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Benoit Blue Boy

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Born in Paris in 1946, Benoît Blue Boy soon shared his study time at the design school of Les Beaux Arts with two lifetime companions: blues and harmonica. As an author and a composer, he learned his trade on stage, introducing the french audience to this new sound from over the ocean: blues. In 1970, he moved to Los Angeles where he stayed for the next two years and met Stevie Wonder, Carol King, James Taylor and Albert King. In 1972, Zachary Richard introduced him to Louisiana cajun music. Both musicians, singing french lyrics, acknowledge a mutual influence.

“Benoît Blue Boy”, released in 1978 on Vogue, was the first french blues album ever, and brought to attention a very humoristic and “home-made” style. A year later, a second album followed, “Original”, also on Vogue. In the mean time, Benoît collaborated with “Backstage” (featuring Paul Personne), producing the group’s first two albums. 1981 saw Benoît Blue Boy launching his single, “Le Blues Du Vendeur De Blues” (Vogue) and producing Patrick Verbeke’s first album. He played Paris’ Olympia theatre in 1982, and appeared on numerous radio and TV shows. A third album, “Plaisir Simple”, was released on Gaumont Records and he also participated in Jacques Dutronc’s album on the same label. In 1986, Madrigal released Benoît’s fourth album, “Tortillage”, announcing his future group, “Les Tortilleurs”. In 1988, “BBB et Les Tortilleurs”, his fifth album (on M.O.) featured François Bodin on guitar and Philippe Floris on drums. After the release of his first CD, “Parlez-Vous Français”, in late 1990, Benoît hit the road with his new songs, touring France, Italy, Switzerland and Belgium.

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