Music publisher and record producer Francis Dreyfus died Thursday, June 24, 2010, at the age of 70.
Through his labels Disques Motors and Dreyfus Records, Francis Dreyfus launched the careers of prominent artists, including Christophe and Jean Michel Jarre.
His love of jazz led to the creation of the Dreyfus Jazz label which brought together such major jazz figures as Michel Petrucciani, Richard Galliano, Bireli Lagrne, Aldo Romano, Marcus Miller, Ahmad Jamal, Roy Haynes, Philip Catherine, and Steve Grossman.
He was especially proud of having produced the Jazz Reference," series which assembled legendary recordings of classic jazz and bebop, restored through a unique technological process developed with his friend, sound engineer, Rene Ameline.
In 1963 he became an independent music publisher, controlling among many others, rights to the works of Johnny Hallyday, Eddie et Sylvie Vartan, Petula Clark, Franois de Roubaix, Jean Renard, Bernard Lavilliers, Christophe Jean Michel Jarre, and also representing the works of Pink Floyd, Al Jarreau, Elvis Presley, Miles Davis, and others.
Francis Dreyfus was Chevalier of the Legion of Honor, and Commander of Arts and Letters.