Jean Ferrat

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Jean Ferrat (right) with Guy Thomas, who wrote numerous songs for him.

Jean Ferrat (actually Jean Tenenbaum ; born December 26, 1930 in Vaucresson , Seine-et-Oise , now Hauts-de-Seine ; † March 13, 2010 in Aubenas , Ardèche ) was a French singer and composer.


Jean Ferrat was the youngest of four children from a Jewish family. His father, Mnacha (Menachem) Tenenbaum, emigrated from Russia in 1906 before anti-Semitism grew there. Jean Ferrat was 11 years old when his father was deported from Vichy France and murdered in the Auschwitz concentration camp . Jean only survived thanks to the help of communist resistance fighters .

Ferrat initially composed love songs with which he performed at Cabaret La Colombe in Paris in the mid-1950s , but also for the singer Zizi Jeanmaire , who discovered him. He later developed into a committed singer who was a companion of the French Communist Party , but without being a member. His recordings include political songs as well as love songs. Just as the songs of Georges Brassens fared, his songs - found too daring and too critical - were not broadcast on French radio for years. Ferrat also dealt with less critical topics such as the rural exodus in his song La Montagne , composed and written by him , of which five million pieces were sold.

Most recently he lived in Antraigues , a small town in southern France. In 1972, despite great success, he ended his active stage career, but found a successor in the person of the singer Alain Hivert, who presented his songs in France.

In Germany his songs are performed by the German-Belgian singer Didier Caesar accompanied by the German-French guitarist Stéphane Bazire - both in the French version and in the broadcasts by Didier Caesar. There are now seventeen titles, including the setting of poems by Louis Aragon .

Jean Ferrat died of cancer in March 2010 in Aubenas hospital. His funeral in Antraigues-sur-Volane, which was broadcast live on several French channels, was attended by over 5000 people who had traveled from all over France.

Awards for music sales

Golden record

  • FranceFrance France
    • 1995: for the video album Ferrat 91 En Public
    • 1995: for the album Jean Ferrat Vol. 2
    • 1995: for the video album Public
  • SwitzerlandSwitzerland Switzerland
    • 1994: for the album 16 nouveaux poemes d'Aragon

2 × gold record

  • FranceFrance France
    • 1995: for the album Les Annees Barclay
    • 1995: for the album Jean Ferrat Vol. 1
    • 1998: for the album Master Series Vol. 2

Platinum record

  • BelgiumBelgium Belgium
    • 2012: for the album Best Of 3 CD
  • FranceFrance France
    • 1995: for the album Ferrat 95
    • 1998: for the album Master Serie Vol. 1

Diamond record

  • FranceFrance France
    • 2010: for the album Best Of 3 CD
Country / Region Gold record icon.svg gold Platinum record icon.svg platinum Diamond record icon.svg diamond Sales swell
Awards for music sales
(country / region, awards, sales, sources)
Belgium (BEA) Belgium (BEA) 0! G- Platinum record icon.svg platinum1 0! D.- 30,000
France (SNEP) France (SNEP) Gold record icon.svg 9 × gold9 Platinum record icon.svg 2 × platinum2 Diamond record icon.svg diamond1 1,820,000
Switzerland (IFPI) Switzerland (IFPI) Gold record icon.svg gold1 0! P- 0! D.- 25,000
All in all Gold record icon.svg 10 × gold10 Platinum record icon.svg 3 × platinum3 Diamond record icon.svg diamond1

Web links

Commons : Jean Ferrat  - collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Jean Ferrat est mort. Obituary from Artistik Rezo on March 13, 2010.
  2. Chanteur engagé et poète discret, Jean Ferrat est décédé en Ardèche. ( Memento of the original from March 15, 2010 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. Day sheet. Fir Lëtzebuerg newspaper , March 14, 2010. / Jean Ferrat s'est tu L'Humanité , accessed on March 14, 2010.  @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot /