Véronique Sanson
Female singer singwriter
Véronique Sanson
Véronique Sanson is a two-time Victoires de la Musique Award-winning French singer-songwriter, musician, and producer with an avid following in her native country. She brings a very personal vocal style to the singing of French pop songs: Her voice has a very strong tremolo.
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Avec Véronique, le meilleur de la... Sanson française "C'est ma récompense" "C ... - L'indépendant.fr
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Véronique Sanson invitée d'un festival de jazz, voilà qui ne la surprend pas. Elle qui a connu Montreux et Antibes, et tant d'autres lieux, "en fait, j'ai toujours constaté que dans les festivals de jazz, il n'y avait pas que ça, il ya souvent une
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Tito Jackson en exclusivité - LaDépêche.fr
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... de sensualité et d'une bonne humeur communicative. Dimanche 7 août. On ne présente plus le king de la salsa Yuri Buenaventura et ses rythmes latinos. Lundi 8 août. Véronique Sanson pour une dernière soirée tout en beauté, générosité et convivialité
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Jay-Z et Kanye West : une galette pour deux - Libération
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... qui montre notamment l'apparition incongrue de Russel Crowe, et celle plus logique de Beyoncé. La vidéo laisse aussi entendre plusieurs fois I love you so du groupe parisien Cassius. Après Une nuit sur son épaule de Véronique Sanson pour History,
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Jazz à L'Hospitalet - L'indépendant.fr
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Cinq dates, du 4 au 8 août : Manu Dibango, le jeudi 4 ; Tito Jackson, le vendredi 5 ; Incognito, le samedi 6, avec China Moses en première partie ; Yuri Buenaventura, le dimanche 7 ; et Véronique Sanson, le lundi 8. Tous les concerts débuteront à 22
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Kevin Camus. Du Bagad Landerne à Nolwenn Leroy - Le Télégramme
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Il ya donc sur scène : Fred Renaudin au piano, qui a joué avec Julien Clerc, Laurent Coklaere, basse (ex-Stivell), Laurent Faucheux, batterie (Jean-Michel Jarre, Maxime Le Forestier), Michel Kocheman, guitare (Véronique Sanson, Alain Souchon) et Robert
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Véronique Sanson et Nolwenn Leroy en tête d'affiche au Touquet - La Voix du Nord
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La venue de Véronique Sanson au Touquet, le 12 novembre, constituera un événement. Photo Christophe Lefebvre Le casino Barrière du Touquet, à qui la Ville du Touqueta confié une partie desa programmation culturelle,a dévoilé les huit spectacles prévus
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Véronique Sanson en concert - viaFrance
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Véronique Sanson, auteur, compositeur et interprète de la totalité de son répertoire, est aussi une musicienne de haut niveau. Elle a su donner, avec Michel Berger, un nouveau souffle à la chanson française en la réconciliant avec des rythmes
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C'était une "Sanson" douce - L'indépendant.fr
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Bousculée par la vie, chavirée par les excès, Véronique Sanson est bel et bien là, défendant un nouvel album et offrant un spectacle parfaitement calibré. Entourée d'un groupe de vieux routiers de la scène comme le guitariste Basile Leroux (Higelin,
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"Plusieurs lunes" après avec Véronique Sanson - L'indépendant.fr
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Après une première soirée extrêmement réjouissante en compagnie des circassiens québécois des "7 doigts de la main" et leur fabuleux spectacle Psy, c'est la chanteuse Véronique Sanson qui entre en scène. Son dernier album, Plusieurs lunes, arrivé après
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Elie, Véro et les autres au Puy-en Velay - newsAuvergne.com
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Véronique Sanson, Roland Giraud, Gérard Rinaldi, Elie Sémoun, Thomas Dutronc, Jacques Weber, le Golden Gate Quartet, les solistes du ballet National de l'Opéra de Paris, pour ne citer qu'eux ! Voici le lever de rideau sur les grands artistes en « têtes
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Jazz et Zaz aux puces de Saint-Ouen - Le Parisien (Abonnement)
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Véronique Sanson, Zaz , Thomas Dutronc et Didier Lockwood…Ce soir, à l'occasion du Festival jazz-musette des puces de Saint-Ouen, ils se réunissent pour un grand concert gratuit. Chaque année, 140 artistes et 25 orchestres animent le quartier des
