Richard's father, Edgar Btesh is from the province of Aleppo in Syria, it is in the textile industry in Egypt, his mother Margaret is the daughter of the ambassador of the United Kingdom in Iraq. The young Richard spends affluent childhood in Egypt, Argentina and the United Kingdom, where he joined the famous Brighton College, then returned to France where he joined the Lycee Janson de Sailly in Paris in 1951. He has a little sister named Valerie who will be part of "Tangerine", French folk group of the 1970s. After graduation and the beginning of his law studies, he refuses to follow his parents in Milan, preferring to stay with Michelle, met on the benches of the school, who would become his first wife with whom he had three children, Nathalie, Jerome and Johanne. He became a sales representative in refrigerators, while practicing the saxophone in clubs jazz.
In 1958, influenced by English pop he knows well and is polyglot Richard Anthony decided to adapt it to French texts. Taking as artist name the meeting of the two names of the registry office, then he recorded You Are My Destiny by Paul Anka and Peggy Sue Buddy Holly. The label Columbia Records gives him a chance but these two titles revert unnoticed. The first to be signed in a record is Jacques Plait, who became the producer and artistic director of Joe Dassin.
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