Françoise Hardy

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About Françoise Hardy

Françoise Hardy was the quintessential chanteuse who earned her spot in the pantheon of French icons thanks to incredible talent and impeccable style. Hardy debuted amid a wave of early-’60s French “yé-yé” singers crooning sultry pop songs; however, she stood out from the pack by writing most of her own tunes. Her 1962 album, Tous les garçons et les filles, established her as a glamorous voice with a talent for evoking lovelorn feelings set to a stripped-down, jazzy beat. The title track was a smash hit that made the famously shy Hardy an international star, crashing the boys club that had once dominated French pop. What followed was a decades-long career of successful, genre-bending albums, including 1971’s bossa nova-tinged La question and 1996’s alt-rock inspired album Le danger. In addition to film roles and a career as an astrologer, Hardy continued releasing albums into the 21st century, including 2018’s Personne d’autre. She passed away in June 2024, age 80.

Paris, France
January 17, 1944
French Pop
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