Wednesday, November 28, 2012
AccuRadio Song Of The Day-Clothilde
Album:Swinging Mademoiselles: Groovy French Sounds from the 60s
If you're familiar with the French Ye Ye Girls of the 60s like France Gall or Francoise Hardy, I think you will enjoy the handful of songs recorded by Clothilde. She had a brief but very successful career. Apparently she didn't like being a pop singer. She was born Elisabeth Beauvais Feb. 22, 1948 in Montmorency, France which is a suburb of Paris. Her father was writer Robert Beauvais and her mother was TV host Giselle Parry. It seems mom wanted Elisabeth to get into show business and introduced her to producer Germinal Tenas. He had a band Chorus Reverendus and also produced other artists. He liked to use instruments like french horn and harpsichord in pop music. Elisabeth resisted at first but mom talked her into recording with Tenas. He named her Clothilde and signed her to Vogue Records. He wrote and produced her music and told her what to wear. She didn't like any of it. She recorded four songs including Saperlipopette and two of the songs were translated into Italian. The songs were popular. Vogue was very happy with Clothilde and wanted her to record more songs. But she didn't enjoy singing and quit. You can get Clothilde's songs on this various artists comp from the soundtrack label Silva America. She returned to school and later married and raised a family. There were a lot of obscure Ye Ye singers in the 60s and most of them are a lot of fun to listen to. Here's the video for Saperlipopette by Clothilde. Thanks to Ready Steady Girls for the info about Clothilde.