born on 5/8/1910 in Ronchin, Nord-Pas-de-Calais, France
died on 1/4/1979 in Paris, Île-de-France, France
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Bruno Coquatrix (5 August 1910 – 1 April 1979) was mainly known as the owner and manager of the music hall Paris Olympia. He was instrumental in recognizing and exposing the talent of up-and-coming performers and brought international stars to Parisian audiences.
Coquatrix was born in Ronchin, Nord.
Bruno Coquatrix firstly made himself known as songs and music writer. He wrote over 300 songs, e.g. Mon ange (1940) ; Clopin-clopant (1947); Cheveux dans le vent (1949)), as well as some operettas.
He was the impresario of some French singers, e.g. Jacques Pills and Lucienne Boyer. He managed the variety theatre Bobino before he took over the Olympia, Europe’s biggest music hall in 1954. He then staged all the era’s celebrities, e.g. Georges Brassens, Jacques Brel, Gilbert Bécaud, Johnny Hallyday, Violetta Villas, Dalida, Édith Piaf, Annie Cordy, Charles Aznavour, Mireille Mathieu, Yves Montand, and so many others. He also co-founded a records company, the Disques Versailles.
An astute and successful businessman, he was very influential within the French musical world. He was also the mayor of Cabourg (Calvados) from 1971 until his death in Paris eight years later.
He was the best man of Henri Betti in 1949 and André Hornez in 1963 who were the authors of C'est si bon.
Coquatrix was buried in the Père Lachaise Cemetery (division 96).
- Paulette Coquatrix. Les coulisses de ma mémoire (1984) Grasset & Fasquelle ISBN 2-246-31071-7
- Jean-Michel Boris. Olympia, Bruno Coquatrix (2003) Hors Collection ISBN 2-258-06234-9
- Bruno Coquatrix on IMDb
- Bruno Coquatrix at the AlloCiné
- Bruno Coquatrix at the BnF
- Bruno Coquatrix at the Discogs
- Bruno Coquatrix at the Unifrance
- Bruno Coquatrix at the Hall de la chanson
- Bruno Coquatrix at the Les Archives du spectacle
- Bruno Coquatrix at the Les Gens du cinéma
- Bruno Coquatrix at the Notre Cinéma
- Bruno Coquatrix at the Geneastar