Chantal Goya
Chantal Goya

Chantal Goya

About Chantal Goya

French pop icon Chantal Goya was born Chantal Deguerre in Saigon on October 10, 1946. Raised in Paris from the age of four onward, as a teen she befriended songwriter Jean-Jacques Debout, and at his recommendation auditioned for RCA Records in 1964. With her debut single, "C'est Bien Bernard," Goya emerged as a superstar of yé-yé pop, continuing her hit streak with a series of Debout-penned smashes including "A la Sortie de Ma Classe," "D'abord Dis-Moi Ton Nom," and "Comment le Revoir." In 1966 Goya was cast as an up-and-coming pop sensation in filmmaker Jean-Luc Godard's Masculin Feminin. During shooting, she became pregnant with Debout's child, and the couple wed soon after. Her singing career waned as the popularity of yé-yé diminished, and after 1967's "La Flamme et le Feu" Goya disappeared from the French charts. During the 1970s, she reinvented herself as a children's singer, releasing a series of LPs that proved wildly popular with the under-five set; in 2001, she made an unexpected return to the French Top 40 with "Becassine Is My Cousine," also a major club hit. ~ Jason Ankeny

    Saigon, South Vietnam
  • BORN
    October 6, 1946

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