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Her life is a merry-go-round...

Nicoletta, whose real name is Nicole Grisoni, is a Franco-Swiss singer who is being brought up by her grandmother because her natural parents are not able to raise her. A grandmother to whom she will pay a vibrant tribute in her famous song "Mamy blue".

It was in the choir of Notre Dame d´Annonay that she developed, at a young age, singing skills that would be described as well above average. Skills that will quickly lead her to sing as a soloist in this choir.

We find her in Paris at the beginning of the 1960s where she notably works as a DJ. A profession that will allow her to be noticed by Léo Missir, then artistic director at Barclay. A providential meeting that will lead to the recording of a mini album in 1966, a mini album from which her first success, namely "Encore un jour sans toi", will be extracted.

A success which will amplify considerably the following year with the release in 1967 of 2 flagship titles which are "La musique" but also, and above all, "Il est mort le soleil". Two single in quick succession which will literally explode his notoriety.

An exceptional end of the sixties with the release of 2 new successful titles in 1968 : "L’amour me pardonne" and "Liberté mon amour". A year 1968 which saw her even going to sing in the factories alongside the strikers, further strengthening the enormous sympathy that she had with the public.

Then in 1969, it was the turn of the huge track "Ma vie c'est un manège", a revisited version of Shirley Bassey's track "Does anybody miss me". The single will be a hit in France and make the singer one of the biggest phenomena of the moment.

The 1960s saw her explode, the 1970s saw her establish herself as one of the essential singers of the French musical landscape. Starting with the title "Mamy blue" in 1971, a title that will remain as one of his most emblematic. Then with "Fio Maravilha" and "Enfants venez chanter l'espoir" two years later in 1973 and "Glory Alleluia" in 1974.

An incredible dynamic of success which will weaken somewhat in the second half of the decade. The titles that will be released will meet with limited success.

Ditto during the 1980s when she will almost completely disappear from radar. Only the enormous duo on the track "Idées noires", a track she recorded with Bernard Lavilliers in 1983, will allow her to save the furniture.

The rest will turn out to be more confidential with an artist who will quietly continue her musical adventure but far from the rhinestones and glitter.

To discover or rediscover...


Discography (among others ...) :

60s  Decade :

  • L’homme à la moto 1966

  • Encore un jour sans toi 1966

  • La musique 1967

  • Il est mort le soleil 1967

  • L’amour me pardonne 1968

  • Liberté mon amour 1968

  • Alors je dérive 1969

  • Ma vie c’est un manège 1969

70s  Decade :

  • Litanies pour un été (O dis O) 1970

  • Mamy blue 1971

  • Les volets clos 1973

  • Fio maravilla 1973

  • Enfants venez chanter l’espoir 1973

  • Viens te ballader au creux de mes chansons 1973

  • Glory alleluia 1974

  • Sur les bords de la tendresse 1975

  • A quoi sert de vivre libre 1975

  • L’amour violet 1976

  • Agadir 1977

  • Broadway 1978

  • Il faut qu’on m’aime 1978

  • Souviens toi 1978

  • J’aurais du écouter Mama 1979

80s  Decade :

  • Les fleurs ne meurent pas 1980

  • Vole 1980

  • Pense à lui 1981

  • Je n'vous aime plus 1982

  • Qu'est-ce qui m'arrive ? 1982

  • Genève 1982

  • Fou d’amour 1983

  • Femmes de Paris 1983

  • Idées noires 1983

  • Le fou du roi 1984

  • Il n’y a vraiment que l’amour 1985

  • L’ange du hasard 1986

  • Vivre aujourd’hui 1987

  • Elle danse 1987

  • Pavane de la Cour des miracles 1988

  • Complainte 1988

90s  Decade :

  • J’attends j’apprends 1995

  • Une chanson pour tous les gens 1995

  • L'amour qu'il me donne 1998

  • Disco Queen 1998

  • Ricky 1998

2000s  Decade :

  • Georgia on my mind 2006

  • Comme si de rien 2006

2010s  Decade :

  • Tu seras un fils... 2013

  • Fleur de jasmin 2013

  • Tu es libre man 2013

2020s   Decade :

  • Il est mort le soleil 2021

  • La solitude ça n'existe pas 2021


Tracks :

1966 ... resume from Piaf dating from 1956 (Piaf's version is already a cover of the title 'Black Denim Trousers and Motorcycle Boots' by Cheers dating from 1955) is an extremely daring bet for this young girl out of nowhere. Anyway, on this one, it's a successful bet !

