French hard rock band, formed in Paris in 1966. Three of the original four members were Moroccan (Jews). Joe Leb sang vocals, Marc Tobaly played guitar, and Isaac “Jacky” Bitton was on drums. The fourth member, Jacques “Petit Pois” Grande, who played bass, is of Italian heritage. In 1971, Leb was briefly replaced by French singer Michel Chevalier. In 1975, Leb was later replaced by Tunisian born Robert Fitoussi. Their lyrics were mainly in English and they toured heavily outside France. Les Variations were the first French band to sign with an American label, Buddah Records, in 1974. They disbanded in 1975.