Sunday, May 12, 2013

AccuRadio Song Of The Day-Andre Dassary

Artist:Andre Dassary
Album:Etoiles De La Chanson

Andre Dassary was known in France as Le Tenor a la Voix D'or which translates to The Golden Tenor. He was successful mostly in the 40s. Ramuntcho is from a 1947 film where he played the title character. He was born Andre Deyherassary Sept. 10, 1912 in Biarritz, Basque. His father wanted him to be in the hospitality industry so Dassary moved to London. While in the military during the 30s, he discovered singing and attended the Bourdeaux Conservatory. He was also on the French rugby team at the 1937 World University Games. In 1938, he started singing on the radio. A meeting with orchestra leader Ray Ventura got him into movies. Dassary made several films in the 40s mostly to showcase his operatic singing voice. Ramuntcho is from the 1947 film The Marriage Of Ramuntcho. These kind of films were very popular in France. So for a while, Dassary was a big star. He continued to make films and appear in music halls in the 50s. He also gave Yves Montand his first break. Dassary also moved to Montreal in the 60s to further the acting career of daughter Evelyn Dandry. Dassary moved back to France and continued to appear on the stage until his death July 7, 1987 at age 74. This budget comp is a good intro to his music. Here's Andre Dassary performing Ramuntcho from the 1947 film The Marriage of Ramuntcho. Thanks to Music-Story for the Andre Dassary bio.

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