French popular singer Pierre Bachelet, who died Feb. 15, will be buried tomorrow (Feb. 22) in the city of Saint-Tropez, on the Riviera.

French popular singer Pierre Bachelet, who died Feb. 15, will be buried tomorrow (Feb. 22) in the city of Saint-Tropez, on the Riviera.

Following a long illness, Bachelet died in the city of Suresnes in the Paris outskirts. He was 60. Despite his illness, he had recently celebrated his 30 years in the business with a series of concerts.

He was born on May 25, 1944 in the North of France, a mining region he celebrated in his most famous song "Les Corons."

Trained as a filmmaker, he started his musical career at the age of 30, composing and recording in 1974 the title track for erotic movie "Emmanuelle," which went on to shift more than 4 million copies worldwide.

His first album, "L'Atlantique," was released in 1975, and he encountered broad popular success during the 1980s. He also composed several soundtracks, including that of Jean-Jacques Annaud's "La Victoire En Chantant," which won the Oscar for best foreign film in 1977 as "Black & White In Colors."

Bachelet spent most of his recording career with indie label AVREP, whose catalog was acquired by BMG in the late '90s. His final recording was 2003's "Bachelet Chante Brel" (Wagram), a tribute to Jacques Brel.

In a statement, French prime minister Jean-Pierre Raffarin hailed Bachelet as "a simple and popular man, close to his audience, especially the people from the North."

He is survived by his wife Danièle and his son Quentin.