French swing musician during the 1930s to 1950s who was known for his surreal lyrics and for the songs "Boum!" and "La Mer."
He studied art in Berlin and Paris before finding his passion for music.
He enjoyed American fame after World War II, performing in New York and in Hollywood.
He never married and was an only child.
His song "La Mer" was performed by Bobby Darin under the title, "Beyond the Sea."