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Biography of Sylvie Vartan

written by Christophe Aldin with the collaboration of Laurent Coly - Translation into English: Peter Bourne

The lists of record releases, concert dates and TV appearances included in these pages are a selection

of the most significant biographical landmarks, and are deliberately non-exhaustive.

 

 

Ilona Vartan, la mère de Sylvie Vartan Ilona Vartan, la mère de Sylvie Vartan
 
Childhood in Bulgaria 
 
Sylvie Vartan enfant, Bulgarie
Robert Vartan, le grand-père paternel de Sylvie
 
Sylvie Vartan enfant à Paris et en Normandie dans les années 50

 

Photos and bibliography of the period  between 1944  and 1960 :

"Si je chante" - Sylvie Vartan - Editions Filipacchi  (1981)

"Entre l'ombre et la lumière" - Sylvie Vartan - XO Editions (2004)

"Maman" - Sylvie Vartan -  XO Editions (2016)

 

1944 - 1952

 

Sylvie Vartan enters this world the 15 August 1944 in Iskretz (Bulgaria). Her father Georges Vartan is press secretary for the French embassy. Her mother Ilona Mayer  is Hungarian by origine. Her brother Edmond is 7 years her senior...

 

Sylvie grows up in Lakatnik then in Sofia, between the emotional peace that comes from a loving family and a latent feeling of insecurity stemming from a life of suffering under the communist regime...

 

At the age of 6, she appears as an extra in the film "Under the Turkish Subjugation"  : from that point on, all little Sylvie wants is to become an actress...

 

But for the time being the Vartan family, who after the trails of the Nazi occupation now endure a difficult life under the Stalinist regime, has only one dream: to move to France, "the country of freedom" ... Thanks to their paternal grandfather, Robert  , who used to live in France, the children are immersed in a world of French culture... After two years of administrative prevarications, the necessary authorisations for the long, one-way journey are finally in place...

 

Icône disque 15 August 1944: Sylvie Vartan is born in Iskretz (Bulgaria).

  1950: At 6 years old, she appears in the film "Under the Turkish Subjugation".

Icône disque December 1952: The Vartan couple and their two children Edmond and Sylvie emigrate to France.

 

 

1952 - 1960

 

 

December 1952: After three days spent traversing Bulgaria, Yugoslavia, Northern Italy and France in third class on the "Simplon Orient-Express", the four members of the Vartan clan arrive in Paris, with nothing but a few suitcases to their name... It's almost Christmas and food stalls fill the streets... This is the main memory that Sylvie will keep of her first steps on French soil...

 

Following a brief stay at the "Lion d'argent", the four of them move into a small room in the "hôtel d'Angleterre", rue Montorgueil, not far from the  market hall where Mr Vartan quickly finds work as a warehouseman. They stay there for four years.

 

In 1956, the Vartan couple aquire on loan their first apartment situated in Clichy-sous-Bois, before returning to live in Paris in 1960, in the 12ème arrondissement. At each stage Sylvie attends the nearest public schools, namely: Jussienne primary school, Victor Hugo high school, Le Raincy pilot mixed high school, then the Hélène Boucher girls school with far more rigid teaching methods...

 

Sylvie is now 16. Her brother Edmond, who has become a trumpetist, (he now likes to be called Eddie) influences her considerably, between jazz and rock, in her first musical discoveries... In 1961, he abandons his law studies to take up a position as artistic director for Decca....

 

Icône disque December 1952: The Vartan family arrive in Paris just in time for the Christmas festivities.

 

Icône disque 1953: In Paris, Sylvie Vartan enters the local public school where she learns the French language. After 2 years she speaks perfectly with no accent.

 

 

La famille Vartan en 1945
Sylvie Vartan à l'âge de un an Sylvie Vartan à l'âge de un an
Sylvie Vartan dans le film bulgare "Sous le joug "
Carte des itinéraires du Simplon Orient-Express

 

France,

"The country of freedom"

 
Les quatre membres de la famille vartan à Paris au début des années 60
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Eddie Vartan au début des années 60
 EP "Panne d'essence"  de Frankie Jordan avec la participation de Sylvie Vartan - DECCA 451058 Sylvie Vartan EP "Quand le film est triste"   RCA 76.531
 
"Panne d'essence" 
 
Revue "Music-hall" avec Sylvie Vartan en couverture, 1961

 1961

 

 

Sylvie Vartan is still in high school when her brother Eddie brings her in to urgently replace the singer Gillian Hills initially booked to record with Frankie Jordan a song titled "Panne d'essence". The artist, feeling that this duet was beneath her, cancelled at the last minute. This is how Sylvie gets her voice onto the track already recorded by Frankie Jordan, in a rather high key compared to her naturally low range...


The song is a summer success and leads the young Sylvie onto television screens, in "Discorama", one of the most important variety shows at this time.

 

Until now her name had gone more or less unnoticed and she had continued with her studies, but this televised appearance changes everything: her fame explodes, to such a point as that she is forced to leave school.

 

Carried in the flow of things, after participating in a Musicorama at the Olympia at the start of December with Frankie Jordan, she is booked a fortnight later in the same room to open for Vince Taylor for three weeks (Olympia 1961-1962) . There she sings the four titles of her first EP, "Quand le film est triste".

 

 

•  Icône disque  June: EP "Panne d'essence" by Frankie Jordan featuring Sylvie Vartan - DECCA 451058

Icône TV 19 November: First television appearance - "Discorama": "Panne d'essence", "J'aime ta façon de faire ça", with Frankie Jordan. (7)

•  Icône disque  November: EP "Quand le film est triste"   RCA 76.531

•  Icône scène  11 and 12 December: She sings 2 duets with Frankie Jordan for her first appearance at the Olympia in the opening of the Musicorama of Gilbert Bécaud (8)

•  Icône scène  27 December (for 3 weeks): She sings 4 songs including her first hit "Quand le film est triste" in the opening of Vince Taylor's show (9)  

 

 

Sylvie Vartan en 1961 à la sortie du lycée Hélène Boucher
Frankie Jordan et Sylvie Vartan interprétant "Panne d'essence dans l'émission "Discorama", novembre 1961
Frankie Jordan et Sylvie Vartan sur la scène de l'Olympia, décembre 1961
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Sylvie Vartan EP "Est-ce que tu le sais""   -  RCA 76.547 Sylvie VartanEP "Qui aurait dit ça"  -  RCA 76.562
Sylvie Vartan séance photos "Salut les copains" 1962
Sylvie Vartan EP "Baby c'est vous"   -  RCA 76.572 Sylvie Vartan EP "Madison twist"   -  RCA 76.588
Sylvie Vartan EP "Le locomotion"   -  RCA 76.593 Sylvie Vartan EP "Moi je pense encore à toi"   -  RCA 76.602
Sylvie Vartan LP "Sylvie"   -  RCA 430 103
 
Salut les copains
 
Sylvie Vartan pour la première fois en couverture de "Salut les copains", 1962

 1962

 

 

After giving up school once and for all, Sylvie walks onstage and opens for well established stars and some of the greatest artists, such as Gilbert Bécaud.

 

The EPs keep coming and see sufficient success to get her name recognised. The only girl on the rock scene, she intrigues the press who talk about her more and more, nicknaming her "The twisting schoolgirl"  .

