Archive for May 15th, 2011

1971, May 15 – DEBUT OF “COEUR VOLCAN”

“Coeur Volcan”, a simple tango, was the biggest hit up until that point in Julien Clerc’s young career; he would go on to become a super star of French popular music earning many awards including five gold discs…Julien was a struggling law student when he embarked on a trip to Buenos Aires hoping to find the proper destiny in his life; he instantly fell in love with Buenos Aires and it inspired “Coeur Volcan”…Julien Clerc was born Paul Alain Leclerc into a well to do family; his father was a high-ranking UNESCO official…he would recall years later feeling lonely and isolated among his five brothers and sisters which only became worse when his parents divorced…he started piano lessons as a boy and began writing songs as a teenager…he attempted to enter the prestigious Ecole Sciences Politiques but failed the entrance exam….his father encouraged him to enroll at the Sobornne to study law but, to the extreme ire of his father, he found himself spending more time at the local cafes with fellow musicians than at law school…


In 1966 he met a young poet, Etienne Rodo Gil, son of a Spanish revolutionary who would become his alter ego; along with another friend Momo, they would form a composing trio of considerable success…the two principal influences in his music were from his father, who taught him to love classical music and his mother who loved the French chanson musical tradition……through a family connection Paul Alain got the chance to audition for the recording label Pathè Marconi; he was offered a seven-year contract and it is here where he artistic name “Julien Clerc” was assigned to him…he debuted with the single “Le Cavalerie”; it was a great success…critics hailed him as the modern re-invention of the French chanson…French star Gilbert Becaud invited Julien to back him up at the legendary Olympia Music Hall in Paris which was a hit with fans and critics alike; by the age of twenty-four he was already a major success…one of the highlights of his career was to record “Ballada Para Un Loco” with Astor Piazzolla playing the bandoneon