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PostPosted: Sun Jan 07, 2018 2:08 pm    Post subject: RIP France Gall Reply with quote

Another one gone! Crying or Very sad

France Gall, French singer who shot to fame in 1960s, dies

French singer France Gall, who rose to pop fame in the 1960s, has died at the age of 70 after suffering from cancer for two years.

She was taken to hospital near Paris last month for a severe infection.

Gall won the Eurovision Song Contest in 1965 representing Luxembourg with the song Wax Doll, Rag Doll (Poupée de cire, Poupée de son).

She enjoyed more international success in 1987 with her tribute to jazz legend Ella Fitzgerald, Ella, Elle l'a.

Gall was born in October 1947 into a musical family - her father was singer and songwriter Robert Gall, who penned songs for music legends Edith Piaf and Charles Aznavour, among others.

She was known for her childish smile and sweet voice and, in the words of Le Figaro website, "embodied the emancipation of French girls in the post-war era". Her career spanned 50 years and Culture Minister Françoise Nyssen described her as "a timeless icon of French song".

She was just 16 when her first single, Don't Be So Stupid (Ne Sois Pas Si Bête), sold some 200,000 copies.

But it was Gall's Eurovision victory with Poupée de cire - written by Serge Gainsbourg, one of the biggest figures in French popular music - that helped catapult her to fame and make her a star on France's Yé-yé (yeah yeah) pop scene, so-called because of its nod to English music at the time.

Her death comes a month after the loss of another giant of French music, Johnny Hallyday - widely seen as the leader of the Yé-yé singers.

Read more:
http://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-42596741



Strange coincidence, I was listening to "Poupée de cire, Poupée de son" just a couple of days ago, which is unusual because, though I like her, I had almost forgotten about France Gall and came across the song by chance...
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 07, 2018 2:12 pm    Post subject: Poupée de cire, Poupée de son Reply with quote

Her best-known hit!

https://youtu.be/gZo3cUtZNG4


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PostPosted: Sun Jan 07, 2018 2:18 pm    Post subject: France Gall is no more... Reply with quote

Yes, yet another one gone.
The Little Wax Doll has gone to Heaven
So sad... Sad Crying or Very sad

http://www.nouvelobs.com/culture/20180107.OBS0245/la-chanteuse-france-gall-est-morte-a-l-age-de-70-ans.html


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PostPosted: Sun Jan 07, 2018 2:23 pm    Post subject: France Gall is no more... Reply with quote

It's another part of our youth that went away with her. Johnny was 74, France Gall 70. All this grabs me, for I am from that same post-war generation. France Gall is now reunited with Michel Berger, who wrote some very beautiful songs for her.

The last time she performed in public was at the Olympia in 2000 with Johnny Hallyday. They sang "Quelque chose de Tennessee".


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PostPosted: Sun Jan 07, 2018 2:27 pm    Post subject: Évidemment... Reply with quote

I wrote this on the basis of her hit "Évidemment"

Ce matin, en apprenant ta mort, il y a comme un goût amer
Après celle de Johnny , trop c'est trop
Et une colère nous suit partout
Ce matin notre horizon est encore plus poussiéreux.
Le silence est notre tourment
Alors chantons sur ces musiques qu'on aimait tant
Toi la haut, tu as rejoint ton prince de la chanson
Michel Berger évidemment , évidemment...

The real lyrics:

Y a comme un goût amer en nous
Comme un goût de poussière dans tout
Et la colère qui nous suit partout

Y a des silences qui disent beaucoup
Plus que tous les mots qu'on avoue
Et toutes ces questions qui ne tiennent pas debout

Évidemment
Évidemment
On danse encore
Sur les accords
Qu'on aimait tant

Évidemment
Évidemment
On rit encore
Pour les bêtises
Comme des enfants
Mais pas comme avant

https://youtu.be/dMCF59X3S0s


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PostPosted: Sun Jan 07, 2018 2:31 pm    Post subject: "Diego" Reply with quote

You have to listen to her singing "Diego":

https://youtu.be/aTLJ8A4qYAI


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PostPosted: Sun Jan 07, 2018 2:35 pm    Post subject: "Diego" by Johnny Reply with quote

The lyrics of this song are a gem. There are three recordings: France Gall, Johnny Hallyday and Michel Berger.

Here's Johnny's:

https://youtu.be/4BSCYfjwk4w



An earlier Johnny version:

https://youtu.be/KggSgpnf0F8


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PostPosted: Sun Jan 07, 2018 2:58 pm    Post subject: Julien Clerc's moving tribute Reply with quote

Julien Clerc's touching tribute to the love of his young years

http://www.parismatch.com/People/L-emouvant-hommage-de-Julien-Clerc-a-France-Gall-son-amour-de-jeunesse-1433330


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PostPosted: Mon Jan 08, 2018 3:30 pm    Post subject: Poupée de cire: Gainsbourg and Beethoven Reply with quote

True that Gainsbourg was an excellent musician and composer. This Internaute reminds us of it - that Poupée de cire, Poupée de son was inspired from a few notes from the 4th movement for piano of Beethoven's Sonata N°1.

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@Phil Paris: Inspiré du 4° mouvement (Prestisimo en Fa mineur) pour piano de la sonate n°1 de Beethoven. Il y a une différence entre le plagiat qui est une copie et l'inspiration, Serge Gainsbourg lui-même avait dit lors d'un interview qu'il s'était inspiré de quelques notes de cette sonate de Beethoven.

France Gall - Poupée de cire, poupée de son (1965) Stéréo HQ

https://youtu.be/rRva0YOVtcI



The original Beethoven sonata:

Beethoven, Sonata para piano Nº 1 en fa menor Opus 2 Nº 1. Daniel Barenboim, piano

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T6YTd9z8PQM

And here, a magnificent interpretation by Richter, and here, I really recognized the part that inspired Gainsbourg for Poupée de cire, Poupée de son, in the Prestissimo of the 4th movement.

Beethoven / Sviatoslav Richter, 1976: Piano Sonata No. 1 in F minor, Op. 2, No. 1 - Complete

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X4KGTrk9ah4


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PostPosted: Mon Jan 08, 2018 3:41 pm    Post subject: More France Gall songs from our distant youth Reply with quote

LAISSE TOMBER LES FILLES
1964! Do you remember?

https://youtu.be/FWRCJhsz5t4



Her beautiful tribute to Ella Fitzgerald:

France Gall - Ella, elle l'a (Clip officiel)

https://youtu.be/lgHGU8gqz9U


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