The music world mourns a great loss today.

Pierre Papadiamandis died at the age of 85. He was the melodist on many of his friend, lyricist and singer Eddy Mitchell’s hits for nearly fifty-five years.

Pierre Papadiamandis is dead! Last November, during an interview with Eddy Mitchell to mark the release of Country Rock, his thirty-ninth album, we asked him if he’d ever wanted to write other songs. Why buy burgers when you have steak at home? he answered with his usual humor. Before I add: It’s not mine, it’s Paul Newman’s. Unstoppable.

When we work together, he also told us, we are always like children and get excited. As long as he gives me what i want and i give him what he wants, why change!.

Over 150 songs and 25 albums

From album to album he only allows himself one or two more collaborations, for the opening. Like Calogero on the last album.

But Pierre Papadiamandis was the composer of his life. It has appeared on almost every Eddy Mitchell record since Alone, his seventh album in 1966.

Their collaboration even preceded that, as the French pianist and composer of Greek descent had accompanied Eddy on stage for two years before offering him the melody of I Forgot to Forget It. It was the debut of more than 150 songs together on about 25 albums.

Papadiamandis had also composed That Marianne was pretty for Michel Delpech. He had also worked with Ray Charles, Françoise Hardy, Celine Dion and Grace Jones.

Pierre Papadiamandis is dead

We were hoping to find them for a joint interview in December: star Eddy Mitchell, backstage man Pierre Papadiamandis. But the news was already not good for the singer’s favorite composer, who died in a Paris hospital on Tuesday, March 22, at the age of 85.

Without Pierre Papadiamandis there would be no Eddy, without Papadiamandis’ notes there would be no Mitchell songs. Together they wrote almost 200 songs and dozens of classics: Mint Color, Last Session, Elephant Cemetery, M’man. It is impossible to name them all since 1964.

Their meeting dates back to the solo debut of Eddy Mitchell, who had just left the Black Socks and was looking for a pianist for his band. It was my saxophone that introduced me to Pierre Papadiamandis, the singer told us a few months ago.

Back then Rock and he were two different things. Pierre Papadiamandis confirms: I studied classical music and jazz, that was my favorite music. But of all the rockers, Eddy was my favorite singer even before I met him, adds the Parisian-born, Nogent-sur-Marne (Val-de-Marne) raised musician of Greek origin who started playing the piano at the age of 5.

Pierre Papadiamandis is my brother

Eddy Mitchell remembers his absolutely filthy dog. A dachshund that used to eat my shirts. His name was Titus. And also that Pierre Papadiamandis was so discreet that it took him two years to come up with a melody. It was I Forgot to Forget, our first hit in 1966 and still my favorite.

There were many more until the final compositions of Eddy Mitchell’s final album, Country Rock, which was released in late 2021 and includes a tribute to his friend Johnny Hallyday, A little bit of love. Pierre Papadiamandis’ ability to constantly renew himself still amazes me, admits Eddy. For example, the song about Johnny has a beautiful, simple and touching melody. It took me two years to find the lyrics.

their common recipe? The music comes first. I create them first and he takes care of the lyrics, summarizes Papadiamandis. That’s how we still work today. “I need a carrot to write with,” Mitchell adds. I never text in advance. The very cinematic music of Pierre Papadiamandis brings me images and emotions. I’m still working on tape, the old fashioned way. The audio isn’t terrible, but you can move the tape forward or backward.

Pierre Papadiamandis

A work of artisans that has not changed over time, like their friendship, intact. Pierre Papadiamandis is my brother, Eddy summarizes. His wife Anouk is godmother to my eldest daughter Maryline. We’ve always helped each other through tough times, like my divorce. We never argued.

Pierre Papadiamandis cheated Eddy to work for Michel Delpech (on Que Marianne Was Pretty), Dick Rivers, Françoise Hardy, Celine Dion, Grace Jones or Ray Charles, but he quickly found his old friend. I never thought of an album without him, Mitchell concluded during our last interview. We want and always have to work. It stimulates us, we don’t see the time passing. Without Pierre I would never have had this career.

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