Laurent Voulzy

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Laurent Voulzy
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Background information
Birth nameLucien Voulzy
Born (1948-12-18) 18 December 1948 (age 71)
Paris, France
Genres Alternative rock, French pop, pop rock, experimental, chanson, soft rock
Occupation(s)Singer-songwriter
InstrumentsGuitar
Years active1969–present
Website laurentvoulzy.com <FR>

Lucien Voulzy (French pronunciation:  [lysjɛ̃ vulzi] , born 18 December 1948), better known as Laurent Voulzy ( [loʁɑ̃ vulzi] ), is a French singer-songwriter, composer and musician.

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Life and career

Voulzy was born in Paris, France. He originally led the English-pop-influenced Le Temple de Vénus before joining Pascal Danel as guitarist from 1969 to 1974. However, he is best known for his collaborative songwriting efforts with singer-songwriter Alain Souchon and his solo singing career, which spanned several successful albums.

Voulzy had an international hit with the song Rockollection . The French lyrics were interspersed with some lines from classic rock hits after the chorus. His major French hits also include 'Le Soleil Donne' – sung in French, English and Spanish – and 'Les Nuits Sans Kim Wilde' ('Nights without Kim Wilde'), inspired by the chart-topping English singer.

In 2005, Voulzy co-produced and co-composed Nolwenn Leroy's second album Histoires Naturelles .

Voulzy had a huge hit with his album La Septième Vague which reached number one in 2006. Featured on the album is a cover of the Everly Brothers hit "All I Have to Do Is Dream", recorded as a duet with Irish singer Andrea Corr. The song was released as a single and was also included on The Corrs' greatest hits album Dreams: The Ultimate Corrs Collection .

Voulzy recorded in 2007 a duet with the French guitarist Jean-Pierre Danel on his hit album Guitar Connection 2. The song hit the French charts at No. 7 in 2008. For his 2011 album, Lys and Love, Voulzy recorded a duet on the song "Ma seule amour" with English singer Roger Daltrey of The Who. [1] In 2007, Voulzy toured France.

Discography

Studio albums

YearAlbumRecord
label
Peak positions
FR
[2]
BEL
(Fl)

BEL
(Wa)

[3]
SWI
[4]
1979Le Cœur grenadineRCA
1983Bopper en larmes
1992Caché derrièreAriola
2001AvrilRCA3450
2006La Septième Vague117
2008Recollection2120
2011Lys & LoveColumbia2130
2014Alain Souchon & Laurent Voulzy
(joint album with Alain Souchon)
Parlophone111718
2017BelemColumbia5431

Live albums

YearAlbumRecord
label
Peak positions
FR
[2]
BEL
(Wa)

SWI
1994Voulzy TourAriola
2004Le Gothique flamboyant pop dancing tourRCA1012
2013Lys & Love Tour (live)Columbia1828
2019Mont Saint-Michel (live)24
[5]
2489

Compilations

YearAlbumRecord
label
Peak positions
FR
[2]
BEL
(Wa)

SWI
2002Les Essentiels 1977–1988RCA
2003Saisons, Le double best of 1977–2003 846
2012Belle île en mer 1977–1988Columbia167  

Singles

YearTitlePeak positions
FR
[2]
BEL
(Wa)

SWI
1984"Désir désir"
(duo with Véronique Jannot)
29
1984"Belle-Île-en-Mer, Marie Galante" /
"Les Nuits Sans Kim Wilde" (featuring Kim Wilde)
20
1987"My Song of You"31
1989"Le soleil donne"21
1992"Paradoxal système"10
1993"Le pouvoir des fleurs" 
"Caché derrière" 
"Le rêve du pêcheur"37
1995"Rockollection (Live 95)"3739
2001"Une héroïne"  
2002"La fille d'Avril"268
(Ultratip)
"Amélie Colbert"36 
2003"Là où je vais"  
2006"Derniers baisers"81796
2008"My Song of You"
(instrumental duo with Jean-Pierre Danel)
   
"Jelly Bean" 3
(Ultratip)
 
2009"Le vent qui va"   
2011"Jeanne"144 
2012"C'était déjà toi" 6
(Ultratip)
 
"En regardant vers le pays de France"
(featuring Nolwenn Leroy, backing vocals)
 15
(Ultratip)
 
2014"Derrière les mots"
(duet with Alain Souchon)
3522 
"La baie des fourmis"
(duet with Alain Souchon)
197  
2017"Spirit of Samba"
(featuring Chyler Leigh, Nina Miranda and Luisa Maita)
99
[6]
  

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