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The Françoise Hardy Virtual Museum

Updated: 2016-09-08T06:38:43.283+02:00


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Donation: Nick Drake and Françoise Hardy


Here's a little something I wrote, about the connection between Françoise and the British singer-songwriter Nick Drake. If you want to, you can put it on your site.With kind regardsPatrick RoefflaerBelgiumDid the French singer Françoise Hardy ever record songs Nick especially wrote for her?The Rolling Stone Encyclopedia of Rock & Roll (Simon & Schuster, 2001) clearly thinks so. In the entry on Nick drake it is stated:"He lived for a short while in Paris at the behest of Françoise Hardy (who never released the recordings she made of his songs) and then settled in Hampstead..."Here are the facts, at least how I see them:As with many thinks in Nick's life, information is rare and often contradicting. Some even think they had a relation and lived together for some months. Others just think he had a crush on the beautiful chanteuse - like many schoolboys in the Sixties. The only thing that is certain is taht they have met a few times.The first time was at the beginning of the Seventies. Producer Joe Boyd wanted more people to know the acts on his Witchseason label. A good way to do so was to get some famous artist to cover their songs. Possibly for contractual reasons he didn't chose to compile simply some songs from Fairport Convention, The Incredible String Band and Nick Drake on an album. Instead he booked some studiotime, in July 1970, and hired a few session singers. One of them was his own girlfriend, Linda Peters - later to marry Richard Thompson and become known as Linda Thompson - and a young man called Reginald Dwight. He was just starting a career as Elton John and payed the rent by covering hitsongs of the day for cheap compilations.Some hunderd actetates of those new versions were pressed and sent to potential clients.One of the few who showed some interest in Nick's songs was the French singer Françoise Hardy. She contacted Boyd to let him know that she thought the songs were great and that she would like him to write some for her. A meeting was arranged in her Paris apartment. That visit wasn't exactly a great succes. Arriving in the apartment on the Isle St. Louis Drake withdrew in himself." He never said a word," remembers Hardy in the documentary A Skin Too Few."It was excruciating," said Joe Boyd. "Nick sat there, head down, drinking his tea and didn't say a word the whole time; and I had to fill in the awkward silences." (The Sad Ballad of Nick Drake - Mick Brown in The Telegraph, July 12, 1997.)They nevertheless agree that Nick will write some songs and Françoise will come to London to record them there. Time is booked in Studio Sound Techniques (the studio where Nick recorded all his albums with engineer John Wood).But before Hardy could come to London, Boyd received an offer from Warner Brothers to go to California. It was too good to refuse, so he sold Witchseason to Island Records.Some of the finest British folkmusicians were hired for the Hardy sessions. Richard Thompson played guitar on a few tracks. Another was Fotheringay guitarist Jerry Donahue. He confirms that Nick showed up at least once to watch the sessions."When we were doing Françoise's album, Nick Drake came up and sat next to me in the control room. I was just making some friendly conversation. He was very quiet in between questions; there would just be a gap. Then I'd ask another question. And each time I did, his eyebrows would raise way up, his eyes would widen, and it was like an effort to kind of get the answer out to satisfy the situation at hand - 'I've gotta deal with this - somebody's putting me on the line, they've actually addressed me and asked me a question. I will do my best to get an answer out.'Then having successfully managed to crank an answer out, he would withdraw again into silence, until which time I might feel inclined to ask him another question, and the same sequence of events would take place. It was very bizarre. I've never known anybody like him. And he wasn't unfriendly. But you just really felt like you were putting the guy on the spot when you'd ask the most simple [...]

