Style Muse: Chantal Kelly

Chantal Kelly was born Chantal Bassignani in Marseilles, in the south of France, on 8 April 1950. She had an interest in music from an early age and took singing lessons as a teenager. Her teacher was so impressed that in 1965 she sent a recording of Chantal's performances to the Philips label who promptly signed her up.

Chantal was launched into the world of yé-yé with the song Caribou, which was the lead track of her first EP. The follow up, Notre prof d’anglais, was released in 1966 and brought Chantal great success. However she was dropped from her label in 1967 and went on to join the small Mouloudji label in 1968 with whom she released two singles. These were simpler, folk style numbers and different in style from her previous releases. Soon after she disappeared from the music scene altogether and opened a fashion boutique in Corsica.

Notre prof d’anglais is a great little pop song and one of my favourite yé-yé tracks. I was reminded of it the other day when they played it on BBC 6 music, if you live in the UK and don't already listen to that station then you should - actually you can listen live online from anywhere in the world so there are no excuses! ;)


Source: Ready, Steady, Girls

1 comment

  1. Hi, Sarah!

    I always enjoy your posts introducing French yé-yé singers and style muses. Chantal was born less than 6 months after Shady and 3 days after another pop songstress and style icon, Aggie Fältskog of ABBA. I can picture you in the outfit Chantal is wearing on the picture sleeve of her single.

    Enjoy the rest of your week, dear friend Sarah!


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