Patrick Hernandez (born 6 April 1949 in Le Blanc-Mesnil, Seine-Saint-Denis, France) is a French singer who had a worldwide hit with “Born to Be Alive” in 1979
“Born to Be Alive” is a song written by French singer Patrick Hernandez. It became a worldwide hit and reached number one on the US Disco chart. It was first conceived as a hard rock song. It first became a hit in France, and has become one of the biggest singles in that country.T he song also gained gold status in the USA.
After working for about a year, the songs were released on the Aariana sub-label Aquarius Records (in France) in November 1978. The first single that was released was the disco song “Born to Be Alive”. Its success was immediate, and in January 1979, Hernandez received his first gold record from Italy. The song spread throughout Europe, where it hit #1 in France in April and remained there until July. By then, the United States had caught on, and after some remixing, the record was signed to the A-Tom-Mik label and later Columbia Records. The remixed version was released on a commercial 12″ single, and it peaked in the US Billboard Hot Dance Club Play chart at #1 and crossed over to the Billboard Hot 100 peaking at #16. It sold over one million copies in the US. The track reached #10 in the UK Singles Chart. By year’s end, Hernandez had racked up fifty-two gold and platinum record awards from more than fifty different countries.