Pierre Baruch died at age 82 Wednesday, December 28 at Cochin Hospital in Paris after a heart attack, said his wife.
“As our voices ba da ba da da ba da ba da / Sing softly ba da ba da da ba da ba da …” His interpretation of the soundtrack of A Man and a Woman by Claude Lelouch is etched in the memories. Pierre Baruch, who also wrote the lyrics of the song set to music by Francis Lai, humming in the film duet with Nicole Croisille.
He also wrote the words of the title La Bicyclette , popularized by Yves Montand.
t also has the composer creating Saravah editions that launched the careers of artists such as Brigitte Fontaine and Jacques Higelin, Jean-Roger Caussimon, areski belkacem but the Beninese-Togolese Alfred Panou, precursor slam in the hexagonal landscape the Gabonese Pierre Adekengué, the beginnings of world music, or the Brazilian percussionist Nana Vasconcelos.
On the 20th November, Pierre Baruch had participated in the concert organized in Paris to the 50 years of the label. But he could not sing on stage as planned to Belleviloise in Paris last week, due to fatigue, just before being hospitalized.
Tireless musical smuggler
“He had over 80 years so it was tired but on stage he was fully fit, we are surprised,” said his wife.
On December 21, he had to give up on the stage of the Belleviloise in Paris where he was to perform a song and was hospitalized the following day.
Before becoming a tireless musical passer, the young musician, born in 1934, is also trying to acting in the early 60s.
Her first song Girls of Sunday , retained by Georges Lautner for his film Stop the drums (1961), is one that will allow him to enter the world of cinema. “This beautiful song, he played guitar, was the passport to him,” says his son Benjamin.
Fans in Japan
It was then that he met Claude Lelouch, who heads the first time about his film A girl and guns. Then comes a man and a woman (Golden Palm at Cannes in 1966), with Jean-Louis Trintignant and Anouk Aimée, who became his first wife.
His love affair with Atsuko Ushioda binds to Japan, where he moved in the 80s and carry out new projects. It is then a circle of fans who devote him such admiration they manage to find a documentary from 1969, “made three days in Rio and I had soon forgotten” .
This film, Saravah, captures the essence of samba and becomes worship. “It has resurfaced thanks to Japanese and since we are constantly seeking to Brazil on this subject” , exclaimed the octogenarian in November, amused by this “Baruch honor” .