Hervé Roy

Born: December 5th, 1943, Herblay (France)
Died: January 12th, 2009, Paris (France)
Nationality: French

Pianist, composer, arranger, and conductor Hervé Roy studied harmony, counterpoint, and fugue at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique in Paris. From 1966 onwards, he worked in the recording studios penning arrangements for artists like Johnny Hallyday, Françoise Hardy, Jean-Jacques Goldman, Michel Sardou, Enrico Macias, and Gilbert Bécaud. He wrote film scores as well, most famously that of ‘Emmanuelle’ in 1974. Between 1994 and 2004, he conducted the orchestra during live performances of Charles Aznavour.

Hervé Roy conducted the Eurovision orchestra on three occasions for three different countries, in 1969 (‘Maman, maman’ by Jean-Jacques for Monaco, 6th place), 1973 (‘Je vais me marier, Marie’ by Patrick Juvet for Switzerland, 12th place), and 1979 (‘J’ai déjà vu ça dans tes yeux’ by Jeane Manson for Luxembourg, 13th place). All three songs were arranged by him, in 1969 in collaboration with accordionist Achille Pellegrini.

In due course, a more extensive biography of Hervé Roy will be published on this website



Songs conducted
1969: Maman, maman
1973: Je vais me marier, Marie
1979: J'ai déjà vu ça dans tes yeux