Mireille Mathieu

Genres: Holiday & Seasonal Vocals World Music
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s

Biography

24 July 1946, Avignon, France. It was convenient, if inaccurate, for the media to brand her a second Edith Piaf, but Mathieu shared a similar poor upbringing. One of 13 children of a stone mason, she used some of her factory wages for singing lessons, until she was noticed by one of Johnny Hallyday’s former managers, Johnny Stark. He groomed her for stardom via an ‘urchin’ hair style by Elrhodes and, from celebrated couturier Louis Feraud, trademark red-and-black stage costumes. A showcase at the Paris Olympia led to a recording contract with Barclay Records and a run of hits that began with ‘Mon Credo’ in 1965. After this and later singles such as ‘C’Est Ton Nom’, ‘Qu’Elle Est Belle’ and ‘Funambule’ sold over a million collectively within Europe alone, the organization directed its gaze overseas. While a domestic television spectacular (directed by François Reichenbach) served as a grassroots...

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