Jimmy Walter

Born: April 27th, 1930, Paris (France)
Died: September 20th, 2012
Nationality: French

Benjamin ‘Jimmy’ Walter composed the most famous song of Boris Vian, ‘Le déserteur’ (1954), a protest against the ongoing French colonial war in Indochina. Other songs he wrote for Vian include ‘Cinématographe’ and ‘Les joyeux bouchers’. He accompanied Vian with his orchestra, which featured, amongst others, Léo Petit, Benny Vasseur, and Roger Bourdin.

Together with music business tycoon Eddie Barclay, Walter composed the music to ‘Marlène’ (lyrics: Henri Djian), an homage song to Marlène Dietrich. In 1970, this was the Monegasque entry to the Eurovision Song Contest in Amsterdam and it was sung by the then 16-years-old Dominique Dussault. Walter arranged the music and also conducted the Metropole Orchestra during Dussault’s performance. The song finished eight.

In due course, a more extensive biography of Jimmy Walter will be published on this website


Songs conducted
1970: Marlène