GOLDMAN Jean-Jacques

Bio

One of the brightest French pop stars of the 1980s, Jean-Jacques Goldman debuted as the frontman for Tai Phong, but later went on his own and recorded the country's most popular album of 1986, Non Homologué. Born in Paris in 1951, the son of Jewish immigrants from Poland and Germany, Goldman learned piano and violin as a child, then discovered pop music -- specifically, Aretha Franklin -- at the age of seventeen. He attended college during the early '70s and spent time in the French Air Force as well. In 1975, he answered an advertisement from two Vietnamese brothers, Khanh May and Tai Sinh, to play in the group Tai Phong (Vietnamese for "high wind"). The band released several albums during the late '70s, but Goldman left the band by the following decade. In 1981, Marc Lumbroso heard his recording "Il suffira d'un signe" on the album Démodé and signed him to a five-album contract with Epic Records. In 1982, his first hit album Minoritaire, which included the hit song