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Françoise Hardy


Paris, France


January 17, 1944

About Françoise Hardy

Françoise Hardy is a pop and vogue icon celebrated as a French nationwide treasure. Together with her signature breathy alto, she was one of many earliest and most definitive French members within the yé-yé motion (a mode of pop music that originally emerged from Italy, Switzerland, Spain, and Portugal earlier than spreading to France within the early 1960s). She is certainly one of just a few feminine vocalists who may or would write and carry out her personal materials. She supplied a startling distinction to the boy’s membership of French pop within the early ’60s, paving the way in which for actually 1000’s of ladies all around the globe.nnKnown for romantically nostalgic songs and melancholy lyrics, Hardy’s first single, “Tous Les Garçons et les Filles,” offered over two million copies and made her a European star in a single day. Outdoors music, Hardy additionally established herself as a vogue mannequin, actress, astrologer, and creator. Although she has recorded songs in a number of languages, it was her early French tunes — that ranged throughout pop, jazz, blues, and extra — that helped to ascertain her as a legend. Within the ’70s, she reinvented herself as an artist transcending teen-friendly pop to interpret songs by everybody from Leonard Cohen to Patrick Modiano and has remained a grande dame of French well-liked track ever since.nn Hardy was born in Paris in 1944. She and her sister had been raised by a single mother who made a meager dwelling as an accountant’s assistant. Cash was at all times in brief provide. After graduating from highschool, she was given a guitar by her absent father — he needed to be satisfied by her mom to buy it. As a teen she was influenced closely by French chanson, particularly the music of Charles Trenet and Cora Vaucaire. Due to the pervasive attain of Radio Luxembourg, she additionally discovered inspiration within the music of English-speaking singers resembling Paul Anka, the Everly Brothers, Elvis Presley, Cliff Richard, and Connie Francis. Whereas attending the Sorbonne to review political science and Germanic languages, she answered a newspaper discover promoting for younger singers. Hardy failed that first audition, however she was impressed to attend others. She auditioned a bit later for the French Vogue label and signed her first recording contract on the finish of 1961. She was 17. In April of the next 12 months, she left college and launched her first document, “Oh Oh Chéri,” written by Johnny Hallyday’s inventive staff. The flipside was her personal composition “Tous Les Garçons et les Filles.” Using the emergent French wave of yé-yé launched to the nation by songwriter Serge Gainsbourg, the recording was a smash, promoting over two million copies. In 1963, she took fifth place (for Monaco) within the Eurovision Tune Contest with “L’amour s’en Va” and was awarded the Grand Prix du Disque. Quickly she was on the duvet of just about each prime music journal. It was whereas engaged on a photograph shoot for {a magazine} that Hardy would meet photographer Jean-Marie Perier, who reworked her picture from a shy schoolgirl right into a cultural pattern setter. He grew to become not solely her lover but in addition the best affect on her early profession. Their shoot established her as a vogue icon in addition to a pop star, and Perier persuaded Hardy to mannequin. Due to her place in pop music, he was in a position to persuade prime designers together with Paco Rabanne, Chanel, and Yves Saint-Laurent to undertake her as a mannequin. French director Roger Vadim supplied her a main function in Château en Suède; the expertise solely elevated her nationwide recognition, however her coronary heart was in music not cinema. In 1963 she sang on the L’Olympia Theatre in Paris for the primary time as a gap act for yé-yé singer Richard Anthony. She stole she present. Her debut album was basically an umbrella for her singles and offered exceptionally effectively, and the recording received the Prix de l’Académie Charles-Cros and Trophée de la Télévision Française awards. In 1965, she tried movie once more, this time Jean-Daniel Pollet’s Une Balle Au Cœur. Launched in February of 1966, her efficiency drew raves from critics and audiences alike. Hardy’s status as a singer unfold throughout Europe and shortly she was spending time with artists starting from the Beatles and Mick Jagger