Jean-Pierre Danel

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Jean-Pierre Danel (born 4 June 1968) is a French guitarist, record producer and composer. He is the French instrumental guitarist with the highest album sales, received many gold and platinum discs and dueted with a number of French and international stars as well. As a producer, he obtained many international hits, with global sales of more than 23 million copies.

Biography

Early years

Danel, the son of the French pop singer Pascal Danel and the nephew of opera director Jean-Pierre Ponnelle, started his career as a professional guitarist in July 1982, at the age of 14. After many tours and studio recordings with French session musicians, he released various guitar albums, winning 8 gold discs in Europe.[1] In the US, his album Stratospheric was named Best Album of the Year 2000 by the Instrumental Rock Guitar Hall of Fame,[1] and Danel was also named Composer of the Year for his track "Ballad For a Friend".[1] As a guitarist, the Instrumental Rock Guitar Hall of Fame described him as "brilliant and expressive".[1] In 2001, he played on Guitar Masters – The Greatest Guitarists in the World, on which Eric Clapton, BB King, Carlos Santana or Al Di Meola were also invited.

Producer

As a producer, he started his own company, Puzzle Productions, in 1989. He produced dozens of hit records and also bought the rights for many songs from other companies, creating a 18,000 songs catalogue. Record industry specialists presented Danel in various TV documentaries as one of the biggest independent producers in France, with 23,1 million copies sold, 186 gold and platinum discs and no less than 508 hits records (half of those on iTunes, half in the usual charts), sometimes in 64 countries, including 37 No. 1 records. His work also includes the production, with DJ Da French Guy, of radio remixes for artists such as Madonna, Britney Spears, Daft Punk, and Moby. In October 2002, with the re-release by Sony of a part of his back catalogue, he was the producer with the highest number of albums and singles in the French national charts during one same week, with 19 records ranked.[1]

Guitar Connection

His own album Guitar Connection, released by Sony/BMG in July 2006 is the only instrumental guitar album to reach the No. 1 spot in the charts in France,[2] and received a double gold disc (for more than 160,000 copies sold)[3] and later a platinum disc. The DVD received a diamond disc[3] and two singles hit the Top 20.

Guitar Connection 2 was released in March 2007, hitting the charts at #8.[4] The album features some famous guest stars, and includes a duet with British guitar legend Hank Marvin on the standard "Nivram". The single hits the French charts at No. 15. His duet with French star Laurent Voulzy hits the charts at No. 7, followed by another hit single at No. 13. Guitar Connection 2 received a gold disc and the DVD received a double platinum disc.[1]

In June 2007, Danel received the "Grand Prix Français de la Guitare" award.[1] as well as a multi-diamond distinction award for 25 years in the music business[1]

Jean-Pierre Danel

In March 2008, his single "NZ Girl Blues" hits the charts at #5.[5]

Guitar Connection 3 hits the charts at No. 18 in July 2008, the album goes silver, the DVD gets a platinum disc and two singles enter the charts, including "The Pink Side of Miss Daisy", which goes to No. 9 and later gets a gold disc, and a Top 20 hit with a version of "Honky Tonk Woman".

In March 2009, Guitar Connection – Tribute to The Shadows hits the album charts at No. 6, provides a hit single, and the video version gets a gold disc. The Best of Guitar Connection hits the charts at No. 23 in September 2009 (and will later get to No. 2 on the downloading charts), followed by the double album Jean-Pierre Danel plays The Shadows at No. 38. Guitar Connection Anthology follows at No. 19.

Out of the blues

In November 2010, his charitable Out of the Blues guitar album to the benefit of AIDS research, is released by Universal. Danel records duets with 24 guitars greats such as Hank Marvin again, Albert Lee (recorded at the legendary Abbey Road Studio 2), Scott Henderson, Andy Powell of Wishbone Ash, Jake Shimabukuro and various very popular French artists. The first single, a solo track also titled "Out of the blues", had hit the Top 20 in March 2010 as an avant premiere, and the album hits No. 3. 2 Top 40 and Top 20 hit singles follow, plus a string of Top 10 hits on iTunes as well, including a No. 1 hit single in Belgium,[6] a long-running Top 5 hit with Axel Bauer, staying in the charts for more than two years and a half. 8 singles in all hit the ITunes charts in several countries, such as the USA, Ireland, Portugal, Mexico, Denmark, Austria, Germany, France, Sweden, Finland, Luxemburg, Belgium, etc. The album gets support by various people, such as Carla Bruni,[7] then First Lady of France, or Brian May of Queen, who also writes a note in the booklet. The DVD gets a platinum disc in February 2011 and the album a gold disc. Out of the blues hits the Top 30 when it reenters the charts again in 2011.

