Hugues Aufray

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Hugues Aufray in the French song Festival of Aix-en-Provence 2009

Hugues Aufray (born Hugues Jean Marie Auffray[1] on 18 August 1929 in Neuilly-sur-Seine) is a French singer-songwriter and guitarist. His songs are often poetic, evocative of travel, friendship, brotherhood, respect.

Aufray is well known for his French covers of Bob Dylan's songs. He was the first French singer to cover Bob Dylan's works. Aufray discovered Dylan in record shops, despite not speaking English. Aufray's translations capture the rawness of the original songs.

His most famous original songs are "Santiano", "Céline", "Stewball", "Hasta luego" and in Spanish, "Barco de Papel".

Early life

He was born to Henry Auffray, an industrialist[2] Henry Auffray,[3] and Amyelle de Caubios d'Andiran, a musician, second cousin of the French author François Mauriac (respectively by their maternal grandfather and maternal grandmother). His sister was actress Pascale Audret (1936–2000) and his niece is actress Julie Dreyfus.[3]

Once Aufray's parents divorced, the family left Paris for Sorèze, where he was raised by his mother. During the war, he studied at Sorèze secondary school[4] · .[5]

In 1945, Aufray joined his father in Madrid, living there for three years. He attended the Lycée Français de Madrid in Madrid, and graduated with his baccalauréat.[6] He then returned to France to start singing in Spanish.

Musical career

He first began writing songs for French singers. After finishing second in a singing competition[7] · ,[8] he signed a record deal in 1959 with Eddie Barclay.

From there, he went on to co-write and arrange many songs. He draws influence from folk, blues and rock.

Aufray represented Luxembourg in the 1964 Eurovision Song Contest, performing "Dès que le printemps revient" and finishing fourth.

In 1966, he sung Les Crayons de Couleur in support of Martin Luther King at an anti-racism benefit.

In 1984, he sung a duet with Bob Dylan at a concert in Grenoble.[9]



  • Céline/Le printemps revient
  • Hugues Aufray chante Bob Dylan
  • Vous ma lady / Adieu
  • Dou Wakadou / On est les rois / Les remords et les regrets / Bambou
  • L'homme orchestre / Je croyais / Laisse-moi petite fille / Les yeux fermés
  • Hugues Aufray
  • Garlick


  • Concert intégral
  • A l'Olympia
  • La Terre est si belle
  • Little Troubadour
  • Best of
  • Le meilleur d'Hugues Aufray
  • Aux vents solitaires
  • Hugues Aufray chante Félix Leclerc


  • Hugues Aufray, plus live que jamais !


  1. fr:Hugues Aufray French Wikipedia
  2. Calvet (2006). "Cent ans de chansons française". Archipel. 13 |first1= missing |last1= in Authors list (help); Missing or empty |url= (help)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. 3.0 3.1 « Biographie d'Hugues Aufray », RFI Musique
  4. "Hugues Auffray". Retrieved 9 May 2011.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. Annuaire de Sorèze
  6. "Biographie résumée." Hugues Aufray Official Website. Retrieved on 23 September 2015. "1945-1948 : Au lycée français de Madrid (Espagne), il passe son baccalauréat"
  7. Emission Du côté de chez Dave du 6 mars 2015
  8. « Discours de Renaud Donnedieu de Vabres : remise des insignes de commandeur dans l'ordre des arts et des lettres à Hugues Aufray », Ministère de la culture, 10 octobre 2006.
  9. Site personnel bjorner

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Preceded by
Nana Mouskouri
Luxembourg in the Eurovision Song Contest
Succeeded by
France Gall