Juliette Gréco was a French actress and singer.
She first appeared on my radar in 2010 in the Gainsbourg movie
Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life where she is played by Anna Mouglalis.
The scene from Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life in which Gainsbourg meets Gréco and plays for her “La Javanaise”.
Below the song “
L’Accordéon” (1962) in which she plays her own black-clad body as an instrument. Very French and sensual.
While cycling to work, it dawned upon me that “L’Accordéon” reminded me of the Mary Poppins song “
Chim Chim Cher-ee” (1964).
Zizi Jeanmaire was a French ballet dancer and entertainer.
She is best-known for her song “Mon truc en plumes” (1961) but I give you a version of “
Élisa” (1969), written by Serge Gainsbourg.
“ La danse des canards” (1981)
J. J. Lionel was a Belgian musician whose song “La danse des canards” (1981) is one of the best-selling singles ever in France.
There is popular music and and then there is “danse des canards” popular, almost as popular as “Hava Nagila”.
Both are songs everyone knows but no one can remember where it originates.
And in France,
Jean-Loup Dabadie died.
Dabadie wrote the lyrics to the song “
But Now I know” (1973), which was released as “Maintenant je sais” (1974) in French.
Christophe was a French singer-songwriter best known for his schmalzy broken heart love song “Aline” (1965).
“ Aline” (1965)
Apart from that, he gained some fame for his composition “Sunny Road to Salina” (1970), which was featured in
Kill Bill Vol. 2. (2004).
Patrick Gibson (ne Francfort) was French musician. He was the drummer of the Gibson Brothers.
“ Cuba” (1978)
Their disco was not my type of disco … but hey … as I often say … you can’t argue with popular.
To his credit, Patrick seemed to have played the drums on the recently deceased Manu Dibango album
Manu 76 (1976).
Patrick was in his sixties. Seeing recent photos of the trio seems to confirm that covid and obesity are bad company.
The Gibson Brothers were managed by Jean Kluger (born 1937) and Daniel Vangarde (born 1947). Vangarde’s real name is Bangalter and he is the father of Thomas.
Nancy Holloway was an American singer and actress, a minor star who reached her zenith in the 1960s.
She covered American songs translated to French, sung with an American accent.
She had a bit part in pop art film
(1967). Jeu de massacre
“T’en vas pas comme ça” (1963) an adaptation of “ Don’t Make Me Over” released a year earlier.
Her song “
Sand and Rain” (1974) is on the ‘Dusty Fingers volume 10’ and was sampled on “Your Revolution” (2000)
“ Sand and Rain” (1974)
Henri Belolo was a French music producer and songwriter active during the disco era.
The Ritchie Family, the Village People.
In the course of my research following his death, I found that Belolo was co-responsible for a horrifying version of “
Aquarela do Brasil” by the Ritchie Family, and for the kitsch classics “Y.M.C.A.”, “In the Navy”, and “Go West” by the Village People.
However, it is Break Machine’s record “
Street Dance” (1983) which I want to bring your attention here. A personal favorite, of however questionable taste it may appear to be.
“ Standing in the Rain“.
Raymond Donnez, known as Don Ray, was a French musician and producer of some note in the Euro disco scene.
He contributed to
Cerrone‘s records and also released one solo album which enjoys cult status, (1978), which featured the successful single “Standing in the Rain”. The Garden of Love
Michel Legrand is best known for penning “ The Windmills of Your Mind” (1968), which people where I live now in the version “Cirkels” by Herman van Veen. Above in an oft-sampled version by Dorothy Ashby.
Legrand is also known for writing pop music such as
Claude Nougaro‘s “ Tout Feu Tout Femme“.