 

Her style, presented as "40% rock, 40% twist and 20% innocence", makes her the accepted face of a new musical current, less transgressive than rock, that people will soon call "yé-yé".

 

Currently, rock and chanson française are not yet linked in any way, the chanson française defining itself until now by the importance of the lyrics, as opposed to rock where the music matters most. It's therefore natural that the  yé-yé repertoire should consist mainly of covers of English and American hits...


This year, Sylvie comes across, for the first time, the most visible singer of his generation, Johnny Hallyday . It's the setup for a passionate love story that will give birth to thousands of articles and keep the public on their toes for 20 years.

 

At the end of the year, she has her first real hit with "Locomotion". After this single, Sylvie's album cover photos will mostly be by Jean-Marie Périer. The legendary ex-reporter for SLC openly admits that he has photographed Sylvie Vartan more than any other artist... His images have become emblematic and play an integral role in the singer's career.

 

A few years later, Benjamin Auger and Tony Frank will also work out how to make themselves useful to Sylvie by accompanying her as her photographer on her travels around the world...

 

In November, with "Tous mes copains", Sylvie has her next big hit (EP "Moi je pense encore à toi") written by Jean-Jacques Debout. In the wake of this, she releases her first LP "Sylvie".


On the French music scene, she is joined by Françoise Hardy and then by Sheila. Together they will form a "triumvirat" of female idols that will reign over the era, as much by their songs as by their respective styles...

 

 

•  Icône disque  January: EP "Est-ce que tu le sais""   -  RCA 76.547

•  Icône disque  March: EP "Qui aurait dit ça"  -  RCA 76.562

•  Icône disque  May: EP "Baby c'est vous"   -  RCA 76.572

•  Icône scène  May and June: First tour opening for Gilbert Bécaud (one month).

•  Icône disque  July: EP "Madison twist"   -  RCA 76.588

•  Icône scène  August: First performance outside of France (Belgium, Comblain-La-Tour International Jazz Festival 4 and 5 August)

•  Icône disque  October: EP "Le locomotion"   -  RCA 76.593

•  Icône scène   October - November - December: Tour - SLC Gala des étoiles (around 40 dates) with Richard Anthony and Leny Escudero.

•  Icône disque   November: EP "Moi je pense encore à toi"   -  RCA 76.602

•  Icône disque   November: LP "Sylvie"   -  RCA 430 103   

 

 

 

 

 

Sylvie Vartan Olympia 1961/62 Sylvie Vartan Olympia 1961/62
Johnny Hallyday et Sylvie Vartan première photo ensemble 1962
 
"The twisting schoolgirl"
 

Affiche Sylvie Vartan "La collègienne du twist" 1962

Sheila Françoise Hardy et Sylvie Vartan ensemble en 1963
Sylvie Vartan première couverture de "Elle" 1962
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Sylvie Vartan en couverture des magazines, 1963
Sylvie Vartan  EP "Chance"   -  RCA 76.617 Sylvie Vartan EP "En écoutant la pluie"   -  RCA 86.007
Sylvie Vartan   LP "Twiste et chante"   -  RCA 430 137
Sylvie Vartan  EP "I'm watching"   -  RCA 86.019 Sylvie Vartan   EP "Twiste et chante"   -  RCA 86.022
Françoise Hardy Johnny Hallyday et  Sylvie Vartan photographiés par Jean-Marie Périer, 1963
Sylvie Vartan Couverture de "Paris Match", 1963 Sylvie Vartan Couverture de "Jours de France", 1963
Sylvie Vartan et Johnny Hallyday annoncent leurs fiançailles à la télévision, 19 octobre 1963
Sylvie Vartan Premier single japonais "Im watching you" Victor SS-1380 Sylvie Vartan EP "Si je chante"   -  RCA 86.024
Johnny Hallyday et Sylvie Vartan à New-York en 1963 photo Jean-Marie Périer

 1963


 

The press goes grazy over the yé-yé phenomenon. The discussion centres around the damage following the Place de la Nation concert in Paris. At the call of Daniel Filipacchi in his radio show "Salut les Copains" on Europe 1, 150,000 young people come together to see and hear Johnny Hallyday, Sylvie Vartan, or even Richard Anthony ...


This profound youth movement brings about endless arguments. The political press, on the side of the singers of the older generation, presents a condescending judgment on the musical quality of the yé-yés, and grants to Daniel Filippachi a power far more significant than that of politicians.

 

Philippe Bouvard distinguishes himself by writing in "Le Figaro": "What difference is there between twist and the speeches of Hitler at the Reichstag?".

 

The tabloids are outraged by the behaviour of the "idols". The consumer and women's magazines consider the young stars with rather more goodwill... Clearly Hallyday or Vartan on the cover is a garuntee of high sales...


To try and stay afloat faced with the please-everyone-publication "Salut les copains", a part of the "youth press" tries to bring about rivalries between the artists. Sylvie, Françoise and later Sheila, everything is done to force each one to pick a side... Their performances are compared, the game is to glorify one to better insult the other...

 

Indifferent to this media fracas, Sylvie settles into success..

 

Now a headline act, she performs tours and galas one after another while her fees continue to climb. Her first album and all her singles make it into the charts. The romance of the Hallyday-Vartan couple becomes a subject of speculation that amplifies the "starification" of each of them. People scrutinise and comment on their every move...


This media coverage earns Sylvie harsh critics who watch for the slightest incident to have a field day.

 

The Le Cannet episode (20 August 1963) makes a lasting impression: following a scrap backstage, Sylvie interrupts her set and leaves the stage, causing a riot.

 

The next day she's confronted by the Mayor of the commune on the Television news. Her concerts are forbidden in the department. Other galas immediately organised sell out straight away. This tumultuous climate bathes her in scandal, far from her real personality...

 

In 1963,  Sylvie, who used to dream of being an actress,  also makes her first steps in cinema. Waiting for a first big role ("Patate", 1964) she's content to appear in some films that sing the praises of the Yé-Yés, firstly "D'où viens-tu Johnny", then "Cherchez l'idole ". 

 

In the autumn, one trip will take on considerable importance in her professional career. She visits the USA for the first time to record an album in Nashville.

 

Over the course of these session recorded live with the best american musicians of the moment (those of Elvis Presley, some say), she reveals her ability to interpret several different musical genres. Her voice keeps all of its energy and freshness but takes on shade and sensuality. She also demonstrates a surprising maturity in the balads.

 

The album "Sylvie à Nashville" becomes an international success and, later, a classic of Sylvie Vartan's RCA catalogue.

 

 

•  Icône disque January: EP "Chance"   -  RCA 76.617

•  Icône scène From 22 February: Tour with Johnny Hallyday (over a month)

•  Icône disque   April: EP "En écoutant la pluie"   -  RCA 86.007

•  Icône scène 4 April (for 3 weeks):  Olympia, show "Les idoles des jeunes" (she performs 9 songs).

•  Icône scène 22 June: She is one of the headline acts for the Place de la Nation concert alongside Johnny Hallyday, Richard Anthony, Danyel Gérard, Frank Alamo, les Gam's, les Chats sauvages and les Chaussettes noires...

Icône TV 23 June Télé dimanche:  she performs 7 songs.

