Category Archives: Ye-ye

GILLIAN HILLS-ZOU BISOU BISOU: TOUT EN FRANCAIS THE YE-YE YEARS 1960-1965. 

Gillian Hills-Zou Bisou Bisou: Tout En Français-The Yé-Yé Years 1960-1965. Gillian Hills was born in Cairo, Egypt, on the ‘5th’ of June 1944  and was the daughter of teacher, traveller, author and adventurer Denis Hills and Dunia Leśmianowna, daughter of Polish poet Bolesław Leśmian. Much of Gillian Hills’ early life was spent in France which …

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SYLVIE-EN ANGLAIS…ET EN AMERICAIN.

SYLVIE-EN ANGLAIS…ET EN AMERICAIN. Sylvie Vartan was just seventeen when she embarked upon a career as a ye-ye singer. Little did she realise that this was the start of a five decade career, where Sylvie would be crowed queen of French pop. By then, she was one of the most successful of the new generation …

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THE FIFTY-FIVE BEST COMPILATIONS OF 2015-PART 1.

THE FIFTY-FIVE BEST COMPILATIONS OF 2015-PART 1.. The next stop in my look back at 2015, is the compilations released during the last twelve months. Again, I started with a long-list, and over the course of a few weeks, gradually, narrowed it down to fifty-five albums. That took some doing. After all, 2015 was a …

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THE FIFTY-FIVE BEST COMPILATIONS OF 2015-PART 6.

THE FIFTY-FIVE BEST COMPILATIONS OF 2015-PART 6. SWEET THINGS FROM THE ELLIE GREENWICH AND JEFF BARRY SONGBOOK. Ellie Greenwich and Jeff Barry formed what would prove to one of the Brill Building’s most successful songwriting partnerships. So much so, that it’s taken Ace Records three compilations to celebrate the Ellie Greenwich and Jeff Barry partnership. …

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TOJOURS CHIC! MORE FRENCH GIRL SINGERS OF THE 1960s.

TOJOURS CHIC! MORE FRENCH GIRL SINGERS OF THE 1960s. Although Ye-ye music’s origins can be traced back to the late fifties, it wasn’t until the early sixties its popularity began to grow. Suddenly, it became a pan-European phenomenon. From France, Luxembourg Italy, Portugal and Spain ye-ye music’s popularity was on the rise. However, France was …

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ANNIE PHILIPPE-SENSATIONNEL! YE YE BONBONS 1965-1968.

ANNIE PHILIPPE-SENSATIONNEL! YE YE BONBONS 1965-1968. Growing up in Brittany, Annie Philippe always loved to sing and dance. Sometimes, she dreamt of making a living as a singer. That looked unlikely to happen. Annie’s parents were what she described as “simple people.” They didn’t have a musical background. Nor did didn’t realise their daughter was …

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VAMPS ET VAMPIRE-THE SONGS OF SERGE GAINSBOURG.

VAMPS ET VAMPIRE-THE SONGS OF SERGE GAINSBOURG. Maverick, bon viveur, raconteur and rebel. These are just a few of the words that describe French singer, songwriter, poet, composer, artist, actor and director Serge Gainsbourg. He’s one of the most influential and controversial figures in French culture. Serge did things his way. Often that proved controversial. …

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TRES CHIC! MORE FRENCH GIRL SINGERS OF THE 1960s.

TRES CHIC! MORE FRENCH GIRL SINGERS OF THE 1960s. Back in the sixties, the phenomenon that was ye-ye music swept through much of Europe. This included Italy, Luxembourg, Portugal and Spain. However, France was undoubtably the ye-ye capital of Europe. Especially after Serge Gainsbourg success helped popularize the genre. It was French female singer-songwriters that …

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