Agent of big names in French song, he died on Saturday in Corsica at the age of 90.
[perfectpullquote align=”full” cite=”Richard C. ABITBOL – President” link=”” color=”#993300″ class=”” size=””]It is with great sadness that we have just learned of the death of Charley Marouani, impresario of the biggest names in French song. He was the cousin of our Brother and friend, Albert ANKRI, who had introduced him to me during a trip to Paris. Albert ANKRI is also President of the Occitanie Region of the Confederation of Jews in France and Friends of Israel.
On my behalf, on behalf of our Office and on behalf of all our members, we offer him our sincere condolences and we ask him to convey to Charley's family our deepest sympathy at this difficult time.[/perfectpullquote]
Charley Marouani died on Saturday July 29 in Corsica at the age of 90, announced his in family. He was the agent of big names in French song, from Jacques Brel to Barbara via Sylvie Vartan and Gilbert Bécaud. “Until today, he continued to work with Michel Boujenah, Enrico Macias…”, said his family.
“An artist must sing, to write, to interpret. He doesn't have to worry about the little external worries." affirmed the one who was also the agent of an impressive list of singers: Claude Nougaro, Henri Salvador, Joe Dassin, Salvatore Adamo, Serge Reggiani, Julien Clerc and Richard Anthony.
“Impresario, for me it means nothing say. It's contact with the artists, it's the human side that interests me, the rest is business.", he confided in a radio interview. Swiss in 2012.
He started with a beginner named Jacques Brel
Born in 1926 in Sousse, in Tunisia, where he lived until he was 18, Charley Marouani began as a photographer in Nice before return à Paris for exercer the profession of agent, with his uncle.
"He will start this profession with a beginner named Jacques Brel whom he will accompany throughout his career and with whom he will forge unfailing bonds of friendship", underline his relatives.
“It was the chance of my life, we have met like this every 10 years”, he said. He will remain close to the singer of The Thousand Time Waltz until his death in 1978 and will accompany him to his final resting place, in the Marquesas Islands.
In his autobiography (A life behind the scenes at Fayard, 2012), he recounted how close he had become, over the years, to the artists he worked with: Jacques Brel and Barbara tried to offrir an apartment, Henri Salvador wanted to introduce him to pétanque…
Coming from a large family with many representatives in entertainment and music, Charley Marouani was the brother of producer Gilbert Marouani, music editor in the 1960s and 1970s of many artists including Johnny Hallyday and Michel Polnareff, who died quite a while ago. just a year. He was made a Knight of the Legion of Honor in 2009.
It was " a monument. I have lost someone very dear to me. He was very demanding but with a lot of tenderness. We had to listen to it.", reacted the singer Enrico Macias, "annihilated".
Charley Marouani “Knew everything about this business” and was "with great honesty", he pointed out, referring to " the last " impresario of this caliber.
Source: © Charley Marouani, impresario of Brel, Barbara and Sylvie Vartan, is dead