Isabelle Gall, known as France Gall, is the daughter of Robert Gall, singer and author (among others, of "La Mamma" by Charles Aznavour) and therefore sees many artists in her childhood parade with her parents.
She started learning music very early and at 14, she played with her 2 brothers in a small orchestra, summer on the beaches and winter in Paris.
In 1963, while still a minor, her father gave recordings of her to a music publisher who auditioned her immediately.
His career is launched.
In return, she must abandon her first name Isabelle to take that of France, so as not to interfere with the singer Isabelle Aubret.
The 1960s will be a great launching pad for her through her victory at Eurovision Song Contest. And this thanks to the talent of composer of a certain ..... Serge Gainsbourg.
But it was above all her meeting with Michel Berger that made her the essential singer we know today.
Her fate will unfortunately be combined with several tragedies including 2 particularly significant deaths for her, namely Michel Berger and Daniel Balavoine.
Deaths which will stop dead in the early 90s, the rise of this gifted musician who had the privilege of having as main providers of songs 2 of the greatest composers of the twentieth century.
She will make a resounding comeback in 2004 with her title "The only thing that counts", title which will unfortunately be her last notorious success.
The one who will remain as one of the most emblematic singers of this end of the XXth century on the French side will in turn disappear on January 7, 2018 as a result of a cancer against which she will have fought for several years without ever being able to triumph. ..
Discography (among others ...) :
• Ne soit pas si bête 1963
• N'écoute pas les idoles 1964
• Mes premières vraies vacances 1964
• Le premier chagrin d'amour 1964
• Les rubans et la fleur 1964
• Laisse tomber les filles 1964
• Sacré Charlemagne 1964
• Poupée de cire, poupée de son 1965
• Christiansen 1965
• Attends ou va-t-en 1965
• Baby pop 1966
• Les sucettes 1966
• Bonsoir John John 1966
• La rose des vents 1966
• Bébé requin 1967
• Toi que je veux 1967
• A banda 1968
• Computer Nr 3 1968
• L'orage 1969
• Les éléphants 1970
• C'est cela l'amour 1971
• 5 minutes d'amour 1972
• Par plaisir 1973
• La déclaration d’amour 1974
• Mais aime là 1974
• Comment lui dire 1975
• Samba mambo 1975
• Ca balance pas mal à Paris 1976
• Musique 1977
• Si maman si 1977
• Le meilleur de soi-même 1978
• Viens je t'emmène 1978
• Monopolis 1978
• Besoin d'amour 1979
• Bébé, comme la vie 1980
• Il jouait du piano debout 1980
• Les aveux 1980
• Donner pour donner 1980
• Tout pour la musique 1981
• Résiste 1981
• Amor tambien (Tout le monde chante) 1982
• Diego, libre dans sa tête 1982
• Débranche 1984
• Hong Kong Star 1984
• Calypso 1984
• Cézanne peint 1984
• Babacar 1987
• Ella elle l’a 1987
• Dancing brave 1987
• Evidemment 1988
• Papillon de nuit 1988
• La chanson d'Azyma 1989
• Laissez passer les rêves 1992
• Superficiel et léger 1992
• Plus haut 1996
• Privée d'amour 1996
• Message personnel 1996
• La seule chose qui compte 2004
• Une femme tu sais 2005
1963 ... at the origin of the genesis of the beginning of an adventure which will prove to be absolutely extraordinary for little Isabelle
1964 ... a meteoric rise in power that nothing and no one can stop. A decade of the 60s that started off with a bang with several entry hits. It promises !
1964 ... it's fresh, light, cheerful and airy. So it works perfectly and installs Isabelle as one of the biggest rising values of the moment
1964 ... a first WONDER of softness and finesse which shows that the little one really has talent to spare ...
1964 ... the hits are now followed at an impressive speed. And this is only the beginning !
1964 ... a decidedly exceptional year with an incredible number of titles of very high caliber. And it's not over !
1964 ... but it is THIS title that will accelerate everything ! His first title ranked No.1 and certainly not the last
1965 ... the enormous title which literally exploded its notoriety in France and in Europe. Thank you who, thank you Serge !
1965 ... of course, this title will not have the same impact as the previous one but has undeniable advantages, it is clear
1965 ... 1964 was an exceptional year for the singer, 1965 is not bad either. The years go by and they all look the same...
1966 ... after 1964 and 1965 which were exceptional vintages, here comes the year 1966. And we start again on the same bases ...
1966 ... the huge controversial hit that will propel her to stratospheric heights. She reaches an indisputable and undisputed star status
1966 ... a very pretty ballad typical of the 60s, a model of finesse and softness
1966 ... and what about this one ! Two titles in quick succession where time seems suspended as if by magic ...
1967 ... each year its share of hits. We start with this one for the year 1967 ...
1967 ... we will have to be satisfied with 2 hits that year. So Isabelle, a little drop in speed ...
1968 ... a German adaptation of the Brazilian song by Chico Buarque. Total delirium !
