musica-la-vita Françoise hardy fotogalerie impressum

Bonjour et salut! Mit "Frag den Abendwind" wurde sie berühmt im Deutschland. Das war 1965. Leider war ihre Popularität da nur auf die Schlager-Ära der 1960er Jahre begrenzt; in Frankreich wurde sie indessen zu einem der größten Stars.

françoise hardy portrait

romantik, charme und melancholie aus frankreich

romance, charms and melancholy from france

Francoise Gitarre

frag den abendwind ... (ask the evening wind)

20th century, beginning of the 1960s - time of a radical cultural change: the Beatles and the Rolling Stones hit the charts in the Federal Republic of Germany. The German "schlager" (pop-song) - yet hopelessly conservative, messages of a strangely ideal world (despite the Cold War and Vietnam). The German pop singers were sill under the influence of kidney-shaped tables romanticism. Petty bourgeoisie and boredom of the 1950s.

There came from Paris a pretty young lady, who gave new meanings to the term "woman". She was not a feminist. She was not a rebel. But she was unconventional: Long hair, noble jeans, elegant leather jacket, guitar. Intelligent, charmaning, charismatic. An individual. She moved and touched people's spirit, captivated and fascinated her audience with her soft, often whispering voice accompanied by a guitar or a piano: a minimalist - Françoise Hardy! I was only a little child and fell in love with her head over heels! !

wer du bist ... (who are you)

Who was this unusual person, who was so hard to classify between pop star, chansonette and sensitive rock singer? Personal information about Françoise Hardy are not very easy to find. There are several biograohies. This website is mainly based on the rather detailed biographies of singer, actor and Hardy-fan ETIENNE DAHO and his co-writer JEROME SOLIGNY, "Eremite et Superstar" (Paris, 1986), and "Ma vie intérieure" from Gilles Verlant and Albin Michel (Paris, 2002) and her autobiography "Le Desespoir des Singes et Autres Bagatelles" (Paris 2008).

Françoise Hardy was born on january, 17th, 1944 in Paris - during a German air-raid. She grew up in a middle-class family. She was discovered in 1961 at a talent contest for young people, which was carried out under the patronage of the president then in office Charles de Gaulle. The record company Vogue offered a contract to the 17-year-old Françoise. "Tous les garcons et les filles" was the beginning of her meteoric advancement in France. Soon Francoise developped her own style of writing and composing. It was already at that time that her beautiful, tender melodies became apparent, the scope of the lyrics has been the eternal theme of love.

wo das glück beginnt ... (where good luck beginns)

"Frag den Abendwind, wo das Glück beginnt, aber frage nicht, woran es manchmal zerbricht." (Ask the evening wind, where the good luck begins, but don't as, what it can break of). With this German song Francoise reached the romantic spirit of the Germans and upper rangs in the German charts in 1966. So in Germany, too, she became a star. More over: The readers of the German magazin for young people BRAVO elected her for the 2nd rang of the most popular female singers in that year. A tour through Germany followed. It was her only one in this country. The shy singer gave her last big concert in the year 1968.

Her first single with German songs was published in 1963: "Peter und Lou", a German version of her successful song "Tous les garcons et les Filles", "Ich steige dir auf's Dach" (I'll get onto you) and "Die Liebe geht" ("L'amour s'en va"), "Ich sag ja" ("J'suis d'accord"). Her first long-playing record (vinyl) with German songs appeared in the year 1965: "Francoise Hardy in Deutschland". There were even more samplers with more or less the same songs pretty soon later on.

A goodie is the LP "Träume" (dreams) from the year 1970. Unlike her first German LP there are also songs without a French original. In an outstanding movie clip for the cover song Françoise plays at being MARLENE DIETRICH as a vamp in a glittering black costume, with fish-net stockings and a long cigarette holder. An hommage for the great diva, combined with the expression of her affection for the German language, as Françoise confessed at an interview.

souvenirs der ersten großen liebe (souvenirs of the first great love)

UDO JÜRGENS was not her great love, but together they formed a thrilling duo for the German pop music, a sensitive German version of the French chanson. In co-operation with Udo Jürgens she launched 3 LPs on the market in 1968 - but there was no duet on them. They made a movie with autobiographic topics in Belgium and Austria. The film has never been shown in Germany. Then people did not hear much about Françoise Hardy any more in Germany. Zeitgeist? The Germans peeked to England and America.

In France and the Benelux countries she was still popular. Also in England and South Africa she had faithful fans. She speaks and sings English. Her most famous admirers were David Bowie, Bob Dylan and Mick Jagger!

l'amour en privé (love privately)

Françoise Hardy has never been a star for the popular press: Rather shy of the public, she has never given a reason for dirty scandals.

In the 1980s, she experiences different changes in her private life: In 1981 she got married to her old friend and collegue JACQUES DUTRONC. From this relationship – by the way still lasting! – their son THOMAS DUTRONC was born. Like his father he is a guitar-player and in the meantime has become a famous French jazz musician himself.

gin tonic

It is a pitty that she remained rather unnoticed in Germany, when she produced some of her most beautiful records in the mid-1970s / beginning 1980s: "La question" (1971), "Message Personel" (1973), "Entr’act" (1974), "Star" (1977), "Musique Saoule" (1978), "Gin Tonic" (1980), "A Suivre" (1981), "Quelqu’un qui s’en va" (1982), "Décalage" (1988), "Viens" (1988). Famous musicians like GEORGES MOUSTAKI, MICHEL JONASZ, movie award winner GABRIEL YARED, MICHEL BERGER (ex-husband of FRANCE GALL, who is wellknown for her song "Poupée de cire poupée de son"), JACQUES DUTRONC supported and accompanied her. Some of her songs flow from the pen of the legendary "Je t’aime moi non plus" composer SERGE GAINSBOURG (f. e.. "Comment te dire adieu", a song JIMMY SUMMERVILLE had an international success with in 1990).

l'objet obscur

It was already in the 1960s that Françoise had some extra jobs: As a model the French girl with the long legs presented collections of COURRÈGE, PACO RABANNE and other famous designers in the fashion magazin Vogue – in mini skirts and "chic" pangtsuits. - She played roles in a few movies. - And she made a name for herself in French speaking countries as an author about astrology.

In the 2nd half of the 1990s she made records with IGGY POP, the band BLUR, ERIC CLAPTON and MALCOLM MCCLAREN.

In 2008 she presented her autobiography "Le désespoir des singes ... et autres bagatelles" which means roughly 'the hoplessness of the apes and other unimportant details'. In this book you will meet a lot of interesting people since the 1960s. I think, for her fans it's really worthwhile reading, as long as you understand French, because the book has never been translated (as far as I know).

Maybe the success of her autobiography was an impulse for literature loving Françoise to do more on this field: She published her first novel "L'amour fou" (Crazy love), a sensitive analytical love story of a woman and her lover called X. It is, however, not clear whether X can be identified with Françoise' husband Jacques.... Anyway, in the same time she launched her wonderul CD "L'amour fou" on the market.

Francoise Hardy "Träume"