The Complete Françoise Hardy Vogue EPs Discography


19621. Oh oh chéri - Il est parti - J'suis d'accord - Tous les garcons et les filles -- Vogue 7967 -2. C'est l'amour auquel je pense - Ca a raté - Le temps de l'amour - J'ai jeté mon coeur -- Vogue 8047 -3. Ton meileur ami - On se plait - La fille avec toi - Il est tout pour moi -- Vogue 8048 -19634. L'amour s'en va - Je pense à lui - Comme tant d'autres - L'amour d'un garcon -- Vogue 8076 -5. Qui aime-t'il vraiment - Saurai-je - Bien longtemps - On dit de lui -- Vogue 8111 -6. Le premier bonheur du jour - Va pas prendre un tambour - Nous tous - J'aurais voulu -- Vogue 8139 -7. Le sais-tu - Avant de t'en aller - Toi, je ne t'oublierai pas - L'amour ne dure pas toujours- Vogue 8179 -19648. Catch a falling star - Find me a boy - Only friends - I wish it were me -- Vogue 8207 -9. Pourtant tu m'aimes - Jaloux - On se quitte toujours - C'est la première fois -- Vogue 8221 -10. Et meme - Tout me ramène à toi - C'est le passé - Apprends-le-moi -- Vogue 8222 -11. Je n'attends plus personne - Pas gentille - Tu ne dis rien - Pars -- Vogue 8290 -12. Je veux qu'il revienne - Mon amie la rose - La nuit est sur la ville - Nous etions amies -- Vogue 8291 -196513. Dis-lui non - Dans le monde entier - Tu es venu à moi - Son amour s'est endormi -- Vogue 8346 - 1965 -All over the world - another place - however much - only you can do it -- Vogue 8348 - 1965 -Wer du bist - Ich hab das Glück - Peter und Lou - Die Liebe geht -- Vogue 8352 - 1965 -Le temps des souvenirs - Tu ne m'attends pas - J'ai bien du chagrin - Bout de lune -- Vogue 8369 - 1965 -L'amitié - En t'attendant - Ce petit coeur -Non ce n'est pas un reve -- Vogue 8389 - 1965 -Tu peux bien - Il s'est fait tard - Quel mal y-a-t-il à ca -Je t'aime -- Vogue 8411 - 1965 -La maison où j'ai grandi - Tu verras - Il est des choses -Je ne suis là pour personne -- Vogue 8427 - 1966 -Comme - Je changerais d'avis - Peut-etre que je t'aime - Rendez-vous d'automne -- Vogue 8487 - 1966 -Si c'est ca - Qu'ils sont heureux - Je serai là pour toi - Surtout ne vous retournez pas -- Vogue 8511 - 1966 -Voilà - Au fond du reve doré - Les petits garcons - Qui peut dire -- Vogue 8566 - 1967 -Des ronds dans l'eau - Viens-là - Mon amour adieu -En vous aimant bien -- Vogue 8595 - 1967 -C'était charmant - Il n'y a pas d'amour heureux - Ma jeunesse fout le camp -- Vogue 8613 - 1967 -Je ne sais pas ce que je veux - Avec des si - La terre - J'ai fait de lui un reve -- Vogue 8635 - 1968 -Comment te dire adieu - Il vaut mieux une petite maison dans la main qu'un grand chateau dans les nuages - L'anamour - Suzanne- Vogue 8652 - 1968 -C'est lui qui dort - Étonnez-moi Benoit - La mer, les étoiles, le vent - Où va la chance -- Vogue 8660 - 1968 -Des bottes rouges de Russie -Il voyage - L'heure bleue - Au fil des nuits et des journées -- Vogue 8676 - 1969 -Le Crabe - Assiette niete - Tu ressembles à tous ceux qui ont eu du chagrin - Un petit sourire, un petit mot -- Sonopresse HY 1101 - -La maison où j'ai grandi - Comme - Mon amie la rose - L'amitié -- Vogue DOV. 02Autumn Rendezvous - Another place - Say it now - All over the world -Vogue VRE 5018/Pye records, 1966 -[...]