to Bob Dylan (the latter as soon as refused to play his second set at L’Olympia till she confirmed up). She rapidly grew to become her nation’s most exportable pop star, releasing ten albums between 1962 and 1968.nnPerier and Hardy ended their romance in 1967, the stress and pressure of a jet-set way of life was starting to take its toll. That stated, she met songwriter and pop star Jacques Dutronc the identical 12 months and fell in love — they wed in 1981. After huge whirlwind excursions of Europe, she lower her sophomore outing, Ma Jeunesse Fout L’Camp, which was issued in 1968, simply earlier than the curtain fell on yé-yé in France. That very same 12 months she gave a farewell efficiency at London’s famed Savoy and seemingly retired from the stage to focus on her recording profession. This triggered friction along with her label and resulted in a court docket battle from which she emerged free however cautious of all future enterprise dealings. Hardy rigorously thought-about her subsequent step. In 1970, as a nod to her followers in Switzerland and Germany, she launched the German-language Träume for United Artists. Nevertheless it was a stop-gap. 1971’s self-titled providing for Sonopress, written in collaboration with feminine Brazilian guitarist Tuca, was her first mature outing and featured the singles “Chanson d’O” and “La Query.” Whereas it did not do effectively commercially, it stays the singer’s favourite recording and the one which established her as an affect on later generations. She did not care concerning the comparatively poor gross sales; she thought-about it a creative achievement, and historical past has confirmed her right. The brand new decade additionally helped set up Hardy as burgeoning skilled astrologer. In the summertime of 1973 she gave delivery to a son with Dutronc. Amazingly, the couple, not but married, did not stay collectively till effectively after their baby was born.nnHardy signed to the North American Warner Brothers label late within the 12 months, and proceeded to document Message Personnel with producer Michael Berger. The pair disagreed on many issues through the periods, however its title monitor single grew to become certainly one of her most beloved songs. Within the spring of 1974 she labored with French violinist, composer, and singer Catherine Lara and English producer Del Newman for Entr’Acte. The album was solely a average success commercially, however has since turn into certainly one of her most beloved amongst followers. Hardy deserted vogue in 1974, and all however left music for 2 years to focus on being a mom. She did write and document “Que Vas-Tu Faire” for the soundtrack of Claude Lelouch’s movie Si C’était à Refaire. (It was organized by Jean-Michel Jarre.) By a good friend, Hardy met Gabriel Yared, an ideal fan of her music. He supplied to supply and prepare a brand new album for her. Entitled Star, the set featured wonderful materials by herself, Michel Jonasz, Gainsbourg, William Sheller, Janis Ian, and Lara; it proved a industrial and important success. Issued by Pathé-Marconi, Star revealed a unique facet of the singer, establishing her with a second era of youthful followers. The document offered exceptionally effectively and introduced Hardy again to the forefront of French well-liked music. In all, the singer and producer/arranger lower 4 very profitable albums collectively together with J’Ecoute de la Musique Saoule (1978), Gin Tonic (1980), and A Suivre (1982, that was additionally the primary of her albums to characteristic the abilities of songwriter Jean Claude Vannier). The latter album featured two chart-topping singles in “Tamalou” and “Villégiature.” Followers have argued for many years that the album would have been much more profitable had she resumed touring, however Hardy was much more involved with astrology and motherhood. Over the following two years, she launched solely two new singles whereas her label targeted on issuing compilations. In 1988 she issued Décalage. Introduced as her remaining recording, her lyrics had been set to music by title writers together with William Sheller, Etienne Daho, and husband Dutronc. Curiously, whereas it has developed a status as certainly one of her best data, it was greeted with solely middling reward on the time. Apparently, followers anticipated extra from a grand finale.nnHer retirement proved short-lived. In 1992, she recorded the duet “Si Ca Fait Mal” with songwriter Alain Lubrano, a younger singer/songwriter from the