Raymond Bernard

Born: August 29th, 1920, Clamart, Greater Paris (France)
Died: May 21st, 2005, Suresnes, Greater Paris (France)
Nationality: French

Raymond Bernard, pseudonym of Raymond Bernard Cohen, was mainly known for writing scores to French films in the 1950s and 1960s, such as ‘Le sicilien’ (1958), ‘Une ballade dans le canon’ (1958), ‘L’ennemi dans l’ombre’ (1960), and TV-series ‘Les enquêtes du Commissaire Maigret’ (1967).

For the Eurovision Song Contest, Raymond Bernard composed three entries, the first of which was the 1963 Luxembourg entry ‘A force de prier’, which was performed by none other than Greek songstress Nana Mouskouri. In this case, Bernard had not been responsible for either the arrangement, which was co-written by Jacques Denjean, or conducting the Eurovision orchestra, which was left to British host conductor Eric Robinson. Two years later, in 1965, he both composed and conducted the Monegasque entry ‘Va dire à l’amour’, sung by Marjorie Noël. In 1972, he returned to the Eurovision Song Contest for the last time, again for Monaco, composing and conducting the entry ‘Comme on s’aime’, which was performed by Anne-Marie Godart and Peter MacLane. Of both Monegasque songs, Bernard had supervised the writing of the orchestration, which was penned by Michel Colombier (1965) and Jean-Claude Pelletier (1972) respectively.

In due course, a more extensive biography of Raymond Bernard will be published on this website


Songs conducted
1965: Va dire à l'amour
1972: Comme on s'aime