Montreal (Qc) CANADA - Nov 1993 File Photo -
Maxime Le Forestier at Les Francofolies de Montreal.
Maxime Le Forestier (born February 10, 1949 as Bruno Le Forestier) is a French singer.
He was born in Paris. His father was English, and his mother had long lived in England. He had two older sisters.
His musical training started on the violin, which his sister also played. He attended the Lycée Condorcet, where he studied literature.
In 1965, he started singing in the flea market in Saint-Ouen and created a duo with his sister Catherine. They released a single with four titles.
After serving in the military as a paratrooper, the duo broke up, and he issued his first solo single. He developed a folksy style which was enormously popular in the 1970s and '80s. His first album Mon Frère, released in 1973, contains several pieces that have entered French folklore, including the title song Mon frère, San Francisco, Comme un arbre and Education sentimentale. He toured extensively, both in France and abroad. In 1976, he toured in 14 cities in the USSR. Recently he has gained particular acclaim for his reworkings of the songs of Georges Brassens.
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