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Françoise Madeleine Hardy was born in Paris, France, January 17th 1944.

Her recording career began in 1962 with "Tous les garçons et les filles" which became a hit all over Europe. In 1963, she represented Monaco in the Eurovision Song Contest, being placed 5th with her song "L'amour s'en va".

"Tous les garçons et les filles" reached number 36 in the UK charts in June 1964 after the release of her first songs in English. Other UK chart entries were "Et même" (31 in January 1965) and "All over the world" (16 in March 1965).

The majority of her recordings were self written, and some have been translated from her native tongue into English, Italian, Spanish and German.

Françoise appeared in the following films - "Chateau en Suède" (1963), "Une balle au coeur" (1965), "What's New Pussycat?" (1966), "Masculin-Féminin" (1966), and "Grand Prix" (1967).

FH and Jagger

FH and Dylan

During the 1960's, Françoise was photographed with many of the top music stars, including Mick Jagger and Bob Dylan, seen here.

Bob Dylan asked to meet with Françoise when he came to Paris for a concert at the Olympia in 1966. On the cover of his LP "Another Side of Bob Dylan", released in 1964, he had written a long poem "Some other kinds of songs", which included the following -

for françoise hardy
at the seine's edge
a giant shadow
of notre dame
seeks t' grab my foot
sorbonne students
whirl by on thin bicycles
swirlin' lifelike colors of leather spin
the breeze yawns food
far from the bellies
of erhard meetin' johnson
piles of lovers
lay themselves on their books. boats.
old men
clothed in curly mustaches
float on the benches
blankets of tourists
in bright red nylon shirts
with straw hats of ambassadors ...

FH et ses hommes

These pictures and the article below appeared in "Elle", 14 septembre 1998.

Plus de trente ans séparent ces deux photos de Jean-Marie Périer. En juillet 1967, Françoise Hardy et Jacques Dutronc n'étaient que de simples copains. "Ce n'est qu'en septembre, explique l'interessée, que nous avons sauté ce pas difficile!" Un exploit qui devait donner un peu plus tard Thomas. Vingt-cinq ans, légèrement plus grand que papa, yeux bleus comme ses géniteurs.
Petit Tom (ou Petit Homme, car, dans la famille on aime les jeux de mots) est guitariste professionnel. Fou amoureux de Brassens et Django Reinhardt, il vient d'accompagner sa mère sur une musique de Clapton, qui est le générique de "Cap des Pins", une série sur France 2. "Ce n'est pas aussi bien que Clapton, dit modestement Françoise, mais c'est vraiment pas mal."
Quand on sait que l'optimisme et l'enthousiasme ne sont pas qualités de base, traduire par: "Il est totalement formidable!" Epatée par son jeu - il a fait cet été une petit tournée dans des villages corses - elle l'est aussi par son caractère. "Il avait toujours dit qu'a 25 ans, il entrerait dans la vie active. En plus, je craignais que pendant l'enregistrement, il ne soit gêné comme moi par un excès d'émotivité. Eh bien, pas du tout." Aujourd'hui, le clan est bouleversé par un événement majeur. Thomas quitte ses parents et prend un appartment. "Il était temps, explique Françoise, car il m'a avoué qu'il commençait à être agacé par mes questions du genre: "Est-ce que tu bois assez d'eau dans la journée?"

Roughly Translated ...

More than thirty years separate these two photographs by Jean-Marie Périer. In July 1967, Francoise Hardy and Jacques Dutronc were just pals. "It was only in September", explains Françoise, "that we took the plunge!" An exploit which led to Thomas a little later. Twenty-five years old, slightly taller than his dad, he has blue eyes like his parents.
Little Tom (or Small Man, because the family like puns -
unfortunately the pun is lost in the translation) is a professional guitarist. Mad keen on Brassens and Django Reinhardt, he has just accompanied his mother on a track for which Clapton wrote the music, and which is being used as the theme tune to the "Cap des Pins", series on TV France 2. " He is not as good as Clapton", says Françoise modestly, "but he is really not bad."
While we appreciate that she is not known for her optimism and enthusiasm, this can be translated as: "He is fantastic!" Impressed by his playing - this summer he made a short tour Corsican villages - as well as by his character. "He had always said that at 25 years old, he would enter active life. Moreover, I was afraid that during recording, he would, like me, be over emotional. But, not at all." Today, the family is disrupted by a major event. Thomas is leaving his parents and taking an appartment. "It was time", explains Francoise, because he admitted to me that he was starting to be aggravated by my questions such as: "Are you drinking enough water during the day?"

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