Jacques Dutronc is a French singer, songwriter, guitarist, composer, and actor. He has been married to singer Françoise Hardy since 30 March 1981 and he also has been a longtime songwriting collaborator with Jacques Lanzmann. Some of Dutronc best known hits include Il est cinq heures, Paris séveille, Le Responsable, Dutronc played guitar in the rock group El Toro et les Cyclones. He wrote successful songs for Françoise Hardy in the 1960s before moving on to pursue a solo career. His music incorporated traditional French pop and French rock as well as such as psychedelic rock. He later branched out into acting, starting in 1973. He earned a Cesar for Best Actor for the role in Van Gogh. Jacques Dutronc was born on 28 April 1943 at 67 Rue de Provence in the 9th arrondissement of Paris and his father was a manager for the state-run Office of Coal Distribution. Jacques was educated at Rocroy-Saint-Léon elementary school, the de la Rue Blanche and then at the École Professionnelle de Dessin Industriel. In 1960, Dutronc formed a band with himself as guitarist, schoolfriend Hadi Kalafate as bassist, Charlot Bénaroch as drummer and 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, LOncle 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 Mitchells backing band and was given a job at Vogue as Jacques Wolfsohns assistant. In this capacity, he co-wrote songs for such as ZouZou, Cléo. Wolfsohn asked Dutronc to work with Jacques Lanzmann, a novelist and editor of Lui magazine, Benjamin released an EP in 1966, featuring songs written with Dutronc and a Lanzmann-Dutronc composition, Cheveux longs. However, Wolfsohn was disappointed by Benjamins recording of a song titled Et moi, et moi, a second version was recorded, with Dutroncs 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. For Portis, Dutronc marks a break with the tradition of French chanson in his creative use of the sounds, rather than just the syntax. A second single, Les play boys, spent six weeks at number one, Dutronc was one of the most commercially successful French music stars of the late 1960s and early 1970s
Dutronc singing in Lorient, France in January 2010
Dutronc performing on Dutch TV in 1966.
Dutronc performing in Annecy in 1971. Also pictured is bassist Noël Mirol.