Integrale Chonologique 1958-62
Format: COMPACT DISC
Aufray, Hugues; Jean Bouchety Orchestra; Aufray Hugues and Son Skiffle Group; Sabar, Jean-Pierre; Vermeille, Francois; Bob Aubert Orchestra
Whether the music is skiffle, folk or from Brazil’s Nordeste, Hugues Aufray knows how to make the sounds rhyme with travel, and his songs belong to everyone’s songbook. This set looks back on Aufray’s early years: from his ascent from cabaret and little Left Bank clubs prior to his decisive meeting with Eddie Barclay, all the way to his immense, eternal hit “Santiano”. Produced by Olivier Julien and Hugues Aufray himself, the set includes the artist’s own account of his career, which made him an icon from the beginning of the Sixties. He first began writing songs for French singers. After finishing second in a singing competition, he signed a record deal in 1959 with Eddie Barclay. From there, he went on to co-write and arrange many songs, drawing influence from folk, blues and rock. While supporting Peter, Paul and Mary in New York in 1962, he struck up a friendship with Bob Dylan, who would then visit him in Paris in 1964. Aufray translated many of Dylan's songs into French: their appearance on his 1965 album Aufray chante Dylan helped form the tastes of the new French generation.