Renowned French composer of easy listening music best known for his work with Le Grand Orchestre de Paul Mauriat. His version of the song "Love is Blue" shot to #1 on the charts in 1968.
He founded a successful dance troupe which toured around Europe in the 1940's.
He has had an extremely prolific career, producing more than 1,000 recordings and selling more than 40 million albums worldwide.
His father was a musician who worked as a postman.
His 1963 song "I Will Follow Him" was sampled by rapper Eminem in the 1998 single "Guilty Conscience".