Elli Robert Fitoussi “F. R.” David (born 1 January 1947, Menzel Bourguiba, Tunisia) is a Tunisia-born French singer. He is best known for his 1982 hit single “Words (Don’t Come Easy).”
F. R. David began his career as Robert Fitoussi, a Tunisian-born singer-songwriter and guitarist with French garage band Les Tr├¿fles. After one E.P., they mutated into Les Boots, but achieved very little commercial success. Adopting his new stage name, he went solo in 1967 and recorded some orchestral pop psych with Michel Colombier, including a version of The Beatles’ “Strawberry Fields Forever” (Il Est Plus Facile). He enjoyed minor hits with the ├ëric Charden penned “Symphonie” and a cover of The Bee Gees’ “Sir Geoffrey Saved the World”, but this success did not last. He then created Aztec Records with Sonopress & Carrer and started producing with Michael Haubrich and they wrote and produced several groups. The first was called Cockpit, followed by David Cast, Doc & Prohibition Group, Ragga, Alain Maria, Freddy Meyer, and DD Daughterdydawn with Vangelis Papathanassiou. During the early 1970s, he formed the progressive rock group David Explosion but their one album was not a success. He worked with Vangelis for a while, appearing as vocalist on some of his early 1970s albums, and then joined French rock band Les Variations, appearing on their final album Caf├® De Paris (1975), which featured an early rock-disco crossover “Superman, Superman”. When the band broke up, he went solo again. His personal “trademarks” are his sunglasses and his guitar (a white Fender Stratocaster).