Pierre Barouh

Pierre Barouh (born Élie Pierre Barouh; 19 February 1934 – 28 December 2016) was a French writer-composer-singer best known for his work on Claude Lelouch's film A Man and a Woman both as actor, and as lyricist/singer for Francis Lai's music for the film.[1]

Pierre Barouh
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Élie Pierre Barouh

(1934-02-19)19 February 1934
Died28 December 2016(2016-12-28) (aged 82)
Resting placeMontmartre Cemetery, 18th arrondissement of Paris
  • Singer-songwriter
  • musician
  • composer
  • actor
  • music producer
Years active1961–2016
(m. 1966; div. 1969)

(m. 1970; div. 1983)

Atsuko Ushioda
(m. 1983, his death)
ChildrenBenjamin Barouh
Maïa Barouh
Amie-Sarah Barouh
Akira Barouh
Musical career
Years active1962–2016

Early life and musicEdit

Barouh was born in Paris and along with his brother, Albert, and sister, was raised in Levallois-Perret. Their parents were Turkish-Jewish[2] stallholders selling fabrics. During the Second World War, their parents hid them from the Nazis; Pierre and his sister in Montournais and Albert in la Limouzinière. During these years Élie, baptised Pierre, lived at La Grèlerie, the home of Hilaire and Marie Rocher, who had two sons. From this time, he drew inspiration for songs like "À bicyclette", "Des ronds dans l'eau" and "Les Filles du dimanche".[3]

After the war, he was briefly a sports journalist for Paris-Presse-Intransigeant and also played for the national volleyball B team in the 1950s.[4] He spent some months in Portugal and discovered Brazilian music. He visited Brazil in 1959 and on his return to Paris got to know the principal Brazilian writers and composers of bossa nova.[3]

With his first earnings he bought the mill, la Morvient, by the river in Le Boupère in the Vendée where he had spent part of his childhood. There he established a recording studio and welcomed other artists, using it to advance the talent of others and creating his own label Saravah in 1965. With the label he wished to mix musicians and styles, to multiply musical encounters. He worked, notably, with Pierre Akendengué, Areski Belkacem, Brigitte Fontaine, Nana Vasconcelos, Gérard Ansaloni, Jacques Higelin, Alfred Panou, Maurane, David McNeil, Elis Regina.[3]

Soon after the label's creation, Barouh realised that he was not a manager and so entrusted management to a teenage friend he had known when he was 15 playing volleyball. However, in 1972, he discovered that this friend had stolen 1,500,000 francs by means which prevented Barouh from being able to get any of it back, as he "had given him everything: signatures, etc".[2]

Cinema and theatreEdit

As an actor, he played the role of the gypsy leader in the film D'ou viens-tu Johnny? and appeared in Lelouch's Une fille et des fusils. As writer/performer he had success with La Plage – immortalised by Marie Laforêt and the guitarist Claude Ciari -, Tes dix-huit ans and Monsieur de Furstenberg. He shot a documentary on the beginnings of bossa nova with his longtime friend Baden Powell de Aquino.

In 1966 he participated in the enormous success of the film A Man and a Woman which won the Palme d'Or at the 1966 Festival de Cannes.[5] He married the actress Anouk Aimée the same year; they divorced three years later.

Barouh died in the Hôpital Cochin in Paris from an infarction on 28 December 2016, at the age of 82. He was buried a week later at Montmartre Cemetery.[6]


Studio albumsEdit

  • Pierre Barouh (1966) (also released as Vivre)
  • Viking bank (1977)
  • Le pollen (1982)
  • Sierras (1984)
  • Noël (1991)
  • Itchi go Itchi e – Une rencontre, une occasion (1998)
  • Daltonien (2007)

Live albumsEdit

Soundtrack albumsEdit

Compilation albumsEdit

  • Saudade (Un Manque Habité) (2001)
  • Les Années Disc'AZ – L'intégrale Des Chansons (2008)
  • 60 ans de chansons à des titres Divers (parfois Dit Vert) sur l'humain et ce qui l'entoure (2012)

