Francis Cabrel was born on November 23, 1953 in Agen from parents
of Italian origin in a modest medium. It passes a happy childhood
to Astafford, in contact with nature. It is around ten years
that it receives from his uncle his first guitar. But, not knowing
how to make use of it, it leaves it quickly side. They are only
a few years later than it discovers its passion for the music
through Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen, Neil Young, Jimi Hendrix or
Beatles. Autodidact, it learns the musical theory with a handbook
and decides with some friends to assemble a group (Virginys)
in which it improvises singer.
The group is a real
local success and when Francis is made return college, inflated
by this success, it is devoted completely to the music and composes
its first songs.
In 1974, a Toulouse radio organizes a contest for the young
type-setters authors. Francis tries its chance and present at
the jury his very beautiful song: "Small Marie" (song
written for Mariette, its future wife) It gains the first price,
at the origin, the recording of individual, but as the jury
sees in him a future large high-speed motorboat, this first
price transforms itself into recording of an album. This album,
"the Walls of Dust", leaves in 1977 and the career
of Francis takes off all gently before knowing a frank success,
two years later, with "I like it to die". It is the
beginning of a great career and an immense success which album
after album, will not be contradicted. Always extremely discrete
over its life (he is dad of two girls, Aurélie and Manon,
born in 1985 and 1991), Francis does not hesitate to be invested
to promote the music ("the Meetings of Astaffort"
a musical and cultural festival since 1988) or, in causes humanitarian
("Dumbs," Noël Ensemble ", etc). Man in
the large heart, sensitive and honest, impresses humanism and
of frankness, Francis Cabrel is an example to be followed.