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Françoise Hardy passed away

This night, the sad news came to us that French singer Françoise Hardy passed away. Hardy represented Monaco in the 1963 Eurovision Song Contest with the song “L’amour s’en va”. Hardy, who was born on January 11 1944, signed her first contract with the record label Disques Vogue in November 1961. In April 1962, shortly after finishing school, she released her first album called “Oh oh Chéri.” The title song was written by Johnny Hallyday’s songwriting team. The song “Tous les garçons et les filles” became very popular and sold 2 million copies. She had long hair, usually wore jeans with a leather jacket, and played the guitar. Because of the success of “Tous les garçons et les filles” and her style, people in the mid-1960s called her ‘France’s answer to The Beatles.’ Hardy sometimes sang in English, Italian, Spanish, and German. In 1963, she represented Monaco at the Eurovision Song Contest with the song “L’amour s’en va” and finished in fifth place. She received the Grand Prix du Disque Académie Charles Cros award in 1968. In May 2000, she made a comeback with the album “Clair Obscur.” Her son played guitar, and her husband sang a duet with her called “Puisque vous partez en voyage.” Iggy Pop and Étienne Daho also took part in the album. Françoise Hardy was already ill for a long time. She was 80 years old.

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Guy Bonnet passed away

Yesterday, 8 January 2024, Guy Bonnet sadly passed away. Bonnet participated in the Eurovision Song Contest three times: in 1968 as a composer, in 1970 and 1983 as a singer. Born on 8 August 1945, in Avignon, France, Bonnet’s passion for music manifested early in his life. He pursued his love for music with zeal, studying at the Conservatoire in Avignon and later at the Conservatoire in Marseille. Bonnet’s career took a significant turn when he represented France in the Eurovision Song Contest. His first appearance was in 1968 as a composer for Isabelle Aubret’s entry, “La Source.” However, it was his own performance in 1970 with the song “Marie-Blanche” that truly marked his arrival on the international music scene. He graced the Eurovision stage again in 1983 with “Vivre,” showcasing his versatile musical talent. Beyond Eurovision, Bonnet was known for his profound contributions to French chanson, a genre he enriched with his poetic lyrics and melodic compositions. His works often reflected his deep connection to his Provençal roots, blending traditional sounds with contemporary influences. Throughout his career, Bonnet collaborated with numerous artists like Mireille Mathieu, Sylvie Vartan, Franck Fernandel and the Massilia Sound System. He was not just a performer but an educator, passionately involved in fostering musical talent in younger generations. 1968: La Source, sung by Isabelle Aubret 1970: Marie-Blanche 1983: Vivre    

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Heddy Lester

Name : Heddy Affolter Born : 18-6-1950 Deceased   29-1-2023 Nationality : Dutch       National Finals : Nationaal Songfestival 1977 ESC Entries : De mallemolen       Website : Facebook Biography Heddy Lester is a Dutch singer and actress. Lester’s professional career started with Gert Balke as the duo April Shower, who had a minor hit with “Railroad Song” in 1971. Her father ran a restaurant in Amsterdam, where she met singer Ramses Shaffy, with whom she started touring. Lester launched her solo career in 1974, and released the single ” Friend of mine”. Since her Eurovision appearance, Lester has worked steadily in a variety of both musical and dramatic stage roles. Heddy Lester passed away in January 2023. Entries Country : The Netherlands Year : 1977 Language : Dutch       Artist : Heddy Lester Song : De mallemolen Lyrics : Wim Hogenkamp Composer(s) : Frank Affolter Conductor : Harry van Hoof       Backings : Wanda StellaardLaetitia Dekker Carmen Affolter  Results   Points : 35 Position : 12 Running order : 3

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