Michel ColombierBorn: May 23rd, 1939, Lyon (France)
Died: November 14th, 2004, Santa Monica Ca. (United States)
In the 1960s, Colombier was involved in writing the arrangements for three Monegasque Eurovision entries. In 1964, he scored ‘Où sont-elles passées’, a delightful ballad by Francis Lai which was performed by Romuald; in the contest in Copenhagen, 24-years-old Colombier conducted the orchestra and the entry came third. Three years later, he again helped the Monegasque entrant (in this case Minouche Barelli) by penning an arrangement. This time, however, he did not go to the Eurovision Song Contest as a conductor, as this task was performed by the singer’s father Aimé Barelli. Minouche’s rendition of the chaotic Serge Gainsbourg tune ‘Boum-badaboum’ was not particularly successful. In 1968, in London, Colombier made his second and last appearance as a conductor in the Eurovision Song Contest, when he led the orchestra in London for Line & Willy, who represented Monaco with their charming ‘A chacun sa chanson’.
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