Pierre Vassiliu

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May 21, 2022

Pierre Vassiliu is a French singer-songwriter born October 23, 1937 in Villecresnes and died August 17, 2014 in Sète. An apprentice jockey, he began a career as a singer in Parisian cabarets at the end of the 1950s. His first success, Armand, was released in 1962. Vassiliu is mainly known for his song Qui c'est cet-là?, which reached number one. from the French charts in 1973.

Biography

Youth

Pierre Vassiliu was born on October 23, 1937 in Villecresnes. His father is a Romanian doctor who immigrated to France. His mother, from Tours, is a music lover and plays the piano. Pierre Vassiliu had to leave the family home at the age of fifteen because of his “mischief”. Passionate about horse racing, he became an apprentice jockey in the early 1950s. To support himself, he gives riding lessons, which allows him to meet celebrities like Roger Pierre and Jean-Marc Thibault, who encourage him to compose. Vassiliu served for twenty-nine months as an army photographer during the Algerian war. He goes to court for having broadcast, thanks to an army truck equipped with loudspeakers, his song the Request for permission to the antimilitarist text.

Music career

Pierre Vassiliu returns to civilian life and joins the Petit Conservatoire de Mireille. He performs in cabarets on the left bank and sings in particular at the cabaret L'Écluse, accompanying himself on the guitar. Armand, his first 45-rpm, was written with his brother Michel. Published in 1962, its sales reached 150,000 copies in the midst of the yé-yé wave. The singer performed as the opening act for the Beatles at the Olympia, then for French stars such as Claude François and Sylvie Vartan, whom he accompanied on tour. During the 1960s, he continued to meet with success with titles such as Alice or La Famille pipe de stove. Following artistic disagreements with Decca, Vassiliu joined Barclay Records. Love, friendship, his first album, was released in 1970. The 45-turn Qui c'est cet-là?, which ranked number one on the French charts in 1973, is an adaptation in French of the title Partido alto by Chico Buarch,. In four months, the disc sold 300,000 copies. The singer claims to have "lived about fifteen years with the money of this song". In the same year, fate I found a newspaper in the hall of the airport, which is also successful. In 1974, a 33-rpm compilation of Qui c'est là-là of his last ten hits was released, with a photo taken in the Luberon with his musicians, where he had lived since 1970. In 1982, Pierre Vassiliu sang at the Olympia accompanied by the ten musicians of the group Raoul Petite. In 1984, he moved with his family to Senegal, where he ran a jazz club. The singer returned to France in 1986. Penniless, he was hosted by comedian Coluche, who offered him to camp in the garden of his villa. He returned to success with the title Toucouleur, taken from the album L'Amour qui passe, and went on tour again. His next album, La Vie ça va, was published in 1993. In 1999, after five years of absence, Vassiliu gave several concerts in Paris, he sang for a week at Bobino to promote his album Parler aux anges. The double album Precious Stones (pun on his first name) released in 2003 was produced with the financial assistance of a company selling esoteric products. It includes a disc of songs recorded with musicians from different countries, and another made up of pieces performed in concert. In 2008, the singer agreed to take part in the 3rd edition of Âge tender, the idol tour. He also appeared on stage in 2011 with Arnaud Fleurent-Didier. In 2018, four years after his death, the compilation Pierre Vassiliu Face B, 1965-1981, reissues 12 of ch