Alain Bashung

Birth Name:
Alain Claude Baschung
Birth Date:
December 1, 1947
Birth Place:
Paris, France
Death Date:
March 14, 2009
Place of Death:
Hospital Paris Saint-Joseph, Paris, France
Cause of Death:
Lung cancer
Cemetery Name:
Cimetière du Père Lachaise
Claim to Fame:
Alain Bashung was a French singer, songwriter and actor credited with reviving the French chanson in "a time of French musical turmoil" and was one of the most influential and admired French singer/songwriters of the last 40 years. His songs were heavily influenced by American blues and rock, but he belonged to the world of Parisian chanson, inheriting the tradition of Charles Trenet, Georges Brassens and Serge Gainsbourg. He is often regarded in his home country as the most important French rock musician after Serge Gainsbourg. He rose to prominence in the early 1980s with hit songs such as "Gaby oh Gaby" and "Vertige de l'amour", and later had a string of hit records from the 1990s onward, such as "Osez Joséphine", "Ma petite entreprise" and "La nuit je mens". He has had an influence on many later French artists, and is the most awarded artist in the Victoires de la Musique history with 12 victories obtained throughout his career. Bashung died at age 61 after a two-year battle with lung cancer.

Fun Facts

In February 2010, the French edition of Rolling Stone magazine placed six of his albums in their list “100 disques essentiels du rock français” (100 Essential French Rock Albums) with two albums in the top 10, Osez Joséphine at number one, and Fantaisie militaire at number nine.

Cemetery Information:

Final Resting Place:

Cimetière du Père Lachaise

16 Rue du Repos, 6ème division, Chemin Lesseps

Paris, , 75020




Cemetery map of Cimetière du Père Lachaise in Paris France

Grave Location:

Division 13, Avenue de la Chapelle, Line 1

Grave Location Description

As you make your way through the main entrance, walk straight ahead until you come to the Avenue de la Chapelle. Turn right and make your way to the Rond-Point Casimir Perier. As you approach the roundabout (just past Chemin du Bass) on your left is Division 20 and on the right is Division 13 and the final resting place of Alain Bashung just off the stone path.

Grave Location GPS

48.860689, 2.393556



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