Françoise Hardy - Voilà (1967)


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Voilà, je regarde les autres
Pourtant je ne leur trouve rien
C'est comme ça
Voilà, je vais avec les autres
Le temps passe plus mal que bien
C'est comme ça
Et toi?
Que fais-tu?
Es-tu content de tout?

Je suis là, devant toi, toujours la même
Oh! Pourquoi est-ce encore toi que j'aime
Que j'aime, que j'aime, que j'aime
Tu es là, devant moi, toujours le même
Oh! Pourquoi ne puis-je pas te dire:
Je t'aime, je t'aime, je t'aime

Voilà, je m'en retourne aux autres
Qui m'aiment et que je n'aime pas
C'est comme ça
Et toi, vas retrouver cette autre
Tu l'aimes ou c'est ce que tu crois
C'est comme ça
Voilà, on n'a rien, rien de plus à se dire

Je suis là, devant toi, toujours la même
Tu le vois, c'est encore toi que j'aime
Que j'aime, que j'aime, que j'aime
Tu t'en vas et plus rien ne vaut la peine
Oh! Pourquoi ne puis-je pas crier:
Je t'aime, je t'aime, je t'aime

Françoise Hardy - Parlez-moi de lui (1968)


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Françoise Era - Dalida: Parlez-moi de lui (1968)


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Françoise Hardy's 1966 interview


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Françoise Era - Eurovision 1963


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Françoise Hardy - Eurovision 1963 - L'amour s'en va


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Françoise Hardy - La maison ou j'ai grandi (1966)


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Françoise Hardy - Il ragazzo della via Gluck (1966)


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Françoise Hardy - La maison ou j'ai grandi EP 1966


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Françoise Hardy: A Seventies-to-2000 bio...


The 70’s marked the beginning of Françoise Hardy’s increasing involvement with astrology, a subject which had fascinated the singer since she was 18 years old. Convinced that "people can change the world on an individual level, before they do so on a collective level", Françoise Hardy went on to become a specialist of astrological birth charts,.Meanwhile, Françoise Hardy’s relationship with Jacques Dutronc was still very much a feature of her personal life, although the couple continued to live apart and were beginning to lead increasingly separate lives by this point. Dutronc was not only pursuing a successful singing career, he had also launched an acting career and was rapidly becoming a major French film star. The fact that he scarcely ever had time to spend with Françoise soon began to put an increasing strain on the pair’s relationship. Yet, the celebrity couple managed to survive and on June 16 1973, Françoise gave birth to a son named Thomas. Following the birth of his son, Jacques would move in with Françoise and the couple began spending a little more time together.Having left the Sonopresse label, Françoise Hardy went on to sign a new recording deal with the American firm Warner Bros. The singer was soon back at work in the studio, recording a new album "Message personnel" under the direction of Michel Berger. Despite several artistic differences between the pair during the increasingly fraught recording sessions, the album proved to be a huge commercial and critical success. Indeed, the album’s title track, "Message personnel", went on to become one of Françoise Hardy’s best-known songs. Yet, fans had to be content to listen to their idol on the airwaves - there was still no question of Françoise resuming her live performances.Françoise was more than happy to continue her recording work, however. In 1974 she returned to the studio with the singer Catherine Lara (a close friend of Hardy’s) and a string section, to begin work on her new album entitled "Entracte". Françoise Hardy also enlisted the services of the English producer Del Newman (renowned for his work with British pop star Elton John). Jean-Marie Perier was also involved in preparations for the new album, designing the cover just as he had for all Françoise Hardy’s previous works. (This would be the last occasion on which Périer designed for his ex-lover however). Although "Entracte" is nowadays considered as one of the finest albums of Françoise Hardy’s career, at the time the album’s sales were reasonable but never spectacular.By this stage in her career, Françoise was spending an increasing amount of time bringing up her young son. She had put her days of being a fashion model well and truly behind her and began dressing in a more comfortable, laid-back style, sporting jeans and baseball boots. Françoise also began distancing herself from the hectic world of showbiz, only making rare media appearances to coincide with her album releases. Between 1974 and 1976, Françoise also began to reduce her busy work schedule, recording only one song in this period (for the soundtrack of Claude Lelouch’s film "Si c'était à refaire"). The only song she wrote during this period was "Que vas-tu faire" (a song for which Jean-Michel-Jarre composed the musical arrangements).In 1977 Françoise Hardy was to make a major comeback, however, after meeting the musician Gabriel Yared through an editor friend. Yared, a great fan of the singer’s work, offered to work on a new album with Hardy, looking after all the musical arrangements. Once again the recording sessions for the new album were somewhat strained, Hardy’s legendary "ice queen" behaviour doing nothing to improve relatio[...]

