born on 7/11/1926 in Wellington, Manawatu-Wanganui, New Zealand
died on 16/2/2020 in Couilly-Pont-aux-Dames, Seine-et-Marne, France
Graeme Allwright (born November 7, 1926) is a singer-songwriter. Born in Wellington, New Zealand, he moved to France in 1948. He began to perform and write folk songs a few years later and was eventually signed by Sonogram[disambiguation needed]. In the 1960s, he translated into French a number of songs written by Leonard Cohen, Tom Paxton and Pete Seeger. He remained active through the 1970s.
Together with Sylvie Dien, he wrote new lyrics to the French national anthem, "La Marseillaise", making it a song of peace rather than a song of war. Needless to say, the French government has not adopted these new lyrics, although a movement is afoot in France to get the government to do just that.
- Le trimardeur, 1965, BAM.
- Joue, joue, joue, 1966, Mercury.
- Le jour de clarté, 1968, Mercury.
- Recollections, 1970, Mercury.
- A Long Distant Present from Thee ... "Becoming,", 1971, Mercury 6459 100
- Jeanne d'Arc, 1972, Mercury.
- Graeme Allwright chante Leonard Cohen, 1973, Mercury.
- À l'Olympia, 1973, Mercury.
- De passage, 1975, Mercury.
- Questions..., 1978, Mercury.
- Condamnés?, 1979, Mercury.
- Graeme Allwright et Maxime Le Forestier enregistement au Palais des Sports, 1980, Mercury.
- Ombres, 1981, Mercury.
- Lumière, 1992, EPM.
- Live, 1994, EPM.
- Graeme Allwright & The Glenn Ferris Quartet, 2000, EPM.
- Performance of new lyrics of 'La Marseillaise'. Retrieved 2011-10-07
- Description of idea for new lyrics of 'La Marseillaise' and the lyrics themselves. Retrieved 2011-10-07
- [Graeme Allwright at All Music Guide Graeme Allwright - Biography], Allmusic. Accessed on line May 5, 2009.