Oh La Francoise Hardy
Francoise Hardy was the 'IT' pop chanteuse of the 60s. She was not only cool, she was French cool! Her style was always and will always be simple and polished. She was the darling of many designers such as Yves Saint Laurent, Andre Courreges, and Paco Robanne. She was a muse for Bob Dylan who pursued her as did Nick Drake, David Bowie, and Mick Jagger. 'I Had no interest in Dylan as a man, only as an artist... Jagger was different. He is someone I could really have fallen for. Unfortunately, he was with Chrissie shrimpton at the time.' Hardy said about her men.
It was a shock to learn that she was a timid, shy creature. Hardy had a sad childhood; Her father divorced her mother and abandoned his family. After she got her Bac, she got a surprise visit from her estranged father who gave her a guitar. In 1961, she got her big break and signed a record deal with the Vogue label. Soon after she hit it big! Her songs are just marvelous, 'Commet Te Dire Adieu' is always on my playlist. Her Raspy classic French sireny (damsel in distess at the same time) voice is exactly what we're missing in this time of mass produced singers.
Her and Jacques Dutronc were another fabulous couple of les annees 60s. Their long relationship resulted in a son Thomas, they finally got married in 1981 and are still going strong. Her husband once said: 'She is a little daft, I am the living proof; the best duet we have done is Thomas; what counts is to last.'