Google Doodle celebrates a French singer and songwriter Daniel Balavoine, who was most popular in the French-speaking world and inspired numerous singers during the 1980s, on June 1, 2021.
Who was Daniel Balavoine?
Daniel Balavoine was born on 5 February 1952 in Alençon, France. He was colossally popular in the French-speaking world and motivated numerous singers in the 1980s, like Jean-Jacques Goldman, Michel Berger, who was his closest friend, and the Japanese pop-rock group Crystal King; he was additionally a part of the original cast of the rock opera Starmania in 1978, which was composed by Berger. He partook in French political life and is known for a 1980 televised verbal confrontation with then-presidential candidate François Mitterrand.
In his teenage, Daniel Balavoine battled energetically for social causes with the energy he started to channel into music in 1970. He was the most youthful in a family of six children. His father, Emile, was an urban engineer and worked for the Reconstruction Ministry. His mother was an antique wholesaler.
At the point when Daniel Balavoine was eleven, he heard “She Loves You” by The Beatles which started his passion for music. In 1959, his dad moved to Algeria, while Daniel moved to the southern city of Pau and attended a boarding school. In 1968, while going to secondary school, he was one of the numerous youngsters who supported the nationwide strikes.
Even though his early musical efforts flew under the radar of standard achievement, Daniel Balavoine’s career started to get steam when Swiss pop star Patrick Juvet highlighted him on one of his albums.
In 1973, while Daniel Balavoine was working as a record dealer, The Vogue studios, which produced Présence, influenced him and offered to help him in a solo career. His first Vogue record “Viens vite” was released, yet suffered poor sales. Balavoine at that point became a background vocalist close by his brother, Guy. Soon subsequently, they featured in a pop musical La Révolution Française.
In 1974, Patrick Juvet, one of the biggest performers in France at that time, offered him the chance to be the opening act on his next tour. Balavoine composed a song for him, “Couleurs d’Automne”, which showed up on Juvet’s following album.
In 1975, Daniel Balavoine kept on build momentum with the release of his debut solo album “De Vous à Elle en Passant Par Moi” (“From You to Her Through Me”). In 1977, Balavoine released a second record, “Les Aventures de Simon et Gunther” however again it sold ineffectively and Eddie Barclay started getting impatient.
A 1977’s televised performance was one of his sophomore album’s hit songs, “Lady Marlène,” dazzled French pop icon, Michel Berger. Michel Berger commissioned Daniel Balavoine to play Johnny Rockfort in his cyberpunk rock opera “Starmania.” The role was a smash hit that set up for Balavoine to become a successful innovator of French electronic pop.
Daniel Balavoine’s solo career was soon extremely successful, too, with the release of his third album Le Chanteur. The title song, which talked vividly of the unstoppable rise and fall of an aspiring singer, was an enormous commercial achievement, with one million units sold. The album itself sold 800,000 copies.
In 1980, Daniel Balavoine got back with his fifth studio album Un Autre monde. He released a hit album, “Un Autre Monde” (“Another World”), highlighting some of his most famous songs, for example, “Je Ne Suis Pas un Héros” (“I’m not a Hero”), “Mon Fils, mama Bataille” (“My Son, My Battle”), and “La Vie ne M’Apprend Rien” (“Life Teaches me Nothing”).
In that same year, on TV, he issued a call to action to politician François Mitterrand with a challenge to support the young. This was a pivotal occasion for Balavoine’s legacy as a musician as well as a vocal activist for the community and V for France’s next generation.
Daniel Balavoine went on tour again and returned to the Olympia for four sold-out shows, which gave birth to his first live album Daniel Balavoine en concert in November 1981.
Notwithstanding the more than 20 million records he sold, Balavoine was a given humanitarian. In 1983, Balavoine took part in his first Paris-Dakar Rally. He focused quite a bit of his efforts on improving the lives of inhabitants in remote villages of the African Sahara, particularly in Mali, where he planned to supervise the installation of water pumps close to the route of the 1986 Paris-Dakar rally car race.
On 14 January 1986, Daniel Balavoine lamentably lost his life during this trip, yet his heritage has lived on.
That very year, Daniel Balavoine’s final album “Sauver L’Amour” (“Save Love”) won a posthumous Victoire de la Musique award, one of French music’s highest honors. Daniel Balavoine got, as a posthumous title, the Victoire de la Musique Album of the Year Award in 1986 for Sauver L’amour.
In the French music business, Balavoine acquired his own place with his incredible voice, his wide range, and his lyrics, which were full of sadness and revolt. He was emphatic, and his songs managed in themes of despair, pain, and death, even though the expectation was available also. He sold more than 20 million records during his career.
On June 1, 2021, Google showed up Doodle for celebrating Daniel Balavoine.
On this day in 1978, Daniel Balavoine released his third album “Le Chanteur” (“The Singer”), an enthusiastic reflection on the preciousness of life that skyrocketed his career.