Sunday, May 26, 2013

AccuRadio Song Of The Day-Charlotte Leslie

Artist:Charlotte Leslie
Song:Les Filles C'est Fait
Album:Best of Pop a Paris: Psyche-Rock et Minijupes

Not to be confused with the British politician Charlotte Leslie, this Charlotte Leslie had brief success as part of the French Ye Ye scene of the 60s. Fans in North America aren't familiar with Ye Ye so I like to expose them to it because I like it. Most of the singers are very obscure. The 1966 single Les Filles C'est Fait is Charlotte's best known song. She was out of the music business by the early 70s. She was born Rosetta Aiello Dec. 18, 1945 in Gabes, Tunisia to Italian parents. Her family moved to Lens in northern France. At age 13, Rosetta quit school and went to work in a factory. In 1963, her father encouraged her to enter a talent contest organized by AZ Records. She won the contest and recorded for AZ as Catherine Alfa. She recorded two EPs with French songwriters Daniel Hortis and Jimmy Walter including the song Tu Es Pris Au Piege which was a translation of the Carole King & Gerry Goffin song Don't Try To Fight It Baby. She left AZ for Polydor and her name was changed to Charlotte Leslie. Her 1966 hit Les Filles C'est Fait is a reworking of The Capitols hit We Got A Thing That's In The Groove. It was a hit and with the fuzz guitar effect it holds up well today. She toured France but subsequent recordings didn't do as well. She recorded for Polydor and Barclay until 1970. A Beatles tribute Monsieur Harrison was her final single. You can get Les Filles C'est Fait on this 2CD various artists comp from Universal France. Pop a Paris is a series of CDs spotlighting French pop music of the 60s. This is a Best Of that series at a budget price. In the early 80s, Charlotte attempted a comeback as Rosa Borg. When that was unsuccessful, she left the music business for good and worked at a department store in Paris. Here's a video for Les Filles C'est Fait by Charlotte Leslie. Thanks to Ready Steady Girls! for the Charlotte Leslie bio.

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