Jean-Jacques Goldman (May 2002, Zénith de Paris)
|Born||11 October 1951|
|Genres||Pop rock, rock, progressive rock, new wave|
|Instruments||Vocalist, guitarist, pianist, violinist|
|Associated acts||Taï Phong, Céline Dion, Les Enfoirés, Fredericks Goldman Jones, Grégoire|
Jean-Jacques Goldman (French pronunciation: [ʒɑ̃.ʒak ɡɔldˈman]; born 11 October 1951) is a Grammy Award-winning French singer-songwriter. He is hugely popular in the French-speaking world, and since 2003 has been the second-highest-grossing French living pop-rock singer, after Johnny Hallyday. In the 1990s, he was part of the trio Fredericks Goldman Jones with a string of hits.
Born in Paris to an immigrant Polish Jewish father, Alter Mojze Goldman and a German Jewish mother, Ruth Ambrunn, Goldman was the third of four children. As a child, he began his music studies on the violin, then the piano. In 1968, he abandoned his classical music studies for "American Rock & Roll" as well as folk music, listening to The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix or Aretha Franklin, and emphasizing the guitar. He also earned a business degree from the École Des Hautes Études Commerciales, commonly known as EDHEC, in Lille. In 1972, he met Catherine, his first wife, with whom he had three children. He first entered the French music scene as a member of a progressive rock group named Taï Phong ("great wind, typhoon" in Vietnamese), which released its first album in 1975. Their first song to be a moderate hit was "Sister Jane." After singing four years and three albums in English with Taï Phong, Goldman was determined to do it alone and write and sing in French.
In 1981, Marc Lumbroso heard his recording "Il suffira d'un signe" on the album Démodé and signed him to a five-album contract with Epic Records. In 1982, his first hit album Minoritaire, which included the hit song "Quand la musique est bonne", was released; subsequent albums have all been successful. In 1987, he recorded the hit single "Là-bas" with Sirima, which remained a popular song throughout the years. From 1990 to 1995, he recorded two studio albums, one live album and released several singles (such as "Nuit", "À nos actes manqués", "Né en 17 à Leidenstadt" and "Tu manques") with Carole Fredericks and Michael Jones, which were successful. Several of these songs were recorded with English versions, but did not find much success in England or the United States. In 2007, he recorded the hit "4 Mots sur un piano" with Patrick Fiori and Christine Ricol.
Jones, is a Welsh singer who had settled in his mother's native France. He and Goldman scored a hit in the early 1980s with "Je te donne" ("I Give You"), a bilingual song with Jones singing the English lyrics and Goldman the French. Fredericks was an American singer, the sister of Taj Mahal who settled in France in the 1970s.
Jean-Jacques Goldman wrote the theme for "Restos du Coeur" the eponymous song performed by les Enfoirés as the theme of the charity created by Coluche, Les restos du coeur. Throughout his career, he has frequently written for other singers, notably Céline Dion. He wrote her albums D'eux (released in the US as The French Album), which is the best selling French album in history with 10,000,000 copies sold worldwide and S'il suffisait d'aimer. He also worked with her on the album 1 fille & 4 types along with Gildas Arzel, Jacques Veneruso and Erick Benzi. The songs "If That's What It Takes", "I Don't Know" and "Fly" from her album Falling into You, and "Let's Talk About Love" from the album of the same name are all English adaptations of songs Goldman wrote for Céline. He has also collaborated with Johnny Hallyday, Patricia Kaas, Garou, Marc Lavoine, Gérald De Palmas, Patrick Fiori, Khaled ("Aïcha"), Lorie and Florent Pagny as well as famous jazzman Chet Baker, Supertramp's saxophonist John Helliwell, Englishman Joe Cocker, American king of soul Ray Charles and American songwriter Diane Warren.
On 19 November 2012, Génération Goldman, a tribute album to Goldman was released on My Major Company France and M 6 Music label with a number of artists interpreting Goldman songs.
