Saturday, 1 May 1971
Born: May 25th, 1929, Igny, Greater Paris (France)
Died: September 21st, 1995, Evreux (France)
In due course, the short impression below will be replaced with a more extensive career overview
Jacques Denjean worked as a composer and arranger in the 1960s, accompanying many of the best-known Francophone artists, including Dalida, Charles Aznavour, Françoise Hardy, Nana Mouskouri, Sacha Distel, and Johnny Halliday. He also penned several film scores, including ‘Adieu Philippine’ (1962) and ‘Morbo’ (1972), as well as the music to the televised feuilleton ‘Vive la vie’ (1966). Moreover, Jacques Denjean released several instrumental jazz records under his own name in the course of the 1960s. He was a member of vocal group Les Double Six.
Jacques Denjean is the younger brother of Claude Denjean, who took part as a conductor in the 1967 Eurovision Song Contest.
EUROVISION SONG CONTEST
In the 1960s, Jacques Denjean also worked as the arranger of Hugues Aufray. When Aufray represented the Grand-Duchy of Luxembourg in the 1964 Eurovision Song Contest in Copenhagen with ‘Dès que le printemps revient’, Denjean wrote the orchestration and conducted the Danish orchestra during the international final. With his self-penned entry, Hugues Aufray came fourth.
The year before, Jacques Denjean had a modest involvement in Raymond Bernard's Eurovision composition 'A force de prier', interpreted by Nana Mouskouri. For this song, arranged by Robert Chauvigny, Denjean conducted the orchestra in the studio session. In the contest itself, the honours were taken by British resident conductor Eric Robinson.
EUROVISION INVOLVEMENT YEAR BY YEAR
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 – Luxembourg
Song title – "Dès que le printemps revient"
Rendition – Hugues Aufray
Lyrics – Jacques Plante
Composition – Hugues Aufray
Studio arrangement – Jacques Denjean
Live orchestration – Jacques Denjean
Conductor – Jacques Denjean
Score – 4th place (14 votes)