Alain Goraguer  

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Alain Goraguer (1931 – 2023) was a French composer, pianist and arranger perhaps best known for his work on Fantastic Planet (1973), which has been sampled by the likes of J Dilla, Madlib and Mac Miller.



His family was from Nice, on the coast of the Mediterranean, where young Alain studied the piano. He abandoned the violin without remorse, and at the age of twenty had an influential encounter with pianist Jack Diéval, passing through Nice, who firmly advised him to give up everything for the piano. At the same time, Alain strudied harmony with Julien Falk, and soon won second place in an amateur jazz competition.

He soon went to paris where he indulged his passion for jazz. At Saint-Germain-des-Prés, where he accompanied singer Simone Alma, he met Boris Vian. Together, they wrote "Je Bois", "La Java des bombes atomiques", "Fais-moi mal Johnny" et "Ne vous mariez pas les filles". Alain then scored the music for the film J'irai cracher sur vos tombes (1959). He wrote the orchestration for young Serge Gainsbourg, indeed he arranged all of his albums up until Gainsbourg percussions (1964). With Gainsbourg, Goraguer scored more film music, such as that for L'Eau à la bouche (1960).

In the 1960s and 1970s, he be came the remarkable arranger for the remarkable orchestration for "Poupée de cire, poupée de son", winning the grand prize for The Eurovision Song Contest in 1965. He wrote numerous arrangements for Jean Ferrat, France Gall, Juliette Gréco, Nana Mouskouri and many others. Alain Gorageur then opened the door for a renewal in popularity of orchestral compositions. He also composed the title theme La Vache enragée (1965), sung by Brigitte Fontaine.

He Also wrote a number of easy listening albums under the name Laura Fontaine.


Producer Madlib avowedly inspired himself from, and sampled Goraguer's work on the first Quasimoto album.


Film Year
Deux jours à tuer 2008
Jeux de plage 1995
L'aigle et le cheval (TV Movie) 1994
Le raisin d'or (TV Movie) 1994
Au beau rivage (TV Movie) 1994
L'oeil écarlate 1993
Le galopin (TV Movie) 1993
Le réveillon, c'est à quel étage? (TV Movie) 1992
Quiproquos! (TV Movie) 1991
Bébé express (TV Movie) 1991
L'ordinateur amoureux (TV Movie) 1991
Marie Pervenche (TV Series) (1 episode) 1990
Adieu je t'aime 1988
À notre regrettable époux 1988
Comment Wang-Fo fut sauvé (Short) 1987
Florence ou La vie de château (TV Series) 1987
Ich heirate eine Familie (TV Series) 1983-1985
L'Initiation d'une femme mariée 1983
Chambres d'amis très particulières1983
Merci Sylvestre (TV Series) 1983
Jakob und Adele (TV Series) 1982
The Dominici Affair1973
Fantastic Planet 1973


Film Year
Dansez gym tonic" 2015
Saint Laurent 2014
Memòries de la tele (TV Series) 2008 - 2010
Deux jours à tuer (music: "Le temps qui reste") 2008
Enemies closer (writer: "Le cha cha cha du loup") 2008
La vie de bohème 1992
Ein Heim für Tiere (TV Series) 1985
Marie Pervenche (TV Series) 1984
The Eurovision Song Contest (TV Special) (performer: "Bien plus fort") 1966
The Eurovision Song Contest (TV Special) (performer: "Poupée De Cire, Poupée De Son") 1965
Maillan 33-33 (TV Movie) (music: "Le Zouave du Pont de l'Alma") 1964
L'eau à la bouche (performer: "L'eau à la bouche") 1960

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