8:30 pm Saturday paid tribute to the career of Serge Lama, May 29, 2021. During the program broadcast on France 2, the singer confided in one of the tragedies of his life: the death of his first companion in a car accident which also killed Enrico Macias’ brother.
“And there all night I cried.” On May 29, 2021, 8:30 p.m. Saturday on France 2 paid tribute to Serge Lama who saw his farewell tour to the stage canceled due to the Covid-19 pandemic. One more ordeal for the singer who has lived through more than one tragedy in his life. Among them, the death of his first companion, the pianist Liliane Benelli, in a car accident on August 12, 1965, in Aix-en-Provence. When he woke up in the hospital, it was his mother who told him the terrible news. “And there, all night long, I screamed, almost in an authoritative manner: ‘Come back… You can’t…’. With almost the feeling that I had the power to bring her back,” said himself. he remembered fondly. At the time, the artist was only 22 years old: “It was my job that saved me. Curiously, this accident carried me, as if it lifted me under the arms and that it said: ‘Go on, good man’ “.
Before continuing: “It was hard … It’s not pleasant to limp at 22 and say to yourself: ‘I’m going to go on stage, show myself in front of people, in front of an audience that will judge me’ and I went beyond “. From this drama was born one of his greatest titles From Adventure to Adventure. A tragic accident which also cost the life of the director of his tour Jean-Claude Ghrenassia, who was none other than the brother of Enrico Macias and which left consequences for Serge Lama. The performer of the songs I Am Sick, Woman, Woman, Woman and I Love You Madly suffered multiple fractures: “All my life I couldn’t run. One day we get up, we can no longer run, we can no longer walk, I was walking a lot, I could not walk as I walked before and something is broken, but we don’t know what ”, he said in an interview on the set of the same show in February 2021.
This is not the first time that Serge Lama has confided in the loss of his first companion. In February 2018, it was on the Melody de ma vie program that he spoke of this terrible ordeal that marked his existence: “I think that this accident took a lot of things from me, but it humanized me. After my accident I knew there were imponderables, so from there I became a human. The loss of Liliane was a tragic event. There are so many songs that I wrote, unconsciously, for Liliane “.
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