Jean-Claude PetitBorn: November 14th, 1943, Vaires-sur-Marne (France)
Between 1971 and 1987, Jean-Claude Petit was involved in the Eurovision Song Contest several times as a composer, arranger, and conductor. In ’71, he wrote the orchestration to ‘Un banc, un arbre, une rue’, with which Sévérine won the contest for Monaco; Petit also made his debut in the festival as a conductor that year. Also in 1971, he was responsible for the arrangement of the French entry, ‘Un jardin sur la terre’, which was sung by Serge Lama and conducted by Franck Pourcel. In 1974, Petit arranged ‘La vie à vingt-cinq ans’ for Dani, who represented France; however, the country withdrew from the contest that year due to the death of President Pompidou, which meant that Petit did not get the opportunity to conduct the orchestra for Dani in Brighton. In 1981, he co-composed ‘C’est peut-être pas l’Amérique’ for Jean-Claude Pascal, who, exactly twenty years after his Eurovision victory with ‘Nous, les amoureux’, again represented Luxembourg, but without much success; Petit did not write the orchestration to this song and conducting the orchestra was left to Joel Rocher. In 1986 and 1987, Jean-Claude Petit was musical director of the French Eurovision preselections and accompanied the respective winners (Cocktail Chic with ‘Européennes’ and Christine Minier with ‘Les mots d’amour n’ont pas de dimanche’) as a conductor to the international finals in Bergen and Brussels.
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