The same year, Danel produces the title track for the soundtrack for the movie Les Neiges du Kilimandjaro, presented at the Cannes movie festival.

Compilations

In October, Universal releases a 5-CD box set with an anthology of Danel recordings over the last 29 years as well as several compilations on donwloadings. Two of those albums hit the charts, at No. 9 and No. 14 in France, as well as compilations in various countries such as Israël, Taïwan, Cambodia, Kazakhstan or Dominican Republic. His compilation "The blues album" briefly hits the charts on iTunes in the USA. The old album Stratospheric makes a brief entry in the French charts as well and Sony releases a 3-CD metal box set by the end of 2012. Several compilations and 2 new singles hit the charts in 2013, in various countries.

His digital compilation (on downloading exclusively) "The Hit List" enters the French charts at #18, and charts in the U.K. (#28) and the U.S (#32), while 2 singles hit the French Top 20, including "Philippine's Smiles", which also reaches #12 on the iTunes Jazz charts in the US, while two other singles hit the Top 100 in Australia (at #53 and #69). Five years after its original release, "The Pink Side of Miss Daisy" finds its way in the Billboard U.S. charts at #86.[8] Globally, Danel's records have charted in 24 countries.

Hits

Albums

Year Album Chart position
FR BEL/WAL CH
1993 Chorus
25
9
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1994 Remember Shadows/Les Années Shadows
34
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1997 Guitar Line
61
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2002 Tribute to The Shadows
135
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2006 Guitar Connection
1
3
70
2007 Guitar Connection 2
8
7
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2008 Guitar Connection 3
18
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89
2009 Guitar Connection – Tribute to The Shadows
6
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2009 The Best of Guitar Connection
23
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2009 Guitar Connection (re-entry)
7
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2009 Guitar Connection 2 (re-entry)
33
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2009 Jean-Pierre Danel plays The Shadows
38
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2009 Guitar Connection Anthology
19
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2009 Guitar Connection 3 (ré-entry)
26
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2010 The Best of Guitar Connection (ré-entry)
2
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2010 Out of the blues
3
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2011 When the guitar rocks
9
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2011 Guitar Guitar Guitar
14
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2011 Stratospheric
46
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2011 Out of the blues (re-entry)
26
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2011 Rock Guitar Legends
117
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2012 Guitar Greatest Hits
15 (iTunes Dominican Republic)
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2012 The Guitar Greatest Hits
179 (iTunes Taiwan)
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2012 When the guitar rocks
33 (ITunes Israël)
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2013 The Blues Album
134 (ITunes USA)
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2013 Best of guitar
23 (ITunes Kazakhstan)
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2013 Best of guitar
23 (ITunes Russia)
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2013 The greatest hits
9 (ITunes Colombia)
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2013 The Hit List
18 (ITunes France)
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2013 The Hit List
32 (ITunes USA)
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2013 The Hit List
28 (ITunes UK)
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2013 Air Guitar : The Anthems
24 (ITunes India)
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Singles

