Skip navigation

Category Archives: Françoise Hardy

Another non Bossa Nova post, a lovely record…
Paris, 1968, heady days indeed…

Generally speaking, the LP’s of Françoise Hardy were untitled. Her name would appear on the sleeve, no number or anything else. So she has released at least ten LP’s called simply Françoise Hardy.
For the sake of convenience this 1968 release is known as Comment te dire adieu?. It is largely comprised of cover versions and adaptations, and contains songs by Jack Gold, Phil Ochs, Leonard Cohen, Georges Brassens, Serge Gainsbourg and Antonio Carlos Jobim as well as interpretations of a poem by Loius Aragon and Ricky Nelson’s Lonesome Town. M. Gainsbourg was also responsible for the very clever French adaptation of Goland & Gold’s
It Hurts to Say Goodbye (Comment te dire adieu?).

I make no secret of the fact that, second to Mrs Kartoshka, I consider Mlle. Hardy to be the paradigm of female beauty.
Here she is on the cover of a Brazilian magazine from September 1964:

Check out this site for more of the same…

And here, from 1968, is Françoise with Comment Te Dire Adieu.

Here’s a gorgeous change from our usual Brazilian music…

Tous les garçons et les filles is the debut LP of the French singer Françoise Hardy, initially released in November 1962 when she was 18 years old.
Like many of Hardy’s earlier albums, it was released with no title, except for her name on the cover, but has become known by the title of the most successful song on the album,
Tous les garçons et les filles.
On its belated release in the USA the LP was given the swingin’ title
The “Yeh-Yeh” Girl From Paris!

(Incidentally- in Joao Kartoshka’s opinion Françoise is one of the most beautiful women of all time).
Here also is a portrait of Françoise painted by Tretchikoff:

Tretchikoff met Françoise Hardy when she was touring South Africa, and realised that she was an ideal model for a subject that he had long wanted to paint. Tretchikoff said of this picture:
It was inspired by the knowledge that there is a rainy day in every young girl’s life, a day when she feels insecure, imprisoned within herself, and the world seems wet and bleak…