French writer-composer-singer best known for his work on Claude Lelouch's film A Man and a Woman both as actor, and as lyric writer/singer for Francis Lai's music for the film. Élie Barouh, his brother and sister, were raised in Levallois-Perret, (their parents were stallholders selling fabrics), until the outbreak of the Second World War. During the war their parents hid them in Montournais in the Vendée. During these years Élie, baptised Pierre, drew the inspiration for songs like "À bicyclette", "Des ronds dans l'eau", "Les Filles du dimanche". After the war he was a sports journalist and played for the national volley-ball team. He spent some months in Portugal and discovered Brazilian song. He visited Brazil and on his return to Paris got to know the principal Brazilian writers and composers of bossa nova. Later released the movie Saravah! with Baden Powell etc. he runs his own record label Saravah.