Daniel Balavoine (5 February 1952 – 14 January 1986) was a French singer and songwriter. He was hugely popular in the French-speaking world, and inspired many singers in the 1980s, such as Jean-Jacques Goldman, and Michel Berger, his closest friend. He took part in French political life, and is known for a 1980 televised verbal confrontation with François Mitterrand.
In the French music-business, Balavoine earned his own spot with both his powerful voice, his wide range and his lyrics, which were full of sadness and revolt. He was emphatic, and his songs for the most part talked about despair, pain, and death. Hope was present as a theme as well.
In the 1970s, Daniel Balavoine took part as a chorus-singer in the musical La Révolution française, then as a backing singer at the concerts of Patrick Juvet. This latter offered Balavoine the opportunity to record a song on one of his albums, a break that enabled him to be noticed as a singer-songwriter by Léo Missir, artistic director at Barclay Records, with whom he formed a very strong bond.