|Born||28 April 1943|
Jacques Dutronc (born 28 April 1943) is a French singer, songwriter, guitarist, composer, and actor. Some of Dutronc's best-known hits include "Il est cinq heures, Paris s'éveille" (which AllMusic has called "his finest hour"),  "Le Responsable",  and "Les Cactus".
Dutronc played guitar in the rock group El Toro et les Cyclones. He wrote successful songs for singer Françoise Hardy in the 1960s before moving on to pursue a successful solo career. His music incorporated traditional French pop and French rock as well as styles such as psychedelic and garage rock. He was also very important in the Yéyé music movement and has been a longtime songwriting collaborator with Jacques Lanzmann. According to AllMusic, Dutronc is "one of the most popular performers in the French-speaking world",  although he "remains little known in English speaking territories" aside from a cult following in the UK. 
He later branched out into film acting, starting in 1973.  He earned a César Award for Best Actor for the leading role in Van Gogh , which was directed by Maurice Pialat.  He married Hardy in 1981 and together they have a son, guitarist Thomas Dutronc (born 1973); the couple separated in 1988.
Jacques Dutronc was born on 28 April 1943 at 67 Rue de Provence in the 9th arrondissement of Paris, the home of his parents, Pierre and Madeleine. His father was a manager for the state-run Office of Coal Distribution. Jacques was educated at Rocroy-Saint-Léon elementary school (now a Lycée), the École de la Rue Blanche (now a drama school) and then at the École Professionnelle de Dessin Industriel, where he studied graphic design from 1959. 
In 1960, Dutronc formed a band with himself as guitarist, schoolfriend Hadi Kalafate as bassist, Charlot Bénaroch as drummer (later replaced with André Crudot) and Daniel Dray as singer. They auditioned in 1961 for Jacques Wolfsohn, an artistic director at Disques Vogue, who signed them and gave them the name El Toro et les Cyclones.  The group released two singles, "L'Oncle John" and "Le Vagabond", but disbanded when Dutronc was obliged to undertake military service. 
After being discharged from the army in 1963, Dutronc briefly played guitar in Eddy Mitchell's backing band and was also given a job at Vogue as Jacques Wolfsohn's assistant.  In this capacity, he co-wrote songs for artists such as ZouZou, Cléo and Françoise Hardy.
Wolfsohn asked Dutronc to work with Jacques Lanzmann, a novelist and editor of Lui magazine, to create songs for a beatnik singer called Benjamin. Benjamin released an EP in 1966, featuring songs written with Dutronc and a Lanzmann-Dutronc composition, "Cheveux longs" (Long Hair).  However, Wolfsohn was disappointed by Benjamin's recording of a song titled "Et moi, et moi, et moi". A second version was recorded, with Dutronc's former bandmate Hadi Kalafate on vocals. Wolfsohn then asked Dutronc if he would be interested in recording his own version.  The single reached number 2 in the French charts in September 1966. 
Cultural historian Larry Portis describes the arrival of Dutronc on the French music scene, along with that of Michel Polnareff at around the same time, as representing "the first French rock music that can be considered a musically competent and non-imitative incorporation of African-American and African-American-British influences". For Portis, Dutronc marks a break with the literary tradition of French chanson in his creative use of the sounds, rather than just the syntax, of the language. 
Dutronc's self-titled debut album, released at the end of 1966, sold over a million copies and was awarded a special Grand Prix du Disque by the Académie Charles Cros, in memoriam of one of its founders.  A second single, "Les play boys", spent six weeks at number one and sold 600,000 copies. 
Dutronc was one of the most commercially successful French music stars of the late 1960s and early 1970s. During that period, he released seven hit albums and more than 20 singles, including two further number ones: "J'aime les filles" in 1967 and "Il est cinq heures, Paris s'éveille" in 1968. 
According to music critic Mark Deming: "Dutronc's early hits were rough but clever exercises in European garage rock...like Dutronc's role models Bob Dylan and Ray Davies, he could write melodies strong enough to work even without their excellent lyrics, and his band had more than enough energy to make them fly (and the imagination to move with the musical times as psychedelia and hard rock entered the picture at the end of the decade)". 
Most of Dutronc's songs up to 1975 were written with Jacques Lanzmann, with only two written solely by Dutronc. Lanzmann's wife Anne Ségalen is also credited on some songs. Dutronc wrote three songs with comic-book writer Fred, whose stories he also narrated for commercial release in 1970. Two songs were written in 1971 by Lanzmann, Franck Harvel and the composer Jean-Pierre Bourtayre, for a TV adaptation of Arsène Lupin . Co-writing credits on Dutronc's self-titled 1975 album are split between Lanzmann, Serge Gainsbourg and Jean-Loup Dabadie.
