- Category : 1939-births
- Type : MS
- Profile : 5/1 - Heretical / Investigator
- Definition : Single
- Incarnation Cross : LAX Dominion 1
French pop singer and composer, born to an Armenian father and an Italian mother. He was one of France's first rock stars.
In 1958, he made his first recordings: "Viens" (a cover of the Kalin Twins' hit "When") and "D'où reviens-tu Billy Boy" (adapted from Dorothy Collins' "Where Have You Been, Billy Boy"), making him one of the first young French singers to successfully sing rock and roll.
He was drafted and spent from 1959 to 1961 as a soldier in North Africa. Subsequently he was a singer and guitarist in various bistros. He resumed his singing career with the minor 1961 hit "Oh Marie-Line." He began to write songs, penning tunes for Johnny Hallyday, Sylvie Vartan, Dalida, Richard Anthony, German-based star Caterina Valente, actress Marie Laforêt and Austrian singer Udo Jürgens.
His international breakthrough came in 1971 with "Butterfly", which he recorded in several languages and which has sold seven million copies.
Gérard made a comeback to the live scene with a concert at the Paris Olympia theatre on 20 November 1978. The concert was a sell-out and included a 21-piece band and orchestra conducted by French composer and trumpeter, Yvan Julien.