In 1961, a 17-year-old Parisian girl named Françoise Hardy was on the precipice of stardom. After learning how to play the guitar in her early years and performing in various clubs around town, she successfully auditioned for France’s Vogue Records. Five months later she released her first single, “Oh Oh Chéri,” although it was the b-side (“Tous les garçons et les filles”) that would catapult her to international success, quickly selling over 500,000 copies after being broadcast on television.
Hello Françoise, success calling
Hardy went on to a healthy career as one of the most successful singers of the burgeoning yé-yé movement. Additionally, she became a a favorite of the fashion world, and her style is still studied today.
Hardy had many fans among the musicians of the times, including Mick Jagger, Jacques Dutronc (both pictured below) whom she would later marry, and Bob Dylan. Dylan dedicated a poem to her and famously would not continue a Paris concert until she visited him backstage.
But what I find most interesting about Hardy is her interest in astrology. Hardy is a Capricorn, a sign characterized by their ambition, deliberate calm, and scholarly dedication.
And wonderful hair
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