TOP 6 best compositions by Joe Dassin

In the 1970s, his charming baritone with warm notes became one of the most recognizable in France and beyond. Recall the legend of the French chanson - Joe Dassin.

French chanson legend Joe Dassin - list of main songs and author's story

In November, in 2021, to a delightful voice Joe Dassin would have been 81 years old. The famous French singer has died August 20th in 1980 year as an ambitious and promising artist. At that time, the musician was only 42 years old. He died suddenly, right during lunch in a restaurant. in Papeete. Just after lunch began, he fell unconscious from his third heart attack that summer. Unfortunately, the medical assistance provided then on the spot did not give a result and on the way to the hospital, the singer died. Let's remember the work and life path of Joe Dassin.

Joe Dassin
Joe Dassin

Singer's full name Joseph Ira Dassin. He was born far away 1938 in Brooklyn. The musician received his creative talent from his parents. The father was a famous film director Jules Dassin, and the mother is Hungarian violinist Beatrice Lauren-Dassin.

The family lived in the USA, however in the 1940s years after the start "witch hunt" the singer's father was in Hollywood blacklist because of their political views. After that, in 1949, the Dassin family migrated to France by boatwhere Paris becomes their new home. The forced relocation did not prevent the father of the family from building a career, and Joe began to get involved in music.

Joe with father Jules Dassin and mother Beatrice Lohner-Dassin. Paris, 1970
Joe with father Jules Dassin and mother Beatrice Lohner-Dassin. Paris, 1970

Joe often changed schools, moving because of the filming of his father. He studied at educational institutions in France, Switzerland and Italy. After Dassin returned to the USAwhere he entered University of Michigan. In his student years, Joseph performed with a guitar in a cafe and was actively involved in music. He did not succeed then and decided return to Europe in search of your calling.

For a life the artist changed many professionsuntil he returned to his childhood hobby. His path was thorny, but one day he was lucky enough to meet his future wife - Maryse Massiera, which became the key to his fame. Future spouses They met at a party in honor of the release of a comedy film in France called “It's a mad, mad, mad, mad world”. That day for the artist became memorable.

Joe Dassin and Maryse Massiere
Joe Dassin and Maryse Massiere

Their relationship developed pretty fast. Already in January, the couple thought about the engagement. After moving to a new place, Joe took over the duties of the head of the family and tried his best to working multiple jobs. Shortly before her lover's birthday, Maryse had an idea for Joseph's twenty-sixth birthday present. The girl took the recording with the voice of Dassin to the studio CBS France and soon Joe received an offer to work with a record company. However, neither the surprise of Maryse, nor the job offer, the man was not happy. He was categorical and declined become a singer.

Joe Dassin Les Champs—Élysees
Joe Dassin Les Champs—Élysees

After 2 months the artist succumbed to the persuasion of his beloved and nevertheless decided to record trial disc. Since then it started dizzying career as a legendary musician. Shortly before Christmas, Dassin signed a contract with Oswald d'Andrea Orchestra and began his career as a singer. As Joe said, he was led to the song love. He recorded his first disc to please his girlfriend.

Now let's listen to some songs of this legendary french artistwhose work will forever remain in our memory.

Les Champs-Élysées, 1969

Originally written in English with the title "Waterloo Road", and later rewritten in French, this song became a real a hit and a symbol of Paris. Exactly "Champs Elysees" brought the author special popularity in Soviet Union. Fans of the musician from all over the world still remember this legendary warm melody.

Salut, 1975

Written by in 1975 "Salut", was also a huge success, being considered one of his the most romantic songs. The song appeared thanks to the close collaboration of the musician with the composer of Italian origin. Toto Cutugno. The main task of this composition, according to the author, is the emergence of warm memories in the listener. With his skill, Joe really penetrates to the very soulrevealing the innermost corners of the mind.

À toi, 1976

Translated from French, "À toi" translates as "For you". The singer shone this beautiful composition with his second wife Christine Delvaux. It was written in collaboration with a famous composer Jean Baudlot. "For you" is very touching melody, perfectly setting up a romantic mood. It is still popular among the author's fans and is actively used to create a special atmosphere in various establishments.

L'été indien, 1975

"Indian Summer" - so called "Indian Summer" in North America. The melody was written Toto Cutugno for Dassin. In "Indian Summer" it is sung about romantic walks with a girl in warm autumn weather. The song is colored warmth, love and vivid memories of the time spent together. It also describes the excitement and experience after the first meetings with your girlfriend. Once you hear the melody, you can feel how the singer puts his soul into execution.

Et si tu n'existais pas, 1975

The next song is called "If I did not have you", also co-written with Toto Cutugno. It can be seen that the collaboration of the musician with Cutugno was often fruitful. Thanks to their joint work, today we have so many wonderful touching compositions. "Et si tu n'existais pas" became one of the most successful creations of Dassin and left a mark in the hearts of his fans.

Le chateau de sable, 1977

"Sand castle" - Another popular composition by Joseph Dassin. The text is full of deep meaning. As with previous texts, the theme of the composition is love. The song tells about a failed marriage, which, like a sand castle, was destroyed by a wave of the sea. The melody is saturated with warm nostalgic memories of past love. Beautiful metaphors describe deep feelings and sadness.

In spite of sad death, Joseph Ira Dassin forever will remain in our memory as one of legendary ones French performers of the 20th century. His work is full of strong feelings, which are clearly visible in the voice of the performer. And his hoarse baritone with warm, pleasant subtleties will always be in our hearts.


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