Plastic Bertrand is a musician, songwriter and a well-known television personality from Belgium, who remains one of the very few European musicians to have made it on the global stage without actually singing in English. Bertrand was a keen musician from an early age and he was no more than nine years old when he established a musical band with his friends from the boy scouts. However, it was later on with another band, The Pelican that he managed to get some recognition as the band was called to perform in radio programmes and at special nights at pubs or bars. Bertrand studied music at the Royal Conservatory of Music in his home town of Brussels and then created the band ‘Hubble Bubble’ with which he enjoyed some success before the band was disbanded. His most famous work was the solo, ‘Ca plane pour moi’ and although it was credited to him, the song was actually sung by someone else. Bertrand’s fame in music and the festival circuits quickly opened doors for television shows on French television and he even acted in a film. Bertrand is without doubt one of the most well-known French singers and has a worldwide following.
Childhood & Early Life
Roger Allen Francois Jouret, better known as Plastic Bertrand, was born on 24 February 1954 in Brussels, Belgium. His father was French while his mother was an Ukrainian.
Bertrand was a music enthusiast right from the time he was a child and he formed the band ‘Buffalo Scouts Band’ along with his friends from the Boy Scouts when he was only nine years old. Subsequently, he became a founding member of the band, The Pelican, which used to perform at bars and festivals.
After completing his degree in music theory at the Music Academy at the Athenee Adolphe Sax, Bertrand went to the Royal Conservatory of Music in 1973 in order to further enrich his knowledge in music. The following year he established the band, Hubble Bubble, and performed for the band plenty of times as it became quite popular.
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Bertrand’s biggest break came in 1977 when he commenced his career as a solo artist with the iconic song ‘Ca Plane pour moi’ and he was credited with the song in spite of the fact that it was Lou Deprijck who actually sung it. It led to music tours of the United States, Japan and Australia as Bertrand became a rarity among musicians; a French-speaking musician with an international appeal.
Plastic Bertrand emerged as the singer, writer and drum player for his band Hubble Bubble and in 1978 the band released their first album which was titled ‘Hubble Bubble’. However, the band did not stay together for long as the band members decided to go on their separate ways following the death of the bass guitarist in an accident.
Following his success as solo artist, Plastic Bertrand’s popularity soared and he appeared on several popular television programmes like ‘Jackpot’, ‘Supercool’ and ‘Destination Noel’ on French television. He also produced three albums in his name but it was Lou Deprijck who lent his voice to the entire offering of songs.
Bertrand moved to Milan in Italy in 1982 and lived there for three years. During his stay in Milan, he collaborated with Daniel Balavoine as well as Anni-Frid Lyngstad of the famous band ABBA to produce the song ‘Abbacadabra’. Subsequently, he appeared in the film ‘Legitime Violence’ and also composed the musical score for ‘Asterix Versus Caesar’.
In 1994, Plastic Bertrand released his album titled ‘Diagonal’ in collaboration with Jacques Lanzmann, and the well-known music label Sony produced the album. Subsequently, Bertrand formed MMD, a company for producing music albums and produced a wide variety of music ranging from music inspired by Turkish contemporary and Balkan music.
In 1997, Bertrand returned to public attention when MTV declared him the "most wanted comeback artist". He appeared as a guest artist on the album 'Get Ready!', and rerecorded the 1982 song "Stop ou encore".In 1998, a collection of his best songs was remastered and released by Universal-AMC. Bertrand helped Pierrette Broodthaers with the opening of the ‘Broodthaers & Bertrand’ Art Gallery and in the same time he also toured across Europe for music concerts. He also appeared on British TV for musical shows and talk shows.
Plastic Bertrand released the album ‘Ultra terrestre’ in 2002 and that happened to be the eighth album in his career as he enjoyed a late career surge in popularity. In the same year, he hosted the show ‘Star Academy’ and the following year he marked his silver jubilee as a singer by performing in a concert in Brussels.
Plastic Bertrand has had a glittering international career.His most important work is considered to be his hit single "Ça plane pour moi", though, in 2010, it was revealed that the song was sung by Lou Deprijck. The song has also been used by Coca Cola Asia and Pepsi Cola America for their advertising campaign.
Awards & Achievements
So far, Plastic Bertrand has sold more than 20 million album throughout the world. He also has 15 gold records, 5 platinum records to his credit.
Personal Life & Legacy
Plastic Bertrand never married and there is no information about any romantic relationship that he might have had.
Plastic Bertrand has an estimated net worth of $245 million