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Léo Ferré

French-born Monégasque poet and singer

1916   -   1993

movement: western classical music
genre: chanson, spoken word, western classical music, French pop music
country of citizenship: Monaco, France
languages spoken, written or signed: French
educated at: Sciences Po, Albert I Lycée
occupation: singer, poet, songwriter, composer, singer-songwriter, writer, radio personality, conductor, pianist, musician, author

Léo Ferré (24 August 1916 – 14 July 1993) was a French-born Monégasque poet and composer, and a dynamic and controversial live performer, whose career in France dominated the years after the Second World War until his death. He released some forty albums over this period, composing the music and the majority of the lyrics. He released many hit singles, particularly between 1960 and the mid-seventies. Some of his songs have become classics of the French chanson repertoire, including "Avec le temps", "C'est extra", "Jolie Môme" and "Paris canaille".
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