•  Icône disque   July: LP "Twiste et chante"   -  RCA 430 137

•   Icône scène From July: "Tournée d'idoles" as the headline act (around 50 dates). 20 August: Le Cannet incident

•  Icône disque   September: EP "I'm watching"   -  RCA 86.019

•  Icône disque   October: EP "Twiste et chante"   -  RCA 86.022

Icône Privé-Public  6 October: Announcement of her engagement to Johnny Hallyday at the premiere of the film "D'où viens-tu Johnny" in which she acts alongside the singer.

Icône Privé-Public  Icône TV 19 october: TV News 8pm - Sylvie and Johnny confirm their engagement

•   Icône scène From October: Autumn tour with Johnny Hallyday (one month) including one week at "L'ancienne Belgique".

•   Icône disque December: First Japanese Single "I"m watching you" Victor SS-1380 

•  Icône disque   December: EP "Si je chante"   -  RCA 86.024  

 

 

 

 

Sylvie Vartan en vedette à Olympia, 1963
Sylvie Vartan sur scène Olympia 1963 Sylvie Vartan salue le public,  Olympia 1963
 

Concert de la Nation

The Cannet Incident

 
 Les grands titres de la presse écrite au lendemain du concert de la place de la Nation
Sylvie Vartan sur scène en 1963, robe noire à pois
Les grands titres de la presse contre les yéyés, 1963
Sylvie et Eddie Vartan feuilletant la presse au lendemain de l'incident du Cannet, 21 août 1963 Sylvie Vartan sur scène lors de sa tournée d'été 1963
Johnny Hallyday et Sylvie Vartan à New-York en 1963 photo Jean-Marie Périer Johnny Hallyday et Sylvie Vartan en couverture de "Salut les copains", 1963
Deuxième affiche du film "D'où viens-tu Johnny" 1963 Affiche japonaise du film "D'où viens-tu Johnny" 1963
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Sylvie Vartan et les Beatles, 1964
 

La plus belle

pour aller danser

 
Sylvie Vartan EP "La plus belle pour aller danser"   -  RCA 86.046 Sylvie Vartan Premier 45 tours italien "Canta insieme a me / La più bella"  RCA 45N-1406

Sylvie Vartan LP "Sylvie à Nashville"   -  RCA 430 154

 
Sylvie in Nashville
 
Sylvie Vartan en couverture du magazine allemand "Stern", 1964
Affiche du film "Patate" avec Jean Marais et Sylvie Vartan Affiche italienne du film "Patate"  de Robert Thomas avec Jean Marais et Sylvie Vartan
 
Patate
 
Sylvie Vartan debout sur un char saluant en 1964 une foule d'appelés du contingent
Sylvie Vartan EP "Sha la la" (recto)   RCA  RCA 86.060 Sylvie Vartan EP "Sha la la" (verso)   RCA  RCA 86.060
Sylvie Vartan EP "Mister moonlight"   -  RCA 86.054  (en allemand) Sylvie Vartan  EP "L'homme en noir"   -  RCA 86.071
Sylvie Vartan en session d'enregistrement à New York, 1964

 1964

 

 

Carried by the triumph of the single "Si je chante", Sylvie Vartan is booked at the Olympia:  41 concerts over three weeks with one, two or three shows a day depending on the dates. The idea of the show, imagined by Bruno Coquatrix, is to bring together on the same booking the top acts of the time in England, France and the USA. Her name shines on the front of the famous Parisian music-hall alongside those of Trini Lopez and the Beatles. Three repertoires, three very different audiences, and the press who can't wait to criticize her…

 

Contrary to what her critics might have been hoping for, she is far from crumbling and her success forces them to restrain themselves…

 

On the orchestra side of things, she is supported by a solid group. To accompany her, her brother Eddie has recruited the English musicians Micky Jones (future leader of the band "Foreigner") and Tommy Brown. For her, they also compose several original songs.

 

At this Olympia, she gives the first performance of the song that Charles Aznavour just wrote for her for the film "Cherchez l'idole" and with which the public will soon associate her:  "La plus belle pour aller danser". It will be the biggest success of her career.

 

Onstage, her style has evolved towards something more feminine and glamourous.

 

The newspaper "Le Provençal" nicknames her "L'ange bleu de la chanson française" (the blue angel of french song).

 

In the USA, "Life" magazine publishes an article titled "Hooray for the Yé-Yé girls" (of the three pages covered by the article, two are dedicated to her) following which she takes part in her first concert on Broadway.

 

In August, the women's magazine "Marie-Claire" states that "Sylvie Vartan has become the model to replace that of Brigitte Bardot"!

 

Even Catherine Deneuve temporarily surrenders to her as she declares to the  "New York Times"(15 December 1964) :  "It is Sylvie Vartan they copy, with her flying curls, not me".

 

From 1964, Sylvie Vartan becomes the best paid headline act in France. Her summer tour is a resounding success. In Marseille, her triumph at the Pharo theatre leads to the booking of five new dates in the autumn.


October marks the release in cinemas of "Patate" that Sylvie filmed in June alongside Jean Marais and Danielle Darrieux. Shunned by the Parisians, the film sees reasonable success overall thanks to the rest of the country. It's also released in the US, in Italy and in Spain.


Sylvie's fame now stretches from Spain and Portugal to Turkey, Greece...

 

To conquer the German and Italian markets, RCA encourages her to translate her biggest hits.

 

In November she is once more in the USA, accompanied by her brother. This time,  it's in New-York that she records in English the tracks from her album "Gift wrapped from Paris"  (to which will be added several sessions recorded in Nashville at the end of 1963)

 

•  Icône TV 16 January TV News 8pm: Report on Olympia

•   Icône scène 16 January to 5 February: Olympia with Trini Lopez and the Beatles. She premieres on stage "La plus belle pour aller danser".

•  Icône TV February : Spain - TVE Gran Parada - Hosted by Ramón Díez and Carmina Alonzo - Sylvie performs "Si Je Chante"

•    27 February: Release of the film "Cherchez l'idole"

•   Icône disque   March: EP "La plus belle pour aller danser"   -  RCA 86.046

•   Icône disque   March: LP "Sylvie à Nashville"   -  RCA 430 154

•   Icône scène From March: Portugal, Spain and a first run in the US (3 June, Broadway Palladium, New-York).

•   Icône TV   27 May: First television appearance in Italy.  Incontro a Roma - "Canta insieme a me" 

•   Icône disque   First single in Italian "Canta insieme a me / La più bella" RCA 45N-1406

•  Icône TV   June:  USA  The Tonight Show

•   Icône disque   June: EP "Mister moonlight"   -  RCA 86.054  (in German)

•   Icône disque   June: EP "Sha la la"  -  RCA 86.060

•   Icône scène From July: Summer tour, with Franck Alamo as supporting act (around 30 dates mainly in casinos seaside resorts)

•   Icône disque   October: EP "L'homme en noir"   -  RCA 86.071

•   Icône scène  From October: Autumn tour (Belgium, France: about one month)

•     21 october: Release of the film "Patate" by Robert Thomas where she acts alongside Pierre Dux, Danielle Darrieux and Jean Marais 

 

•  Icône TV 30 October : 7 jours du monde - Sylvie performs "Sha la la" + interview. 