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Les Estivales de l'Archipel à Perpignan - Marais.Evous.fr
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Le 23 juillet. Et le 27 juillet, « Champagne pour les Gitans ! ». Venez donc écouter Goran Bregovic et l'Orchestre des mariages et des enterrements. Et puis il y aura encore de la musique, avec Véronique Sanson, Louis Bertignac ou I am
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Michel Delpech a de nouveau foi en la vie - Paris Match
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Johnny, Michel Berger, Jacques Martin, France Gall, Véronique Sanson... Au pire de votre déprime, dans les années 70, ils furent là. Et en 2006, lors de votre come-back, nombre d'autres, notamment des jeunes, ont répondu présent, quand vous leur avez
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Retz'Cital en concert le 25 juin à Rouans - Ouest-France
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Dans la liste des « pointures » de la chanson, les auditeurs retrouveront Bernard Lavilliers, Louis et Mathieu Chédid, Juliette, Eddy Mitchell, Jacques Higelin, Claude Nougaro, Véronique Sanson... Mais aussi des nouveaux venus, québécois,
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Véronique Sanson, une "Amoureuse" mondiale ! - Charts in France
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On le sait peu mais la chanson "Amoureuse" écrite en 1972 par Véronique Sanson fut un succès mondial, presque un standard : redécouvrez ses différentes versions ! La chanteuse poursuit par ailleurs actuellement sa tournée en France
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Nouvelle Star. François fait escale à Landerneau - Le Télégramme
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Une écurie dans laquelle on retrouve notamment Véronique Sanson ou Michel Fugain. D'autres sont venus me voir mais j'ai refusé toutes les sollicitations et toutes les propositions qui m'encourageaient àsortir un album très rapidement
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Du chant au programme - Sud Ouest
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Cette chorale composée de 70 chanteurs met en scène la chanson française, de Charles Aznavour à Bernard Lavilliers, en passant par Polnareff, Véronique Sanson, Bénabar… Le groupe a fêté ses 30 ans à l'Espace Encan il ya deux ans et fait partie du
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Véronique Sanson
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2015
    Age 65
    In January 2015, she started in Olympia, Paris, a new tour named "Les Années Américaines" (The American Years), mainly performing songs of her 70's period.
    More Details Hide Details A book, including unreleased personal documents and pictures, as well as a 2CD Best of, both with same title "Les Années Américaines", are released. Then in March a Deluxe issue of the Best of with a 3rd record includes a previously unreleased recording of her show at the Olympia in 1975. The tour initially planned until April, continues in summer festivals, and finally from October to January 2016, with new shows in Paris at Palais des Sports and finally Olympia, where the last of the 76 shows is recorded.
  • 2011
    Age 61
    After a week-long residence at the Olympia in March 2011, Sanson toured across France, Belgium, Switzerland, Tunisia, Israel until the end of 2012, including more shows in Paris, in Grand Rex and Salle Pleyel.
    More Details Hide Details In commemoration of the forty years anniversary of the release of Amoureuse (released on 20 March 1972), singer songwriter Jeanne Cherhal played a tribute concert on 21 March 2012 at the studio 104 in Paris at which all 12 tracks of the album were covered by the singer. The concert was broadcast on the French radio France Inter on 6 April 2012. On 14 May 2012, Warner Music released a box set containing a remastered CD of Amoureuse (including 10 demo songs, and a duet with Fanny Ardant), a vinyl version, a live CD recorded in Brussels in 2011, and a photo book.
  • 2010
    Age 60
    A song from this new piece, "La nuit se fait attendre", was made available on her official website in June 2010, while the second single, "Qu'on me pardonne" (written by her sister Violaine Sanson) was released in early October.
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    The album, titled Plusieurs lunes (Many Moons) was released on 25 October 2010, and debuted at number 3 on the French charts.
    More Details Hide Details Plusieurs Lunes caught the attention of the press who widely celebrated and highlighted the return of the real Sanson after a couple of fairly disappointing albums (namely Indestructible and Longue Distance).
