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Gérard Lenorman is a French pop singer whose career spans several decades, from the late '60s through the remainder of the century. He was most popular during the mid-'70s, when he was associated with CBS Records, through the early '80s, when he was associated with Carrère. Born on February 9, 1945, in Bénouville, Calvados, he made his recording debut in 1968 with a few 45 rpm releases on the AZ label. Between 1969 and 1970 he was associated with the Festival label, on which he released several 45 rpm singles and his full-length solo album debut, Gérard Lenorman (1969). In 1971 he moved to CBS Records, where his popularity began to peak around mid-decade. His tenure on the label, which lasted until 1977, was productive, including a multitude of singles as well as albums including Les Matins d'Hiver (1972), Quelque Chose et Moi (1974), Caroline (1975), Olympia 75 (1975), Drôles de Chansons (1976), Noëls du Monde (1976), and Au-delà des Rêves (1977). Lenorman then began a lengthy tenure on Carrère from 1977 to 1983 that also proved fruitful, including a multitude of singles as well as the albums Nostalgies (1978), Boulevard de l'Océan (1979), Olympia 79 (1979), La Clairière de l'Enfance (1980), ...D'Amour (1981), Paris sur Scène -- Palais des Congrès (1982), and Le Soleil des Tropiques (1983). By the mid-'80s, Lenorman's popularity had begun to recede, and his output became increasingly sporadic as he moved from one label to another in search of success, beginning with the release of Fière & Nippone (1985) on Ariola. Nonetheless, he was chosen to represent France in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1988 with "Chanteur de Charme" and continued to release new albums from time to time, including latter-day efforts such as La Raison de L'Autre (2000). The end of the noughties saw a flurry of activity from the French crooner, with a Best of Gerard Lenorman released in 2007 that was followed up with 2011s Duos de Mes Chansons. The record marked his first studio work in 11 years and featured collaborations with artists such as Florent Pagny, Tina Arena and Patrick Fiori.