Michel Cywie

The story of a Legend!

Michel CYWIE is one of the legendary composers writing the musical history of the French-speaking world

He tells us about his life and his career:
“I was born in 1954, my mother loved the Italian Opera and if it hadn’t been for the war she would certainly have made a career as a singer. I started playing the piano when I was 3 or 4 years old.
I had an excellent ear and an absolute laziness for reading music. I learned by listening and by looking at my teacher’s hands. So I learned Mozart like I learned the Beatles, by singing and reproducing the tunes I loved.
My lack of discipline let me “to be discharged” from the municipal conservatory but I was young and although a little traumatised, I was able to bounce back. I didn’t want to have anything with music theory nor academic courses anymore.
I turned to popular music, sixties pop singers and Salut les Copains in France. It was the beginning of Johnny Hallyday, Sylvie Vartan, Eddie Mitchell, Frank Alamo, Sheila and among this wolrd, a young singer: the little prince.
Here is the context and the story of my first composition:
I was on holiday with my parents in Riccione, on the Adriatic. The Italian radios were playing Gigliota Cinquetti.
One morning, walking in the street, I think I recognise from afar, the silhouette of Stella, a French starlet whose record was playing on Europe1. As I had subscribed to the magazine Salut les copains I had seen her photo in the magazine’s articles.
I walk down the street, and in a very direct way, I approach her: “Are you Stella?”
Glad to have been recognized by a fan, she is about to sign my autograph. But the object of my interest was different. And I ask her: “How can I make a record?”. And yes, there was the little prince, so why not me? She gives me some information, and I ask her for the address of her record company: Vogue Productions. I needed songs and to prepare for the audition.
First step, songs! I didn’t have a piano, but the excitement and inspiration was enough for me. I took advantage of the time my parents were at the beach to squat in their room and write my first two songs.
With hindsight, they were pretty much in line with the times and the taste of the public…two twists. I didn’t want to keep these two imperishable works for myself, I rushed to the beach and tested them on my parents and the neighbours around.
Hey guys, there’s Jonhy Hallyday coming to dadada …
I was like a madman !!!! It couldn’t end there.
We were supposed to go back to Alsace (France) where we lived. But I had to go to Villetaneuse (France) to the Vogue Productions studios. And nothing and nobody was going to stand in my way. So that’s how my parents decided to swerve, we can even say a detour to PARIS.
They made an appointment for me with the studio, and I did my first audition. The atmosphere was a little cold, the microphone was not adapted to my size, could not be adjusted, and I had to lift my chin. The sound engineer and my parents behind the window, in the cabin. I think they were overwhelmed.
I felt a bit isolated, a bit of stage fright
But then I started. When I stopped, the sound recorder came to join me. He told me: ‘”It’s not bad, but your voice is changing.“
A little shy and confused, I didn’t ask him what it meant.
“You have to come back later…”
I asked him how soon?
“5, 6 years”
I couldn’t understand what was in my voice and why it was taking so long!!! So I left, my parents seemed relieved, and I felt like I had hit an iceberg and my name was Titanic!
My first message is to never give up your dream and to believe in yourself.
Continue to nourish your passion and love Art. When you are very good, someone will be touched and the doors will open!”