Year Single Chart position / Album
FR EUR
2006 "A love theme for Sabine" 15 Guitar Connection
2006 "Sleepwalk" 18 Guitar Connection
2006 "Ballad for a friend" 39 Guitar Connection
2007 "Nz girl blues" 5 23 Guitar Connection 2
2007 "My song of you" (duet with Laurent Voulzy) 7 26 Guitar Connection 2
2007 "Guitar Connection Medley (Part I)" 13 44 Guitar Connection 2
2007 "Nivram" (duet with Hank Marvin) 15 50 Guitar Connection 2
2007 "Nivram" (duet with Hank Marvin) 8 (Norway) Guitar Connection 2
2007 "Nivram" (duet with Hank Marvin) 86 (Germany) Guitar Connection 2
2008 "The pink side of miss daisy" 9 29 Guitar Connection 3
2008 "Honky Tonk Woman" 18 Guitar Connection 3
2009 "The rise and fall of flingel bunt" 43 Guitar Connection – Tribute to The Shadows
2009 "Good Guitar Vibrations" 20 The Best of Guitar Connection
2009 "Come together" 21 The Best of Guitar Connection
2009 "Concerto de aranjuez" 30 Jean-Pierre Danel plays The Shadows
2009 "While my guitar gently weeps" (duet with Pascal Danel) 29 -- Guitar Connection Anthology
2010 "Out of the blues (Single)" 20 -- Out of the blues
2010 "Rock Me Baby" (duet with Axel Bauer) 36 -- Out of the blues
2011 "Rock Me Baby" (duet with Axel Bauer) 4 (iTunes) -- Out of the blues
2011 "Rock Me Baby" (duet with Axel Bauer) 112 (Norway) -- Out of the blues
2011 "This incredible fortune to be two" (with Louis Bertignac and Beverly Jo Scott) 12 -- Out of the blues
2011 "This incredible fortune to be two" (with Louis Bertignac and Beverly Jo Scott) 25 (iTunes Belgium) -- Out of the blues
2011 "This incredible fortune to be two" (with Louis Bertignac and Beverly Jo Scott) 7 (iTunes Luxemburg) -- Out of the blues
2011 "This incredible fortune to be two" (with Louis Bertignac and Beverly Jo Scott) 51 (iTunes Ireland) -- Out of the blues
2011 "Forbidden Games" 47 (iTunes Finland) -- Guitar Guitar Guitar
2012 "M Appeal" (duet with Hank Marvin) 7 (Norway) - Out of the blues
2012 "M Appeal" (duet with Hank Marvin) 99 (Finland) - Out of the blues
2012 "This incredible fortune to be two" (with Louis Bertignac and Beverly Jo Scott) 1 (iTunes Belgium)(re-entry) -- Out of the blues
2012 "Saint Louis Blues" 7 (iTunes France) -- Out of the blues
2012 "Saint Louis Blues" 8 (iTunes Portugal) -- Out of the blues
2012 "Tulsa Time" (Duet with Albert Lee) 9 (iTunes Portugal) -- Out of the blues
2012 "Tulsa Time" (Duet with Albert Lee) 111 (iTunes Norway) -- Out of the blues
2012 "Tulsa Time" (Duet with Albert Lee) 62 (iTunes Austria) -- Out of the blues
2012 "Tulsa Time" (Duet with Albert Lee) 67 (iTunes Denmark) -- Out of the blues
2012 "Tulsa Time" (Duet with Albert Lee) 80 (iTunes Ireland) -- Out of the blues
2012 "Tulsa Time" (Duet with Albert Lee) 104 (iTunes Mexico) -- Out of the blues
2012 "United Colors" (Duet with Anne Ducros) 18 (iTunes Jazz France) -- Out of the blues
2012 "Revolution" (Duet with Laurent Voulzy) 7 (iTunes Blues France) -- Out of the blues
2012 "Revolution" (Duet with Laurent Voulzy) 55 (iTunes Blues USA) -- Out of the blues
2013 "Nivram EP 2013" (duet with Hank Marvin) 50 (Ireland) The Hit List
2013 "Nivram EP 2013" (duet with Hank Marvin) 87 (Finland) The Hit List
2013 "Jeux Interdits" 8 (Cambodia) Guitar Connection
2013 "Europa" 11 (Cambodia) Guitar Connection
2013 "Indian Horse" 19 (iTunes France) The Hit List
2013 "Philippine's Smiles" 16 (iTunes France) The Hit List
2013 "Philippine's Smiles" 12 (iTunes Jazz USA) The Hit List
2013 "The Pink Side of Miss Daisy" 86 (USA Billboard) -- The Hit List
2013 "United Colors" (Duet with Anne Ducros) 69 (iTunes Jazz Australia) -- Jazz Guitar
2013 "All Shook Up" 50 (iTunes Mexico) -- The Hit List
2013 "The Rise and Fall of Flingel Bunt" 53 (iTunes Australia) -- The Hit List

Discography (France & international)