  • FIFTIES
  • 2008
    Age 58
    In December 2008, the limited edition 22CD/4DVD collection titled Et voilà!, including all her albums and videos as well as many previously unreleased tracks, sold out in less than a month.
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    In December 2008, she declared on Canal Plus's "Le Grand Journal" that she appreciated it, but would have preferred to be asked beforehand.
    More Details Hide Details French-Canadian pop star Ima released a salsa-inspired reworking of "Chanson sur ma drôle de vie", followed in February 2009 by an associated video. Additionally, singer Lara Fabian released a cover version of "Amoureuse" in June on her studio album Toutes les femmes en moi. In March 2010, the two lead actresses of the film Tout ce qui brille released a cover of "Chanson sur ma drôle de vie" on the movie soundtrack. The song became a number one hit in France, while the original recording by Sanson peaked at number 2 on the French iTunes.
    In October 2008, she joined her ex-husband Stephen Stills, and her son Chris Stills, on the stage of the Olympia, to perform a family version of Stills's "Love the one you're with". In November 2008, rapper Jay-Z released a song called "History", to honor the election of US President Barack Obama.
    More Details Hide Details The song is based on samples and melodies from Véronique Sanson's 1972 recording of "Une nuit sur son épaule" (the original solo version, not the 1995 duet with Marc Lavoine). Jay-Z's song features Véronique on background vocals.
  • 2005
    Age 55
    In 2005, she released her autobiography, La Douceur du Danger (written with Didier Varrod), in which she discussed the most striking events of her life, particularly her alcoholism, and her love life.
    More Details Hide Details The "best-of", titled Petits moments choisis, was released in November 2007, just as the singer started an unusually long tour which lasted until the summer of 2009.
    Her 2005 tour across France ended with nine concerts at the Olympia, during which she recorded her eighth live album.
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  • 2004
    Age 54
    However, in September 2004, a few months after the press had announced her divorce from Pierre Palmade, she released a come-back album titled Longue Distance, produced by long-time friends Bernard Swell and Bernard Saint-Paul.
    More Details Hide Details Longue Distance peaked at number 1 on the French charts.
  • 2002
    Age 52
    In 2002, after a prolonged absence due to health problems, Véronique Sanson had to cancel a solo tour on which she would have accompanied herself only on piano.
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  • 2000
    Age 50
    In June 2000, she was invited to perform for President Jacques Chirac at the Elysée Palace for the Fête de la Musique.
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    Sanson's cover album of songs written by Michel Berger—a few well-known, but mostly from his early years—was released in 2000 (D'un papillon à une étoile).
    More Details Hide Details Although it became a huge success and went platinum in just a few weeks, the reaction of the audience was more ambivalent, especially among Michel Berger fans, who regarded the album as sacrilegious. It was followed by an extensive tour, produced by Paul Buckmaster (Elton John's arranger), and eventually by a live album (Avec vous). Véronique surrounded herself with her usual musicians, mostly Americans, as well as a classical ensemble from Prague. Her stage outfits for this tour were entirely created by Yves Saint Laurent.
  • FORTIES
  • 1997
    Age 47
    Véronique Sanson started the production of a new album in 1997.
    More Details Hide Details A video for the first single, "Un être idéal", was released at the end of the year, before the album itself was finished. The album was recorded in the United States, and Bernard Swell wrote and produced four of the album's songs. A sold out tour followed the release of Indestructible, which remains a controversial albums among fans. Some found it overproduced, while others loved its modernity. Although it was not a commercial failure, Indestructible (2x gold) failed to score higher than Sans regrets (2x platinum). During the summer of 1999, Véronique appeared at the Festival Les Vieilles Charrues. In fact, the singer had in mind to record an album covering some of Michel Berger's songs, and her performance at Les Vieilles Charrues allowed her to test the audience regarding her ambitious project.
  • 1996
    Age 46
    In 1996, she won her second Victoires de la musique for Best Female Artist of The Year.
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  • 1995
    Age 45
    She was later married to French comic Pierre Palmade from 1995 to 2001.
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    In 1995, she married stand-up comedian Pierre Palmade in Triel-sur-Seine.