His Hits

  • Tu rêves (D. Barbelivien – M. Cywie)
    – singer: Martine LE PAGE
  • La star (Didier Barbelivien – Michel Cywie)
    – singer: Michel TOPALOFF
  • Le prince d’amour (Jean-Max Rivière – Didier Barbelivien / Michel Cywie)
    – singer: François VALERY
  • Mourir d’amour (Didier Barbelivien – Michel Cywie)
    – singer: Didier VINCENT
  • Du côté de chez Swann (Patrick Loiseau – Michel Cywie)
    – singer: Dave
  • Je ne t’ai jamais dit je t’aime (Didier Barbelivien – Michel Cywie)
    – singer: Gianni NAZZARO
  • Allez ! Relevez-vous (Didier Barbelivien – Michel Cywie)
    – singer: Michel TOPALOFF
  • Les Batignolles (Didier Barbelivien – Michel Cywie)
    – singer: Michel TOPALOFF
  • Allez relevez-vous (Didier Barbelivien – Michel Cywie)
    – singer: Michel TOPALOFF
  • Toutes les chansons d’amour sont tristes (Didier Barbelivien – Michel Cywie)
    – singer: François VALERY
  • Croix de bois, croix de fer (M. Cywie – Didier Barbelivien)
    – singer: Richard ANTHONY
  • Une chanson de film (Didier Barbelivien – Michel Cywie)
    – singer: Gérard MANUEL
  • Michèle (Didier Barbelivien – Michel Cywie)
    – singer: Gérard LENORMAN
  • Sur le pont de Simon et Garfunkel (Didier Barbelivien – Michel Cywie)
    – singer: Gilles OLIVIER
  • Hurlevent (Patrick Loiseau / M. Cywie – Gérard Stern)
    – singer : Dave
  • Capitaine Poète (Christian Ravasco – Michel Cywie)
    – singer: Michèle CROISILLE
  • Une fille de France (Jean-Max Rivière – Didier Barbelivien – Michel Cywie)
    – singer: Gianni NAZZARO
  • La vérité (M. Cywie – G. Stern – D. Barbelivien)
    – singer: Marie LAFORÊT
  • Maine Montparnasse (M. Cywie – C. Ravasco)
    – singer: Marie LAFORÊT
  • Viviane (Michel Delpech – Jean-Michel Rivat / Michel Cywie)
    – singer: Michel DELPECH
  • Fais un bébé (Michel Delpech – Jean-Michel Rivat – Michel Cywie)
    – singer: Michel DELPECH
  • Je suis Dieu dans mon église (Didier Barbelivien – Michel Cywie)
    – singer: Herbert LEONARD
  • Agadir (Didier Barbelivien – Michel Cywie)
    – singer: Nicoletta
  • Je chante les jours de pluie (Didier Barbelivien – Michel Cywie)
    – singer: Nicoletta
  • Ma ville (Marcel Amont – Didier Barbelivien – Michel Cywie)
    – singer: Marcel AMONT
  • Lettre à Hélène (Patrick Loiseau – Michel Cywie)
    – singer: Dave
  • Si vous passez près du Rhône (M. Cywie – Didier Barbelivien)
    – Pétula CLARK
  • La baie des anges (Pierre Grosz – Michel Cywie – Jean-Claude Petit)
    – singer: Marie LAFORÊT
  • Sky, mon vieux cheval (Marc Strawzynski / Michel Cywie – Karl-Heinz Schäfer)
    – singer: Herbert LEONARD 
  • Aime-moi (M. Rolland / Michel Cywie – Karl-Heinz Schaëfer)
    – singer: Léna
  • Y’a un climat (Jean Guidoni – Maurice Fanon / Michel Cywie)
    – singer: Jean GUIDONI
  • Mikado city (Jean Guidoni – Pierre Philippe / Michel Cywie)
    – singer: Jean GUIDONI
  • Y’a plus d’amour (Didier Barbelivien – Michel Cywie – Gérard Stern)
    – singer: Gérard LENORMAND
  • Les garçons modernes (J.J. Hertz – Michel Cywie – H. Steimen)
    – singer: Leo LITTONE
  • Bye bye la nostalgie (M. Cywie – Claude Lemesle)
    – singer: Philippe GUBBAY
  • Fière et Nippone (Michel Cywie – Henri Steimen – Ezra Bouskela)
    – singer: Gérard LENORMAN
  • Je les veux toutes ce soir (Henri Stemen – Michel Ciwie)
    – singer: Charly
  • Bandit bandit (Henri Stemen – Michel Ciwie)
    – singer: Charly
  • Jean-Sébastien (Michel Krikorian / Michel Cywie – Gilbert Di Nino)
    – singer: Gérard LENORMAN
  • Tramway Terminus Nord (Jean Guidoni – Michel Cywie)
    – singer: Jean GUIDONI
  • Heureux qui communique (M. Kricorian / G. Lenorman – M. Cywie)
    – singer: Gérard LENORMAN
  • Tendresse et passion (Michel Cywie / Philippe Amar – P. Mari)
    – BIBIE

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