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Serge Gainsbourg (April 2, 1928 – March 2, 1991) was a French poet, singer-songwriter, actor and director. Gainsbourg's varied style and individuality made him difficult to categorize. Although famous in France for many years, he did not achieve his first No. 1 album until 1979 when he released Aux Armes et caetera more than twenty years after his music career had begun. But since the 1980s his legacy has been firmly established.
== Biography =
= He was born Lucien Ginsburg in Paris, France, the son of Jewish Russian parents who fled to France after the 1917 Bolshevik uprising. He had a daughter, Charlotte with Jane Birkin; and a son, Lulu, with his last partner, Bambou (Caroline Von Paulus, who is related to Friedrich Paulus). Before he was 30 years old, Lucien Ginsburg was a disillusioned painter but earned his living as a piano player in bars.
= His early songs were influenced by Boris Vian. Gainsbourg wanted to free himself from what he considered "old-fashioned" chanson, and explore other musical grounds, influenced especially by British and American pop.