In 1973, "Et moi, et moi, et moi" was adapted with English lyrics as "Alright Alright Alright" and became a UK No. 3 hit for the group Mungo Jerry.
Also in 1973, Dutronc began a second career as an actor in the film Antoine et Sébastien, directed by Jean-Marie Périer. Dutronc's second film, That Most Important Thing: Love , directed by Andrzej Zulawski, was a major box-office hit in France. In the following years, Dutronc devoted most of his energies toward his acting career, appearing in films directed by Jean-Luc Godard, Claude Lelouch and Maurice Pialat. In 1977, he was nominated for the César Award for best supporting actor, for his role in Claude Sautet's Mado.  Steven Spielberg reportedly considered Dutronc to be the best French actor of his generation, and had the role of René Belloq in Raiders of the Lost Ark written with him in mind. Dutronc was not given the role, however, because it transpired that his English was not adequate.  
In 1980, Dutronc began work on a new album under the direction of Jacques Wolfsohn, now an executive at Gaumont Musique  The resulting album, Guerre et pets ("War and Farts" - a play on the title of Tolstoy's novel), consequently only includes two Lanzmann-Dutronc compositions, and is mainly written by Dutronc and Gainsbourg. The album's lead single, "L'hymne à l'amour", received little airplay because its lyric consists primarily of racial epithets (the opening line, roughly translated, is "gook, wog, towel-head, yid"), and the album was only a moderate commercial success. The follow-up, 1982's C'est pas du bronze, was written with Anne Ségalen, by now divorced from Jacques Lanzmann, and was released to a frosty critical reception. . Wolfsohn proposed that Dutronc write with both Jacques Lanzmann and Serge Gainsbourg. During recording, Wolfsohn proposed to Lanzmann and Gainsbourg that they each work on alternative lyrics to go with one of Dutronc's instrumental demos. Lanzmann objected to being placed in competition against another writer, and dropped out of the project.
Dutronc's acting career continued during the 1980s, and he appeared in films such as Malevil and Barbet Schroeder's Tricheurs . In 1987, he released a further album, C.Q.F.Dutronc. Most of the songs were written by Dutronc without a partner, although he collaborated with Etienne Daho on one track and with Jean-François Bernardini of the Corsican folk group I Muvrini on another.
In 1992, Dutronc was awarded the César for Best Actor for the title role in Maurice Pialat's biopic Van Gogh . Critic Christopher Null commented that Dutronc "manages to embody the obvious manic depression from Van Gogh's later years, all exuding from his scraggly face, sunken eyes, and bony frame... the searing Dutronc is the real reason to sit through the film". 
In November 1992, Dutronc played three comeback concerts at the Casino de Paris, highlights from which were released as a film, directed by Jean-Marie Périer and as a live album, Dutronc au Casino. At around this time, Dutronc began work on a new studio album, Brèves rencontres, but work progressed slowly and it was not released until 1995. 
During the 1990s, Dutronc appeared in two films by Patrick Grandperret and was nominated for a César Award for best supporting actor in 1999, for his role in Nicole Garcia's Place Vendôme. 
Dutronc starred in Claude Chabrol's 2000 film Merci pour le chocolat . He was awarded the Best Actor prize at the 2001 Marrakech International Film Festival and was nominated for the César Award for best actor for his role in Jean-Pierre Améris' C'est la vie.   In 2002, he starred in Michel Blanc's Summer Things .
In 2003, Dutronc reunited with Jacques Lanzmann for Madame l'existence, an album described by rock critic Christophe Conte as "surpassing, without much apparent effort, everything that [Dutronc] has created in the last two decades". 
In 2005, Dutronc was awarded an Honorary César.  Since then, he has appeared in films by directors including Gabriel Aghion and Alain Corneau.
In 2010, Dutronc toured for the first time in 17 years, and released recordings from the tour as a live album and DVD, Et vous, et vous, et vous. 
Dutronc's 41st film, Les Francis, was released in 2014. 
In November 2014, Dutronc performed a series of concerts with Eddy Mitchell and Johnny Hallyday at Paris Bercy, under the name "Les vieilles canailles" ("The Old Gits"). It was reported that, following these performances, Dutronc intended to begin recording a new album with his son Thomas.  Said album, Dutronc and Dutronc, was released November 4th 2022 and features 13 songs originally released by Jacques Dutronc during his early career. Father and son rearranged the songs and both sing on the album.
According to a 1979 editorial in the French magazine Rock & Folk , Dutronc is "the one singer who is so closely identified with the 1960s that it has become impossible to talk about them without talking about him".  In 1991, "Il est cinq heures, Paris s'éveille" was voted the best French-language single of all time in a poll of music critics organised by Le Nouvel Observateur for a TV special broadcast on Antenne 2, beating Jacques Brel's "Ne me quitte pas" into second place.  
