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France Gall

 B i o g r a p h y

Like the other famous French music couple Jane Birkin and Serge Gainsbourg, it is impossible to think of France Gall without her husband/Pygmalion/songwriting partner Michel Berger. France rocketed to fame in the 60's as a naive young singer performing songs written by the late great Gainsbourg (yes, him again!) But, after meeting and marrying Berger, France Gall's career was completely turned around and she soon went on to make a name for herself as one of the top female artists on the French music scene.

Isabelle Gall, who was born in Paris on 9 October 1947, grew up in a highly creative musical environment. Indeed, young Isabelle came from a family of extremely talented musicians. Her grandfather helped set up the famous French children's choir Les Petits Chanteurs à la Croix de Bois, while her mother, Cécile, was a singer. But it was Isabelle's father, Robert Gall, who was the real star in the family. Robert Gall had risen to fame on the French music scene writing songs for a host of legendary French chanson stars such as Charles Aznavour ("La Mama") and the late great Edith Piaf.

Isabelle soon proved to have inherited her own share of musical talent and learnt to play the piano and the guitar at an early age. In her early teens Isabelle went on to form her own group with her brothers. Then, thanks to a little help from her father, the precocious young singer (who adopted the pseudonym France) went into the studio to record her first single at the tender age of fifteen. Released in September 1963, the single "Ne sois pas si bête" (Don't Be So Silly) went on to prove a huge hit with the French public. Indeed, France's début single soon rocketed to the top of the French charts, selling a cool 200,000 copies. France Gall went on to make a major name for herself in the midst of the yéyé craze (the fashionable 60's sound which fused Anglo-Saxon rock'n'roll with French variété).

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