Who is Jacques Vaillant?

By Gwylym Owen

Jacques Vaillant is a French singer born upon 8 June 1952 in Strasbourg (Alsace, France).

Jacques Vaillant is an interpreter of French-language pop songs.

When he was six years old, he overcame the ordeal of an accident that left him more or less completely blind. As he became a soprano in his school’s choir, in Still, France, he felt a revelation: he already dreamt just about singing on-stage.

In 1968, he was a contestant in the French radio Europe 1’s show, “Les numéro 1 de demain“, (“Numbers 1 of tomorrow“), which was touring via Strasbourg. In 1970, aged 18, Jacques Vaillant travelled throughout France, hitch-hiking and lively from salesman opportunities. He stopped a even if in Montpellier, and after that in Marseilles. In this town, he met Charles Humel, a French blind pianist and composer. Now deceased, the latter had composed the well-known song Les plaines du far-west for Yves Montand. Next year, Jacques Vaillant arrived in the City of Lights, Paris.

In 1975, a guitar in his hands, he sang in the Paris métro. Trocadéro, République, Montparnasse stations: he gathered improved audiences as days went by. The year 1980 marked the freedom of Jacques Vaillant’s second 45 rpm record Pourquoi piétiner les fleurs, the starting point of his career: ten thousand copies sold within a few months only. During the 1980s, the title Slow pour Alvina was distributed in disc shops, with Carrère publishing. Broadcast upon major French radios (such as Europe 1, NRJ, Radio Monte Carlo, Radio 7, Sud Radio), this title was a first-place hit for days in Belgium, Switzerland, Benelux and in French DOM-TOM territories.

Finally, on account of lack of commercial success, he went urge on to the Métro. In these underground corridors, he would sell 40,000 copies of his first vinyl album Correspondances, produced in 1983. Henceforth, he wrote poems and expose texts, finding his inspiration in unsigned life. After more ten years of silence, Jacques Vaillant produced his latest CD, Paris Nostalgie.

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