Patrick Hernandez (born 6 April 1949, Le Blanc-Mesnil, France) is a French singer who had a worldwide hit with "Born to Be Alive". After working for about a year, the first of the resulting six songs would change Hernandez's life and make him an international star for a short period. The first single that was released was the disco song "Born to Be Alive". Its success was immediate, and in 1979, Hernandez received his first gold record from Italy. The song spread throughout Europe, where it hit #1 in France and remained there for many months. Hernandez had racked up 52 gold and platinum record awards from more than 50 different countries.