Sad day for music. Georgie Dann has died at the age of 81 while undergoing hip surgery at the Puerta de Hierro Hospital.
The icon of the music of the 70s and 80s and known as ‘the king of the summer song’, the popular artist managed to catapult to fame for songs such as ‘El Bimbó’ (1975), ‘El Chiringuito’ (1988 ) or ‘La Barbacoa’ (1994) or ‘Carnaval, carnaval’ (2000).
Georges Mayer Dahan, artistically known as Georgie Dann, was born in Paris on January 14, 1940 into a family of musicians and artists. For nine years he studied at the Conservatory of his hometown, where he became an expert clarinetist, although he also played the saxophone and accordion.
He graduated in Teaching and worked for a few years as a teacher, where he began to compose humorous songs with his students, where he realized that this was his true vocation and was encouraged to record his first album.
In 1974 he married the Spanish Emy, with whom he had three children, born in Madrid. Initially, his wife was a gogo in his shows. Two of his children, Patricia and Paúl, form the duo Calle París.
In 1965 he came to Spain to participate in the Mediterranean Festival representing his country with the song “Tout ce que tu sais” and later he traveled through Mexico, Argentina and Venezuela.
His musical career was based on the American continent, but Dann settled in Spain. His light and festive style , together with his humorous lyrics, would make him the king of the summer song during the 70s and 80s. Every summer, Dann returned with a new song, which used to be a hit. On his endless list, El chiringuito, La barbecue, El Casatschock or Carnaval , carnaval.
By the 1990s, Dann was practically retired. He would try again to conquer the summer charts at the beginning of the 21st century, although without much result. Fashions change. His latest project was the song Good rollinski , released in 2018 on the occasion of the Soccer World Cup.
After two years of touring through Latin America, where he learned Spanish, he settled in Spain. Among his milestones, he is credited with being the first to put together a choreography with a corps de ballet every time he went out to sing his songs, which were full of lyrics with references to summer and holidays. A genre that never got out of and that would end up having its own hallmark.