The Yé-Yé Icon France Gall is dead at age 70

She was the youngest of all the French 1960’s Pop and Rock singers during the 1960’s and won the Eurovision song contest in 1965

The Yé-Yé Icon France Gall is dead at age 70

France Gall passed away this morning at age 70, she’s the second Yé-Yé singer to die in a little over a month period following Johnny Hallyday on December 5th, 2017.  Born on October 9th, 1947 in Paris, France, she was the youngest of all the Yé-Yé French singers, and one of the most exploited by the music industry during that period due to her naïvité, she rose to fame at 16 when she won the Eurovision Song Contest in 1965 representing Luxembourg with the most memorable song of her career  “Poupée de cire, poupée de son.” penned by Serge Gainsbourg. Before that she already had scored some minor hits in France with “Ne sois pas si bête”,and “N’écoute pas les idoles”,  during that period Serge Gainsbourg accepted to continue writing for Gall, though with hidden second intentions of exploiting her innocence, just like he did with the scandalous song “Les Succettes” an obvious song about oral sex that tells the story of a girl named Annie who likes aniseed-flavored lollipop. The naive 18 year old Gall was unaware at the time she sung the song, what the real meaning behind it was and later she mentioned she felt betrayed by the adults around her and managing her career. Her music style ranged from children like themes to experimental Jazz, ending end up the 60’s doing Psychedelic songs composed by Gainsbourg. Some of Galls most well known Yé-Yé period songs are “Ne sois pas si bête”,”N’écoute pas les idoles”, the experimental “Jazz à gogo”, “Laisse tomber les filles”, the Eurovision winning song “Poupée de cire, poupée de son.” the Psychedelic “Teenie Weenie Boppie” and of course the scandalous “Les Sucettes”.

Look back at France Gall performing “Poupée De Cire, Poupée De Son”, winner of the 1965 Eurovision Song Contest and her signature song

Les Yé-Yé: The French 60’s Pop Explosion Phenomenon


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