Bob Dylan and Françoise Hardy


In 1961, the French singer Maurice Chevalier went to New York for a few concerts, and he asked to a young singer to come with him; he was called Hugues Aufray; it was early in his career. In Greenwich Village, he met Peter, Paul & Mary, and he was introduced to Bob Dylan.

A few months later, Bob came to Paris to meet Hugues Aufray and as they were at some terrasse for to take a coffee, Bob saw a picture of Françoise Hardy, who also was in the early years of her career, with a great hit, 'Tous les garçons et les filles", more than 1.000.000 LPs sold in a few monthes. Bob asked few questions about this beautiful young girl.... When Bob wrote poems for the back of Another Side of Bob Dylan, there was one dedicated to Françoise Hardy (at the Seine edge...). At this time, Bob had yet to meet the singer.

In Olympia, on May 24th, 1966, Bob Dylan was on stage for his first concert in France - all of show-biz was there in the first row. François Hardy was there, and after the the first part of the show (acoustic), a friend of Bob went to Françoise Hardy, and said to her that Bob would not return to the stage until he could meet her.

So she went backstage and Bob asked her to meet him after the show at his hotel the famous "George V", the most expensive in Paris ... She was 22 years old, rather shy, and she did not really like this kind of party with so many people. In any case, Bob found her in the crowd, and she went in his bedroom only to listen to his new songs. Bob played at first "I Want You", which made her slightly uncomfortable, and the second was "Just Like A Woman".

After this time, Hardy and Dylan never saw each other again.

for françoise hardy
at the seine's edge
a giant shadow
of notre dame
seeks t' grab my foot
sorbonne students
whirl by on thin bicycles
swirlin' lifelike colors of leather spin
the breeze yawns food
far from the bellies
of erhard meetin' johnson
piles of lovers
lay themselves on their books. boats.
old men
clothed in curly mustaches
float on the benches
blankets of tourists
in bright red nylon shirts
with straw hats of ambassadors
-- Bob Dylan, from the liner notes to Another Side of Bob Dylan

Françoise Hardy - Soleil (1970)


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Françoise Hardy - Soleil (1970)



Françoise Hardy - Assiette niet (1970)


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Françoise Hardy - Fleur de lune (1970)


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Françoise Hardy: A birth-to-Sixties bio...


