French singer Françoise Hardy was born on January 17, 1944. She got a guitar as a present for passing her baccalauréat exam. While a student at the Sorbonne, she signed with a record label and began to record in the yé-yé style of the early 60s. Her song “Tous les garçons et les filles” (too lay garsohn ay lay fee), which means “All the boys and the girls” became a million record seller. She was chosen to represent Monaco in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1963 and came in fifth with the song that she composed and sang, “L’amour s’en va” (“Love goes away”). She won an award that same year – le Grand Prix du Disque. All this happened when she was still only 18 and it was just the beginning of a long and multi-faceted career.
Her personal life is a little complicated. She and singer Jacques Dutronc formed a couple for many years. Their child, Thomas Dutronc, one of my favorite contemporary singers, was born in 1973. The couple married in 1981 but they have lived separately for quite a long time. In 2000, she released a comeback album, Clair Obscur, on which Thomas played the guitar and she sang a duet with Jacques, “Puisque vous partez en voyage” (“Because you’re leaving on a trip”), rather appropriate considering that they live in two different countries.
Success was hard for her. Hardy’s an extremely shy woman who finds life in the spotlight downright painful. She prefers to live quietly, making relatively few appearances. I think she’s even more beautiful now than she was in her teens.
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- Bella Donna: Françoise Hardy (bellasugar.com)
- Le temps de l’amour, Françoise Hardy from Moonrise Kingdom (fandangogroovers.wordpress.com)
- Francoise Hardy – 1971 – Nights At The Roundtable (pastdaily.com)
- Se vouloir libre, c’est aussi vouloir les autres libres (onequalitythefinest.com)