even if it is almost impossible mission, he still hopes to make a miraculous comeback. But unfortunately there will be no miracle ...
1988 ... another some very high caliber Intimist, a field where he really excelled. Too bad he really missed the turn of the 80s because it really would not have taken much to keep him in the big leagues for years to come ...
1989 ... the end of the decade on the hats of the wheel. We feel that the desire to get back into the race is real, as is the desire to do well. But it's the public who always have the last word in the end ...
1990 ... he will even attempt the transition to the 90s. But the result will be the same as during the previous decade ...
1993 ... already 20 years of career. A beautiful longevity that we can only salute but the best is behind him, it is clear
1998 ... the 90s will not have brought much more to the singer's discography. He will continue the adventure for whatever reason the following decade but without really believing in it ...
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