Hubert Giraud, French songwriter, Died at 94

Hubert Yves Adrian Giraud was born on March 3, 1920, and died on January 16, 2016.

He was a French composer and lyricist.

He started his career playing the harmonica with Django Reinhardt’s jazz group, the Quintette du Hot Club de France.

Hubert was recruited by Ray Ventura to play the guitar during Ventura’s big-band tour of South America, in 1941,

After six yrs, Hubert joined Jacques Hélian’s orchestra in scoring a series of post-war romantic comedy films, including Georges Combert’s 1951 feature, Musique en tête.

Giraud song “Dors, mon amour”, performed by André Claveau, won the Eurovision Song Contest 1958.

Hubert (with lyricist Pierre Cour) wrote the song “Gitans” (aka “Les Gitans”).

The song was translated into English by B. Guilgud (aka Guilgudo) and A. Gill and recorded by Corry Brokken.

The well known Sergio Franchi recorded an English and Italian version (Italian lyrics by Leo Chiosso) on his 1965 RCA album Live at the Cocoanut Grove.

Hubert Giraud also wrote the music for the songs “Sous le ciel de Paris” in 1951 and “Mamy Blue” in 1970.

Hubert Giraud passed away at 94 yrs old.