Albums

  • Rarities (1982)
  • Vocals (1986)
  • Chez Toi Et Moi (Maxi) (1989)
  • The Twist Sessions (1990)
  • Chorus (1993) No. 25
  • Remember Shadows(1994) No. 34
  • Guitar Generation (1995)
  • Le Meilleur Des Shadows (1995)
  • Guitar Line (1997) No. 61
  • Play 18 Hits of the Shadows (1997)
  • Tribute to the Shadows 40 Years – 40 Tracks (2 Cds) (1998)
  • Les Annees Shadows (2 Cds / 46 Tracks) (1998)
  • The Best of the Guitar Legends (3 Cds / 75 Tracks) (1998)
  • The Best of the Guitar Legends Vol.1 (1998)
  • The Best of the Guitar Legends Vol.2 (1998)
  • The Best of the Guitar Legends Vol.3 (1998)
  • A Tribute to the Shadows – The Gold Series (1998)
  • Guitar Greatest (2 Cds) (2000)
  • La Legende Des Shadows (2000)
  • A Tribute to the Shadows (2000)
  • The Guitar Album (2000)
  • Stratospheric (2000)(re-released in 2011) No. 46
  • Play Hits of the Shadows (2000)
  • Tribute to the Shadows (2001)#135
  • The Playback Collection Vol. 1 (2001)
  • The Playback Collection Vol. 2 (2001)
  • The Playback Collection Vol. 3 (2001)
  • The Playback Collection Vol. 4 (2001)
  • Guitarmania (4 Cds / 88 Tracks) (2001)
  • Nuits Parisiennes (2001)
  • A Tribute to the Shadows (4 Cds / 80 Tracks) (2001)
  • A Tribute to the Shadows Vol 1 (2001)
  • A Tribute to the Shadows Vol 2 (2001)
  • A Tribute to the Shadows Vol 3 (2001)
  • A Tribute to the Shadows Vol 4 (2001)
  • Guitar Classics (2002)
  • Guitar Gold Themes (2002)
  • The Shadows’ Anthology – The Tribute Album By Jean-Pierre Danel (2002)
  • Essential Guitar (2002)
  • All The Best (2 Cds) (2002)
  • Guitare 5 Cd – 100 Titres (2003)
  • Guitar Greatest Hits (2005)
  • Guitar Connection (1 CD + 1 DVD) (2006) No. 1
  • Guitar Connection 2 (1 CD + & DVD) (2007) No. 8
  • Coffret Guitar Connection 1 & 2 (2007)
  • Guitar Connection 3 (2008) No. 18
  • Guitar Connection – Tribute to The Shadows (2009) No. 6
  • The Best of Guitar Connection (2009) No. 23
  • Jean-Pierre Danel plays The Shadows (2009) No. 38
  • Guitar Connection Anthology (2009) No. 19
  • Out of the blues (2010) No. 3
  • Guitar Anthology – Les 100 plus grands tubes (5-CD box set compilation)(2011)
  • When the guitar rocks (compilation)(2011) No. 9
  • Guitar Guitar Guitar (compilation)(2011) No. 14
  • Rock Guitar Legends (2011) No. 117
  • Guitar Greatest Hits (2011) No. 15
  • The Guitar Greatest Hits (2012) No. 179
  • Guitar Greatest Hits (3-CD metal box)(2012)
  • The Blues Album (2013) No. 134
  • Best of Guitar (2013) No. 23
  • The Hit List (2013) No. 18
  • Air Guitar - The Anthems (2013) No. 24
  • Jazz Guitar (2013)

Participations

  • Les Masters De La Guitare – Les Plus Grands Guitaristes Du Monde (2001)

Videos

  • In Concert (1990)
  • Guitar Connection (2006)
  • Guitar Connection 2 (2007)
  • Coffret Guitar Connection 1 & 2 (2007)
  • Guitar Connection 3 (2008)
  • The Best of Guitar Connection (2009)
  • Out of the blues (2010)

Books (in English)

  • Legend of the Fender Stratocaster (Foreword by Hank Marvin)(Auteurs du Monde, 2012)

Books (in French)

  • Femme Mode d'Emploi (NM7, 2000)
  • Tribute to the Fender Stratocaster (JA, 2001)
  • Le Destin fabuleux de Sacha Guitry (Le Marque-Page, 2007)
  • Chroniques d'une Vie Passionnante (enfin, je crois...) (Courcelles Publishing, 2008)
  • Petites explications sur les femmes à l'attention des hommes perdus et désespérés (Courcelles Publishing, 2008)
  • Clean Ex (Courcelles Publishing, 2009)
  • Elvis Presley, La légende du King (2009, Courcelles Publishing)
  • 365 Moyens de rendre son homme heureux (2009, Courcelles Publishing)
  • 365 Moyens d'essayer de se faire pardonner (2009, Courcelles Publishing)
  • 365 Moyens d'adopter le life-style des people (et de devenir hyper important chez son coiffeur (2009, Courcelles Publishing)
  • Voyages Immobiles (2010, Courcelles Publishing)
  • Sacha Guitry et les Femmes (Auteurs du Monde, 2012)
  • Légende de la Fender Stratocaster (Préface de Hank Marvin)(Auteurs du Monde, 2012)

CD-Rom

  • 20 Ans D'occupations... (2002)

References

External links

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