Dutronc's songs have been covered by Matthieu Chedid, Vanessa Paradis, Mungo Jerry, Etienne Daho, Sylvie Vartan, Miles Kane, the Divine Comedy, Serge Gainsbourg, Black Lips, Zine, the Last Shadow Puppets among others.       Dutronc is also mentioned in the lyrics of the Cornershop song "Brimful of Asha". 
In 2015, a tribute album was released by Columbia Records with various artists interpreting songs by Jacques Dutronc. The 13-track album titled Joyeux anniversaire M'sieur Dutronc contained performances by artists Julien Doré, Gaëtan Roussel, Zaz, Joeystarr, Nathy (Tüxo), BAGARRE, Thomas Dutronc, Annie Cordy, the duo Brigitte, Miossec, Francis Cabrel, Francine Massiani, Tété and Camélia Jordana in addition to "L'opportuniste" sung by Jacques Dutronc with Nicola Sirkis.  The album charted in France and Belgium. 
Dutronc began a relationship with Vogue label-mate Françoise Hardy in 1967. In 1973, they had a son, Thomas, who grew up to become a successful jazz and pop musician. In 1981, they were married, "for tax reasons", according to Hardy. In 1998, Jacques began a relationship with a stylist whom he had met on the set of the film Place Vendôme .  Dutronc and Hardy are now separated, but remain married and see each other regularly. 
He currently lives near the town of Monticello, Corsica. 
In 2015, Dutronc revealed he had a brief relationship with Romy Schneider that lasted as long as they were shooting the film That Most Important Thing: Love .  
|Year||Original title||Translation||Songwriters(s)||Label||Main Tracks|
|1966||Et moi et moi et moi||And Me And Me And Me||Jacques Dutronc|
|Vogue||Et moi et moi et moi|
Les play boys
La fille du père noël
On nous cache tout on nous dit rien
Les gens sont fous, les temps sont flous
Mini Mini Mini
|1968||Il est cinq heures, Paris s'éveille||It's Five O'Clock, Paris Is Awake||Jacques Dutronc|
|Il est cinq heures, Paris s'éveille|
Fais pas ci fais pas ça
Les rois de la réforme
À tout berzingue
Amour toujours tendresse caresses
|1969||Le responsable||The Responsible||Jacques Dutronc|
L'hôtesse de l'air
|1971||Jacques Dutronc 71||Jacques Dutronc|
Le fond de l'air est frais
Restons français soyons gaulois
|1972||Jacques Dutronc 72||Jacques Dutronc|
|Le petit jardin|
Elle est si
|1975||Jacques Dutronc 75||Jacques Dutronc|
Les roses fanées - with Jane Birkin
Le bras mécanique
|1980||Guerre et pets||War And Farts||Jacques Dutronc|
|Gaumont||L'hymne à l'amour (moi l'nœud)|
Le temps de l'amour
Mes idées sales
|1982||C'est pas du bronze||That's Not Bronze||Jacques Dutronc|
|C'est pas du bronze|
Tous les goûts sont dans ma nature
Savez-vous planquer vos sous
|1987||C. Q. F. Dutronc||Jacques Dutronc|
|CBS||Les gars de la narine|
Opium - with Bambou
|1995||Brèves rencontres||Short Encounters||Jacques Dutronc|
David Mc Neil
|Columbia||Tous les goûts sont dans ma nature - with Étienne Daho |
Entrez M'Sieur Dans L'Humanité
Elle M'A Rien Dit M'A Tout Dit
|2003||Madame l'existence||Mrs. Existence||Jacques Dutronc|
Georges Van Parys
David Mc Neil
|Un jour tu verras|
L'homme et l'enfant
|1968||J'aime les filles||I Like Girls||Jacques Dutronc|
|1975||La ballade du bon et des méchants|
(music from Claude Lelouch's motion picture)
|The Ballad Of The Good And The Bad Guys||Philippe Labro|
|Le dragueur des supermarchés||Seducer In The Supermarket||Jacques Dutronc|
|1992||Dutronc au Casino||Dutronc At The Casino||Columbia|
|2010||Et vous et vous et vous||And You And You And You|
|1974||Antoine and Sebastian||Sébastien||Jean-Marie Périer|
|OK patron||Léon Bonnet||Claude Vital|
|1975||That Most Important Thing: Love||Jacques Chevalier||Andrzej Żuławski|
|1976||The Good and the Bad||Jacques||Claude Lelouch|
|1977||Violette et François||François||Jacques Rouffio|
|Le Point de mire||Julien||Jean-Claude Tramont|
|1978||Dirty Dreamer||Jérôme||Jean-Marie Périer|
|The Savage State||Avit||Francis Girod|
|1979||Return to the Beloved||Julien||Jean-François Adam|
|Us Two||Simon Lacassaigne||Claude Lelouch|
|1980||Slow Motion a.k.a. Every Man for Himself||Paul Godard||Jean-Luc Godard|
|1981||Malevil||Colin||Christian de Chalonge|
|1989||My Nights Are More Beautiful Than Your Days||Lucas||Andrzej Żuławski|
|1991||Van Gogh||Van Gogh||Maurice Pialat|
|1992||Toutes peines confondues||Antoine Gardella||Michel Deville|
|1998||Place Vendôme||Battistelli||Nicole Garcia|
|2000||Merci pour le chocolat||André Polonski||Claude Chabrol|
|2002||Summer Things||Bertrand Lannier||Michel Blanc|
|2007||The Second Wind||Stanislas Orloff||Alain Corneau|
Serge Gainsbourg was a French musician, singer-songwriter, actor, author and filmmaker. Regarded as one of the most important figures in French pop, he was renowned for often provocative and scandalous releases which caused uproar in France, dividing public opinion. His artistic output ranged from his early work in jazz, chanson, and yé-yé to later efforts in rock, zouk, funk, reggae, and electronica. Gainsbourg's varied musical style and individuality make him difficult to categorise, although his legacy has been firmly established and he is often regarded as one of the world's most influential popular musicians.
