RIP France Gall

Sad to hear that sweet France Gall died today. In memory of her and all the joy her music has given me over the years I’d like to share these images from a Guy Peellaert book I own.  Peellaert designed the packaging and branding for a make-up range that was to be fronted by France Gall – it never saw the light of day in the end, but imagine how lovely it would be to own some France Gall cosmetics!

Missing you already, France X

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Micky Amline autograph

I’m a big fan of the Swinging Mademoiselles type music so I was rather pleased to find this autograph of French 60s singer Micky Amline unexpectedly at a film fair:

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It’s signed to someone called Marie France and says something along the lines of “Long live the TWIST.  All my friendship [best wishes], Sincerely Micky”

Micky Amline’s real name was Christiane Ameline and she started out as a model before becoming a singer in 1959 with a band called Les Boutons Dorés.  In 1962 she signed to Disques Vogue as a solo artiste and released just a handful of EPs.  Some of you may know a couple of her tracks (Look and Garçon manqué) from the Ultra Chicks compilations.

Bernard Ferraro, lead guitarist with Les Cyclones and also guitarist for Françoise Hardy and Eddy Mitchell, accompanied Micky on guitar.  They later married.  I read somewhere that Bernard left the music industry and became an ornithologist (!) and also that Micky left the music industry after having a nasty car accident.  I don’t really know what happened but I do know that Micky / Christiane now runs a tea room with Bernard: L’Échauguette in Tusson, in the south west of France.  If I ever find myself in Tusson I might pop in to have a nose around!