see also :
1969 : LP World_Record ORR 6057 -South-Africa 'English 3'
1970 : LP United_Artists UAS 29046 -UK 'One-Nine-Seven-Zero'
1970 : LP Reprise RS 6397 -U.S.A. 'Alone'
1970 : LP Reprise RS-6397 -Canada 'Alone'
1970 : LP Interfusion SITFL 933 891 -Australia 'One-Nine-Seven-Zero'
1970 : LP Interfusion SITFL 933.891 -New-Zealand 'One-Nine-Seven-Zero'
HMV EASY -
the Francoise Hardy collection
EMI 7243 5 260542 2
All Because Of You
Cover text :
There haven't been hoards of French female singers in the British charts over the years and that is a great shame because quite a few of them have beautiful and distinctive voices. One singer that did break the charts, albeit for only a short time, was Francoise Hardy. She caused quite a stir in the mid-sixties when her French language songs became universally popular.
Francoise was born in Paris, on January 17th 1944. A talented and intelligent girl, she graduated from the Le Bruyere College and began to pursue a career as a singer / songwriter.
After signing to the top French record label Vogue, she became immensely popular in her own country and not only for her music. Her looks caused more than a few pulses to quicken.
1962 saw her write and record the song 'Tous Les Garcons Et Les Filles' which was an international hit and sold over a million copies. She had to wait until June 1964 before the record charted in the U.K., reaching number 36 and staying in the charts for seven weeks - very respectable for a foreign language record.
Such was the interest in Francoise that the following month it was reportod in the New Musical Express that due to the big demand for imported E.Ps of her songs the W.H.Smith chain of stores decided to stock her records nationwide.
Her next single to chart in Britain came the following January when 'Et Meme' only just failed to break into the Top Thirty, stalling as it did at number.
However, three months later her biggest singles success came with the English version of 'All Over The World'. This record spent almost four months on the charts climbing to number 16. lt was also a slight change in direction as, in contrast to her more 'poppier' numbers, 'All Over The World' was soft and gentle.
She kept a high profile throughout the ensuing years thanks to her appearances in films, most notably in those by Roger Vadim, and by modelling.
As the end of the Sixties approached Francoise cut back on her concert work as she suffered greatly from stage fright and the strain was proving too much for her. This thankfully didn't prevent her from making some excellent albums as time went on.
A glut of compilations during the 1980s rekindied interest in Frangoise and she duetted with ex Sex Pistols manager Malcolm McLaren in the Nineties on 'The Revenge Of The Flowers'.
The tracks on this CD are taken from two of the albums released in the Seventies. The first twelve being from the album 'One-Nine-Seven-Zero' which was released in Britain, not surprisingly, in 1970. The rest are from the 1977 album 'Star' which listeners may not be familiar with as it was issued only in France.
lt is a pity that Francoise didn't have more hits and that she succumbed to her ever-present stage fright as there is no doubt, on the evidence of the songs featured here, that she could have been one of the major international singing stars of the last thirty to forty years.