•  Icône TV 5 December: Hello Paris - Trio "Nous on est dans le vent" with Françoise Hardy and Petula Clark

 

 

 

Fronton de l'Olympia "Trini Lopez Les Beatles Sylvie Vartan"
Sylvie Vartan et ses mussiciens sur scène à l'Olympia, 1964
 

Olympia '64 with

Trini Lopez & The Beatles

Sylvie Number 1 in France

 
Sylvie Vartan salue le public de l'Olympia, 1964 Sylvie Vartan sur la scène de l'Olympia en 1964 (robe bleue Real)
Sylvie Vartan sur scène en Espagne en 1964
 
1964 Tours
 
Sylvie Vartan sur scène en 1964, version jaune de la robe real Sylvie Vartan sur scène en 1964, robe blanche à pois noirs
Sylvie Vartan sur scène en 1964
Sylvie Vartan article "Non Sylvie n'épousera pas Johnny"
Sylvie Vartan debout sur un char saluant une foule d'appelés du contingent, 1964
Sylvie Vartan dans le magazine américain "Life", article "Hooray for the yé-yé girls" (1964) Sylvie Vartan essaye des vêtements dans sa chambre d'hôtel, 1964
Sylvie Vartan dans les rues de New York, 1964
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 Sylvie Vartan LP Gift Wrapped From Paris RCA LSP-3438
 
World Tour
 
USA: Sylvie Vartan France's Sensational "Yé-Yé Girl"
Sylvie Vartan EP RCA Victor 86.084 M Sylvie Vartan EP RCA Victor 86.084 M
 
Sylvie Vartan Style
 
Sylvie Vartan presse espagnole HOLA 1965
Sylvie Vartan couverture du magazine ELLE 5 aout 1965
 

Royal Variety Performance

 
Sylvie Vartan live at Royal Variety Performance  November 1965
Sylvie Vartan, Johnny Hallyday, Dusty Springfield à la Royal Variety Performance 1965 Sylvie Vartan et Cathy McGowan  READY STEADY GO. 1965.
Élisabeth II, Sylvie Vartan, Johnny Hallyday 1965
Sylvie Vartan EP RCA 86.108 "Quand Tu Es Là" Sylvie Vartan EP RCA 86.125 "C'Etais Trop Beau"

 1965

 

 

For the last two years Sylvie Vartan has been on magazine covers all over continental Europe.


Thanks to the album "Sylvie à Nashville", her fame now reaches to South America.


The film "Cherchez l'idole" opens up the doors of Japan to her. It is in fact the short appearance of Sylvie singing "La plus belle pour aller danser" that captures the attention of the public, to the point where in Japanese, the song name is actually that of the film…

 

"La plus belle pour aller danser" (アイドルを探せ,  "Cherchez l’idole" in Japanese) ranks N°1 in the charts for several weeks. It's an unprecedented hit amongst French songs in Japan. It will never be equalled.


To build upon this international recognition, RCA organises a promotional world tour.


In February, the tour stops first in Turkey where Sylvie is awaited as "the new Bardot". Next come Greece and Portugal.


In March she stops off in the United States to promote the album "Gift wrapped from Paris", she takes part in the most prestigious television shows and gives numerous interviews.


In May, in Japan, there's a tidal wave waiting for her. No fewer than 1000 members of her fan club welcome her at the airport. The 13 concerts scheduled are all sold out. It's over the course of this tour that she first presents a ready-to-wear fashion collection from her own brand, something that she will develop up until the start of the 70s…


For 2 years Sylvie will remain the best selling female foreign singer in Japan.


In June she discovers South America (Argentina where she gives two memorable concerts in Buenos Aires, Uruguay for a live television performance...), before a stop in Polynesia.


Upon her return to France she finds her summer tour waiting for her, with trips to Spain, to Morocco and a spectacular concert at the Belvedere in Tunis that breaks attendance records with 7500 spectators (SLC)...


In October, she launches her fashion collection in France, a young and decidedly affordable ready-to-wear collection and a whole array of fancy accessories. In the interviews that she gives on this occasion, there seems to be a certain weariness dawning in her with regard to her tours, which have followed one after another without pause since 1962.

 

Another trip the 8th November, this time in England for a prestigious concert, the "Royal Variety Performance" in the presence of Queen Elisabeth II. Her choice to wear a trouser suit for her performance before the Queen threw the English press into turmoil...


For a beautiful end to this exceptional year, in December, Sylvie has a little bun in the oven. A few months ago, the 12 April, between two stages of her tour, she married Johnny Hallyday in Loconville, a small town in Oise that for that day found itself invaded by a swarm of fans and journalists...

 

The union of the two idols was a huge deal, the biggest media event of the decade for French artists. It was seen as a real "modern day fairy tale" and can be viewed as the highest point of the Yé-Yé movement…


The year draws to a close with a one hour Johnny and Sylvie television special directed by Jean-Christophe Averty, who presents the couple in an avant-gardist production. This show will become a flagship of French television...

 

 

 

•   Icône disque  January: EP "Dans tes bras"   -  RCA 86.084

•   Icône scène February: The tour includes Turkey (four concerts in Istanbul), Greece and Portugal.

•   Icône disque  March: LP "A gift wrapped from Paris"  (USA) -  RCA LSM-3438 (Mono) and LPS-3438 (Stereo)

•  Icône TV 16 March: United States: Hullabaloo Show : "I made my choice" "Ne t'en va pas/Comin' home" (duet with Jack Jones)
•  Icône TV 24 March: United States: Shindig (NBC)  "Money", "Twiste et chante"

•   Icône disque  April:  EP "Cette lettre-là"   -  RCA 86.096
•  Icône TV 1 April:  United States:  Tonight show
•  Icône TV 6 April: United States:  Hullabaloo Show 

•  Icône Privé-Public   12 April: Marriage to Johnny Hallyday

•   Icône scène  May: Japan, 13 concerts
•   Icône TV May: Japan, first presentation of a Sylvie

Vartan ready-to-wear collection (Seibu, Tokyo)

•  Icône TV 17 May Japan - Fuji TV  : Music Fair

"La plus belle pour aller danser", "La vie sans toi",

"La La La", "Car tu t’en vas"

•  Icône TV 22 May Japan - NHK : Let's make a dream

"La vie sans toi / Dans tes bras"

•  Icône TV 26 May: Etats-Unis: Tonight Show (CBS) presented by Johnny Carson

•   Icône scène  3 June: Argentina, Two unique concerts at the "Teatro Opera" in Buenos Aires (8:15pm and 10:30pm)
•  Icône TV June: Argentina: Programas extraordinarios (Chanel 13): show accompanied by Eddie Vartan

•  Icône TV June: Uruguay two shows accompanied by Eddie Vartan.

•   Icône disque July: EP "Quand tu es là"   -  RCA 86.108

•   Icône scène  July-August: Summer tour in France and excursions in North Africa (Marocco and Tunisia).

•   Icône scène  August: Several concerts in Spain.

•   Icône TV  October: Launch in France of the ready-to-wear collection.

   Icône scène 11 November: United Kingdom : Royal Variety Performance in London in the presence of Queen Elizabeth II.

