Serge Gainsbourg

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Lucien Ginsburg
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(April 2, 1928 – March 2, 1991) Poet, singer-songwriter, painter, actor and director. Born in Paris, France, the son of Jewish Russian parents. He had well known children : a daughter, Charlotte, with Jane Birkin; and a son, Lucien Gainsbourg (aka Lulu), with his last partner, Bambou. Two other children are non-mediatics : Natacha (born 8 August 1964) and Paul (born 13 April 1968) with Françoise Antoinette Pancrazzi.

Serge Gainsbourg (born Lucien Ginsburg), wanted to be a painter but earned his living as a piano player in bars. He was tapped to join the cast of the musical 'Milord L'Arsouille', where he reluctantly assumed a singing role; self-conscious about his rather homely appearance, Gainsbourg initially wanted only to carve out a niche as a composer and producer, never as a performer.

His early influence was Boris Vian. Gainsbourg wanted to free himself from what he considered old-fashioned 'chanson' and explore other musical grounds, influenced especially by British and American pop. He also wrote soundtracks for more than 40 movies and directed himself in four movies: 'Je t'aime... moi non plus' (10 years censored*), 'Equateur', 'Charlotte For Ever' and 'Stan The Flasher'.

* Je T'aime ... Moi Non Plus (1969) the song, featured simulated sounds of female orgasm. Originally recorded with Brigitte Bardot, it was instead released with a future girlfriend Jane Birkin as Brigitte Bardot backed out. The song was censored in many countries and in France even the toned-down version was suppressed. The Vatican made a public statement citing the song as offensive. Its notoriety led to it reaching no. 1 in the UK chart.

A frequent interpreter of Gainsbourg's songs was British torch singer Petula Clark, whose success in France was propelled by her recordings of his tunes but the first English-language version of a Gainsbourg song was Dionne Warwick's 1965 version of 'Mamadou'.

Concept album Histoire De Melody Nelson produced and arranged by Jean-Claude Vannier was somewhat based on Nabokov's novel Lolita. It has proven influential with artists such as AIR, David Holmes who covered a track and Beck.

