Introducing Ms Francoise Hardy a Musical and Style Icon of the 1960’s. She was born in Paris, France and in the Swinging Sixties became the beautiful face of French Pop, classical, elegant, demure and sultry. With her cool French chic the camera loved her and so did the audiences.
She had both Bob Dylan and Mick Jagger falling for her. Dylan even penned a poem in her dedication. She walked down the streets of London and got offered acting and modelling roles. Undoubtedly stylish and supremely talented with a soft sweet voice and French accent, she had a very successful Music and Fashion career.
“Hardy is mentioned in a poem by Bob Dylan, “Some other kinds of songs”, which appears on the back cover of his album Another Side of Bob Dylan, released in 1964.” (Wikipedia)
Her first hit single was “Tous les garcons et les Filles”, a flip side of “Oh Oh Cheri” which was released in 1962 on the Disques Vogue Label. It sold over a million copies and was awarded a Gold Disc. Francoise was an “IT Girl” of the decade singing in various languages, travelling the world, modelling and appearing in several movies.
Her music in the 1960’s was cute and catchy. In 1963 she represented Monaco in the Eurovision Song Contest coming 5th.
In the 1970’s she adopted a more mature style and attracted more of a Cult following. It was also in the 1970’s she became very interested in Astrology which led her to become an expert and writer on the subject over the years.
In 1994 Francoise collaborated with the British Band Blur on a version of “To the End” and her song “Ce Petit Cour” featured in “The Gilmore Girls” TV show in the episode “French Twist”.
Her song “Viola” featured in the British TV Show “The End of the F***ing World” a Tarantinoesque Thriller, Love Story and Dark Comedy based on the Graphic Novel of the same name.
Francoise has admitted she is painfully shy and also not afraid to sing about sad subjects. Why does she stand out for me? Apart from all that? Because she’s got not just beauty, she’s got depth. She’s more sensual than overtly sexual and there’s a very Romantic feel to her songs. There’s a haunting quality to her music that shines through with a touch of tragedy and melancholia.
Francoise Hardy is in her 70’s now and has written several books. She is still creating music, has survived cancer in recent years and continues to release albums.
Will leave you with my favourite song of hers which is the one I began with. “Comment de tire adieu” released in 1968. Which means “How to say Goodbye to you” a French adaption of the song “It Hurts to say Goodbye” by Arnold Goland.
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2 thoughts on “The Mysterious Music of Francoise Hardy – French Music of the Sixties – 60’s French Style Icons”
Her sound is familiar, but I don’t know why, other than it is so 60’s. I’m a child of the 60’s, but none, but the last song has a vague ring to it. Perhaps they were used in soundtracks?
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Hi Jolie. Thanks for your feedback. I only discovered her music a few months back. I liike finding singers that people may not have heard of and sharing their music. Sometimes some musicians are popular in their own country yet not well known outside it. Interesting you found the last one a little familiar. It has maybe featured in a film or TV show you watched. I find some music familiar yet cant place why sometimes. It’s interesting. I’m not a child of the 60s as such but loved the music of the 60s, 70s and 80s. I am always finding new artists I’d never heard of before and discovering they were hugely popular.
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