1966 ... after a fanfare start, the deceleration is brutal to say the least. But the singer shows us here that she is good at everything, including the Intimist. Versatility displayed from the start and bodes well for the future ...

1967 ... she will have started her career on a luxury cover and it is another luxury cover that will propel her in a sensational way on the front of the stage. This time, it is Barry Mann's title named 'Angelica' dating from 1961 that she revisits in her own way and the version she gives of it is, to say the least, particularly successful. HU-GE !

1967 ... but that's without counting on this title ! She followed up with this absolutely sumptuous track, a track that will make her one of the biggest musical sensations of the moment and propel her One Shot to the rank of star in France. MAS-TER-FUL !

1968 ... since the luxury covers are particularly successful for her, she puts the cover again with this time a revisited version of the enormous title of Robert Knight dating from the previous year. A title by Robert Knight which will be repeated countless times in the next 30 years ...

1968 ... she alternates with an obvious mastery playful title and Intimist title. An alternation of style which allows her to be on all fronts and especially to please everyone. Finely played !

1969 ... the young singer has become in a few years one of the biggest musical phenomena of the moment and it's gone to last. Especially when you see what is on the horizon ...

1969 ... she had already delivered 2 of the biggest titles of the end of the decade and she is adding a layer with this new title which will undoubtedly remain as one of her most emblematic. Once again thanks to a luxury cover this time of the title 'Does anybody miss me' by Shirley Bassey dating from 1969. Her extraordinary talent now crushes the competition with truly incredible ease !

1970 ... the 60s will have made her one of the biggest musical phenomena of the moment, the 70s will definitively consecrate her as one of the greatest singers of the end of the 20th century on the French side. Quite simply...

1971 ... it is true that most of his best-known titles will forever remain copies of other titles. But she will have reinterpreted them so well that she will have given them a new life, to say the least unexpected. The proof with this title of Joel Dayde dating from 1968. MAS-TER-FUL !

1973 ... it is with this title that she will definitively enter the musical legend of the end of the XXth century on the French side. A title actually from the soundtrack of the film of the same name that few people remember. On the other hand, the song, it, everyone remembers !

1973 ... and what about this title ! In just one year, 1973, she went from being a great singer to being a major star in the French musical landscape. All once again thanks to a sumptuous revisited version of the title of another. This time around, it will be a title from Brazilian Jorge Ben from the previous year. And the least we can say is that this time, the copy exceeds the original. MAG-NI-FI-CENT !

1973 ... an exceptional year in all respects with an impressive number of very, very high caliber titles. With 2 exceptional titles to start the year and 2 more of high quality to end it. What more !

1973 ... undoubtedly the highlight of her career. In just one year, she will have literally crushed the competition and above all obtained her direct ticket to posterity !

1974 ... an orientation to Gospel and American standards which increases year by year. It's nice and well done, of course, but not sure that it will pay off in the long term ...

1975 ... after an absolutely incredible start to the 1970s, the second part of the decade will prove to be slightly more complicated to manage than expected. And yet, quality is always essential, the proof with this Intimist title of all beauty

1975 ... since the covers have always been particularly successful for her, she puts the cover back with this revisited version of the title "Can't give you anything (But my love)" from Stylistics. And once again, it works !

1976 ... she built her entire career on light and playful titles. It is when she will switch to the 'A emotions' register and decide to show another side of her that the public will decide not to follow her anymore. And yet, she does not demerit, far from it, especially when you see this kind of title. Go figure ...

1977 ... the decline is slight but increases inexorably from year to year. A trend that the singer will be unable to reverse, for lack of a playful and light title as she knew so well how to do ...

1978 ... she will try to adapt to the new trends of the moment, in particular the Disco wave which takes everything in its path. Where other singers of her generation will perfectly negotiate this very important turn, she, unfortunately, will miss the boat. A serious mistake that will ruin her career for good ...

1978 ... we find her in a register that suits her well but the fact of mixing all styles ends up completely disorienting the public. Where she should be Dance, Dance, Dance, she sets out again in a more typical register at the beginning of the 1970s. A strategy to say the least surprising ...

1978 ... and it is not with this title that she risks rallying the younger generations who have their eyes turned exclusively to everything that comes from England or the United States. She will have to recover and quickly ...