1968 ... a definitely 100 % Germanic year. For that alone, we had to see Isabelle singing in German again, an extremely rare thing ...
1969 ... the end of the decade that will prove to be more difficult than expected to negotiate ... Difficult to be on top all the time ...
1970 ... it is confirmed, it may be cheerful and festive, it is no longer enough to make the difference. Isabelle, you'll have to recover !
1971 ... ah, there is the best ! Change of vintage and return of inspiration which allows her to offer us a magnificent Ultimate Slow
1972 ... the beginning of the metamorphosis. Everything evolves : the look, the style, the sound of his songs. Isabelle moults and prepares for the sequel which promises to be super ...
1973 ... come on, one last year of preparation before the big fireworks display. An ideal transition title !
1974 ... the second part of his career has just started...and a flood of hits is on the horizon
1974 ... another exceptional year with no less than 2 top hits. Little Isabelle is literally on fire ...
1975 ... this year 1975 promises to be as good as the previous one. To begin with what will surely remain as one of the best titles of all his discography
1975 ... once again, it's fresh, it's rhythmic, light and airy. There's no need to say, it's a good job !
1976 ... the 2 lovebirds finally reunited on a title that suits them like a glove. The time of recklessness ...
1977 ... the hits followed one another with phenomenal speed. Berger's inspiration is truly limitless ...
1977 ... the new WONDER ! A magnificent title all in softness and finesse sublimated by an extraordinary lyricism
1978 ... this one is also not bad in the same register ! In the Intimist domain, the tandem is extremely effective !
1978 ... the hit which definitively consecrates her as one of the best singers of the 1970s. And when we see what is still to come ...!
1978 ... like an air of Starmania. An absolutely mind-blowing title which takes us to hitherto unexplored sonic lands ...
1979 ... yes, we love you Isabelle ! You will forever remain one of the greatest singers of the end of the 20th century on the French side !
1980 ... a change of decade perfectly negotiated with a magnificent ballad to start. We couldn't hope for a better transition !
1980 ... which will surely remain as one of his most emblematic titles. A very simple title that will become one of the greatest standards of the decade and of French song itself !
1980 ... when 2 of the biggest names of the moment on the song side meet, he can only come out with the best ...
1980 ... whether with Michel Berger or with Elton John, the duets bring her luck, to say the least. A new proof with this title ...
1981 ... after the version 70 tube factory which operated at full capacity, it is that of the 80s which starts up
1981 ... the deal is simple : for the year 1981, it's a title, a hit ! Not complicated no !
1982 ... as paradoxical as it may seem, this year will not count a real hit despite 2 songs of certain quality. Starting with this one ...
1982 ... a sumptuous title which will take on even more relief when a certain Johnny Hallyday takes it over in 1990
1984 ... the years go by and are not necessarily alike ... 1984 rhymes with hits, big hits, HUGE hits ... We are already starting with a big one, it's already not bad
1984 ... the HUGE hit of the year, here it is. An incredible career which has already spanned 3 decades and which produces hits after hits !
1984 ... we end the year in style with this magnificent title with much less impact than its 2 predecessors. Go figure ...
1984 ... a new WONDER that will remain as one of the most beautiful titles of the 1980s in this category
1987 ... and this one will go down as one of the biggest dance hits of the decade. They will have left gems in all categories
1987 ... that's sure she has this indefinable charm, little Isabelle ! And for ever !
1987 ... a piece that went unnoticed and that would have deserved a much higher recognition than it was. MA-GIC !
1988 ... the magnificent hymn to a dear friend who died far too soon ! The WONDER OF WONDERS
1988 ... after decades and decades at the top, Isabelle begins to mark time ... It had to happen one day ...
1989 ... the end of the decade that rhymes with humanist awareness. Or how to mix the useful with the pleasant ...
1992 ... a year which starts well, even very well ... And which will unfortunately end in the drama ... A last premonitory duet ...?
1992 ... the momentum. The end of an extraordinary 2-player adventure which will have produced many of the greatest hits of the last 30 years on the French side. Incredible but true !
1996 ... after Berger is necessarily more complicated to manage than expected. The singer does not manage to find the equivalent of this absolutely extraordinary composer and the quality of the titles necessarily suffers ...
1996 ... quality is always the order of the day, it is undeniable but Berger had set the bar so high that the comparison is systematically against any new title she interprets ...
1996 ... the most emblematic version of this Masterpiece composed by Berger is of course the original masterfully interpreted by Françoise Hardy. But the cover delivered here is anything but ridiculous and largely holds up
2004 ... the Phoenix rises from its ashes in an incredible way. The singer is making a sensational comeback on the front of the stage thanks to this particularly inspired title and carried by a clip with the scenario for the less original. MAS-TER-FUL !
2005 ... this time, it is indeed the end of the adventure. The singer is going to disappear as quickly as she will have reappeared a few months earlier. After almost 40 years at the highest level, she is definitely bowing out and will only rarely return to the TV shows. But what a career ! Well done Miss !
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