Delmin, Dany (1925)

Inspired from the radio broadcast : Dany Delmin, hosted by Hélène Engel

Dany Delmin is a composer, performer and songwriter in French, Hebrew and Yiddish
Born David Polack, he is the youngest in a family of 7 children. When the war breaks out, his life changes and he is deported with his father in Drancy in 1942. He manages to cross the free zone, but he will never see his father again.

When the war is over, at the age of 15, Dany Delmin finds his mother and sister that were hidden in a cave by some friends. After trying several professions (luggage carrier, courier..), he finally works in textile. He learns at the same time music by himself.

At the age of 17, he leaves for Palestine, two months before the creation of the State of Israel, and joins the army. He gets noticed as a singer and guitarist and performs in a night club.
He comes back to France in 1950, and after serving two years in the French army, he goes back to his work in textile and leaves with his boss to Brazil.

In 1954 he meets the director of a Brazilian musical label. French song being in fashion,.he passes an audition and is hired on the same day. His musical carrier starts at this point. The music label Mocambo releases his first LP disc with eight tracks, two of them written by Dany Delmin and arranged by Antônio Carlos Jobim

Two years later, he hosts his own weekly TV program in Buenos Aires "Vamos a Paris con Dany Delmin". He records with the pianist of the show the track "Café a la Italiana" that will become a gold disc in the United States.

In 1961 he comes back to France. It’s the time of "yé-yé" music. Dany Delmin is 32 years old, he records several tunes, writes songs and performs in big hotels for celebrities and politics.

During a tour in Soviet Union, he meets Alona who will become his wife in 1970. His two albums « Chatan Kala Mazal Tov » and « La Bar Mitzwa Mazal Tov » become successful.

Manager in the 1980’s, he works with Léo Ferré, the ballet of the Paris Opera, Francis Lalanne...
Aged of 85, though he never studied music in a formal way, he recorded over 50 albums.

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