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He was born in Paris, of mixed Breton and eastern European heritage, and grew up in the Les Halles area. His father died when he was in his teens, and he worked in local markets and warehouses. In the evenings, he performed the songs of Aristide Bruant, Edith Piaf and others in clubs in Montmartre and Saint-Germain-des-Prés. After initially recording for Decca, he started working as a packer at Barclay Records, releasing his first record for the label, "Où C’est Qu’il Est Barré Gavroche?", in 1969.

He had his first big hit in France in 1972 with "La Tendresse", a song originally written by Patricia Carli for Mireille Mathieu, and made his first appearance at the Olympia that year, supporting Matthieu. Establishing himself in the early 1970s as a popular performer of chansons and ballads, he had his...

Daniel Guichard à Paris en octobre 1974.
Photos © Tony Frank
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