1979 ... she tries to regain control with a new cover this time of the title 'I should have listened to Mama' interpreted by Lena Zavaroni and dating from the previous year. The copy is almost better than the original version but nothing helps, when it does not want more, it does not want ...

1980 ... the transition to the 80s is smooth for the singer thanks to this beautiful Intimist title which shows once again that in this field, she continues to excel. But the 80s will be even more ruthless with the singer than were the last years of the 70s ...

1980...a more than serious questioning is obligatory both on the style side and on the sound side because the musical world has really evolved around her if she realizes it more than that...

1981...she plays the Intimist card to the fullest. It starts from a good feeling but in the age of synths and drum machines, it's difficult to exist in this full Dance world...

1982...she is certainly not unworthy, but the gap with the competition is widening inexorably and nothing, and no one, can do anything about it...

1982...that doesn't stop her from continuing to believe in it a little and frankly who would blame her. In music everything is always possible... now remains to be seen if she will succeed in becoming aware once and for all of everything that can change around her...

1983 ... this much more trendy sound could have helped to reverse the trend somewhat. But she is already part of the past for the younger generations and that, nothing and no one will be able to make them change their mind ...

1983 ... an obvious goodwill which is a pleasure to see on a totally charged title. But good will is not always enough to overthrow mountains unfortunately ...

1983 ... then THIS title comes ! Her duet with Bernard Lavilliers was a real success and made this title one of the biggest successes of 1983 and of the decade itself. A new success, to say the least, unexpected and which will unfortunately be short-lived ...

1984 ... she participates in a new soundtrack but it is clear that this film will not remain in the anal as one of the Masterpieces of the decade, relegating her soundtrack to oblivion by force of circumstances ...

1985 ... she still hopes to rise to the surface again and again thanks to a luxury cover worthy of the name, luxury covers of which she has always been one of the great specialists. But even in this area, the magic no longer operates ...

1986 ... anyway, she still believes in it and continues the adventure for whatever reason. We would like the course of things to be reversed and for her to come back to the race miraculously. A miracle that unfortunately will not happen again ...

1987 ... already 20 years of career ! One of the most beautiful quarries of the end of the 20th century on the French side, but which is inexorably drawing to a close. And as always in these cases, we will only remember the good times ... is coming to an end in terms of major success but the adventure is far from over. It is clear that she still has things to offer and especially to sing... astonishing digression on this opus composed by William Sheller and in which she interprets the work of Victor Hugo...

1988...completely outside of time and the latest musical trends, this opus literally looks like a UFO...

1995 ... she will even attempt the transition to the 90s, just to hope that what had not worked during the 80s may be able to work during the 90s...

1995 ... quality, a constant with her, it is undeniable. Even if she hasn't touched the stars for a long time, she continues to offer us things that largely hold up. And even if the adventure is coming to an end, we can only salute the extraordinary talent of one of the greatest singers that France has known during the 20th century ! she is again with this opus mixed with Gospel. It is clear that it is not likely to reach the younger generation with this kind of sound unfortunately...

1996...afterwards she is still trying to attract all audiences, not sure. As long as her fan base remains constant, this seems to suit her quite well...

1998... nothing seems to discourage her in any case and she will go as far as she can even if success has nothing to do today with what it once was...

1998...she still managed to produce 3 albums during this decade which is not nothing in the end. Now see what's in store for her next...

1998...we can easily imagine that she is not going to stop there, at the threshold of the 2000s. It is now up to her to see what she intends to offer next... will take her 8 years to take the plunge but here she is again regardless. A return that does not rhyme with big changes, it is clear...

2006...we would have liked her to take advantage of this new decade to take risks and try other paths but that will not be the case unfortunately...

2013...she will have only released one album during the previous decade, which is not much. We now find her in this new decade of 2010 but to do what...?

2013...a decade which could have been that of rebirth through multiple projects with the younger generation. Wasted effort...

2013...a decade 2010 which will resemble exactly the previous one since she will only release one album during the latter... more decade, one ! Here she revisits one of her most emblematic titles in the company of Marina Kaye. Finally a project that is out of the ordinary... last title or not ? With her everything remains possible but if she plans to come back to do something old as usual, the result will always be the same in the end...


Top Bonus : 2024...when the young generation decides to revisit titles that have marked history ! If you also add an Audrey Fleurot at her best to illustrate everything, obviously the result will be everything you hoped for...


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