Production creditsEdit


Non-album singlesEdit

  • "Simple routine" by Joël Favreau (1969)
  • "I Love the Queen" by Jacques Higelin (1971)
  • "Nini" by Jacques Higelin (1971)
  • "Jamai-ai-ai-ai-ai-ais" by Brigitte Fontaine (1972)
  • " Un jour, un papillon" by Joël Favreau (1972)
  • "La Transatlantique" by Dominique Barouh (1972)
  • "Likwala" by Pierre Akendengué (1975)
  • "Femmes parmi les femmes" by Françoise Hardy (1975)


Year Title Role Notes
1961 Arrêtez les tambours [fr] Pierrot Also assistant director
1962 Operation Gold Ingot René French: En plein cirage
1963 D'où viens-tu Johnny? Django
1964 La Dérive [fr] Pierre
The Troops of St. Tropez Gypsy Uncredited; French: Le Gendarme de Saint-Tropez
Le cirque au village
1965 Une fille et des fusils Pierre
1966 A Man and a Woman Pierre Gauthier French: Un homme et une femme
The Grand Moments Karl Martin French: Les Grands Moments
1967 Arrastão Geronimo
Live for Life Boxing spectator Uncredited; French: Vivre pour vivre
1970 La bergère en colère Engaged groom Short
1972 Ça va, ça vient [fr] Man who gives Areski a lift Uncredited; also director and producer
Saravah None Documentary; director and composer
1976 Les Naufragés de l'île de la Tortue [fr] Discontent traveller
The Labyrinth ou L'album de famille None Documentary; director, producer and composer
1977 Another Man, Another Chance Street singer Uncredited; French: Un autre homme, une autre chance
1979 Le Divorcement [fr] None Director, producer, writer and composer
1982 Elle voit des nains partout ! [fr] Parish priest
1990 There Were Days... and Moons Animator French: Il y a des jours... et des lunes
2005 Le courage d'aimer Advert producer
2006 La fille du dimanche Friend of the father Short
2010 Les marais criminels (final film role)


  1. ^ Cowie, Peter; Elley, Derek (1977), World filmography, 1967, Fairleigh Dickinson Univ Press, p. 139, ISBN 978-0-498-01565-6
  2. ^ a b Bellaïche, Raoul (19 June 2018). "Pierre Barouh en 1992 : « Depuis l'âge de 15 ans, je n'ai qu'une obsession : témoigner du monde qui". jechantemagazine (in French). Retrieved 29 April 2020.
  3. ^ a b c "Pierre-Barouh". www.ajpn.org. Retrieved 28 April 2020.
  4. ^ Dalloni, Michel (6 June 2013). Le Vélo (in French). La Boétie. ISBN 978-2-36865-006-6.
  5. ^ Lelouch, Claude; Uytterhoeven, Pierre (1971), A man and a woman; a film, Modern film scripts, New York, Simon and Schuster, ISBN 978-0-671-20963-6
  6. ^ "La famille d'"Un homme et une femme" orpheline de Pierre Barouh". Le Point (in French). 4 January 2017. Retrieved 29 April 2020.
  7. ^ "Dites 33 (Volume 2) - Dites 33". Editions Saravah (in French). Retrieved 28 April 2020.
  8. ^ "Au kabaret de la dernière chance - Pierre Barouh". Editions Saravah (in French). Retrieved 28 April 2020.
  9. ^ "De la Scarpe à la Seine - Françoise Kucheida". Editions Saravah (in French). Retrieved 29 April 2020.
  10. ^ "Ces moments là - Aram Sédèfian". Editions Saravah (in French). Retrieved 29 April 2020.
  11. ^ "Les heures tranquilles - Daniel Mille". Editions Saravah (in French). Retrieved 29 April 2020.
  12. ^ "cris du coeur - Françoise Kucheida". Editions Saravah (in French). Retrieved 29 April 2020.

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