•  Icône TV 12 November United Kingdom: Ready Steady Go

•  Icône TV 14 November: Report on the Royal Variety Performance

•   Icône disque November: EP  "C'était trop beau" 

  RCA 86.125

•  Icône TV 29 December: Show Johnny-Sylvie directed by Jean-Christophe Averty   

 

 

 

Sylvie Vartan sous le pont de Brooklyn, 1964
Sylvie Vartan in Hollywood, 1965 Sylvie Vartan à New York, manteau rouge, 1964
 
Number 1 in Japan
 
Sylvie Vartan 45 tours japonais "La plus belle pour aller danser" première pochette SS-1476 Sylvie Vartan sur la pochette d'un 45 tours
Sylvie Vartan sur scène au Japon, 1965 Sylvie Vartan en couverture d'un magazine japonais, 1965
Sylvie Vartan prenant le train au Japon en 1965
Sylvie Vartan sur scène, ensemble blanc, 1965 Sylvie Vartan de retour du Japon, 1965, aéroport d'Orly
 
The wedding
 
Mariage de Sylvie Vartan et Johnny Hallyday : montage d'articles de presse
Sylvie Vartan sur scène à Toulon en 1965
 

Johnny and Sylvie Show

J.C. Averty

 
Sylvie Vartan et Johnny Hallyday, Show de Jean-Christophe Averty  "Johnny et Sylvie", décembre 1965
Sylvie Vartan  Show de Jean-Christophe Averty  "Johnny et Sylvie", décembre 1965 (robe Real jaune) Sylvie Vartan Show de Jean-Christophe Averty  "Johnny et Sylvie", décembre 1965 (ensemble blanc)
Johnny Hallyday et Sylvie Vartan  Show de Jean-Christophe Averty  "Johnny et Sylvie" en décembre 1965
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Sylvie Vartan  EP "Il y a deux filles en moi"   -   RCA 86.145  Sylvie Vartan EP "Mister John B." - RCA 86.170 M
Sylvie Vartan en couverture de "Mademoiselle Age Tendre", 1966
Sylvie Vartan LP "Il y a deux filles en moi"   -   RCA 431 012
 
Birth of David
 
Sylvie Vartan en couverture de "Paris Match" pour la naissance de son fils David, août 1966
Sylvie Vartan à la maternité  avec son fils David , 1966 Sylvie Vartan à la maternité  avec son fils David  en août 1966
Sylvie Vartan; 1966
Sylvie Vartan  Premier single en néerlandais SP "Ballade voor een glimlach  /  Het is voorbij " (Pays-bas) RCA 55 1102
Sylvie Vartan   Premier single en allemand SP " La chanson  / Nur ein Lächeln blieb "  (Allemagne) RCA 47 9741 Sylvie Vartan SP Japon "Ballade pour un sourie"  SS-1730
Sylvie Vartan Premier single en espagnol  SP "Balada para una sonrisa /  La canción " (Espagne)  RCA 3-10205 Sylvie Vartan EP "Par amour, par pitié"   -   RCA 86.187

 1966

 

 

If 1965 was a year of triumph, 1966 will be a year of reconsiderations and ruptures...

 

Pregnant, Sylvie cancels all her tour projects, including those planned in Japan in January, giving rise to tensions between her and certain members of her professional entourage.

 

It must be said that the artistic context is less than favorable to her.

 

Since the end of summer 1965, the press announced the end of Yé-Yé: to prove this point, between 1965 and 1966 Johnny and Sylvie, who were its biggest stars, passed brutally from first to last place in the Express's published ranking of most popular French singers.

 

Should this be seen as a consequence of media over-exposure during previous years? In her show "Discorama", Denise Glaser points out to Sylvie there isn't a single week where she doesn't feature in the press... 

 

Her original manager, Johnny Stark, takes new artists under his wing, which seems to lead Sylvie and Johnny to break with him; he is replaced by Eddie Vartan.

 

This year, Sylvie records an album of sophisticated arrangements, concocted by her English musicians Micky Jones and Tommy Brown, that meet with relatively less success than those that came before.

 

Her song "Il y a deux filles en moi" written by Jean-Jacques Debout doesn't have the impact hoped for, however this doesn't stop it from ranking as RCA's second best selling EP of the semester.


"Temporarily unemployed" since the end of 1965, Sylvie's musicians collaborate with Francoise Hardy before joining the team of Johnny Hallyday.

 

For the time being, all Sylvie's energy is directed towards her impending motherhood and, to a lesser extent, her fashion collections.

 

Since the start of the year she has been sporting a new look, her emblematic blond square giving way to a "curtain fringe".

 

Gone are the chiffon dresses from Real, she now dresses from her own collections, or in the Haute Couture of Dior or Saint Laurent.


David is born August 16 1966, an event widely covered by the press. One month later, to everyone's surprise, the same media announces the separation of the Vartan-Hallyday couple, Sylvie having requested the divorce.

 

In November, at a time when people say music is far from her mind, she travels to Turkey for a 9 date tour, accompanied by a new band assembled by her brother. Her show is completely revamped, rhythmic, marked by the injection of R&B elements. For the first time, she brings two dancers on stage with her.

 

Upon her return, the Agence France Presse announces that Sylvie and Johnny are living together again. Concern for David seems to have been a deciding factor...

 

 

 

•   Icône scène Icône TV  12 January: Germany - Concert in Munich broadcasted on TV

•  Icône disque February: EP "Il y a deux filles en moi" - RCA 86.145 

 • Icône disque February: LP "Il y a deux filles en moi" - RCA 431 012

Icône TV 8 March: Belgium, Tienerklanken

Icône TV 26 March: Holland, Tien Tien

Icône TV 27 March: Discorama

(Denise Glaser Interview)

Icône disque July: EP "Mister John B." - RCA 86.170

Icône Privé-Public   14 August: Birth of her son David

•  Icône disque October: EP "Ballade pour un sourire" - RCA 86.181

•  Icône disque  First single in Dutch SP "Ballade voor een glimlach (Ballade pour un sourire) /  Het is voorbij (Cette lettre-là)" (Holland) RCA 55 1102

•  Icône disque  First single in German SP "La chanson  in German  / Nur ein Lächeln blieb (Ballade pour un sourire)"  (Germany) RCA 47 9741

•  Icône disque First single in Spanish  SP "Balada para una sonrisa (Ballade pour un sourire) /  La canción (La chanson)" (Spain)  RCA 3-10205

•  Icône scène November: Turkey Tour.

9 concerts in 3 different cities. For the first time she appears on stage with two dansers, giving her show a 'Rhythm and Blues' feel.

•  Icône disque December: EP "Par amour, par pitié" - RCA 86.187 

Icône TV  16 December: Holland , FanClub "Ballade voor een glimlach"

Icône TV  December: Germany, "Nur ein Lächeln blieb"

Icône TV 25 December: 16 millions de jeunes - Sylvie Vartan special: 45 minute biography show where she sings 9 songs. 

