Serge Gainsbourg

1928 - 1991

Serge Gainsbourg

Serge Gainsbourg (French pronunciation: ​[sɛʁʒ ɡɛ̃sbuʁ]; born Lucien Ginsburg; 2 April 1928 – 2 March 1991) was a French singer, songwriter, pianist, film composer, poet, painter, screenwriter, writer, actor and director. 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, including sophisticated rhymes, mondegreen, onomatopoeia, spoonerism, dysphemism, paraprosdokian and pun. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Serge Gainsbourg has received more than 2,504,188 page views. His biography is available in 51 different languages on Wikipedia making him the 32nd most popular singer.

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Among singers, Serge Gainsbourg ranks 32 out of 3,001Before him are Barbra Streisand, Phil Collins, Cesária Évora, Andrea Bocelli, Mick Jagger, and Umm Kulthum. After him are Brian Johnson, Ella Fitzgerald, Whitney Houston, Nico, Barry White, and Nana Mouskouri.

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Among people born in 1928, Serge Gainsbourg ranks 13Before him are John Forbes Nash Jr., Ennio Morricone, James Watson, Eduard Shevardnadze, Rinus Michels, and Philip K. Dick. After him are Agnès Varda, Osamu Tezuka, Chinghiz Aitmatov, Jeanne Moreau, Friedensreich Hundertwasser, and Didi. Among people deceased in 1991, Serge Gainsbourg ranks 7Before him are Freddie Mercury, Dr. Seuss, Vasily Zaitsev, Olav V of Norway, Miles Davis, and Edwin McMillan. After him are Carl David Anderson, Yves Montand, Graham Greene, Isaac Bashevis Singer, John Bardeen, and Gustáv Husák.

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In France

Among people born in France, Serge Gainsbourg ranks 280 out of 4,109Before him are Louis, Grand Dauphin (1661), Jean Marais (1913), Robert II of France (972), Jean Gabin (1904), Pope Callixtus II (1065), and Marc-Antoine Charpentier (1645). After him are François Hollande (1954), Francis de Sales (1567), Honoré Gabriel Riqueti, comte de Mirabeau (1749), John I of France (1316), Henry VII, Holy Roman Emperor (1275), and Joseph-Ignace Guillotin (1738).

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), Johnny Hallyday (1943), Carlos Gardel (1890), France Gall (1947), Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo (1974), Françoise Hardy (1944), Gilbert Bécaud (1927), Georges Brassens (1921), and Manu Chao (1961).

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