|Genres:||Holiday & Seasonal World|
|Decades:||1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s|
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 Hallydays 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 CEst Ton Nom, QuElle 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...