Frida Boccara

Frida Boccara
Grand Gala du Disque in RAI Amsterdam. Frida Boccara, Bestanddeelnr 923-3017.jpg
Frida Boccara in 1970
Background information
Birth nameDanielle Frida Hélène Boccara
Born(1940-10-29)29 October 1940
Casablanca, French Morocco (Today Kingdom of Morocco)
Died1 August 1996(1996-08-01) (aged 55)
Paris, France
GenresChanson, French pop, French jazz, Folk music
Years active1959–1996
LabelsUniversal-Philips-Polydor, Disques Yvon Chateigner, Edina Music – Nocturne

Danielle Frida Hélène Boccara (29 October 1940 – 1 August 1996) was a French singer of Italian descent and born in Casablanca, who performed and recorded in a number of languages, including French, Spanish, English, Italian, German, Dutch and Russian.

Early life[]

Boccara was born in Casablanca, Morocco, into a Jewish family of Italian origin that lived in Tunisia before they settled down in Morocco. When she was 18, she moved from Casablanca to Paris, France, where she eventually started her artistic career as a singer. Boccara also had a brother and a sister in show business, composers Jean-Michel Braque (born Roger Boccara) and Lina Boccara. Her son, Tristan Boccara, was born in the mid-1970s and also became a singer (he is also a composer, pianist and arranger).


In 1964, Boccara had submitted the song Autrefois to the French Eurovision Song Contest selection panel, but she was unsuccessful. Five years later, at the Eurovision Song Contest 1969, held in Madrid, Spain, she represented France performing "Un jour, un enfant" (A Day, a Child) – music by Émile Stern and text by Eddy Marnay. Her song shared first place along with the entries from the Netherlands, the UK, and Spain.

Songwriter Eddy Marnay was her professional partner (most of the songs performed by Boccara were written by him), but she also performed songs composed by Jacques Brel, Georges Brassens, Charles Aznavour, Émile Stern, Michel Legrand, Michel Magne, Nino Rota and Mikis Theodorakis.

Cent mille chansons was recorded in 1968 and earned her a Gold disc, while Un jour, un enfant (1969) earned her a Platinum disc and Pour vivre ensemble (1971) earned her another Gold disc. Other of her famous songs include "Cherbourg avait raison" (1961), "Aujourd'hui" (1965), "Le moulins de mon coeur" (1969), "L'enfant aux cymbales" (1969), "Belle du Luxembourg" (1969), "La croix, l'étoile et le croissant" (1970), "Venise va mourir" (1970), "Trop jeune ou trop vieux" (1971), "Valdemosa" (1976), "L'année où Piccolli... (Jouait Le choses de la vie)" (1978), "Un monde en sarabande" (1979) and "La prière" (1979). In the late 1960s, she also recorded "Un pays pour nous", a song that was a French version of "Somewhere" (from the musical West Side Story). Leonard Bernstein, who composed the original melody, declared that Boccara's version was his favorite.

Later years / death[]

Boccara renewed her links with Eurovision by participating in the French national finals of 1980 – performing "Un enfant de France" – and 1981 – with "Voilà comment je t'aime". However, neither song won. She died in 1996 in Paris, France, aged 55, from a pulmonary infection, after some health problems.


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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Spain Massiel
with "La, la, la"
Winner of the Eurovision Song Contest
(tied with United Kingdom Lulu, Spain Salomé & Netherlands Lenny Kuhr)
Succeeded by
Republic of Ireland Dana
with "All Kinds of Everything"
Preceded by
Isabelle Aubret
with "La source"
France in the Eurovision Song Contest
Succeeded by
Guy Bonnet
with "Marie-Blanche"