Françoise Madeleine Hardy found immediate success with her first song “Tous les garcons et les filles”. As a leading figure of the Ye-Ye movement (naive pop songs sung mostly by beautiful young women. The named is derived from “yeah-yeah” popularized by The Beatles), Hardy “found herself at the very forefront of the French music scene”, and became “France’s most exportable female singing star”, recording in various languages, appearing in several movies and touring throughout Europe. With her natural beauty and charm, Francoise began modeling as well – becoming a French fashion icon as well as pop star. As the Ye-Ye movement lost steam, Francoise changed her approach, singing ‘grown-up’ songs, working w/ songwriters like Leonard Cohan and Serge Gainsbourg. She would go on to record many more LPs, collaborating w/ Blur in 1994 and Malcolm McClaren as well as Iggy Pop. Her music has been used in a ton of movies – most recently Wes Anderson’s Moonlight Kingdom (The female lead (Suzy) calls The Ye-Ye Girls From Paris (1962) her “favorite record album”, and it is the only album she packs when preparing to run away from home). And DAMN! if she’s not still gorgeous at 70.
Françoise Madeleine Hardy ( born 17 January 1944) – Singer, actress and iconic fashion figure of 1960’s Paris. Françoise rode a wave of popularity with the French Ye-Ye style of singing, popularized by Serge Gainsbourgh, France Gall, Sylvie Vartan, et al. A rather naive pop-based confection sung, entirely in French. Ye-Ye gained some popularity throughout the world but mostly in it’s native country never breaking huge worldwide. Serge and Françoise however did have longer careers (separately) and she continues to sing and record today – and looks unbelievable nearing 70.