Family tree of Jean FERRAT

Singer & Musician

FrenchBorn Jean TENENBAUM

French singer-songwriter and poet

Born on December 26, 1930 in Vaucresson, France , France

Died on March 13, 2010 in Aubenas, France

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Ferrat was born in Vaucresson, Hauts-de-Seine. He was the youngest of four children from a modest family which moved to Versailles in 1935, where Ferrat studied at the Jules Ferry College. His Russian-born father (naturalized in 1928) was forced to wear the yellow star and deported to Auschwitz in 1942. Ferrat dropped out of school to help the family survive.

In the early 1950s he started in Parisian cabaret. After that he avoided any particular musical style, but remained faithful to himself, his friends and his public.


In 1956, he set "Les yeux d'Elsa" ("Elsa's eyes"), a Louis Aragon poem which Ferrat loved, to music. Its rendition by popular artist André Claveau brought Ferrat some initial recognition as a songwriter.

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