in 1978 with Robbie Shakespeare, Sly Dunbar and Rita Marley he made a Reggae version of the French national anthem "La Marseillaise". His version earned him death threats from right wing veterans of the Algerian War of Independence (OAS). Gainsbourg was able to reply to his critics that his version was in fact closer to the original as the manuscript clearly shows the words "Aux armes et cætera..." for the chorus.
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B 76.447 R Du Chant À La Une !… — Serge Gainsbourg Serge Gainsbourg Du Chant À La Une !… (Album) Philips B 76.447 R France 1958 Vendre cette version
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B 76.473 R N° 2 — Serge Gainsbourg Serge Gainsbourg Avec Alain Goraguer Et Son Orchestre Serge Gainsbourg Avec Alain Goraguer Et Son Orchestre - N° 2 (Album) Philips B 76.473 R France 1959 Vendre cette version
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FS 527, FS-527 L'étonnant Serge Gainsbourg (N°3) — Serge Gainsbourg Serge Gainsbourg L'étonnant Serge Gainsbourg (N°3) (Album) Philips, Philips FS 527, FS-527 Canada 1961 Vendre cette version
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B 76.553 R N°4 — Serge Gainsbourg Serge Gainsbourg N°4 (Album) Philips B 76.553 R France 1962 Vendre cette version
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B 77.980 L Confidentiel — Serge Gainsbourg Gainsbourg* Confidentiel (Album) Philips B 77.980 L Canada 1964 Vendre cette version
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B 77.842 L Gainsbourg Percussions — Serge Gainsbourg Serge Gainsbourg Gainsbourg Percussions (Album) Philips B 77.842 L Canada 1964 Vendre cette version
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70.391 Anna (Bande Originale De La Comédie Musicale) — Serge Gainsbourg Serge Gainsbourg Anna (Bande Originale De La Comédie Musicale) (Album) Philips 70.391 Canada 1967 Vendre cette version
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885.529 MY Bonnie And Clyde — Serge Gainsbourg Serge Gainsbourg Bonnie And Clyde (Album, Comp) Fontana 885.529 MY France 1968 Vendre cette version
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SRF 67610 Jane Birkin - Serge Gainsbourg — Serge Gainsbourg Jane Birkin and Serge Gainsbourg Jane Birkin and Serge Gainsbourg - Jane Birkin - Serge Gainsbourg (Album, Comp) Fontana SRF 67610 US 1969 Vendre cette version
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6311 060 Cannabis (Bande Originale Du Film) — Serge Gainsbourg Serge Gainsbourg Cannabis (Bande Originale Du Film) (Album) Philips 6311 060 France 1970 Vendre cette version
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SFX-7350 Histoire De Melody Nelson — Serge Gainsbourg Serge Gainsbourg Histoire De Melody Nelson (Album) Philips SFX-7350 Japan 1971 Vendre cette version
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6499 731 Vu De L'Extérieur — Serge Gainsbourg Gainsbourg* Vu De L'Extérieur (Album) Philips 6499 731 France 1973 Vendre cette version
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6325 195 Rock Around The Bunker — Serge Gainsbourg Gainsbourg* Rock Around The Bunker (Album) Philips 6325 195 France 1975 Vendre cette version
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9101 097 L'Homme À Tête De Chou — Serge Gainsbourg Gainsbourg* L'Homme À Tête De Chou (Album) Philips 9101 097 France 1976 Vendre cette version
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92 86 572 Bande Originale Du Film De Serge Gainsbourg Serge Gainsbourg Bande Originale Du Film De Serge Gainsbourg "Je T'Aime Moi Non Plus" (Album) Philips 92 86 572 Spain 1976 Vendre cette version
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FDX-331 Madame Claude (Bande Originale Du Film) — Serge Gainsbourg Serge Gainsbourg Madame Claude (Bande Originale Du Film) (Album) Philips FDX-331 Japan 1977 Vendre cette version
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FDX-344 Bande Originale Du Film Serge Gainsbourg Bande Originale Du Film "Goodbye Emmanuelle" (Album) Philips FDX-344 Japan 1977 Vendre cette version
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91 20 384 Aux Armes Et Cætera — Serge Gainsbourg Gainsbourg* Aux Armes Et Cætera (Album) Philips 91 20 384 Spain 1979 Vendre cette version
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7200 123 Bande Originale Du Film De Claude Berri Serge Gainsbourg Bande Originale Du Film De Claude Berri "Je Vous Aime" (Album) Philips 7200 123 France 1980 Vendre cette version
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6681 013 Enregistrement Public Au Théâtre Le Palace — Serge Gainsbourg Gainsbourg* Enregistrement Public Au Théâtre Le Palace (Album) Philips 6681 013 France 1980 Vendre cette version
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6313 270 Mauvaises Nouvelles Des Étoiles — Serge Gainsbourg Gainsbourg* Mauvaises Nouvelles Des Étoiles (Album) Philips 6313 270 France 1981 Vendre cette version
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6313 172 Souviens-toi De M'oublier — Serge Gainsbourg Catherine Deneuve, Gainsbourg* Catherine Deneuve, Gainsbourg* - Souviens-toi De M'oublier (Album) Philips 6313 172 France 1981 Vendre cette version
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28PT-44 Love On The Beat — Serge Gainsbourg Gainsbourg* Love On The Beat (Album) Philips 28PT-44 Japan 1984 Vendre cette version
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6863 241 Love On The Beat (Interview) — Serge Gainsbourg Gainsbourg* Love On The Beat (Interview)(LP, Promo) Philips 6863 241 France 1984 Vendre cette version
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240 921-1 Bande Originale Du Film Gainsbourg* Bande Originale Du Film "Tenue De Soirée" (Album) Apache (2) 240 921-1 France 1986 Vendre cette version