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About Danyel Gérard

b. 7 March 1939, Paris, France. Gerard spent much of his childhood in South America but he was a Parisian student when taken under the wing of Lucien Morisse, a Gallic equivalent of UK svengali Larry Parnes. Gerards debut single, a 1958 adaptation (in French) of the nursery rhyme Billy Boy, can be cited as the countrys first original attempt at rock n roll. Its singers continued commercial prosperity was stifled by national service in Great Kubylie. During this two-year absence, he was overtaken by Johnny Hallyday, Eddy Mitchell and other newer icons. Demobbed, he regained lost ground with La Leçon De Twist and a translation of Pat Boones Speedy Gonzales. The adoration of his female fans might have palled when he became engaged to chanteuse Christine LeBail, as his subsequent cover version of Ben E. Kings I (Who Have Nothing) followed by Il Pleut Dans Ma Maison and DAccord DAccord were only moderate hits. Nevertheless, self-managed by that point, he ploughed back his earnings into a lucrative production company, and forged a second career as a songwriter, with Marie LaForets Les Vendanges De LAmour and Herve Villands Mourir Ou Vivre being among his successes.

Paris, France
7 Mar 1939

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