Michel Sardou is a French singer who can boast of being the direct descendant of a great line of artists. Line which sees its starting point in the middle of the 19th century.
To date, he has to his credit no less than 25 studio albums and around 350 songs. With more than 90 million records sold throughout his career, he is also one of the most successful French artists.
His youth turned out to be quite complicated, with artist parents whom he followed in the evenings to the cabarets where they performed, which inevitably had repercussions on his education. So when he arrived at the age of 17 and with little motivation for studies, he almost left to settle in Brazil to set up a strip club ...!
His artistic career began in the early 1960s when he performed in small cabarets in Montmartre. 1965 saw him really start his career with the release of his first single "Le Madras", a title co-written with Michel Fugain and Patrice Laffont. Without real success.
The year 1966 will be a pivotal year for him with the meeting of Jacques Revaux, who will become one of his main appointed composers. As well as a forced departure from military service, a parenthesis that will last 18 months and inspire the famous song "Le rire du sergent".
He came back in force in 1967 with the title “Les ricains”, a controversial song which was immediately censored by the authorities in place. But who has the merit of putting it in the spotlight.
The end of the 60s is more delicate, the singer is struggling and Eddie Barclay ends up terminating his contract (like that of Pierre Perret also on the same day….), That's what we call having flair !
Everything changed in 1970, he created his own label Tréma and recorded the album "J'habite en France", an album that would change everything. From this album will be extracted his first big success, namely "Les bals populaires". Shortly followed by "J'habite en France" and "Et mourir de plaisir", 2 other successful titles.
The hits will now follow one another at an impressive speed : "Le rire du sergent" in 1971, "Le surveillant général" in 1972 but also and especially "La maladie d'amour" in 1973. This flagship title of his discography, which exceeds for the first time one million copies sold, is taken from the eponymous album which will remain at the top of sales for 21 weeks.
Will follow "Les vieux mariés", "Les villes de solitude" in 1973 and "Une fille aux yeux clairs" in 1974. Which will earn him the wrath of the MLF which considers that certain lyrics in the songs are frankly offensive to women .
New controversial single in 1975 with "Le France", the song is a huge success which will sell over a million copies and will be hailed by the unions and the Communist Party !
The year 1976 also proved to be complicated with the release of the album "La Vieille", from which two new controversial titles were to be extracted with "Jaccuse", "Je suis pour" and "Le temps des colonies". The album is a success but attacks are coming from all sides, as much on the colonialist subject as on the burning subject of the death penalty. The left-wing dailies are unleashed against the artist.
1977 is not much better with anti-Sardou committees created to disrupt his concerts. Which forces him to calm things down on texts that are a little too committed.
This is how the album "La java de Broadway" was released, a peaceful album that will sell more than a million copies. From which will be extracted the eponymous hit as well as "10 ans plus tôt". He did it again a year later in 1978 with the album "Je vole" which produced the hits "En chantant", his sales record of over 1.2 million copies, and "Je vole".
Less success in 1979 for the album "Verdun". Ditto in 1980 for the album "Victoria". Two albums that will not produce any major hits. After years of controversy, the singer needs a step back and is rarer on the screen.
A salutary retreat which allowed him to come back in force in 1981 with the album "Les lacs du Connemara", a flagship album which produced two of his biggest hits, namely the hit of the same name which sold over 1 million. of copies, but also “Etre une femme”. The latter sets fire to all the dance floors in France. The album is a colossal success.
In 1982 the album "Il était là and its flagship title "Afrique adieu" was released. This was followed later in 1983 by the album "Vladimir Ilich" from which the eponymous title was mainly extracted. Less success but success nonetheless.
1984 saw the release of the album "Io domenico" with his flagship single "Les deux écoles". Even if the title is a success, sales are irreparably reduced. The proof with the album "Chanteur de jazz" which came out in 1985 and whose eponymous title will only sell 250,000 copies despite an obvious quality.
His last notable success was in 1987 with the album "Musulmanes", from which the hit of the same name was extracted.
Other titles will be released later, but never regain an equivalent level of sales. It will therefore be a smooth end of his career for this singer who will forever remain as one of the most popular and gifted of his generation.
To discover or rediscover.
Discography (among others ...) :
Le madras 1965
Les filles d’aujourd’hui 1966
Les ricains 1967
Si j'avais un frère 1968
America, America 1969
Les bals populaires 1970
Et mourir de plaisir 1970
J’habite en France 1970
Je t’aime je t’aime 1971
Le rire du sergent 1971
Le surveillant général 1972
Un enfant 1972
Bonsoir Clara 1972
La maladie d’amour 1973
Les vieux mariés 1973
Les villes de solitude 1974
Je veux l’épouser pour un soir 1974
Une fille aux yeux clairs 1974
Un accident 1975
Le France 1975
Le temps des colonies 1976
Je vais t’aimer 1976
La vieille 1976
Dix ans plus tôt 1977
La java de Broadway 1977
En chantant 1978
Je vole 1978
Manie manie 1978
Dans la même année 1979
La génération loving you 1980
Etre une femme 1981
Les lacs du Connemara 1981
Je viens du sud 1982
Afrique adieu 1982
La première fois qu'on s'aimera 1983
Vladimir Ilitch 1983
Les 2 écoles 1984
Io domenico 1985
Chanteur de jazz 1985
Mélodie pour Elodie 1986
Féminin comme 1987
Tous les bateaux s’envolent 1987
La même eau qui coule 1988
Le successeur 1989
Attention les enfants danger 1989
Marie Jeanne 1990
Le Bac G 1992
Le cinéma d'Audiard 1992
S’enfuir et après 1998
Cette chanson là 2000
La rivière de notre enfance 2004
Non merci 2005
Je n'oublie pas 2005
Allons danser 2006
Et puis après 2010
Le figurant 2017
San Lorenzo 2017
1965 ... and yes, it is the same one who will become a few years later one of the biggest stars of French song. And it is far from being ridiculous !
1966 ... a pure moment of happiness with these so Kitsch images. Ah, what a beautiful time !
1967 ... then comes this title, a first controversial title that will radically change the course of the artist's career. The beginning of an incredible epic that will last several decades ...
1967 ... an undeniable talent, out of the ordinary, which takes shape piece by piece. And which will literally explode in the years that will follow ...
1968 ... the 1960s will above all allow him to make himself known and to gain momentum slowly but surely. For the start of the great fireworks display, we will have to wait until the following decade ...
1969 ... a very 'Flower Power' title so revealing of the mood of the time that any good singer must produce at the end of the 1960s. A model of the genre as they say !
1970 ... the title which will change everything and propel him into spheres of which he did not even suspect the existence. A title which elevates One Shot to the rank of undisputed star !
1970 ... the hits will now follow one another at an impressive speed. A tidal wave that nothing and no one will be able to stop ...
1970 ... a decidedly exceptional year which saw him align 3 mega hits, just that. The career is launched for good !
1971 ... a vintage that will not be as prestigious as the previous one, of course. But when we see what is looming on the horizon, we are far from worrying, very far ...
1971 ... a title, a style, an era, a carefree attitude and a joie de vivre that we are not about to find ... MAS-TER-FUL !
1972 ... song lyrics chiseled to perfection that often come close to the permissible limit. A provocative side that will forever remain its trademark ...
1972 ... he alternates with a certain brio festive piece and Intimist piece The proof with this new particularly inspired title ...
1972 ... we start again in the popular register. A register that has made its success and of which he is undoubtedly one of the best representatives
1973 ... here he signs one of the most beautiful titles of the de