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"Nuit"
Single by Fredericks, Goldman, Jones
from the album Fredericks Goldman Jones
B-side "Je l'aime aussi"
Released December, 1990
Format CD single
7" single
Recorded France
Genre Pop, Ballad
Length 5:39
Label CBS
Writer(s) Jean-Jacques Goldman
Michael Jones
Producer Jean-Jacques Goldman
Erick Benzi
Certification Silver France, 1991
Fredericks, Goldman, Jones singles chronology
"Nuit"
(1990)
"À nos actes manqués"
(1991)

"Nuit" is the name of a 1990 song recorded by the French trio Jean-Jacques Goldman, Carole Fredericks and Michael Jones. It was the first single from their debut album, Fredericks Goldman Jones, on which the song features as the fifth track. It achieved success in terms of sales in France.

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Background, lyrics and music

Goldman explained that "Nuit" was written in a very short time (just a few hours).[1] He confessed that he was proud of this song, especially for its text.[2] The music is inspired by Peter Green. The choice of "Nuit" as the first single from the album was difficult : the three singers did not agree initially, but ultimately chose this song, considering that it was very representative of the album which is "really based on vocals and guitars".[3]

The song includes text in French-language (written by Goldman) and in English-language (written by Jones and sung by Fredericks).

According Elia Habib, a specialist of French charts, this song is characterized by its "sweetness and lucidity". It is "mainly based on percussion, shooting background framework, and the electric guitar, expressive soloist which plays the refrain".[4] In the last verse, Goldman and Fredericks mix their voices singing in both languages (Goldman sings again the text from the first verse). The song ends with a solo guitar.

The song is included on the best of Pluriel 90-96[5] and Intégrale 1990-2000, and on the live albums Sur scène and Un tour ensemble (on this last album, the song was performed by Jones and Goldman).

Chart performances and cover versions

In France, the single was charted for 19 weeks on the singles chart, from December 18, 1990, to April 13, 1991. It debuted at #29 and climbed quickly on the chart, reaching the top ten three weeks later. It remained in it for nine weeks, peaking at #6 on February 16.[6] The single was eventually certified Silver disc by the SNEP.[7] According to Infodisc website, this song was sold about 202,000 copies and therefore is the most successful single of the trio.[8]

Although the song was released in the Netherlands, UK (CD single only) and Spain (promotionnal vinyl only), it failed to reach the chart in these countries.

In December 1998, the song was performed on the French TV show Hit Machine by the female duet Native and Patrick Fiori.

Track listings

CD single
  1. "Nuit" — 5:39
  2. "Je l'aime aussi" — 5:07
CD single - UK
  1. "Nuit" — 4:54
  2. "Chanson d'amour — 4:07
  3. "Je l'aime aussi" — 6:10
7" single
  1. "Nuit" — 5:39
  2. "Je l'aime aussi" — 5:07

Charts and certifications

Chart (1991)[6] Peak
position
French SNEP Singles Chart 6
Country Certification Date Sales certified
France[7] Silver 1991 125,000

References

  1. ^ Interview of JJ Godman, Europe 2, March 10, 1991
  2. ^ "JJ Goldman encore et toujours", Guitar Magazine, 1994
  3. ^ Interview of JJ Goldman, Salut, 1991
  4. ^ Elia Habib, Muz hit. tubes, p. 202 (ISBN 2-9518832-0-X)
  5. ^ Pluriel 90-96, track listing and charts Lescharts.com (Retrieved May 8, 2008)
  6. ^ a b "Nuit", in French Singles Chart Lescharts.com (Retrieved May 7, 2008)
  7. ^ a b French certifications Chartsinfrance.net (Retrieved May 8, 2008)
  8. ^ Fredericks Goldman Jones' singles sales in France See: "Les Ventes" => "Toutes les certifications depuis 1973" => "FREDERICKS GOLDMAN JONES" Infodisc.fr (Retrieved May 8, 2008)
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