  

 

 

 

 

Sylvie Vartan Allemagne le 12 janvier 1966 - Die zeite lupe bal paré  (Concert à Munich)
Sylvie Vartan et  Denise Glaser dans le Discorama du 27 mars 1966
Publicité pour les lunettes "Créations Sylvie Vartan" Lunettes "Créations Sylvie Vartan"
Sylvie Vartan à l'émission de TV  "Tien Tien" aux Pays-Bas, le 26 mars 1966 Sylvie Vartan à l'enregistrement de  "Tien Tien" aux Pays-Bas, le 26 mars 1966
Sylvie Vartan 1966, photo  André Berg
Sylvie Vartan et François Truffaut assistent au défilé de la collection Vartan au Club 33 en octobre 1966.
Sylvie Vartan le 12 novembre, émission de TV  "Douce France" filmée Place du Tertre à Paris.
Le public turc fait un accueil délirant à Sylvie Vartan, 1966 Sylvie Vartan en tournée, Turquie 1966, Ankara
Sylvie Vartan, Fernandel et Line Renaud le 14 décembre 1966
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Sylvie Vartan LP - RCA 431 029 ou RCA 441 029
Sylvie Vartan EP "2'35 de bonheur" RCA 87.012 Sylvie Vartan EP "Un peu de tendresse" RCA 87033 M
Passants devant la boutique de Sylvie Vartan, avenue Victor Hugo, Paris, 1967
Sylvie Vartan dans sa boutique 115 avenue Victor Hugo, Paris,  1967
Sylvie Vartan magazine "Rock & Folk" numéro 7 - Mai 1967 Sylvie Vartan en couverture de "Salut les copains" N°57 Avril 1967
Sylvie Vartan 45t RCA HIT PARADE 49013 "Le Kid" Sylvie Vartan EP "Comme un garçon" RCA 87046 M
Sylvie Vartan LP "Canta en español"  - LPM 10341 1967
Sylvie Vartan 45 tours  "2 minuti di felicita" RCA 1525 Italie 1967 Sylvie Vartan 45 tours Japon SS - 1762 "2'35 de bonheur"
Sylvie Vartan LP COMME UN GARÇON - RCA 730 016 ou RCA 740 016

 1967

 

 

At the end of 1966, Sylvie met  Jean Renard who wrote for her the lead title of her last EP of the year, "Par amour par pitié".

 

Quickly becoming her artistic director, he will have a profound impact on her musical orientation, writing many of her greatest original successes: "Par amour par pitié", "2’35 de bonheur", "Irrésistiblement", "La Maritza", "Les hommes qui n’ont plus rien à perdre", "J’ai un problème" "L’amour au diapason" ...

 

From that point on, Sylvie's repertoire is made up of French versions of Rock and R&B hits, autobiographically inspired original songs and dramatized tracks like "2’35 de bonheur", a song with a strong retro vibe, ideal for television.

 

After accompanying Johnny on his trip to Iran (January) and then to Brazil (February), her new album appears in March. She distinguishes herself by her very convincing motown covers ...


The first tour of the year takes place in Portugal with several dates in Spain.

 

Each time, Sylvie takes the opportunity to promote her fashion collections and open new sale locations. 

 

The "ultra-publicized" reconciliation of the Hallyday-Vartan couple is celebrated in March at the Olympia. The show runs for a month, one week longer than originally billed. Johnny and Sylvie each perform part of the show before coming together for the finale to perform a title relevant to their relationship: "Je  crois qu'il me rend fou ton amour". It's their first ever duet on stage... 


In May, the Sylvie Vartan boutique designed by architect Christian Girard opens it's doors in Paris, 115 avenue Victor  Hugo  ; The red laquer decor is ressoundingly pop  . For the first time, Sylvie travels to Israel to present her collections there.

 

That year, Créations Sylvie Vartan are chosen to design the hostess outfits for the Winter Olympic Games to be held a few months later, in February 1968, in Grenoble...

 

For the summer, Sylvie moves to Saint-Tropez. She leads in the south a "jet-setter" lifestyle, notably socializing with Nathalie Delon  or Brigitte Bardot in Rome  all whilst giving the odd concert in France and appearing on several television shows in Spain and Italy...

 

Her French songs are translated into Italian. "Due minuti di felicità" is a resounding success. The Italian career of "la Vartan" is launched and the public over the Alps finally discover the woman who's emotional adventures they have followed for almost 4 years. 


At the end of the year, with "Comme un garçon", she has her greatest hit since "La plus belle pour aller danser".

 

Her second album of 1967, with a baroque soundscape, is recorded in London. It is the first of a series of three albums made up entirely of original songs.

 

 

Icône TV 16 January:  "Gran premio" (Spain) . She performs 5 songs live with her musicians.

•  Icône scène   February: Tour in Portugal and Spain.

•  Icône disque  March: EP "2'35 de bonheur" - RCA 87.012 

•  Icône disque  March: LP "2'35 de bonheur" - RCA 431 029

•  Icône scène  15 March to 16 April: For one month she is features at the Olympia with Johnny Hallyday.

•  Icône disque  June: EP "Un peu de tendresse" 

RCA 87.033

•  Icône TV  May: Opening in Paris of the Sylvie Vartan boutique.

• Icône TV 9 July: "Dim dam dom" , principal guest on the show where she presents the songs of her latest EP.

Icône TV 12 August: Spain "Luces en la noche"

•  Icône scène  16 August: Gala San Remo

(at the Roof Garden)

Icône TV 16 August: "Eccetera, eccetera",  

"2 minuti di feliccita"

Icône TV 15 September: Italy - Granfesta di Ariccia

Icône TV 16 December: Italy - Partitissima "2 minuti di feliccita" 

•  Icône disque November: SP "Le kid"   -  RCA 49013

•  Icône disque December: EP "Comme un garçon"  - 

RCA 87.046

•  Icône disque December: LP "Comme un garçon"  - 

RCA 730 016

•  Icône disque  1967: LP  "Sylvie canta en Español" (Spain)  

RCA LPM 10 341 (also released in Argentina and Venezuela in alternative sleeves)   

 

 

 

 

Sylvie Vartan en studio d'enregistrement 1967
Portrait de Sylvie Vartan par Jean-Marie Périer, 1967 Portrait de Sylvie Vartan par Jean-Marie Périer, utilisé pour l'affiche de l'Olympia 67 1967
 
Olympia '67
 
Sylvie Vartan à l'Olympia en 1967.
Sylvie Vartan en smoking Yves Saint Laurent et Johnny Hallyday à l'Olympia en 1967.
Sylvie Vartan et Johnny Hallyday chantent à l'Olympia en 1967.
Sylvie Vartan et Johnny Hallyday à L'Olympia en 1967. Sylvie Vartan et Johnny Hallyday saluent le public de l'Olympia en 1967.
Sylvie Vartan et Nathalie Delon à Saint Tropez sur la plage du Club 55, 1967
Sylvie Vartan et Brigitte Bardot à Rome, été 1967
Sylvie Vartan et ses danseurs, émission de TV "Dim Dam Dom" diffusée en 1968
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Portrait de Sylvie Vartan avec une casquette rouge par Jean-Marie Périer en 1968
 
Musicorama '68
 
Sylvie Vartan en smoking d'Yves Saint Laurent pour son Musicorama de 1968 Sylvie Vartan en robe Yves Saint Laurent pour son Musicorama de 1968
Sylvie Vartan en robe  Christian Dior pour son Musicorama de 1968
Sylvie Vartan EP RCA 87050 M "L'Oiseau" Sylvie Vartan EP RCA 87071 M "Irrésistiblement"
Sylvie Vartan LP  RCA 740 039 "La Maritza"
Sylvie Vartan 45 tours Italie "Come un ragazzo" RCA 1545 Sylvie Vartan 45 tours Italie RCA 1563 "Zum Zum Zum"
 
