Eddy Mitchell came up against Johnny. Anger addressed to a dead man, sadder than wicked, that he sings in A little bit of love on his new album Country Rock (1).«For me you were more than a friend / A half-brother, almost a double …You didn’t listen to anything, you wanted / Always surpass yourself / But you burned your whole life / In small mornings, in sleepless nights… », regrets the crooner in his melancholy voice.
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Eddy Mitchell tells about this turbulent lifelong friend. “I met him in a surprise party. He was 15 and I was 16. He stole my records! “ The two teenagers explain themselves, the evidence is obvious. “He had the same tastes as me: Gene Vincent, Bill Haley, Little Richards, Chuck Berry. He and I were meant to get along. Our history has been long. He is the godfather of my daughter Pamela and I of his, Laura. It’s the family, what. “
“Johnny was a superhero and the public knew it”
He misses the rocker who died in 2017. “ I regret that he left so quickly, in such dramatic conditions. He was very strong. During the Vieilles Canailles tour, he did his chemo in the afternoon and in the evening, he sang. He never wanted to postpone the concerts. Johnny was a superhero, the public knew that ”, says Eddy Mitchell. The reproaches of his song, “I made them to him 200 times!” He never listened. He dodged, he laughed… ”.
A bit gruff, Eddy Mitchell lights up when he talks about his passions, always music and cinema. And if there is only one left to sing and shoot, it will surely be him, who will be showing three films in 2022., Murder Party de Nicolas Pleskof, A little miracle by Sophie Boudre and, with Pierre Richard, The Old Furnaces 2 de Christophe Duthuron.
Country Rock, son 39e album, fits with coherence in its inimitable style. Well-orchestrated ballads and rocks mingle there, sung with his still solid voice. “If it’s to play the monkey, it’s not worth it! “, Mr. Eddy grumbles when we try this little compliment.
Jazz, rock, old school country
This album, he did it for fun. He offered himself the luxury of adapting in French one of the finest standards of jazz, Stardust de Hoagy Carmichael, devenu My star of my nights.“I’ve loved him since I was a kid, forever. I wanted to sing it to assimilate difficult music. “
Another recovery, You Never Can Tell, became in French It’s life, pretend it is, the master of always, Chuck Berry. A no-brainer for the singer, citing John Lennon : “Rock and roll, call it Chuck Berry”.
Surrounded by the crème de la crème of musicians, thirteen in all, many of whom have come from the United States, from Bernie Dresel on drums to Charlie McCoy on harmonica and vibraphone, with four backing singers, Eddy Mitchell plays a neat score. Country Rock offers ten original songs for which he wrote the lyrics, and entrusted most of the music to his lifelong accomplice, Pierre Papadiamandis.
Calogero signs for him the rock score of a failed robbery, Keep your nerves sensitive portrait of a supercharged loser. « The losers are more interesting than the winners, there is blues, reality, underlines the artist. For him the song is “Like a Peckinpah without hemoglobin.” It’s my cinoche side! “
Country still inspires her: “Steel guitar, violins, Hank Williams, Johnny Cash… the soul of old country was rough and peasant, interesting, grated sound. ” This stoic era inspired him with one last song, Don’t talk about me. Refusing the sadnessof the absence, he sings there, as in conclusion: “We must ignore the passing of time.”
Born July 3, 1942, Claude Moine, now Eddy Mitchell, founded the Black Socks in 1960, then went solo.
Mint color with water, On the road to Memphis, Pif the boogie woogie, The last session, He doesn’t come home tonight, You can brew black coffee, Nashville ou Belleville, Blues bootlickers, We want legends (with Johnny), And if there is only one left… Are some of his hits.
On television, he hosted “The Last Session”, honoring American cinema on France 3, from 1982 to 1998.
In the cinema, he notably played in Wipe by Bertrand Tavernier, Popular by Régis Roinsard, or The Old Furnaces
de Christophe Duthuron.