Saturday 25 March 1972


Born: August 29th, 1920, Clamart, Greater Paris (France)
Died: May 21st, 2005, Suresnes, Greater Paris (France)
Nationality: French

In due course, the short impression below will be replaced with a more extensive career overview


Raymond Bernard was mainly known for writing scores to French films in the 1950s and 1960s, such as Le sicilien (1958), Une ballade dans le canon (1958), L’ennemi dans l’ombre (1960), and TV-series Les enquêtes du Commissaire Maigret (1967). Moreover, he was Serge Reggiani's musical director for many years.

For the Eurovision Song Contest, Raymond Bernard composed three entries, the first of which was the 1963 Luxembourg entry ‘A force de prier’, which was performed by none other than Greek songstress Nana Mouskouri. In this case, Bernard had not been responsible for either the arrangement or conducting the Eurovision orchestra, which was left to British host conductor Eric Robinson. Two years later, in 1965, he both composed and conducted the Monegasque entry ‘Va dire à l’amour’, sung by Marjorie Noël. In 1972, he returned to the Eurovision Song Contest for the last time, again for Monaco, composing and conducting the entry ‘Comme on s’aime’, which was performed by Anne-Marie Godart and Peter MacLane. Of both Monegasque songs, Bernard had supervised the creation of the orchestrations, although the 1972 score was penned by Jean-Claude Pelletier (1972).

Country – Luxembourg
Song title – "A force de prier"
Rendition – Nana Mouskouri
Lyrics – Pierre Delanoë
Composition – Raymond Bernard
Studio arrangement – Robert Chauvigny 
(studio orchestra conducted by Jacques Denjean)
Live orchestration – Robert Chauvigny
Conductor – Eric Robinson
Score – 8th place (13 votes)

Country – Monaco
Song title – "Va dire à l'amour"
Rendition – Marjorie Noël
Lyrics – Jacques Mareuil
Composition – Raymond Bernard
Studio arrangement – Raymond Bernard
(studio orchestra conducted by Raymond Bernard)
Live orchestration – Raymond Bernard
Conductor – Raymond Bernard
Score – 9th place (7 votes)

Country – Monaco
Song title – Comme on s'aime
Rendition – Anne-Marie Godart & Peter MacLane
Lyrics – Jean Dréjac
Composition – Raymond Bernard
Studio arrangement – Jean-Claude Pelletier 
(studio orchestra conducted by Raymond Bernard)
Live orchestration – Jean-Claude Pelletier
Conductor – Raymond Bernard
Score – 16th place (65 votes)

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