André Borly

Born: September 15th, 1932, Grasse (France)
Died: August 14th, 2007, Nice (France)
Nationality: French

André Borly was sometimes credited under another pseudonym, Clyde Borly, but his real name was André Borgioli. He was the pianist in Paul Mauriat’s orchestra. In the 1960s, he composed and arranged music for many popular francophone artists, including Nino Ferrer, David Alexandre Winter, Michel Sardou (‘Les Ricains’), and Charles Aznavour (‘Ma mie’). Borly also released an instrumental LP, ‘Clyde Borly et ses percussions – Musique en 5 dimensions’ with producer Leo Clarens. In the 1970s, Borly formed a big band, with which he performed in the Ruhl Casino in Nice.

André Borly was involved in the Eurovision Song Contest three times, amongst which once as a conductor. In 1967, he co-wrote the orchestration to ‘Boum-badaboum’, the Monegasque entry of that year. One year later, he was not involved in either composing or arranging the Luxembourg entry ‘Nous vivrons d’amour’ (performed by Chris Baldo and Sophie Garel), but he was asked to conduct the orchestra in the Eurovision final in London. In 1969, he worked together with Paul Mauriat to compose ‘Cathérine’, with which Romuald represented Luxembourg in the Eurovision Song Contest in Madrid; Borly also wrote the arrangement, but did not go to Spain to conduct the orchestra, leaving that job to be done by Spanish musical director Augusto Algueró. Neither ‘Nous vivrons d’amour’ nor ‘Cathérine’ scored enough points to obtain a place amongst the first ten songs on the scoreboard.

In due course, a more extensive biography of André Borly will be published on this website


Songs conducted
1968: Nous vivrons d'amour