France Gall

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country fr.gif French singer ; born 9 October 1947 in Paris

France Gall's father Roger Gall was a "chansonnier" and has wrote some songs for her. In 1963 she made her first recordings, mainly singing about teenager themes ("Mes premières vraies vacances", "Le premier chagrin d'amour"). Eventually she decides to become a singer so she can leave school as she would have to repeat a class. In 1965 at the age of 17 she wins the Grand Prix Eurovision for Luxembourg in London with the song "Poupée de cire, poupée de son", written by Serge Gainsbourg. She subsequently becomes a teenager idol, not only in France and other countries, but also in Germany. Hers is a strong piercing voice that gives character even to the worst of her German songs. Beneath her real bad popsongs she also sings tender love songs ("J'entends cette musique", "Chanson pour que tu m'aimes un peu") and experiments with jazz ("Jazz à gogo", "Pense à moi", "Le coeur qui jazze").

For the German market she re-records "Poupée de cire, poupée de son", translated by Carl-Ulrich Blecher as "Das war eine schöne Party". Serge Gainsbourg wrote more songs for her, among them "Laisse tomber les filles" and "Baby Pop". In 1966 she records his song "Les sucettes" in which she sings about the pleasure of lickin' candysticks... (Gainsbourg himself released the song in 1969).

In 1968 France Gall signs with Decca for the German market and she begins to sing more songs written by German songwriters. Her single "Der Computer Nr. 3" ranks at number 3 at the "Deutsche Schlagerfestspiele" and eventually sells more than a million copies. Another hit is "A Banda" which features a complete bullshit for a text. In 1969 France Gall again lands at No. 3 at the "Deutsche Schlagerfestspiele", this time with the song "Ein bisschen Goethe, ein bisschen Bonaparte" which also sells very well. At the beginning of the 1970s France Gall is slowly descending and she signs with BASF in 1972. In 1973 she eventually stops singing in German.

Her career also stagnates in France and she finds more publicity with her liaison with Julien Clerc than with her songs. Only at the end of the decade she gains some more success. In 1978 she takes part in Michel Berger and Luc Plandomon's musical "Starmania" (called "Tycoon" in Great Britain and the USA). She plays the role of the popular TV moderator Cristal and sings the ballad "Monopolis" and the disco hit "J'ai besoin d'amour". In 1980 she records "Les aveux", a duet with Elton John. She also marries the French musician and songwriter Michel Berger who starts writing all her songs. They have two children, Pauline (born 1978) and Raphaël (born 1980).

In 1988 she has a German number 1 hit with "Ella elle l'a" which is probably the most successful French sung title ever in Germany. The 1990s bring a series of tragic events: In 1992 Michel Berger dies at the age of 45 because of a heartattack during a tennis match. France Gall announces she wants to retire from music business - probably one reason is the cancer disease of her breast. In 1996 she releases the album France, recorded with session musicians in Los Angeles, and plays some concerts. Jean-Luc Godard directs the video clip for the song "Plus haut". In December 1997 her daughter Pauline dies of a rare disease she she was suffering since her birth.

