Frédérik Mey – C’était une bonne année je crois
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Reinhard Friedrich Michael Mey (born 21 December 1942) is a German “Liedermacher” (a German-style singer-songwriter). In France he is known as Frédérik Mey.
By 2009, Mey had released 27 German albums, and generally releases a new album approximately every two years; his first album was Ich wollte wie Orpheus singen (1967); the most recent studio album is Dann mach’s gut (2013).
His biggest success to date was Mein Achtel Lorbeerblatt (1972). His most famous song by far is “Über den Wolken” (1974), which has been covered by numerous German artists. Mey is known to embark upon an extensive concert tour every two or three years, with a live album released from each tour.
Reinhard Mey was born on 21 December 1942, in Berlin, Germany, where he spent his childhood. At the age of twelve, he had his first piano lesson, and at the age of fourteen he got his first guitar.
He taught himself how to play the trumpet. During his school years he gained performance experience by playing Skiffle music with friends.
In 1965, Mey was offered the chance to perform at a Liedermacher festival at Waldeck Castle, a converted castle ruin. This led to his first recording contract. In 1961, he became part of the group Les Trois Affamés, with Schobert Schulz.
In 1963, Mey graduated from the French Gymnasium in Berlin, receiving the German Abitur as well as the French Baccalauréat, and thereafter began vocational training as an industrial trader at Schering AG Berlin.
He broke off his university studies in economics in order to concentrate on songwriting and singing, and has been a successful performer in Germany, in France, and in the Netherlands ever since.
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