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Bruno Coquatrix, was born in Ronchinmarker, Nordmarker on August 5, 1910 and died in Parismarker on April 1, 1979, buried in the famous Père Lachaise Cemeterymarker (division 96). He is mainly known as the owner and manager of the music hall Paris Olympiamarker. He was instrumental in recognizing and exposing the talent of up-and-coming performers and brought international stars to Parisian audiences.

Career

Bruno Coquatrix firstly made himself known as songs and music writer. He has written over 300 songs, e.g. Mon ange (1940) ; Clopin-clopant (1947) ; Cheveux dans le vent (1949)), as well as some operettas.

He was also the impresario of some French singers, e.g. Jacques Pills and Lucienne Boyer. He also managed the variety theatre Bobinomarker before he took over the Olympia, Europe’s biggest music hall in 1954. He then staged all the era’s celebrities, e.g. Georges Brassens, Jacques Brel, Gilbert Bécaud, Johnny Hallyday, Dalida, Édith Piaf, Annie Cordy, Yves Montand, and so many others. He also co-founded a records company, the Disques Versailles.

A very astute and successful businessman, he has exerted a significant influence in the French music microcosm, for which, of course, he has been very much criticized (a typical French pastime). Bruno Coquatrix exerted also the function of mayor of Cabourgmarker (Calvadosmarker) as from 1971 until he passed away.

References

  • Paulette Coquatrix. Les coulisses de ma mémoire (1984) Grasset & Fasquelle ISBN 2-246-31071-7
  • Jean-Michel Boris. Olympia, Bruno Coquatrix (2003) Hors Collection ISBN 2-258-06234-9



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