Boby Lapointe

Robert Lapointe, the Boby Lapointe (* 16. April 1922; † 29. June 1972 was called), was a French singer, who admits rich texts everywhere for its at Kalauern and zotigen Schüttelreimen was. For the Kabarettisten Thomas Pigor is Boby Lapointe because of his formal experimentation joy, which stands in the glaring contrast to the today's conformity, a classical model.

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childhood and academic years

its eccentric and nature bending to crude fun showed up already in its youth. He scoffed the citizens and made the good society and the Klerus ridiculous.

It wanted to become originally attempt pilot and designed as a pupil flight machines, which it tried out, often accepting injuries.

After the Baccalauréat it began a study to the École Centrale and Sup aéro, in order to be able to satisfy its passion for the Fliegerei and mathematics. It invented an automatic transmission for cars, which other technical designers could exploit later with success.

the war

1942 it was beordert to work in Linz in Austria. It still fled in the same year and turned after a siebenmonatigen odyssey under different wrong names (among other things Robert Foulcan - “le fout camp” = umgangssprachl. for “strikes off”) into his birth region in France 1944 back. Its large Statur and its bulliges appearance made it possible to him to submerge in the port La Ciotat before the German Besxatzungsmacht and the police.

Its love for words and its desire at the letter make possible to escape it the moment, by writing chansons in a rare style, fully from Kalauern, wordplays and zotigen Schüttelreimen, too intellectually, in order to make its cut in a simple manner. It draws up equally poem collections and essays to Kalauern. It looks for interpreters for its chansons, however its style frightens back: with the Gala chanson in Juan les pins the lecture meets his brother Jakob, who is gespickt in frightening way with complicated Kalauern, not its conceptions.

the beginnings and success

after the end of the war 1946 he marries Colette Maclaud, with which he has two children, Ticha and Jacky. They leave La Ciotat and furnish themselves as a family in Paris, where he opens a trade for baby equipment. The thing does not run and the business must its gates close. Subsequently, the pair goes apart and to Lapointe changes the profession and will Antenneninstallateur, without stopping with the letter.

1956 are the official at the beginning of its musical career: the Komiker Bourvil and Gilles Grangier select one of its chansons (Aragon et Castille) for a musical transition in the film April joke. Etienne Lorin, the accordionist Bourvils, which became a friend Lapointes, suggested this chanson Bourvil. Neither the film nor the chanson had large success. At the end Lapointe had been introduced however into those Paris scene.

It has first large appearances in its time as a singer in the Paris Cabaret Le Cheval d'Or its. There it meets Anne Sylvestre, Raymond Devos, Ricet Barrier and/or. Georges Brassens, with which a mutual sympathy develops. Lapointe is not only noticeable its physical Statur (its waist extent and its athletic cut as well as its allegedly mürrisches occurrence appeared strange there) because of, but also due to its presentations from the bar hoar frost and its texts of full wordplays. It becomes the main attraction of the Cabarets and draws the attention of the film producer François Truffaut on itself. This in such a way described picture Lapointes is the collecting main for the role of the singer in the film Ne Tirez pas sur le pianiste with Charles Aznavour. The select chansons are Framboise and Marcelle. Lapointe meets Philippe because with the turning work. This engages it for another Paris Cabaret, the Les Trois Baudets. Between 1960 and 1961 takesit there two records with the chansons Marcelle, Le poisson company, Bobo Léon and Aragon et Castille, which had success at the end also.

Also with the following compositions success does not abate: L'hélicon, TA Katie t'a quitté, Saucisson de cheval, Comprend qui peut, Méli Mélodie, Le tube de toilet, La maman de poissons

the difficult years

in the sixties lined Lapointe and Georges up Brassens tours at tours and Rezitationen at Rezitationen. But its side ausladene to Phantasmagorien tempts it to errors. When it opened the concert cafe Le Cadran Bleu, its bankruptcy followed rapidly. Brassens helped it, by taking over a erkleckliche number at obligations Lapointes and for him smaller jobs for surviving providing. The director of program of the radio station Europe 1 persuaded Lapointe to sign at the disk company AZ a contract. But the period Yeah yeah began and the hymnische clay/tone, on which all chansons Lapointes are based, met with no response in sound broadcasting and the concert halls more.

However Lapointe took again the cinematographischen part of its career, in order to play in the films of Claude Sautet: like that it was the brutal staying into the girl and the commissioner ( max et les ferrailleurs) and the Schweinewagonfahrer into the things of the life (Les Choses de la vie). At the same time Joe Dassin pushed it to sign a new disk contract with Fonata/Philips which became at the end its producer. Lapointe went on tour, in order to make for its last plate Comprend qui peut under the direction of Dassin advertisement. The covering of the album shows the painting of the singer, which was created by the naive painter Maurice Ghiglion Green. This Portrait, which shows him in the touched Seemannspulli, smelling at Gänseblümchen, became in later years to the icon Lapointes.

In the frontier of Blödheit and Genialität Lapointe invented 1968 the number system bibi binary, which anticipated the development of computer science in its development.

It remained for the singing its life long faithfully as it with the last appearance in the public also its premiere in the Etablisment Bobino of its fan and friend Pierre Perret in Paris had.

the end

as at cancer a suffering it dies with fifty in Pézenas of the Seinigen umsorgt. It could have taken up more than fifty chansons, but their spreading continues, because it is irreplaceable in the timeless commercial register.


it participated in numerous films both in small roles and and composer.

places of discovery

  • two Webpräsenzen:
  • some books:
    • Boby Lapointe. Par Huguette Long Lapointe (SA sœur) et ses revision modifications. (Encre, 1983)
    • Boby Lapointe. de Jacques Perciot (Denoël, 1997, Coll. Document et histoire)
    • Boby Lapointe. d'Alain Poulanges (edition you May, 1994)
    • Le Boby Lapointe. Text illustrés (Mango, 1998, coll. IL suffit de more passer le pont 1998)
    • La maman poissons. illustré par Fabrice Turrier (Didier Jeunesse, 2000, writes the text coll. Guinguette)

this text is based on a translation of the article fr: Boby Lapointe from the French Wikipedia, version of 16. October 2004.


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