DISAPPEARANCE - pacifiers at Babacar Passing by disconnects, his tubes signed Gainsbourg or Berger accompanied our lives.
"France Gall joined the white paradise on January 7th, after having challenged for two years, with discretion and dignity, the recurrence of her cancer. "It is with these words, transmitted to our colleagues of the AFP by its communication officer Geneviève Salama, that we learned the disappearance of the singer, Sunday in the morning. France Gall had been admitted to the American Hospital of Neuilly before the Christmas holidays for a severe infection. His absence at the funeral of his friend Johnny Hallyday, whom she had appeared on stage for the last time in 2000, had aroused concern. After being one of the most popular French singers of her time, France Gall spent the last twenty years of her life in the utmost discretion. Having lived by and for music, this woman will refuse to appear in the cinema or write her autobiography. "That there is something left of me is indifferent to me," she said modestly.
However, his hits have accompanied the life of the French for at least two sequences: the mid-1960s, then the whole of the 1980s. A simple performer, she will have put herself at the service of others, writers and composers. The most outstanding will remain Serge Gainsbourg and, especially, Michel Berger, with whom she will build not only a repertoire, but also a family.
Born Isabelle Gall in the XIIth district of Paris on October 9, 1947, she had spent her childhood in a home very marked by the song. His father, Robert, singer himself, had signed texts for success for Edith Piaf (The wonderful lovers) or Charles Aznavour (The Mamma). His mother, Cécile Berthier, was the daughter of the co-founder of Little singers at the wooden cross. Piano at age 5, guitar at 11, she has always been encouraged by her father to practice music. This one makes him dry school the day after first of Piaf, Aznavour or Bécaud. At home, she frequents cross artists in the backstage of the Olympia: Hugues Aufray, Marie Laforêt or Claude Nougaro. From adolescence, with her two little brothers (twins Patrice and Philippe), she formed a first orchestra. His stubbornness earned him the nickname "Little Corporal".
It was the year of her 16th birthday, in 1963, that she was signed at Philips, after an audition at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées organized by Denis Bourgeois, a friend of the family. Barely under contract, it is suggested that he change his name so as not to compete with another young singer, Isabelle Aubret. His first songs are recorded with Alain Goraguer, composer and arranger close to Vian and Gainsbourg. It's the same day of her 16 years as the song Do not be so stupid is broadcast for the first time on the radio. Her artistic director introduces her to one of her foals: Serge Gainsbourg. Singer with chronic failure despite an indisputable talent, the latter wrote him his first hits: Do not listen to idols and Drop the girlsin 1964. But it is the following year that she triumphs with Doll of wax, doll of her, which is worth the grand prize of Eurovision.
Unlike the singers of the yé-yé wave, France Gall will always defend an original repertoire, not adaptations of Anglo-Saxon success. Gainsbourg has fun making this woman child a more sexual image of Lolita, to excess: The lollipopsin 1966, a text which she will confess years later have not grasped the double meaning for a long time! In the city, she is the fiancée of Claude François. Their stormy relationship lasts - with interruptions - from 1964 to 1967. By way of a break, he writes As usual, future international standard.
After the Philips and Gainsbourg years, France Gall begins a desert crossing that will last until the mid-1970s. Jacques Lanzmann or Étienne Roda-Gil are summoned to write songs that remain confidential. In 1972, Gainsbourg is recalled, but the two singles that he offers him, Frankenstein and Small Balloons, shine neither for their quality nor for their audience.
It is by hearing the song Wait for me on the radio, one day in 1973, she fell in love with Michel Berger. With The Declaration of Lovehe relaunched his career in style the following year. With this gifted songwriter, who has just launched the career of his great love, Véronique Sanson, she is returning to the forefront. France Gall becomes one of the biggest stars of the French scene, with hits of hit singles and shows.
His first album is released the year of his marriage with his new Pygmalion, and his return on stage (at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées) precedes by a few months the birth of their first child, Pauline Isabelle, in 1978. In 1979, she participates at the first draft of the triumphal musical Starmania, written by Luc Plamondon and composed by Michel Berger, who stays a month in the poster of the Palais des congrès.
The 1980s saw her devote herself to humanitarian projects, including Action Écoles, with Daniel Balavoine, while recording albums as popular as Paris, France or disconnects. Palais des sports, Zenith, Bercy: it fills the largest Parisian halls with ambitious and modern shows. Raphaël Michel, born in 1981, enlarges the Berger clan, which appears as one of the most close families of show business. This happiness will burst with the accidental death of Michel Berger, who succumbs to a heart attack in the summer of 1992. Together, Berger and Gall had just recorded their first album in two voices, Double-dealing, which should have been followed by a show in common.
In April 1993, the singer successfully operated a breast cancer before going on stage at Bercy to defend the repertoire of the man of her life, which she will never fail to pay tribute. This is still the case at Pleyel in 1994 and at Olympia in 1996. That same year, she recorded, with American musicians - including accompanists of Prince - an album of songs by her mentor, on very soulful arrangements. and funk.
The untimely death of their daughter Pauline, who succumbs to cystic fibrosis at the age of 19, makes her abandon her singing profession definitively. She made her living again with the American musician Bruck Dawit, sound engineer, composer, arranger and producer, spending six months a year in Senegal, where she had a house built. With him, she will write the show resists, successful evocation of the repertory she had formed with Michel Berger. At the premiere of Paris, November 4, 2015, she appears on stage during remindersmoved and proud of the success of this tribute to the man to whom she owed so much.
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Source: © France Gall, spokespersons