    More Details Hide Details In the same year, she recorded a duet with her son Chris Stills, titled "Run". The song was released on a benefit album for children living with AIDS (Sol En Si).
    This special tribute gave birth to a live album released the following year: Comme ils l'imaginent went 2x Platinum, and became one of the best-selling albums of 1995 in France.
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  • 1994
    Age 44
    During the summer of 1994, at the Francofolies Festival of La Rochelle, several artists gathered to pay a musical tribute to her career.
    More Details Hide Details For more than two hours, Michel Fugain, Alain Chamfort, Yves Duteil, William Sheller, Marc Lavoine, les Innocents, PaulPersonne, Maxime le Forestier and I Muvrini, performed some of her biggest hits in duet with Sanson.
  • 1992
    Age 42
    Between 1992 and 1995, thanks to the enormous success of her most recent album, Sanson went on tour in France, Belgium, Switzerland and Canada.
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  • 1991
    Age 41
    In 1991, Véronique Sanson received the Grand Prix of "la SACEM" (the French Singer Songwriter guild) to celebrate her entire recording career.
    More Details Hide Details The same year, she released a duet with her friend Catherine Lara, entitled "Entre elle et moi". For the first time since 1980, Véronique chose the United States to record her ninth studio album with American musicians. Sans regrets, issued in 1992, was a tremendous success propelled by the famous single "Rien que de l'eau". This song was the result of an unprecedented collaboration with another songwriter, Bernard Swell, a long-time friend. The album went platinum and its first single still remains one of her biggest hits, with over 500,000 copies sold in six months. In 1993, she won a Victoires de la musique for best female singer of the year. In March, she performed at the Zenith de Paris. During these shows, she paid tribute to Michel Berger who had died in 1992, by performing "Seras-tu là", one of his songs. The live album recorded at the Zenith went platinum.
  • 1990
    Age 40
    In 1990, she also toured with the symphonic orchestra for a dozen concerts across France.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 1989
    Age 39
    In November 1989, Véronique Sanson took part in the first charity tour entitled Les Enfoirés for Les Restos du coeur, alongside French rock stars Johnny Hallyday, Eddy Mitchell and Jean-Jacques Goldman.
    More Details Hide Details Since then, every year an Enfoirés concert has been held on national television with major stars performing covers to encourage people to donate to the Restos du Cœur, a humanitarian institution providing food to the poor across France. In 1989, a dream came true for her: to play with a symphonic orchestra. After rehearsals in Czechoslovakia with the Czech symphonic orchestra "Fisyo", a series of six concerts took place in December 1989 at the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris. A resulting live album was released the subsequent year.
  • 1988
    Age 38
    In 1988, she released the album Moi le venin, which included the highly controversial single "Allah" (produced by Michel Berger).
    More Details Hide Details A couple of months after the release of the video directed by Dominic Sena (Gone in 60 Seconds, Kalifornia, Swordfish), the song was censored in the media, and Véronique Sanson was forced to drop it from her tour's set-list after receiving threats of violence from radical Muslims. As a result of several death threats, she was put under police protection. The controversy arose because of the Muslim tradition forbidding reference to Allah in a song, and occurred just a few weeks after a fatwā was issued against Salman Rushdie. In response to the uproar, Sanson apologized and pleaded that the song was really meant to be a message of peace and tolerance. French show-business massively stood up for her, and more than a hundred artists signed a pamphlet against "the diktat of all forms of radicalism"
  • 1985
    Age 35
    The tremendous success of the 1985–86 tour demonstrated that Véronique Sanson had managed to rally her faithful and patient following, and in November 1985 she began a month-long residence at the Olympia, performing daily shows.
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    After a long break, she released an eponymous album in 1985, recorded entirely in France. This untitled album was nicknamed The white album by the press, while Sanson often refers to it as The lil' trees or Les p'tits arbres (the cover features trees painted by Véro over a white background). This synth-driven album included C'est long c'est court which became a hit on French radio during the summer of 1985, as well as the ballad "Le temps est assassin".
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  • 1983
    Age 33
    In 1983, she permanently settled in France with her son, Christopher, and her boyfriend, actor Etienne Chicot.
