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Fais-Moi un Signe
by Gerard Palaprat
Gerard Palaprat (1950 to 2017) was a French singer/songwriter. Gerard Palaprat was born in Paris, France, on June 12th 1950. Born at the Musée du Luxembourg in the city, he resided there until he was twenty, entering that same school at the age of 12 to study the violin, which he had first taken up five years earlier (he also learned dance, drama and singing while at the Musée). Also at 12 years old, he had recorded his first vinyl disc (a gift for his father for Father's Day), and in that same summer had sung one of his own compositions at the Hauts-de-Cagnes for transmission on the TV show "Le Petit Conservatoire de la Chanson". After graduating, Palaprat worked for the broadcasting supervisory body the "ORTF", as well as making various appearances in the theatre. A film role followed, in Alain Robbe-Grillet's "Trans-Europ-Express" from 1967, as well as in the 1969 television movie "Le Grand Voyage", directed by Jean Prat. His first part in a stage musical production came at the Theater La Bruyere, taking part in "The Fantasticks", with music by Harvey Schmidt and lyrics by Tom Jones. Edouard Molinaro had also hired him for his 1969 film "Hibernatus", but his role as 'the groom' was so much reduced for the final release, he did not even receive a credit at the end of the film. Palaprat then appeared at the theatre in Porte-Saint-Martin with a part in the French production of the musical "Hair", which he played for a full three years. It was at this time that he first met Lucien Morisse, a director of both 'AZ Records' and 'Europe 1', and this would stand him in good stead for his future prosperity. While contracted to the labels, he won the "Rose d'or de Juan-les-Pins" accolade with his song "Fais-Moi un Signe" (featured here), and continued his recording successes with "Pour la Fin du Monde", "Svasti", "Le Bateau de Cristal", "Ecoute la Source du Bonheur" and "Lady, ce N'est Qu'un Reve", plus many more. Alongside this, Palaprat also joined 'sitar' master Ram Shandra Mistri in India, to take basic instruction in the instrument and gain some insight into the different culture there. He then went on to sing in the 'rock' opera "Moise" (music/lyrics by Michel Quereuil/Guy Alcalay, and directed by Francis Morane). In 2010, he was part of the fifth year of the "oldies" tour called "Age Tendre, la Tournée des Idoles", alongside other established French stars including Michele Torr, 'Sheila', Georgette Lemaire and Allain Turban. Gerard Palaprat died from throat cancer at home in Beauvoir-sur-Niort on September 25th 2017, aged 67. [ Translated from: ]
Posted: 28th October 2017
Hundreds of very talented musicians pass away each year, some without much recognition at all. On "Rest In Peace", I aim to give them a fitting 'send-off', with a decent Tribute. I hope you will join me in marking their passing.....
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