Serge Gainsbourg

1928 - 1991

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Serge Gainsbourg (French: [sɛʁʒ ɡɛ̃zbuʁ] (listen); born Lucien Ginsburg; 2 April 1928 – 2 March 1991) was a French musician, singer-songwriter, author, filmmaker and actor. Regarded as the most important figure in French pop whilst alive, he was renowned for often provocative and scandalous releases which caused uproar in France, dividing its public opinion, as well as his diverse artistic output, which ranged from his early work in jazz, chanson, and yé-yé to later efforts in rock, funk, reggae, and electronica. Gainsbourg's varied musical style and individuality make him difficult to categorize, although his legacy has been firmly established and he is often regarded as one of the world's most influential popular musicians.His lyrical works incorporated wordplay, with humorous, bizarre, provocative, sexual, satirical or subversive overtones. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Serge Gainsbourg has received more than 3,252,984 page views. His biography is available in 54 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 51 in 2019). Serge Gainsbourg is the 34th most popular singer (down from 33rd in 2019), the 297th most popular biography from France (down from 279th in 2019) and the 3rd most popular French Singer.

Serge Gainsbourg was a French singer-songwriter who is most famous for his songs "Je t'aime moi non plus" and "Love on the Beat."

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Among singers, Serge Gainsbourg ranks 34 out of 3,541Before him are Mick Jagger, Umm Kulthum, Nana Mouskouri, Brian Johnson, Whitney Houston, and Aretha Franklin. After him are Barry White, Nico, Andrea Bocelli, Jacques Brel, Nina Simone, and Amanda Lear.

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Among people born in 1928, Serge Gainsbourg ranks 13Before him are Noam Chomsky, Ariel Sharon, James Watson, Eduard Shevardnadze, Philip K. Dick, and Chinghiz Aitmatov. After him are Rinus Michels, Shirley Temple, Osamu Tezuka, Didi, Yves Klein, and Jeanne Moreau. Among people deceased in 1991, Serge Gainsbourg ranks 6Before him are Freddie Mercury, Vasily Zaitsev, Isaac Bashevis Singer, Dr. Seuss, and Olav V of Norway. After him are Miles Davis, Yves Montand, Klaus Kinski, Klaus Barbie, Jiang Qing, and Graham Greene.

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In France

Among people born in France, Serge Gainsbourg ranks 297 out of 5,234Before him are Robert II of France (972), Nadar (1820), François Quesnay (1694), Jean-Baptiste Colbert (1619), Maurice Merleau-Ponty (1908), and Jean Baudrillard (1929). After him are Francis de Sales (1567), Chlothar I (498), John the Fearless (1371), Germaine de Staël (1766), Simone Weil (1909), and Frédéric Mistral (1830).

Among SINGERS In France

Among singers born in France, Serge Gainsbourg ranks 3Before him are Édith Piaf (1915) and Charles Aznavour (1924). After him are Mireille Mathieu (1946), Carlos Gardel (1890), Johnny Hallyday (1943), France Gall (1947), Françoise Hardy (1944), Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo (1974), Maria Malibran (1808), Gilbert Bécaud (1927), and Charles Trenet (1913).