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  • 1981
    Age 31
    After the general disappointment of 7ième, fans and critics were enthusiastic when her new album came out in 1981 (Laisse-la vivre).
    More Details Hide Details Though the record contained no memorable hit singles, it emerged as a solid ensemble of well-crafted songs. The album went double gold and she spent the following year on the road, managing to draw large audiences during a tour that ended with three weeks in a row at the Palais des sports of Paris.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1979
    Age 29
    In 1979, she released 7ième, best known for the single "Ma révérence", a tragic ballad with memorable lyrics, that has become one of her most popular songs.
    More Details Hide Details Overall, the album is quite melancholic, which contrasts with the lightness of Hollywood two years earlier. In fact, Véronique Sanson was going through a hard time in her life. She had decided to leave Stephen Stills (conjugal violence) and was engaged in a tough legal battle in American courts for the custody of her son. This album marked the beginning of a darker period for the singer, after a decade that easily qualified as the zenith of her career. Indeed, she had managed to craft six critically and commercially acclaimed albums in the course of eight years. The transition toward the 1980s was difficult and challenging. Still tied to America by her son (of whom she did not gain full custody until 1983), she continued to split her time between the USA and France.
  • 1978
    Age 28
    In 1978, she became the first female artist to perform at Le Palais des sports in Paris (the biggest arena in Paris at that time).
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  • 1977
    Age 27
    She gave two weeks of concerts at the Olympia, where her first live album was recorded. "Bernard's Song" the opening song of her 6th album released in 1977, Hollywood, is often presented as a tribute to Bernard Saint Paul (though she has since denied it).
    More Details Hide Details Recorded in Stevie Wonder's studios in Los Angeles, Hollywood found Sanson combining a disco-inspired sound to pop-driven melodies. Also, this album is often referred to as the most emblematic piece of Sanson's American period. The same year she went on tour across France with Michel Jonasz as her opening act. Although she lived in the United States most of the time, she managed to remain present in the French musical landscape, travelling back and forth between her home in Colorado and her audience in France.
  • 1976
    Age 26
    By 1976, Véronique Sanson had become an established star.
    More Details Hide Details Her music, very much inspired by the best American producers, constituted a rarity in the French musical landscape.
    In 1976, she began a long-lasting professional collaboration with producer Bernard Saint-Paul (making 12 albums) who would become a close friend of hers.
    More Details Hide Details The album Vancouver, recorded in London with British musicians, surpassed her previous achievements. The record became her first platinum album and got a tremendous amount of radio play, especially the single "Vancouver", one of her biggest hits.
  • 1974
    Age 24
    Still considered by the critics as her best album to date, Le Maudit was released in 1974, and reflects a large spectrum of musical influences such as bossa nova in "Alia Souza", or pure rock'n'roll in "On m'attend là bas".
    More Details Hide Details After several tours in Quebec in 1973, she went touring in France, with two concerts at the Olympia in October 1974, with Stephen Stills on bass guitar, then a long tour in 1975, with two weeks at the Olympia.
    In 1974, she gave birth to her only child, Chris Stills, in Boulder, Colorado.
    More Details Hide Details Sanson seemed happy in the United States, where she really blossomed as a complete artist. Being close to Stephen Stills taught her a lot about producing and recording music. In interviews, she has often mentioned her preference for the American way of making music, in comparison to what she had experienced in France. In that sense, her marriage also marked a new direction to her career, which has led the French media to constantly associate her music with Anglo-Saxon influences (in her career she has recorded most of her albums in the US, and mostly with American musicians). In the TV documentary La douceur du danger, Véronique Sanson remembers her first year of marriage as artistically frustrating. While she had been constantly pushed by Michel Berger to work, she did not receive that kind of support from Stephen Stills, who did not take a lot of interest in what she was doing. However, she finally took the leap, and decided to work on a new album.
  • 1973
    Age 23
    From 1973 to 1979 she was married to American rock musician Stephen Stills.
    More Details Hide Details Their son, Chris Stills, is also a musician.
    Véronique Sanson and Stephen Stills got married in 1973, in Guildford, England, with notable guests such as Ringo Starr and Roger Daltrey.
