Michel Berger (28 November 1947, Neuilly-sur-Seine - 2 August 1992, Ramatuelle), born Michel-Jean Hamburger, was a French singer and songwriter.
He is the son of the famous doctor Jean Hamburger. His parents were polish jews.
He was married to singer France Gall, for whom he wrote many songs.
In 1978, he composed the musical: Starmania, with lyrics by Luc Plamondon. The musical starred France Gall, Daniel Balavoine, Diane Dufresne, Nanette Workman, Eric Estève and Fabienne Thibeault. It was a big success in France in the 1980s and 1990s. An English version: Tycoon was released in 1991 with lyrics by Tim Rice, but it did not achieve the success the original version had in France.
On 2 August 1992, a few weeks after the first album of duets with France Gall came out, Michel Berger died of a heart attack, in the middle of a tennis match. He is buried in the cimetière de Montmartre in Paris. His death came as a shock to many people not just because he was only 44 years old but also because he had been a central figure of France's pop music scene for the past two decades both as a singer and as a songwriter for well-known French artists like his wife and Johnny Hallyday. Moreover, unlike many pop stars, he came across as a nice and simple man, more interested in music and family life than in rock & roll excesses. As a matter of fact, his marriage with France Gall was remarkably stable.