|ROCK SINGER, PAINTER (BELGIUM)|
BORN 13 Mar 1939, Antwerpen - DIED 8 Aug 1982, Antwerpen|
GRAVE LOCATION Antwerpen: Schoonselhof, Sint-Bernardsesteenweg, Hoboken (perk R (erekerkhof))
Ferre Grignard lived as a bohemien in Antwerp during the 1960s. He had a studio near the former Tolhuis where he produced his paintings and he walked barefoot through the city. He use of alcohol led to the use of the expression 'drunken as a Grignard'.
In 1965 he tried his hand on music and soon he was contracted by Philips and his "Ring Ring, I've got to Sing" was recorded professionaly. It was an anti war song and immediately succesful after its release. His first album "On The Bowery" followed. After a succesful time with Philips he was contracted by Barclays, but from this time his career went downwards, allthough his album "Captain's Disaster" was released by Vanguard in the USA. In 1978 "I Warned You" followed, but by then his musical career was effectively over.
Towards the end of his life he was painting once more and his last works were produced during his battle with throat cancer. He died in 1982 aged only 43 and was buried at the Schoonselhof in Antwerp.