Serge Lama ends his career at 79 with an “ultimate album”, called Aimer

For the occasion, the singer finds the arranger Jean-Claude Petit, with whom he had shaped his first successes as I am sick in 1973.

With To likebilled as his “ultimate album» in stores on Friday, Serge Lama, 79 years old, saysgoodbye» to his audience: «at an age, you have to know when to stop…“. “I will continue to write songs, to record maybe but in secret, in testament“, confides the artist met at his home by AFP. “You have to know how to say it’s over. I do it with this album. I don’t want to sing sitting down like Reggiani… Even Aznavour should have stopped sooner“, underlines the interpreter of Little women of Pigalle and From adventure to adventurehits among many others in almost sixty years of career.

I have mobility difficulties… At my age, as soon as I walk, I suffer a lot“says the singer whose last tour was canceled by the pandemic. “It ripped my heart out. Now I can’t last two hours on stage.»

For the farewell album, Serge Lama celebrates his reunion with the arranger Jean-Claude Petit, with whom he had shaped his first successes as I am sick and The singer is twenty years old in 1973.”With his immense arrangements, Jean-Claude was the source of my stardom. Again with him, this latest album celebrates love in all directions. All the time, I sang about love which, with the sincerity I believe, have been the watchwords of my career. If you are not sincere, the public leaves you…“, observes Serge Lama.

Throughout the twelve titles of this “ultimate album” – the 24th of his career -, the singer, by turns serious and playful, evokes on a duet the love which unites him to his wife Luana, as well as his unexpected admiration for the tennis player Roger Federer or for the writer Albert Camus: “Oh Camus, I mourn you / My hero you remain / You who died of a Dostoyevsky in the heart“.

First recital in 1964

Federer fascinates me! He’s an incredible player, without the impression of effort… An admiration that is love to that extent!“, he admits about the Swiss who has just retired. “I arrived late to my concerts because I watched his matches in my dressing room!“.

The hour of retirement inevitably inspires him with a poignant title: “I’m a brav’little old man / In a hole in the suburbs / My life is not a party / And yet I’m stubborn“. With the title Handsome guyhe quips: “You’re like a brand new penny / At the bluff lottery / You’re like a commodity / Who thinks it will last“. Claiming the title of singer who will have done the most concerts until his 75th birthday “with sometimes 300 concerts in the year“, Serge Lama says he gave everything for this last album: “I put all my heart and all my soul into it.“.

An inspired lyricist and renowned composer, Serge Lama wrote his first texts before adolescence. Noticed by a singing teacher, he performed his first compositions in November 1963, opening the doors to Mireille’s Petit Conservatoire, a big TV springboard at the time. In February 1964, at the age of 21, he gave his first recital at L’Écluse, a famous Parisian cabaret of the time, opening for Barbara.

If he definitely gives up the stage, Serge Lama could accept a special program: “on television, there are possible arrangements with the devil. If a singer asks me to write songs for him, it will be gladly“. “The comedy why not too, but for a character sitting on the edge“, he laughs. “I have no illusions: nothing will be remembered from me“, he adds. “We won’t write theses on Serge Lama… From up there, I’d be surprised to see that!“.

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Serge Lama ends his career at 79 with an “ultimate album”, called Aimer

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