Françoise Madeleine Hardy (born 17 January 1944) is a French singer-songwriter. She made her musical debut in the early 1960s on Disques Vogue and found immediate success with her song "Tous les garçons et les filles". As a leading figure of the yé-yé movement, 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, touring throughout Europe, and gaining admiration from musicians such as Bob Dylan, Miles Davis and Mick Jagger. With the aid of photographer Jean-Marie Périer, Hardy also began modeling, and soon became a popular fashion icon as well.
Links to Peel
Peel played a track by her on his 24 November 1983 show. It is not known whether he has played any of her other songs on his shows, but he seemed to ignore her during the 1960s, when she was at the height of her fame. Indeed French pop, or yé-yé, never featured in his playlists of the time, whether for KMEN, his BBC shows or Radio London. He showed more interest in Gallic stars of the '60s in the 1970s and '80s, when, in addition to Hardy, records by singers such as Sylivie Vartan and Jacques Dutronc were occasionally heard on his shows.
- 24 November 1983: Je Veux Qu'il Revienne