German discography

1964 France Gall 7" single Ne sois pas si bête / J'entends cette musique country de.gif DE: Philips 328 013 JF
1964 France Gall 7" single Et des baisers / Mon bateau de nuit country de.gif DE: Philips 373 631 BF
1964 France Gall EP Et des baisers / Deux oiseaux / Attends ou va-t'en / Mon bateau de nuit country de.gif DE: Philips 437095
1965 France Gall EP La cloche country de.gif DE: Philips 434 914 BE
1965 France Gall EP Laisse tomber les filles country de.gif DE: Philips 434 949 BF
1965 France Gall EP Sacre Charlemagne country de.gif DE: Philips 434 962 PE
1965 France Gall EP Attends ou va t'en country de.gif DE: Philips 437 095 PE
1966 Mireille Darc and France Gall EP C'est à s'aime country de.gif DE: Philips 437 339 BE]
1966 France Gall EP Chanson indienne country de.gif DE: Philips 437 393 BE
196? France Gall 7" single Baby Pop / C'est pas facile d'être une fille country de.gif DE: Philips 373 732
1965 France Gall 7" single Poupée de cire, poupée de son / La coeur qui jazze country de.gif DE: Philips 373 524 BF
1965 France Gall EP Poupée de cire country de.gif DE: Philips 437 032 PE
1965 France Gall 7" single Das war eine schöne Party (Poupée de cire, poupée de son) / Meine erste grosse Liebe country de.gif DE: Philips 373 556
1965 France Gall EP Muneca de cera country de.gif DE: Philips 84 114
1965 France Gall LP France Gall country de.gif DE: Philips Standard B 77.728 L / Barclay 77728L
1966 France Gall EP Les sucettes / Je me marie en blanc / Quand on est ensemble / Ca me fait rire country de.gif DE:
1966 France Gall 7" single Wir sind keine Engel (Nous ne sommes pas des anges) / Ich träume jede Nacht country de.gif DE: Philips 373 696 PF]
1967 France Gall 7" single Die schönste Musik die es gibt / Samstag und Sonntag country de.gif DE: Decca D 19 866
1967 France Gall 7" single Io si tu no / Se agli amici country de.gif DE: DIARAI 021
1967 France Gall 7" single Haifischbaby (Bébé requin) / Hippie Hippie country de.gif DE: Decca D 19 896
1968 France Gall EP Les années country de.gif DE: La compagnie S015
1968 France Gall 7" single A Banda / Mein Herz ist weg country de.gif DE: Decca D 19 919
1968 France Gall LP 1968 country de.gif DE: Philips 844706
1968 France Gall 7" single Der Computer Nr. 3 / Alle reden von der Liebe country de.gif DE: Decca D 19 935
1968 France Gall 7" single Merci, Herr Marquis / ...so einen jungen Mann country de.gif DE: Decca D 19 962] [rerelease: Decca SLK 16 576-P
1968 France Gall LP Die grosse Erfolge country de.gif DE: Decca ND 264
A Banda / Die schönste Musik, die es gibt (Music To Watch Girls By) / Hippie Hippie / Oh! Quelle famille / Love, L'amour und Liebe / Alle reden von der Liebe / Computer Nr. 3 / Samstag und Sonntag / Was will ein Boy / Mein Herz ist weg / Haifischbaby (Bébé requin) / Les yeux bleus
1968 France Gall LP Vive la France Gall country de.gif DE: Decca SHZT 560
Love, L'amour und Liebe / Mein Herz ist weg / La petite / Oh! Quelle famille / A Banda / Hippie Hippie / Teenie Weenie Boppie / Die schönste Musik, die es gibt / Les yeux bleus / Chanson pour que tu m'aimes un peu / Samstag und Sonntag / Was will ein Boy / Polichinelle / Haifischbaby
196? France Gall 7" single Die Playboys bei den Eskimos / I like Mozart country de.gif DE: Decca D 19 975
1969 France Gall 7" single La Piogga / Homme tout petit country de.gif DE: Decca D 19 978 "La Pioggia" is the original recording from the San Remo Festival 1969
1969 France Gall 7" single La Piogga / Matrimonio country de.gif DE: CGD 9709
1969 France Gall 7" single Ein bisschen Goethe, ein bichen Bonaparte / Des Rätsels Lösung country de.gif DE: Decca D 19 991] rerelease: Decca SLK 16 614-P
1969 France Gall 7" single Links vom Rhein und rechts vom Rhein / Ich liebe dich - so wie du bist country de.gif DE: Decca D 29 019
1969 France Gall 7" single Kilimandscharo / Wassermann und Fisch country de.gif DE: Decca D 29 028
1970 France Gall 7" single Dann schon eher der Pianoplayer / Ich kann dir nicht böse sein (It's all coming back to me) country de.gif DE: Decca D 29050 A-side from "Deutscher Schlagerwettbewerb 1970"
