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Mireille Mathieu ( ) (born July 22, 1946) is a Frenchmarker singer. She has achieved great success in France, as well as becoming an international superstar. She has performed and recorded songs in at least nine languages.


Mireille Mathieu was born in Avignonmarker, Vauclusemarker, France, the eldest daughter of a poor family of fourteen children. She began appearing in public at the age of four, singing in her church. As a young girl she worked in a factory, where she saved money to pay for singing lessons.

Discovered by Johnny Stark, manager of Johnny Hallyday, she was tutored by the orchestra leader Paul Mauriat and the song writer André Pascal. Pascal wrote "Mon crédo", "Viens dans ma rue", "La première étoile" and many other hit songs for her. After a television performance in 1965, and a debut run at the Paris Olympiamarker, she was hailed as another Édith Piaf because of her haunting voice.

Singles such as "Mon Credo" and "C'est Ton Nom" made her a huge star in France and elsewhere in Europe, as well as a great success in the U.S.A., Canada and Mexico. Her first album release in 1966 En Direct de L'Olympia - on the Barclay label - featured these songs, and was highly acclaimed.

Following her outstanding performance at the London Palladium, her French cover of Engelbert Humperdinck's "The Last Waltz" ("La Dernière Valse") generated much publicity in Great Britainmarker and was a hit even though the original had been number one only a few months previously. With hit after hit, she soon toured Canada and the United States where she appeared on the Ed Sullivan Show and the Danny Kaye Show. In Las Vegasmarker, she sang with Dean Martin and Frank Sinatra to great applause.

Still much in demand, she continues to perform regularly. She travels frequently, appearing at such venues as New York Citymarker's Carnegie Hallmarker, the Sport Palace in Montrealmarker, Universal Amphitheatremarker in Los Angelesmarker and Ice Palacemarker of Saint Petersburgmarker.

She has sold about 150 million copies of her albums in her forty-year career, and recorded about 1200 songs in nine languages. She was the first Western singer in history to give concerts in China. Over the years, she has sung with many famous singers and ensembles, including: Red Army Choir, Charles Aznavour, Barry Manilow, Paul Anka, Plácido Domingo, Julio Iglesias, Tom Jones, and Peter Alexander.

Songs such as "Acropolis adieu," "Ne me quitte pas," and "Santa Maria de la mer," are considered classics. Her French version of Roy Orbison's ballad, "Blue Bayou", is regarded by many as one of the best covers of that popular song. Noted French/Algerian lyricist Eddy Marnay (who wrote songs for Edith Piaf during her later career) was the author of several songs Mireille recorded and popularized.

In 1989, President François Mitterrand invited Mireille Mathieu to sing a tribute to General Charles de Gaulle. She gave a series of concerts at the Palais des Congrès in Parismarker in December 1990. Three years later, she released an album devoted to her idol, Edith Piaf.

In January 1996, "Vous lui direz…" was released. Maxime le Forestier wrote one of the titles, "À la moitié de la distance". She did not perform live in France to promote the album, preferring rather to go to Los Angelesmarker, where she triumphed on November 14 with her vibrant tribute to another of her idols, Judy Garland. The performance was a tremendous success. She was dressed by Provence couturier, Christian Lacroix .

In 2002, she released her thirty-seventh French album De tes mains. Mathieu celebrated the fortieth anniversary of her career at the Paris Olympiamarker, in November 2005, after releasing her thirty-eighth French album, which reached number 14 on the charts in France, and remained in the top 100 for several months.

Many of Mireille's recordings since 1969 have featured members of "The Fleschettes" (Francine Chantereau, Martine Latorre, Dominque Poulain and Catherine Bonnevay Welch) as backing chorus vocalists.

Discography (albums)

Year Album Country Notes
1966 En Direct de L'Olympia France
1967 Made in France France
1967 En Direct De L'Olympia 1967 France
1968 Le merveilleux petit monde de Mireille Mathieu chante Noël France Christmas album
1969 La première etoile France
1969 Sweet Souvenirs of Mireille Mathieu France
1969 Olympia France
1969 Mireille... Mireille Germany First German album - fold out cover
1970 Mireille... Mireille France
1970 Merci Mireille Germany
1971 Bonjour Mireille France
1971 Mireille Mathieu en concert au Canada Canada Live recording
1972 Mireille Mathieu chante Francis Lai France
1972 J'étais si jeune France
1972 Meine Träume Germany
1973 Olympia France
1973 L'amour et la vie France
1974 Und der Wind wird ewig singen Germany
1974 Le vent de la nuit France
1974 Mireille Mathieu chante Ennio Morricone France
1974 Mireille Mathieu en concert à Byblos Lebanon Live recording
1975 Apprends-moi France
1975 Rendezvous mit Mireille Germany
1975 Wünsch Dir was – Eine musikalische Weltreise mit Mireille Mathieu Germany
1975 On ne vit pas sans se dire adieu (Polydor 2490 128) Canada
1976 Et tu seras poète France
1976 Herzlichst Mireille Germany
1976 Und wieder wird es Weihnachtszeit Germany Christmas album
1977 Sentimentalement vôtre France
1977 Die schönsten deutschen Volkslieder Germany
1977 Der Rhein und Das Lied von der Elbe Germany
1977 Das neue Schlager-Album Germany
1977 Es ist Zeit für Musik Germany ZDFmarker-Show recording
1978 Fidelement vôtre France
1978 J'ai peur d'aimer un souvenir Japan
1978 Alle Kinder dieser Erde Germany
1979 Mireille Mathieu Chante Paul Anka: Toi et Moi France
1979 Mireille Mathieu Sings Paul Anka World
1979 Romantiquement vôtre France
1979 So ein schöner Abend Germany
1980 Un peu... beaucoup... passionnément France
1980 Gefuhle Germany
1980 30 Favoritas de Mireille Mexico album 3 lp's avec Madrecita del Niños dios
1981 Bravo tu as gagné Japan
1981 Je vous aime… France
1981 Die Liebe einer Frau Germany
1982 Trois milliards de gens sur terre France
1982 Ein neuer Morgen Germany
1982 Bonsoir Mathieu Germany ZDFmarker-Show recording
1983 Je veux l'aimer France
1983 Nur für dich Germany
1984 Chanter France
1984 Los cuentos de cri cri Mexico
1984 The tales of cri cri Usa
1985 La demoiselle d'Orléans France
1985 Les grandes chansons françaises France
1985 Welterfolge aus Paris Germany German-language version of ‘Les grandes chansons françaises’
1986 In Liebe Mireille Germany
1986 Après toi France
1987 Rencontres de femmes France
1987 Tour de L'Europe Germany
1988 Mireille Mathieu à Moscou USSR Live recording
1989 L'Americain France
1989 Embrujo [Himno al amor, 1990] Spain Spanish-language album
1990 Ce soir je t'ai perdu France
1991 Una mujer Spain Spanish-language album
1991 Mireille Mathieu - Que Pour Toi France
1993 Mireille Mathieu chante Piaf France
1993 Unter dem Himmel von Paris Germany German-language version of ‘Mireille Mathieu chante Piaf’
1995 Vous lui direz France
1996 In meinem Traum Germany
1999 Alles nur ein Spiel Germany
2002 De tes mains France
2005 Une place dans mon coeur France
2006 Film et Shows France
2007 In Meinem Herzen Germany 12-10-2007
2009 Nah Bei Dir Germany 30-10-2009

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