south of France. The subject, about love, intercourse, and AIDS, was lower for the AIDS fund-raising compilation album Urgence. She later re-recorded it as certainly one of her personal singles — once more with Lubrano. In 1995, Hardy signed with Virgin Data. Le Hazard, her debut for the label, appeared in 1996 and established her as a pop star — on the age of 52 — within the U.Ok. Hardy co-wrote all 13 songs, enlisting assist from Lubrano and Rodolphe Burger (Kat Onoma). Deeply influenced by the choice music scene — particularly the music of Portishead — Hardy once more reinvented her sound as a very trendy model of indie pop. The album was profitable past her desires; she appeared on the BBC on radio and tv, on John Peel’s program and ultimately guested on recordings by Malcolm McLaren and Blur.nnHardy topped the brand new century along with her second Virgin album, Clair-Obscur, in 2000.nnThe set was marked by a variety of songs from composers starting from Django Reinhardt, Lubrano, and Daho to Eric Clapton and Don Everly. It additionally included a pair of critically regarded duets in “Puisque Vous Partez en Voyage” with Dutronc, and “I am going to Be Seeing You” with Iggy Pop. In 2004, she issued Tant de Belles Choses, with songs by Lubrano, Benjamin Biolay, Thierry Stremler, and Jacno (Denis Quilliard of Pungent Toys fame). She additionally enlisted help from English singer/songwriter Ben Christophers and Irish songwriter Perry Blake. Her son, Thomas Dutronc, produced and/or performed guitar on 4 tracks. Two years later she issued Parenthèses, a group of duets with materials from her again catalog. Her collaborators included Alain Bashung, Biolay, Rodolphe Burger, Maurane, Arthur H, and French movie star Alain Delon. She additionally recorded along with her husband and son on the identical time — a primary. The set’s first hit single was a model of “Partir Quand Même” with Julio Iglesias. Not touring left Hardy loads of time for pursuits aside from music and astrology, together with writing. In 2008, Editions Robert Laffront revealed her memoir entitled Le Désespoir des Singes et Autres Bagatelles (The Monkey’s Despair and Different Trifles). The guide grew to become an immediate best-seller. Hardy did not relaxation, nonetheless, and in 2010 issued the album La Pluie Sans Parapluie. She penned all of the lyrics herself and collaborated on the music with Lubrano, Ben Christophers, Pascale Daniel, Stremler, and others. Moderately than the cool, wry wit and melancholy that was her trademark, this set supplied listeners a unique portrait of the singer, yet one more delicate and intimate. Two years later, Hardy celebrated her 50th anniversary in music with each a novel (her first) and an album that shared the title L’Amour Fou. She was additionally battling most cancers of the lymphatic system and designated it her final album. She once more composed all of the lyrics with help on the music facet from Stremler, Calogero, Benoît Carré (Lilicub) and Julien Doré. Dominique Blanc-Francard and Bénédicte Schmitt co-produced the recording.nn Whereas Hardy hasn’t set any gross sales data along with her post-millennial output, just about all of her recordings did effectively sufficient to stay commercially viable and improve her legend. Within the aftermath of publication and launch of L’Amour Fou, the singer was absent for practically 5 years. After its launch she grew to become sick whereas present process chemo and ultimately ended up in a coma for eight days. Whereas recovering and persevering with to bear therapy, she had little to no real interest in recording once more — that’s, till she heard the track “Sleep” by the Finnish band Poets of the Fall. She performed for producer and songwriter Erick Benzi (Celine Dion), who beloved it. As a response, he despatched Hardy a number of melodies of his personal, inspiring her to pen lyrics for them. French indie songwriter La Grande Sophie (Sophie Huriaux) knew she had began writing once more and emailed Hardy the track “Le Massive.” Different composers who contributed had been Pascale Daniel and Yael Naim, who gave her “You are My House.” When Hardy started recording with Benzi, the periods went uncharacteristically easily, ensuing within the album Personne dAutre. Preceded by the only “Le Massive”–which was additionally launched as a video directed by François Ozon — the full-length was launched in Europe and the U.S. in April of 2018. ~ Thom Jurek

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