Françoise Hardy, French Pop Icon, Dead at 80

Françoise Hardy, French Pop Icon, Dead at 80

Françoise Hardy, French Pop Icon, Dead at 80

Françoise Hardy, the French singer-songwriter known for her melancholic ballads and inimitable vibe, has died from laryngeal cancer in Paris. She was 80 years old.

Hardy’s passing was confirmed on Tuesday by her son, Thomas Dutronc, who posted a vintage photo of the two together with the caption, “Maman est partie.” Hardy had been struggling with cancer for over a decade, and even ceased singing in 2021 as a result of treatments.

Hardy was born Françoise Madeleine Hardy on January 17th, 1944, in Nazi-occupied France, and was shaped by the post-war culture she grew up in. As a child, she was enrolled in piano lessons, but really took to music when she turned 16 and was gifted a guitar. Soon after, she began writing her own compositions.

In the early ‘60s, Hardy began recording and became a sensation in France rather rapidly, thanks to the emergence of the youth-driven yé-yé movement. In 1962, her debut album, Tous les garçons et les filles, arrived, along with its chart-topping title track and the hit “Le temps de l’amour.”

From there, Hardy continued recording and enjoyed her status as an influence on the global pop scene, passing time with the likes of Mick Jagger, The Beatles, and other heavy-hitting contemporaries. Bob Dylan had a particular appreciation for her, and even included a poem written “for Françoise Hardy” in the liner notes of his 1964 album Another Side of Bob Dylan.

Going into the late ‘60s, Hardy continued releasing acclaimed recordings, and even made a turn to English-language music with 1966’s Françoise Hardy Sings in English. Then, in 1971, she teamed up with the Brazilian musician Tuca and released the bossa-nova-influenced album La question, which saw her depart from the pop-appeal of her previous work to delve into deeper, more mature, topics.

Through the rest of Hardy’s career, she earned cult status from fans around the world and continued defining her unique sense of artistry. Up through her final years, she released new albums fairly steadily. Her final album, Personne d’autre, arrived in 2018.

In addition to music, Hardy also had a colorful career as an astrologist and writer, and appeared in a number of films. She also had tremendous clout in French fashion circles, and was seen as a zeitgeist-defining pop icon by many.

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