Number 1 in Italy
   
Sylvie Vartan SP Italie  RCA VICTOR 1564 Irresistibilmente Sylvie Vartan EP Victor SCP-1358 Japon

Sylvie Vartan EP "La Martitza" RCA 87.074

Sylvie Vartan single Allemagne RCA 47-15113 "Lied ohne Wiederkehn"
   
Sylvie Vartan en tournée d'hiver à Toulouse en 1968
 
Jolie poupée
 
Sylvie Vartan en cuissardes et robe de cuir lors de son show "Jolie Poupée" en 1968 Sylvie Vartan avec Jean-Jacques Debout lors de son show "Jolie Poupée" en 1968
Sylvie Vartan lors de son show "Jolie Poupée" en 1968 Sylvie Vartan et Françoise Hardy interprètent "Il y a deux filles en moi" lors du show TV "Jolie Poupée" en 1968
Sylvie Vartan lors de son show "Jolie Poupée" en 1968 Sylvie Vartan et ses danseuses dans le show "Jolie Poupée" en 1968

 1968

 

 

1968 February, Sylvie travels with Johnny Hallyday to South America. Over the course of their tour of Argentina, they sing up to three times a night, bringing together tens of thousands of spectators. After a stopover in Brazil for a touch of tourism, the tour continues in Guyana, the Antilles and finishes in Quebec   with several television shows.


Returning to Paris, Sylvie is booked for the 8 April at the Olympia for a "Musicorama" (broadcast live on radio channel Europe 1) which marks her reunion with the public. The enthusiastic welcome that is shown to her confirms her status as a "bankable" star after two years in the shade.

 

The following day, she is the victim of a serious car accident in which her best friend Mercedes Calmel, who assisted her in the creation of her ready-to-wear models, dies. Her tours in Italy, in Africa and once more in Japan are cancelled...


Over the following months, now on her own, Sylvie prepares a new fashion collection .

 

The recovery is long; even though her arm is in a cast, she decides to go on tour.

 

Between July and August, in her white rolls with a pink heart on the door  she darts back and forth across the whole of Italy. Her two concerts at la Bussola indicate the extent of her success.

 

Her Italian version of "Comme un garçon", "Come un ragazzo" is a major hit, even more so than the French version.

 

In Spain, August 12, she draws an audience of 30,000 in Barcelona.

 

One week later, her cast removed, she takes off for a one week stay in Brazil. In São Paulo, she presents her 68 autumn-winter collection in a part song performance, part fashion show event.

 

September 7 and 8, she gives two concerts in Greece with Johnny Hallyday at the Thessalonica Sports Arena as part of the famous international Fair before preparing her return to Paris.

 

Refusing to accept that her career should depend entirely on her ability to bring out hits, she considers how she might move beyond the standard simple recital formula, which she feels fairly familiar with by this point. For her appearance at the Olympia from the 3 to the 9 December, her first ever as the only headline act, she shakes things up and lays the way for the evolution of her shows towards a more theatrical concept, bringing together songs, dance, costumes, lighting and staging: A genre she will spend the next 20 years developing to a level never before seen in Europe that will allow her to powerfully assert her personality.

 

For her stage dress, ever more sophisticated, she collaborates with the biggest designer of the moment, Yves Saint Laurent, becoming the first singer of her generation to seek out Haute Couture for her stage outfits. Later Bob Mackie, Jean-Paul Gaultier and Karl  Lagerfeld will also contribute to the shaping of an ever more spectacular and glamorous personality.


In December she's at the top of the charts with "La Maritza", an autobiographical song that makes reference to her childhood and her Bulgarian roots. The track is from a new album, orchestrated entirely by Jean-Claude Vannier, which will be one of her best sellers.

 

The 4 December, for the first time, a televised Sylvie Vartan special is scheduled: "Jolie poupée", by Maritie and Gilbert Carpentier. It's a resounding success.

 

From here on, as well as a star of the stage and record sales, she becomes one of the most popular figures of French television and is booked as a headline act for various parties, notably end of year celebrations.

 

The sound of her success at the Olympia is heard well beyond the borders and her show "Jolie Poupée" is one of the most successful exports of French television at the MIP.

 

1968 ends with a trip to Yugoslavia where she appears on a prestigious television show broadcast December 31. Yves Montand and Francoise Hardy are also on the booking.


From this year that started with so much drama, she leaves more mature and establishes herself as a star of the music hall...

 

•  Icône scène  February: Tour with Johnny Hallyday in Argentina, Brasil, Guyana, Guadeloupe and

Martinique.

Icône TV  March: Argentina, show at the Teatro Opera in Buenos Aires

Icône TV  March: Canada, "Jeunesse d'aujourd'hui" - presented by Pierre Lalonde: Comme un garçon

and "Copains d'abord " presented by Michel Trahan

•  Icône disque  March: EP "L'oiseau" - RCA 87.050

•  Icône scène 8 April: Musicorama. She sings 12 songs.

Icône Privé-Public   9 April: Serious road accident that puts on hold her projects (tour in Africa, Japan...) The Italian tour is postponed until.....

Icône TV 29 June: Mostra Internationale di Venezia - "Come un ragazzo"

• Icône TV 29 June: "Chissà qui lo sa?" -

"Come un ragazzo"

•  Icône disque  July: EP "Baby Capone" - RCA 87.071

•  Icône scène July: First major tour of Italy, she sings with her arm in a cast. Her success is such that she gives two concerts at La Bussola.

•  Icône scène  August: The tour continues in France

•  Icône scène 12 August: Concerts in Barcelona in front of 30,000 spectators.

•  Icône scène 20 August: Brasil - Concerts and presentation of her fashion collection at the FENIT in São Paulo.

•  Icône scène 7 and 8 September: Greece - Thessalonica Sports Arena.

• Icône TV 27 October "Settevoci" Come un ragazzo

•  Icône disque  November: EP "La Maritza" - RCA 87.074 

•  Icône disque December: LP "La Maritza"   -  RCA 740 039

•  Icône scène 3 to 9 December: Olympia (16 songs). 

10 performances, as far as 3 on December 8.

•  Icône scène December : with this show she goes on tour in France until December 22.

Icône TV  4 December 1968: "Jolie Poupée" First show by Maritie and Gilbert Carpentier dedicated principally to Sylvie Vartan.

• Icône TV Yugoslavia - TV show filmed in Belgrade, broadcast December 31 with Françoise Hardy, Yves Montand ...    