    More Details Hide Details She moved permanently to the United States, but returned to France regularly to give concerts and perform on French television.
  • 1972
    Age 22
    In 1972, Sanson finally released the album Amoureuse, produced by Michel Berger.
    More Details Hide Details The album received a warm welcome from critics, and with the singles "Besoin de personne", "Amoureuse", and "Bahia", it reached the summit of the charts thanks to intensive radio play (2x Gold in 5 months). Françoise Hardy later declared that the release of Amoureuse marked the end of the Yé-yé era, as she confessed "When I first heard Amoureuse, I had the impression that every female singer, including myself, was left far behind". However, the success of the album had an ironic downside for Véronique, who was terrified of performing in front of an audience and therefore refused to schedule concerts. However, Michel Berger and Bernard de Bosson believed she could overcome her debilitating fear, and forced her to perform a daily showcase at the Eiffel Tower's restaurant. Every night she had to perform four songs in front of "a horde of Japanese tourists who couldn't care less about her songs". Nevertheless, she later mentioned it as a necessary experience that helped her conquer her stage fright, and the same year she appeared as the opening act for some of the biggest stars of the time such as Claude Francois, Julien Clerc, and Michel Polnareff.
  • 1971
    Age 21
    In 1971, she wrote "La brume de Philadelphie" for Petula Clark.
    More Details Hide Details The song was issued as the B-side of Clark's French single "La Chanson de Marie Madeleine". At that stage of her life, Sanson's voice had reached maturity, and she suddenly discovered her ability to produce the vibrato that would rapidly become her trademark. She and Michel Berger had become an inseparable team, and were offered a joint recording contract by Bernard de Bosson, the emblematic CEO of WEA, the label to which they would remain faithful for the rest of their careers.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1969
    Age 19
    In 1969, she released her first solo single, comprising "Le Feu Du Ciel" and "Le Printemps est là", which met with very little success despite some radio-play on a few Parisian radio stations.
    More Details Hide Details After the commercial failure of her first single, her contract with Pathé Marconi was severed. She kept on working with Michel Berger, who asked her to write songs for Isabelle de Funès, niece of French actor, Louis de Funès. She wrote "Mon voisin", "Une odeur de neige" and "Jusqu'à la tombée du jour" that would later be featured in her 1992 album Sans Regrets.
  • 1967
    Age 17
    Sanson was romantically involved with French singer-songwriter Michel Berger from 1967 to 1972.
    More Details Hide Details Their love story has become a part of French music history, especially through songs they wrote to each other long after they broke up.
    In 1967, her career began in a trio, the Roche-Martin, with François Bernheim and her sister Violaine Sanson (Bernheim is currently a songwriter for many notable recording artists including Patricia Kaas, while Violaine Sanson has pursued a career in advertising).
    More Details Hide Details Despite their enthusiasm, the three teenagers only managed to sell a few hundreds records. However, this experience allowed her to meet with Michel Berger (who was actually a childhood acquaintance), with whom she began a romantic relationship as well as a prolific artistic career. He introduced her to his record company (Pathé Marconi), and encouraged her to pursue a solo career. Sanson later mentioned that period as her most productive. In an interview, she recalled that she forced herself to write a song per day to keep up with Michel Berger.
    As a lawyer and an economist, René Sanson remained involved in politics as Member of Parliament and Mayor of the 13th district of Paris until 1967.
    More Details Hide Details Véronique grew up in a very posh and privileged Parisian home. She attended the Cours Hattemer, a private school. Her parents considered music the finest art there was, and emphasized the musical apprenticeship of their daughters. Her mother introduced her to the guitar, while her father, who was a great fan of jazz, taught her the piano at the age of four. Early on, she displayed great ability and could play complex classical pieces by Mozart, Bach or Gershwin. At the age of 13, she already composed her own songs, influenced by The Beatles, Ray Charles and by Dionne Warwick's peculiar vibrato.
  • 1965
    Age 15
    In 1965, she was struck by amnesia after a severe bout of meningitis.
    More Details Hide Details This experience became a leitmotiv in Sanson's work, as she often expressed a deep nostalgia towards her "forgotten childhood"
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1949
    Born
    Born on April 24, 1949.
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