Saturday, September 15, 2012

Isabelle Aubret

Artist: Isabelle Aubret
LP: Isabelle Aubret
Song: "Les Moulins"
[ listen ]

I wasn't familiar with this charming chanteuse before stumbling across her self-titled 1966 LP down in Tacoma several months ago. Born in the summer of 1938 in Lille, France, Isabelle Aubret won the French national gymnastics championship at age 14, she won the Eurovision Song Contest for France ten years later, and then fifty years after that she won my heart. I'd like "Les Moulins" to be the soundtrack to my life this autumn, even if I just lay in bed the entire time. Slated to play the starring role in Jacques Demy's 1964 film THE UMBRELLAS OF CHERBOURG, Aubret had to put everything on hold after being involved in a terrible auto accident from which she took several years to recover. She suffered a similar setback after breaking her legs (all of them!) while rehearsing a trapeze act with boxer Jean-Claude Bouttier in 1981. She came through it all though, and she's still going strong. You can read about the life and career of Isabelle Aubret on the Radio France International website here, and if you parlez-vous français you can find more info on her official website here. Click the link below to see Aubret performing her 1962 Eurovision award-winning hit. 

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