The ballad of Lucy...

Marianne Faithfull is an English singer-songwriter who began her artistic career in the mid-1960s by singing in bars. And it is thanks to the providential meeting she will have with the Rolling Stones that her artistic destiny will suddenly change.

Indeed, in 1964 Jagger and Richards composed the title “As tears go by” for her and thus offered her on a set not only a first success, but also and above all a first international success. A success which propelled her in a sensational way to the front of the stage.

In the process, the albums "Marianne Faithfull" and "Come my way" were released, two albums which will benefit from the suction effect generated by the success of the single and which will, in turn, also become popular with the public.

The year 1965 saw her get married on the one hand, and release four other singles on the other, four titles which in turn reached the top of the Charts. A marriage quickly consummated because she will end the year in the arms of another, a certain… Mick Jagger.

Things were already getting worse from 1966 onwards because dating the Stones did not only have positive effects on his personality. Indeed, the singer begins to abuse various drugs, begins to drink and becomes anorexic. With the direct consequence of artistic productivity in free fall. It's going to take him over 10 years to get out of this.

She returned from 1976 with the album "Dreamin 'my dreams", an album of very modest success but which at least has the merit of putting her back on the front of the stage. Her voice has changed considerably, has become significantly deeper, a change which, paradoxical as it may sound, will rather bring her luck.

Three years later, in 1979, the album “Broken English” was released, an enormous album which will remain as the biggest success of all his discography, in particular thanks to the sumptuous single “The ballad of Lucy Jordan”, which will be a real planetary success and revive the artist's career in a dazzling way.

The beginning of the 1980s allows her to confirm that she is indeed back. In particular thanks to the album “Dangerous acquaintances” which was released in 1981. The album also made a hit and produced mainly the hit “Sweetheart” which was released in 1982. A return of success which did not prevent the artist to continue to fight against old demons, among which are always alcohol and drugs ...

The year 1983 saw the release of the album "A child’s adventure" with less success but success nonetheless. Album which will produce his last notorious hit namely “Running for our lives”. The album "Rich kid blues", which was released two years later in 1985, went largely unnoticed.

From 1987, she will try her hand at jazz with the album "Strange weather", album with rather laudatory reviews but which did not produce any major hits.

The following years will see the release of other albums but unfortunately none will allow the singer to catch up with the leading pack.

To discover or rediscover.

Discography (among others ...) :

  • As tears go by 1964

  • Come and stay with me 1965

  • This little bird 1965

  • Summer nights 1965

  • Is this what I get for loving you ? 1967

  • Dreamin’ my dreams 1975

  • All I wanna do in life 1976

  • The ballad of Lucy Jordan 1979

  • Broken English 1980

  • Intrigue 1981

  • Sweetheart 1982

  • Running for our lives 1983

  • Hang it on your heart 1997

  • Vagabond ways 1999

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1964 ... the beginnings of a young girl with more than certain talent and who, in just a few songs, will become one of the biggest stars of this decade

1965 ... planetary mega hits will follow one another in an impressive way during this decade, a decade which propels her into the highest spheres of fame and glory

1965 ... the mega hits will follow one another, of course, but only over a few years. For now, she's walking on water. The end of the decade will be much less favorable ...

1965 ... all the titles she released in 1965 immediately turned into gold. A shattering success to say the least !

1967 ... after 2 totally euphoric years, the young singer experienced her first air gap during 1966 with a level of success at a complete standstill. She comes back in force in this year 1967 thanks to this title with certain inspiration. Not sure that this is enough to keep her in the leading pack ...

1975 ... there, it's downright an enormous 8 years air hole that will follow. She only returns in this year 1975 and again, in a form that we will describe as minimalist ...

1976 ...she returns, certainly, but does not manage to regain the pace of a decade which did not wait for her to evolve. She must react and quickly !

1979 ... then THIS title comes ! She delivers here quite simply one of the most emblematic titles of the decade but also signs the biggest success of her career. An incredible renaissance to say the least ! MAS-TER-FUL !

1980 ... suddenly, the dynamic which carries her from now on allows her to follow on a second top hit. A strong comeback to say the least amazing and which shows that in the song, nothing is ever finished ...

1981 ... the beginning of the 1980s which was particularly successful for her, it was obvious. As much as she will not have known, or been able, to take the measure of the 1970s, she will not have made the same mistake again during the following decade

1982 ... it's only one title per year on average during the 1980s, but quality is better than quantity, that's clear. A bias that pays in any case !

1983 ... unfortunately, the upturn was short-lived. She signs here a title of more than certain quality but which will already be her last of the decade. Before another 14 years old disappearance ...

1997 ... another comeback but this time it will be a losing comeback. And yet, she does not demerit, far from it. But how to fight against a competition of young girls who are 30 years younger than her ...

1999 ... she will have gone through the 1960s, then the 1970s, then the 1980s, then the 1990s. And she will even come back the following decade. A career certainly particularly choppy but which will have produced several very big hits including one of exception. Nice prize list !

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