Françoise Hardy was born in Paris on January 17 1944. She had a troubled childhood, her mother, an assistant accountant, bringing up Françoise and her sister Michèle (18 months younger than Françoise) on her own. Indeed, the girls’ father only visited the family flat in Paris’s 9th arrondissement a couple of times a year. In fact, Monsieur Hardy rarely bothered to contact his daughters at all and he would contribute precious little, financially or otherwise, towards his daughters' upbringing.Françoise’s troubled relationship with her father was not helped by the fact that the only other relatives to whom the young girl was close were her maternal grandparents, who lived in the Paris suburb of Aulnay-sous-Bois. Françoise did not get on with her grandmother, whose harsh criticisms and negative comments only served to turn the already introverted child further into her shell. In a later biography Françoise would remember her grandmother as "a totally neurotic old woman with an over-bearing personality". The young girl’s natural timidity was not helped by the fact that she was sent to La Bruyère, a rather strict convent school for girls. Young Françoise grew up to be an extremely studious and pious student who found it difficult to overcome her shyness. This tall, thin girl with long, gangly legs and a somewhat gawky silhouette probably never dreamt that one day she would become one of the most popular French music stars of the 60’s.Young Françoise soon began writing songs in her free time, inspired by the music she heard on the radio. Françoise was a passionate music fan, listening to Georges Guétary’s operettas from an early age, before progressing to French chanson stars Paul Anka, Charles Trenet and Cora Vaucaire. Sitting alone in her bedroom, Françoise would sing along to the radio, miming to her idols’ greatest hits. The solitary adolescent was often sent to Austria during the school holidays to perfect her German and it was here that she would spend hours listening to her favourite music and composing her own work.After she had passed her baccalauréat with flying colours, Françoise received a visit from her father who arrived bearing a special birthday gift - a guitar. Now the young girl could really start practising her singing in earnest, and it was not long before she enrolled at the Petit Conservatoire de Mireille (a legendary 60’s singing school). Françoise’s mother pushed her daughter to continue her studies as well as attending the Conservatoire, and the young girl went on to gain a place at the Political Science Faculty. However, politics were certainly not Françoise’s cup of tea, and the young girl soon quit the course, defecting to the Sorbonne to study literature. Meanwhile, Françoise continued to sing and write songs in her free time. The burgeoning young singer would soon spot a record company advert in the local newspaper seeking new up-and-coming artists and plucked up the courage to audition. Françoise’s first audition did not prove a great success, however, but it did encourage her to attend others. Finally, after an intensive series of singing lessons and two further auditions, Françoise Hardy's luck changed. On November 14 1961, at the tender age of 17, the young singer was offered a recording contract with the Vogue label.Françoise went on to record her début single in April 1962. This first single featured "Oh oh Chéri" (a song written by two of Johnny Hallyday’s habitual songwriters) and three of Françoise’s own compositions including "To[...]

Françoise Hardy's German Recordings


Former German student Françoise Hardy spoke the language of Goethe with ease and enjoyed a string of successes in Germany, mostly with German versions of her domestic hits.

French singer-songwriter Françoise Hardy’s melancholy material was at odds with the relentlessly cheery music German record buyers preferred in the 1960s. Nevertheless, she became was a huge success in Germany.

Her first top 30 hit came in 1963 with Peter und Lou, a cover of her international hit Tous les garçons et les filles, which also charted in its original French version and made the top 20.

It was another year before the coolest of French chanteuses graced the German charts again, this time with an original German composition, Wer du bist.

Her biggest success came shortly afterwards, with Frag' den Abendwind, a top ten hit in the summer of 1965, which peaked at number seven and spent six months in the charts.

Two further hits, Ich bin nun mal ein Mädchen, a cover of her Pourtant tu m’aimes, and Dann bist du verliebt, followed in 1966. At this time, she also recorded a German version of Dans le monde entier, one of her biggest hits, as Ein Fenster wird hell.

She enjoyed one further top 40, in 1969, with Souvenirs der ersten großen Liebe.

Sweet Françoise 1966-69


(image) 1. Hardy in 1966, just after the release of her breakthrough album The “Yeh-Yeh” Girl from Paris.

(image) 2. In 1966, with Antonio Sabato during the filming of the John Frankenheimer race car classic Grand Prix.

(image) 3. In Monte Carlo, during the filming of Grand Prix.

(image) 4. Fresh off the plane at London Airport in 1967.

(image) 5. Performing at London's Savoy Hotel in 1967.

(image) 6. Photographed by William Klein for Vogue in 1968.

(image) 7. In 1969, a tough but always elegant Hardy, on the verge of the next phase of her career.

Françoise Hardy - Portrait in Musik (1964)



Françoise Hardy - Gli altri (Voilà -1967)


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Françoise Hardy - I sentimenti (Et meme - 1967)


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