The new (tenth) CD album of Viktor Lazlo was released some days ago in France, under the title “Begin the biguine”, the famous Cole Porter song. Viktor hosted the 1987 Eurovision Song Contest in Brussels.
Begin the Beguine includes 13 tracks, one being a Sinatra cover (I'm a fool to want you) and another originally sung by Tom Waits, Lowside of the road (here performed together wih Flemish – but
French singing artist, Arno).
Viktor Lazlo, who will be 47 next October, hosted the 1987 Eurovision Song Contest in Brussels. Sonia Dronier-as her real name is- was born in Lorient, Britanny, Franceto a Martinique father and a Grenade mother. She was considered (and still is by many) as a Belgian artist, certainly due to the fact that she began her singing career together with producer Lou Deprijck in Belgium.In France, her biggest hits were "Canoë rose" (1985) and "Pleurer des rivières" (French version of "Cry me a river"). She also got the privilege to have a song written by Serge Gainsbourg, "Amour puissance six" (1988).The song she performed at the beginning of the 32nd Eurovision Song Contest, Breathless, was released internationally. Some of her albums also had a commercial release in countries other than France, with songs in English.In France, Viktor Lazlo also acted in some TV series.
You can listen to snippets of the songs from Lazlo's new album here.
A special thank you to Dominique Dufaut for the submission of the article.