Brigitte Bardot | Zoom 61-73

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Brigitte Bardot | #brigittebardot |
[1934-…], Paris, Île-de-France, France |


Brigitte Bardot is a French former actress, singer, and fashion model, who later became an animal rights activist.

Brigitte Bardot is known as one of the most beautiful screen icons of the 20th century – and one of the most controversial figures of her time! Making her name in classic 60s films such as “Et Dieu créa la femme”, Bardot also enjoyed a successful recording career, largely thanks to her collaboration with the late great Serge Gainsbourg.

In the early 60s, BB – as Brigitte was soon dubbed by the national press – began to think seriously about launching a singing career. Her new ambitions were triggered by a young Franco-Argentinian singer who paid tribute to her with his song “Brigitte Bardot” ( a song which, needless to say, received extensive airplay!) Boosted by the success of the song, which helped cement her international fame, Brigitte also earnt herself a new nickname in the process: Miss Béjo!

Deciding that she had a voice worth recording herself, BB went into the studio in 1962 to record her first single, “C’est rigolo”. This was just the beginning of her parallel career as an actress and singer – a double career which she further enhanced by recording the soundtracks of several of her films (including Louis Malle’s “Viva Maria” in 1965 and “Babette s’en va t’en guerre.”) Brigitte’s potential behind the mike was soon spotted by Serge Gainsbourg, who stepped in and suggested he should start writing material for her. The couple enjoyed a brief affair and Gainsbourg penned “L’appareil à sous” for BB, marking the beginning of their professional collaboration.

Bardot not only became Gainsbourg’s lover, she also provided him with a new muse who incarnated the typical 60s girl. The pair went on to record a whole string of cult pop songs together including the legendary “Harley Davidson” (recorded at the end of ’67). The song went on to become one of the biggest hits of the decade after BB seduced television audiences on the “Show Bardot,” bestriding her mean machine dressed in sexy black leather. (The poster image of BB as dream biker chick would grace countless teenage bedrooms across France that year!).
1967 was also the year that Bardot recorded the erotic female vocals on Gainsbourg’s risqué “Je t’aime moi non plus.” The song, banned from the airwaves in several countries, ended up immortalised by Serge Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin, Bardot having barred Gainsbourg from releasing her version until 1986.

Another highlight of BB’s pop career was “Bonnie & Clyde” (arranged like the latter by Michel Colombier). The single, which enjoyed extensive play on the airwaves and received its first TV broadcast on 1 January 1968, was also the title track of Brigitte’s album. The album, strictly speaking a sort of greatest hits collection, featured a number of duets such as “Bonnie & Clyde” (recorded with Gainsbourg) as well as Brigitte’s solo work. Highlights included “Bubble Gum”, “La Madrague” and the more obscure “Un Jour Comme un Autre” (which has to rate as one of the most beautiful songs in BB’s repertoire). Bardot’s collaboration with her Pygmalion lasted through until 1970 with the production of a last joint Bardot-Gainsbourg hit, “Nue au soleil.”

Two of Gainsbourg’s best-known singles also date from this period: the cheeky “Tu veux ou tu veux pas?” and “Tu es le soleil de ma vie” (the French adaptation of “You Are The Sunshine of My Life” recorded as a duet with Sacha Distel).

Bardot retired from the entertainment industry in 1973.

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29 – Brigitte Bardot & Sacha Distel – Le Soleil de Ma Vie – 1973
22 – Brigitte Bardot & Serge Gainsbourg – Comic Strip – 1968
21 – Brigitte Bardot & Serge Gainsbourg – Bonnie and Clyde – 1968
19 – Brigitte Bardot – Harley Davidson – 1967
16 – Brigitte Bardot – Bubble Gum – 1965
13 – Brigitte Bardot – Un jour comme un autre – 1964
12 – Brigitte Bardot – Moi Je Joue – 1964
11 – Brigitte Bardot – La Madrague – 1963
10 – Brigitte Bardot – L’Appareil à Sous – 1963
8 – Brigitte Bardot – La Belle et le Blues – 1963
5 – Brigitte Bardot – Faite Pour Dormir – 1963
1 – Brigitte Bardot – Noir et blanc – 1961

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