1970 France Gall 7" single Mein Herz kann man nicht kaufen / Ich singe meinen Song (I shall sing) country de.gif DE: Decca D 29 061
1971 France Gall 7" single Zwei Verliebte zieh'n durch Europa / Ich war ein Kind country de.gif DE: Decca D 29 091
197? France Gall 7" single Ali Baba und die vierzig Räuber / Unga Katunga country de.gif DE: Decca D 29 132
1972 France Gall 7" single Für dreissig Centimes / Lieber Leo country de.gif DE: Decca D 29 145
1972 France Gall 7" single Ich bin zuckersüss / Kommst du zu mir country de.gif DE:
1972 France Gall 7" single Ich habe einen Freund in München / Miguel country de.gif DE: BASF 05 11 481
1972 France Gall 7" single Frankenstein / Les petits ballons country de.gif DE: Pathé C006 12207
1977 France Gall LP Dancing disco country de.gif DE: Atlantic 50 364
1977 France Gall 7" single Si, maman, si / Ce garçon qui danse country de.gif DE: Atlantic 11 016
1977 France Gall 7" single Le meilleur de soi-même / La nuit à Paris country de.gif DE: Atlantic 11 056
1978 France Gall LP Starmania (Version originale) country de.gif DE: with Michel Berger, Luc Plamondon, Balavoine, Diane Dufresne, France Gall
1979 France Gall 12" single Besoin d'amour country de.gif DE: WEA Filipacchi Music 20 140
1980 France Gall and Elton John 7" single Les aveux / Donner pour donner country de.gif DE: Phonogram 6000 642
1980 France Gall LP Paris, France country de.gif DE: WEA Music 2292-42151-2
1981 France Gall LP Tout pour la musique country de.gif DE: WEA Filipacchi Music 50 857
1982 France Gall LP Palais des Sports country de.gif DE: WEA Filipacchi Music 2292-40029
1984 France Gall LP Debranche country de.gif DE:
1985 France Gall 2CD Au Zénith country de.gif DE: WEA Music 2292-40601-2
1987 France Gall LP Babacar country de.gif DE: WEA / Apache 22924-20962
1987 France Gall 12" single Papillon de nuit country de.gif DE: WEA Music 247 610-0
1988 France Gall LP La déclaration d'amour country de.gif DE:
1988 France Gall LP La tour de France '88 country de.gif DE: Apache 2295-44214-2
1988 France Gall CD Ihre grössten Hits country de.gif DE: Teldec 8.26832 244 210-2
1990 France Gall CD France Gall country de.gif DE: Metronome 843 688-2
1992 France Gall CD Vol. 1 - Laisse tomber les filles (1963-1964) country de.gif DE: Polydor 849297-2
1992 France Gall CD Vol. 2 - Poupée de cire, poupée de son (1964-1966) country de.gif DE: Polydor 513132-2
1992 France Gall CD Vol. 3 - Les sucettes (1966) country de.gif DE: Polydor 513133-2
1992 France Gall CD Vol. 4 - Bébé requin country de.gif DE: Polydor
1992 France Gall 3CD Drance Gall (Vol. 1-3) country de.gif DE: Polydor 529 182-2
1992 France Gall 4CD Poupée de son (Vol. 1-4) country de.gif DE:
1992 France Gall CD Poupée de son country de.gif DE: Polydor 849296-2
1993 France Gall CD Simple je (Debranchée à Bercy) country de.gif DE:
1994 France Gall CD Simple je (Debranchée à Bercy 94) country de.gif DE:
1994 France Gall CD Les plus belles chansons de France Gall country de.gif DE: WEA 4509-95785
1994 France Gall 2CD Simple je (L'intégrale Bercy) country de.gif DE:
199? Michel Berger et France Gall Double live (Michel Berger et France Gall à l'Olympia 96) country de.gif DE:
199? France Gall France Gall Vol. 1 (Babacar - Passionément) country de.gif DE:
199? France Gall France Gall Vol. 2 (Debranchée - Tout pour la musique) country de.gif DE:
199? France Gall CD Greatest hits country de.gif DE:
199? France Gall CD Les années musique country de.gif DE:
199? France Gall 2CD Les années musique country de.gif DE:
1996 France Gall CD Zwei Apfelsinen im Haar (A Banda) country de.gif DE: Convoy 552 731-2
1996 France Gall CD France country de.gif DE: WEA (Warner Music France) 0630-14008
1997 France Gall CD 1968 country de.gif DE: Polydor 537 644-2] CD re-release
1998 France Gall CD Baby Pop country de.gif DE: Philips 539 842-2 CD re-release

Weblinks

  • France Gall (Prevezanos Online! Magazin) - Biography in German
  • France Gall (Prevezanos Online! Magazin) - Pictures of German records