French Romantic Pop: 1960s

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Late last year and earlier this year, I featured two posts on Italian romantic pop from the 1960s (go here and here). Interestingly, France was undergoing the same phenomenon in the sixties. As the European post-war economy improved, incomes climbed and tourism surged along with French New Wave film and French cuisine. [Cover photo above of Francoise Hardy]

Here are nine videos illustrating the genre:

Here’s Serge Gainbourg singing L’eau à la Bouche in 1960…

Here’s Mireille Mathieu and Sacha Distel singing the theme from Un Homme et une Femme (A Man and a Woman) in 1966…

Here’s Francoise Hardy singing Comment Te Dire Adieu in 1968 (to read my WSJ interview with Francoise, go here)…

Here’s Marie Laforet singing Ivan, Boris et Moi in 1967…

Here’s Mireille Mathieu in 1967…

Here’s Maria de Rossi singing Save the Last Dance for Me…

Here’s Maria de Rossi and Sacha Distel singing Something Stupid

Here’s Sylvie Vartan singing La Plus Belle Pour Aller Danser in 1967…

And here’s Marie Laforêt singing Toi Qui Dors in 1965…

       

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