His half-brother Pierre Goldman, a left-wing intellectual and convicted (though later acquitted) robber, was murdered in mysterious circumstances in 1979 in Paris. His younger brother Robert Goldman is also a songwriter (often known as J Kapler). His son Michaël Goldman is one of the co-founders of My Major Company France, a major fan-funded music label.
|1981||Jean-Jacques Goldman (a/k/a Démodé)
|1982||Jean-Jacques Goldman (a/k/a Minoritaire)
|1985|| Non homologué
|1987|| Entre gris clair et gris foncé
|1997|| En passant
|2001|| Chansons pour les pieds
|1990||Fredericks Goldman Jones
|1993|| Rouge with Red Army Choir, Carole Fredericks and Michael Jones
|2001||Chansons pour les pieds
|1999||En passant - Tournée 1998
|2003||Un tour ensemble
- as Fredericks Goldman Jones
|1995||Du New Morning au Zénith
|1996|| Pluriel 90/96 |
(with Carole Fredericks and Michael Jones)
|2008||La collection 81-89|
|La Collections 81-89||113||–||142||–|
|La Collections 1990-2001||74||–||76||–|
Tribute albums to Jean-Jacques Goldman
(For peak positions, see Génération Goldman page)
|2013||Génération Goldman Volume 2
- Solo (first phase)
|"Long Is the Road (Américain)"||6|
|1985||"Je marche seul"||2|
|"Je te donne" (Goldman / Jones)||1|
|"La vie par procuration" [in public]||2|
|1987||"Elle a fait un bébé toute seule"||4|
|1988||"C'est ta chance"||16|
|"Puisque tu pars"||3|
|"Il changeait la vie" (Live)||14|
|1989||"Peur de rien blues"||17|
|"À nos actes manqués"||2|
|1991||"Né en 17 à Leidenstadt"||11|
|"C'est pas d'l'amour"||11|
|1992||"Un, deux, trois"||8|
|"Il suffira d'un signe" (Live)||14|
|1993||"Fermer les yeux"||33|
- Solo (2nd phase)
|1997||"Sache que je"||19||18||–|
|1998||"Quand tu danses"||66||–||–|
|1999||"Et l'on n'y peut rien"||7||37||61|
|1986||"Les "restos" du cœur"
(Jean-Jacques Goldman / Yves Montand / Michel Platini / Nathalie Baye / Michel Drucker / Coluche)
(Sirima and Jean-Jacques Goldman)
|2007||"4 Mots sur un piano"
(Patrick Fiori / Jean-Jacques Goldman & Christine Ricol)
- 1989 : L'union sacrée
- 1990 : Pacific Palisades
- 1997 : Le cousin ("Aïcha")
- 1999 : Asterix & Obelix Take On Caesar
- 1999 : Mon père, ma mère, mes frères et mes soeurs ("Elle a fait un bebe toute seule")
- 2000 : La ville est tranquille ("Pas toi")
- 2002 : Les femmes... ou les enfants d'abord... ("L'Envie")
- 2002 : La mentale ("Je te promets")
- His "conversion" is loosely chronicled in the song Un, deux, trois
- Benjamin Jacquot (30 September 2013). "Céline Dion et Jean-Jacques Goldman : 20 ans d'amitié" (in French). France Bleu. Retrieved 10 August 2014.
- LesCharts.com Jean-Jacques Goldman discography
- LesCharts.com: Jean-Jacques Goldman discography
- Ultratop.be/fr/ Jean-Jacques Goldman discography
- Ultratop.be/nl/ Jean-Jacques Goldman discography
- Jean-Jacques Goldman discography
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Jean-Jacques Goldman.|
- (French) Jean-Jacques Goldman clip/vidéo/live
- (French) Là-bas
- Biography of Jean-Jacques Goldman, from Radio France Internationale
- (French) JJG famille
- (French) Parler d'sa vie
- (French) Autre Part : L'univers des frères Goldman
|Victoires de la Musique
Male artist of the year
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