Serge Gainsbourg

Born Apr 2, 1928

Serge Gainsbourg, born Lucien Ginsburg was a French singer, songwriter, actor and director. Gainsbourg's extremely varied musical style and individuality make him difficult to categorize. His legacy has been firmly established, and he is often regarded as one of the world's most influential popular musicians.… Read More

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1928 Birth Born on April 2, 1928.


1951 23 Years Old He married Elisabeth "Lize" Levitsky on 3 November 1951 and divorced in 1957.
1957 29 Years Old Around 1957 he backed the Parisian "Cabaret Milord l'Arsouille" star, singer Michèle Arnaud. … Read More


1962 34 Years Old During this period, Gainsbourg began working with Greco, a collaboration that lasted throughout the 'Left Bank' period culminating in the song La Javanaise in the fall of 1962.
1964 36 Years Old 1 More Event
He married a second time on 7 January 1964, to Françoise-Antoinette "Béatrice" Pancrazzi (b. 28 July 1931), with whom he had two children: a daughter named Natacha (b. 8 August 1964) and a son, Paul (born in spring 1968).
1965 37 Years Old More success began to arrive when, in 1965, his song Poupée de cire, poupée de son was the Luxembourg entry in the Eurovision Song Contest. … Read More
1966 38 Years Old He divorced Béatrice in February 1966.
1967 39 Years Old 1 More Event
In late 1967 he had a short but ardent love affair with Brigitte Bardot, to whom he dedicated the song and album Initials BB. … Read More


1969 41 Years Old In 1969, he released Je t'aime... moi non plus, which featured explicit lyrics and simulated sounds of female orgasm. … Read More
1975 47 Years Old In 1975, he released the album Rock Around the Bunker, an album written entirely on the subject of National Socialism. … Read More


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1982 54 Years Old In 1982, Gainsbourg wrote an album for French rocker Alain Bashung, Play blessures. … Read More
1984 56 Years Old In March 1984, he burned three-quarters of a 500 French franc bill on television to protest against taxes raising up to 75% of income.
1986 58 Years Old He would show up drunk and unshaven on stage: in April 1986, on Michel Drucker's live Saturday evening television show Champs-Élysées, with the American singer Whitney Houston, he objected to Drucker's translating his comments to Whitney Houston and in English stated: "I said, I want to fuck her" - Drucker insisted this meant "He says you are great " The same year, in another talk show interview, he appeared alongside Catherine Ringer, a well known singer who had appeared in pornographic films. … Read More


1988 60 Years Old By December 1988, while a judge at a film festival in Val d'Isère, he was extremely intoxicated at a local theatre where he was to do a presentation. … Read More
1991 63 Years Old Gainsbourg died on 2 March 1991 of a heart attack, a month shy of his 63rd birthday. … Read More
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