Sylvie Vartan - One of the biggest names in Yè-Yè.

Sylvie Vartan – 1968 – Nights At The Roundtable – Rock Without Borders Edition

Sylvie Vartan – One of the biggest names in Yè-Yè.

Click on the link here for Audio player: Sylvie Vartan – Irresistiblement – 1968

Probably one of the most popular and most recorded of the “Yè-Yè” genre of French female singers of the 1960’s was Sylvia Vartan. Married (for a time) to Johnny Hallyday, the Elvis Presley of France, she and Hallyday were considered Royalty in French Pop/Rock music circles. She had a huge following throughout Europe and Japan, though never really caught on in the U.S. – partially because of the language barrier but also because it was tough to nail down just what kind of singer she was. Listen to any of her albums and they are adventures in ever-changing styles. From highly produced string-laden ballades to hard-driven rock tunes; they ran the gamut.

Tonight it’s one of her more rock-oriented songs. From the 1968 album La Maritza, here’s Irrèsistiblement.

At last report, Vartan is still going strong and regularly concertizes and appears on TV.

Who says “Yè-Yè” is dead?

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