Jane Mallory Birkin, OBE is an English-French singer and actress. She attained international fame and notability for her decade-long musical and romantic partnership with Serge Gainsbourg. She also had a prolific career as an actress in British and French cinema.
Isabelle Geneviève Marie Anne Gall, known professionally as France Gall, was a French yé-yé singer. In 1965, aged 17, she won the Eurovision Song Contest for Luxembourg. Between 1973 and 1992, she collaborated with singer-songwriter Michel Berger.
Françoise Madeleine Hardy is a retired French singer, actress and songwriter. Mainly known for singing melancholic sentimental ballads, Hardy rose to prominence in the early 1960s as a leading figure of the yé-yé wave. In addition to her native French, she also sang in English, Italian and German. Her career spanned more than fifty years with over thirty studio albums released.
Alain Chamfort is a French singer of Breton origin.
Claude Sautet was a French film director and screenwriter.
Jacques Lanzmann was a French journalist, writer and lyricist. He is best known as a novelist and for his songwriting partnership with Jacques Dutronc.
The 11th César Awards ceremony, presented by the Académie des Arts et Techniques du Cinéma, honoured the best French films of 1985 and took place on 22 February 1986 at the Palais des Congrès in Paris. The ceremony was chaired by Madeleine Renaud and Jean-Louis Barrault and hosted by Michel Drucker. Three Men and a Cradle won the award for Best Film.
Thomas Dutronc is a French singer and jazz manouche guitarist. His mother is the singer, songwriter, guitarist Françoise Hardy; his father the singer, songwriter, guitarist, and film actor Jacques Dutronc.
BB Brunes is a French rock band, part of the "new French rock scene".
"Alright, Alright, Alright" is a popular song and hit single by the British group Mungo Jerry, first released in 1973.
Salut les copains is a series of albums released through Universal Music France to commemorate the best of music featured in French scene as sponsored by the "Salut les copains" radio program in France and the French Salut les copains magazine. The tracks include French original singles, French-language covers of known hits as well as European and American hits popular in France. The track list is a representative wide selection of the "Yé-yé" generation of French music.
Jacques Dutronc is the first studio album by the French singer-songwriter Jacques Dutronc, released in 1966. Since Dutronc's first seven albums are all self-titled, the album is commonly referred to by the title of any of its three tracks which were released as singles.
Jacques Dutronc is the second studio album by the French singer-songwriter Jacques Dutronc, released in 1968. Since Dutronc's first seven albums are all self-titled, the album is commonly referred to by the title Il est cinq heures, after one of its singles. It is also sometimes referred to as Comment elles dorment, after its opening track. Jean-Marie Périer was credited for the front cover photography.
"Et moi, et moi, et moi" is the debut single by French singer-songwriter Jacques Dutronc, released in 1966. It is featured on his self-titled debut album.
"Les play boys" is the second single by French singer-songwriter Jacques Dutronc, released in 1966. It features on his self-titled debut album.
"Les Cactus" is the third single by French singer-songwriter Jacques Dutronc, released in 1967. It is the last from his self-titled debut album.
"J'aime les filles " is a 1967 single by French singer-songwriter Jacques Dutronc.
"Il est cinq heures, Paris s'éveille" is the sixth single by the French singer-songwriter Jacques Dutronc, released in 1968. It appears on his second self-titled album.
The discography of French singer-songwriter Serge Gainsbourg consists of 16 studio albums, 4 live albums, 1 compilation album, 80 singles and EPS, and several soundtrack albums.