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Thursday, November 09, 2006

Music a gogo : Les Surfs

Les Surfs,4 brothers and 2 sisters ( Rocky,Coco,Dave,Pat,Monique and Nicole) from a family of 12 children (les Rabaraona) were born in Madagascar.Making their first appearances under the name "Rabaraona frères et soeurs",they won first prize in an amateur singing contest organized by national radio station "Radio Tananarive" by doing 2 of The Platter's greatest hits "Only you" et "The great pretender".After this success the goup toured Madagascar under the name of "Les Béryl".They also recorded their first record in Tananarive (Petite fleur,Marin and Les trois cloches).At the demand of the French goverment they were chosen to represent Madagascar at the opening ceremony of the second French television station in Paris in september 1963 and from their first appearance there the French audience were in love with them (the fact that they were so small,average height of the group was between 1,43 and 1,55 meters,must have endeared them as much as their music).They got a record-deal from French label Festival and from then on were called LES SURFS.Their first European record was released in september 1963 during their first tour in France with Sheila and Frank Alamo. Their song "Reviens vite et oublie",a French-language version of "Be my baby",stayed in the top of the hit-parade for 3 months in France,Spain and Mexico (Spanish version).In 1964 after having performed at the Olympia in Paris (Les idoles des jeunes),Les Surfs were declared revelation of the year.The folowing years they toured all over the world and appeared on many television shows in the company of the biggest names.They recorded songs in French,Italian,Spanish,English and German.They also appeared in 2 movies:"Cherchez l'idole" with Frank Fernandel and Dany Saval, and "Le dernier tiercé" with Dario Moreno and Odile Versois.In 1971,after a long tour,Les Surfs split up.Today the four brothers live in Montréal,Canada (only Rocky is still performing),the sisters have sadly passed away.And now for a nice international mix of some rarer tracks... (Merci beaucoup au site officiel des Surfs pour les infos!)

El crossfire (in Spanish)
Uh huh (from the ep in French) (Big thanks to 60-one!)
Spegnete quella luce (in Italian)
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11 Comments:

  • At 5:32 PM, Anonymous ion said…

    Looking forward to your Les Surfs post. But what about that obscure all-blue man group, Les Smurfs? ;)

     
  • At 4:38 AM, Blogger Bruno said…

    Hi Ion,they're pretty hard to find it seems,they're so small! :)

     
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  • At 2:46 PM, Anonymous colleen said…

    i love these! especially "uh-huh"! you have such gooood taste :)

     
  • At 1:54 AM, Blogger Bruno said…

    Hi Colleen,nice to see you here again!
    Don't make me blush now! :)

     
  • At 9:06 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Excellent post! I always wanted to know more about Les Surfs. I've been looking for one of their song "Ca n'a Pas D'importance" do you have it? if not, do you know where I can get it?

    -V

     
  • At 6:05 AM, Blogger Bruno said…

    Hi V,glad you enjoyed the post,the song you are looking for can be found on this (cheap!) cd.be sure to copy the whole link.

    http://www.cduniverse.com/search/xx/music/artist/Les+Surfs/a/Les+Surfs.htm

     
  • At 7:07 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Thanks for the link, Bruno! You're the best :)

     
  • At 5:35 PM, Blogger Me the Observer said…

    What was the cause of death for the sisters?

     
  • At 6:03 PM, Blogger L said…

    Great post on a GREAT band. Thanks.

     

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