resins, who claimed to have invented the term “discotheque” because she ran a nightclub empire that stretched from Paris to Los Angeles, has died. He died on Sunday at the age of 92, according to his granddaughter. No reason given.
Belgian-born Regina Zylberg, Regina opened her first nightclub in the Latin Quarter of Paris in the 1950s, which installed turntables and disc jockeys instead of the usual juke boxes. Thus a new format was born, he claimed, the “discotheque.”
“If you can’t dance, you can’t love,” she said by way of explanation. She was clearly right, as celebrities, royalty and business elite flocked to her establishments, earning her the nickname “Queen of the Night”, as her name became synonymous with the good times of the aristocracy.
His locations included “Regin'” in New York in the 1970s and others in Miami, Rio de Janeiro and Los Angeles. At its peak, it had 22 locations in its nightlife empire.
In a statement sent on behalf of Resene’s family, his friend, the comic Pierre Palmade, said: “The Queen of the Night is gone. Last time after a long and illustrious career.”
Rezin “makes stars from all over the world dance in his nightclubs”, he said.
While best known internationally as a nightclub entrepreneur in France, Resene was best known for his contributions to French songwriting. French singer Renaud called him the last historical representative of French chanson, inspiring an entire generation of singer-songwriters, including Serge Gainsbourg and Barbara.
After performing at the famous Olympia venue in the French capital in the 1960s, Resene sang at New York’s Carnegie Hall.
“If people still listen to my songs 50 years from now, I will be very happy,” he told AFP in 2020. He said he was “very proud” that some of them have become part of France’s standard repertoire.
“My first profession was discotheque,” she said. “For a long time, songs were just a hobby. But now I realize that stage has been the most important part of my life.”
He also starred in several films, including star directors Claude Lelouch and Claude Zidy.