Jean Guidoni

Jean Guidoni (3 May 1951 in Toulon, Var) is a French singer and songwriter.

Jean Guidoni
Born (1952-05-03) 3 May 1952
OriginToulon, France
French pop
Occupation(s)Singer, Songwriter
Years active1975–present
LabelsUniversal Music Group, Wagram

Music career

Jean Guidoni started recording in 1975, and in 1977, recorded his first album with a song written by Jacques Lanzmann.[1] But he didn't feel fit in this repertoire. He found a daring author in Pierre Philippe, who wrote for him the album Je Marche Dans les Villes ("I walk in the cities") released in 1980.[1] The major themes were homosexuality and BDSM, and the album was awarded the prestigious Grand Prix du Disque for French Song by the Académie Charles Cros in 1981.[1]

The Argentine tango composer Astor Piazzolla composed the music for the next album, still with lyrics by Pierre Philippe, Crime Passionnel.[1] His 1985 album Putains ("Whores") was considered "scandalous".[1]

In 1987, he wrote the lyrics of his album Tigre de Porcelaine, which received one more award from the Académie Charles Cros.[1] In a series of shows, he performed in drag.[2]

In 1995, the famous film-composer Michel Legrand composed the music for his album Vertigo, containing a song about dealing with AIDS, N'Oublie Jamais Qui Tu Es.[3] Juliette Noureddine, who formerly worked with Pierre Philippe, participated in the writing of the 1999 show Fin de Siècle.

His next album was only released in 2004, with lyrics by writers Marie Nimier and Jean Rouaud, on music by new Francophone singers such as Daniel Lavoie and Édith Fambuena.[4] La Pointe Rouge saw the participation of Dominique A, Philippe Katerine and Jeanne Cherhal, among others.[4]

In 2008, he paid homage to French poet Jacques Prévert with an album of his songs, two of which on a music by Thierry Escaich.[4]

Personal life

Jean Guidoni never hid his homosexuality, and chose to perform many songs with LGBT-related themes.[1][5][6]


  • Guidoni 77 (1977)
  • Guidoni 78 (1978)
  • Je marche dans les villes (1980)
  • Crime passionnel (1982)
  • Le Rouge et le Rose (1983)
  • Putains (1985)
  • Tigre de porcelaine (1987)
  • Aux tourniquets des grands cafés (1990)
  • Cas particuliers (1993)
  • Vertigo (1995)
  • Trapèze (2004)
  • La Pointe rouge (2007)
  • Chante Prévert - Étranges étrangers (2008)
  • Paris - Milan (2014)
  • Légendes urbaines (2017)

Live albums

  • Chromos (1986)
  • Jean Guidoni à L'Olympia (1988)
  • Concert 1989
  • Fin de siècle 1 & 2 (1999-2000)
  • Crime passionnel (2001)

Best of

  • Fenêtre sur cœur (1997)
  • Long Box (2003)
  • Scènes de vie (2004)


  1. Biography on the RFI radio website.
  2. Score Productions - Jean Guidoni, the last video on the page of his production house.
  3. Chronicles from Je Chante Magazine,
  4. Discography on his official website
  5. Actualite Gay, Jean Guidoni
  6. Jean Guidoni, July 21, 2011.
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