This singer can rightfully be called a citizen of the world. His voice was admired by millions of people. Recordings of songs performed by Joe Dassin were sold in huge numbers all over the planet.
Childhood and youth
It is no secret that the example of relatives and close friends often influences the behavior and professional choices of each person. Joseph Dassin was born on November 5, 1938 in a creative family. At that time, the parents lived in New York. Father was listed as an actor in one of the Broadway theaters. Mother worked in the same troupe as a violinist. After a while, two sisters appeared in the house, whom the elder brother took care of in every possible way. For the time being, Joe spent all his free time with the girls. I read books aloud to them and sang songs.
In 1940, his father received an invitation to work in Hollywood, and the family moved to Los Angeles. The future singer from an early age showed independence and striving for independence. As a schoolboy, he worked part-time as an ice cream delivery boy, although his parents earned quite decent money, and spent the money they earned on books. He acquired all the volumes of the famous encyclopedia "Britannica", and stood out among his peers for erudition in many branches of knowledge. In 1949, Dassin Sr. was included in the lists of unreliable citizens and was forced to leave the United States.
Young Joseph, finding himself in Paris, immediately fell in love with this city. He had to study at several secondary schools before he received his bachelor's degree. Quite unexpectedly for the young man, the parents parted. To smooth over painful experiences, he returned to America and entered the University of Michigan at the medical department. He did not become a doctor, but he became seriously interested in music and vocals. After dropping out after his third year, he began performing songs in local cafes and restaurants.
In the early sixties, Joe returned to France and continued to perform on stage. At first, the performer's business was not going well. He tried to write music on the verses of famous poets himself. But he quickly realized that this was not his path. Dassin began to perform already known songs, and this led him to success. The secret was that the singer adapted the vocal and musical composition to his velvet baritone. The performer's popularity grew by leaps and bounds, he toured a lot not only in Europe, but also in other continents.
Recognition and privacy
Regular performances yielded results. The audience admired the manner of performance, the natural behavior of the singer on stage. The albums that Joe Dassin recorded one after the other sold millions of copies around the world.
The singer's personal life was not stable. He started a family twice. And both times were unsuccessful. In the first marriage, the child died five days after birth. The second wife gave birth to Dassin two sons. But she could not get rid of drug addiction. The singer could have done much more in life, but his heart could not stand the strain. Joe Dassin passed away at 41.