 

 

 

 

Sylvie Vartan chante dans un stade en Argentine en 1968
Sylvie Vartan en tournée en Argentine 1968
Portrait de Sylvie Vartan en Amérique du Sud par Henri Bureau 1968
Sylvie Vartan et Johnny Hallyday au Canada en 1968 Sylvie Vartan en rouge pour une émission de télévision en 1968
Sylvie Vartan le bras dans le plâtre lors d'une émission de télévision en 1968 Sylvie Vartan le bras dans le plâtre prépare une collection de mode en 1968
Sylvie Vartan et Brigitte Bardot en couverture du magazine Photo en 1968
 
'68 Tours
 
Sylvie Vartan dans sa Rolls blanche part en tournée en Italie, 1968.
Sylvie Vartan chante au Roof Garden de San Remo, Italie 1968 Sylvie Vartan en tournée d'été avec le bras dans le plâtre, été 1968
Sylvie Vartan et Dalida à Venise lors de  "La Mostra Internationale di Venizia" de 1968
 
Olympia '68
 
Installation d'un portrait géant de Sylvie Vartan devant l'Olympia en 1968 Installation d'un portrait géant de Sylvie Vartan par Jean-Marie Périer devant l'Olympia en 1968
Sylvie Vartan dans des tenues d'Yves Saint Laurent pour son Olympia de 1968
Sylvie Vartan en collants avec ses danseuses pour le final de l'Olympia 1968
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Sylvie Vartan pose pour Jean-Marie Périer devant la baie de Rio de Janeiro en 1969
Sylvie Vartan RCA - 1969  EP - 87.076  "On a toutes besoin d'un homme" Sylvie Vartan RCA - 1969 EP - 87.087 "Sylvie chante en italien"
Sylvie Vartan RCA - 1969 EP - 87.088 "C'est Un Jour A Rester Couché" Sylvie Vartan RCA - 1969 45 Tours EP - 87.101 "Abracadabra"
Sylvie Vartan en Côte d'Ivoire en 1969 marche sur des troncs de bois flottants Sylvie Vartan Tournée en Afrique en 1969
Sylvie Vartan dans un village africain , tournée 1969
Sylvie Vartan et six danseuses lors de sa tournée d'été en 1969
 
'69 Tours
 
Sylvie Vartan en chemisier à volants et pantalon bleu à galons dorés en Afrique pour sa tournée 1969 Sylvie Vartan en 1969 avec une tenue de scène blanche à franges
Sylvie Vartan en smoking pailleté Yves Saint Laurent lors du "Gala-Abend der Schallplatte POP" à Berlin en 1969
Sylvie Vartan et une journaliste à son arrivée aux Pays-Bas en juillet 1969
Sylvie Vartan en blanc avec un foulard présente les "Créations Sylvie Vartan" en 1969
Sylvie Vartan SP Italie  RCA VICTOR N-1569 "Buonasera buonasera" Sylvie Vartan SP Italie  RCA VICTOR 1569 "Blam blam blam"
Sylvie Vartan Italie - 1969 LP RCA - LSP 10205
Sylvie Vartan SP Italie  RCA VICTOR N-1582 "Festa negli occhi festa nel cuore" Sylvie Vartan SP Italie  RCA VICTOR N-1590 "Abracadabra"

 1969

 

 

At the start of January, Sylvie takes to the air with Johnny and Jean-Marie Périer for a week's holiday in Brazil . Upon her return to Paris, Sylvie finds herslef with a particularly full schedule, the most densely packed since 1965.

 

With her Olympia show and  her six dancers , Sylvie undertakes a tour of over 100 dates that stretches over the whole of 1969, a record for a female singer of the time.

 

On this point, continuing the legacy of the "marathon tourers" like Edith Piaf and Dalida,  Sylvie Vartan is an exception amongst the singers of her generation.

 

For her part, Françoise Hardy gave up the stage entirely in 1968 having constantly slowed the rhythm of her concerts over the first five years of her career. As for Sheila, she gave them up from 1963 after breaking off her first tour. She wouldn't appear on stage again until 1985.

 

In 1969, Sylvie is the best paid female singer in continental Europe ahead of Dalida and the Italian Mina. (For example in Spain: Sylvie Vartan earns 8.000*, Dalida, Mina, 7.200*, Patty Pravo 5.500*, Milva 5000*, Adamo 4.000*, Tom Jones 35 000*)    *pesetas.

 

In the Italian record market, she is still number 1 with "Zum Zum Zum", her biggest hit in the country.


 

On the RAI, Saturday evenings, she will spark the enthusiasm of the Italian TV audience with "Doppia Coppia", a series of seven shows where she is both star and presenter. Comedian Alighiero Noschese, actress Bice Valori and singer Lelio Luttazzi are her co-presenters.

 

The show always follows the same layout; It starts with Sylvie singing "Buonasera buonasera", then alternating with a guest performer, Sylvie performs two songs, one with full staging. Each week she joins Luttazzi at the piano for a jazzy duet, the signature moment of the show. The hour ends with Sylvie and her haunting "Blam Blam Blam" used as the end credits music.


As well as the south where she has traditionally had success, RCA concentrate their efforts on Northern Europe with the release of several singles including one recorded in German, "La Maritza". In Berlin Sylvie takes part in a big show rebroadcast on Eurovision in several countries. Her performance bringing together pop music and elements of traditional music-hall concerts is noticed by a number of observers, including future singer of the group ABBA, Agneta Fältskog. Just starting out, she also takes part in the same show. Years later, in her book "My coloring book" Agneta would give hommage to Sylvie recognising her as a major source of inspiration.

 

The success of "La Maritza" now stretches from Turkey to Finland. The tour is the longest since 1965. It traverses Iran, Holland (where a televised concert is dedicated to her), several French-speaking African countries and of course Italy, where her booking fees drive the press into a frenzy. Begun in February, the galas continue into Autumn.

 

 

At the end of the summer, at the initiative of press secretary Sophie Issartel, Sylvie Sheila and Françoise Hardy find themselves in Saint-Raphaël. With Johnny Hallyday, they pose for the photographers. Their respective looks, so far removed in every way from those they adorned in 1964, illustrate brilliantly the change of era that has come about since their beginnings).

 

It wont be until 2006 that Jean-Marie Périer reunites one last time the three French idols of the sixties.

 

From November, she takes part in the massive television institution of the RAI that is the game show "Canzonissima", during which the performances of the artists are put to a vote by the viewers. Eliminated one week from the end, she prefers to join Johnny in Jamaica rather than stay for the final, a move which earns her a number of criticisms and reinforces her reputation as a capricious diva. 

 

In the Autumn the Vartan-Hallyday couple move to an enormous and luxuriously decorated Parisian apartment. Situated not far from Trocadéro, it quickly becomes a gathering place for the fans of the two stars. 


At the end of the year, following on from the success of "Jolie poupée",  the ORTF  hands her the reins of a new end of year show. The Carpentiers put her with Sacha Distel for a special "Sylvie- Sacha Show". The main idea of the show is to retrace the evolution of the song from the 20s to the 60s. She's afforded considerable funding, used to supply a huge array of costumes, decor and guests. For this show, Sylvie struts an ultra-sophisticated High-Fashion look, a glimpse at the direction of her 70s career to come...

 

 

 

•  Icône disque February: EP "On a toutes besoin d'un homme"     RCA 87.076 

 

    "Sylvie à l'Olympia" - 30m Short film directed by Jean Pourtalé (shown in cinemas).

•  Icône scène February to October: Tour of over 100 dates across France, Italy, Belgium, Iran, Congo - Brazzaville, Congo - Kinshasa, Ivory Coast, Niger, Senegal and Marocco.

Icône TV  Italy:  Doppia Coppia  (RAI 1) Series of 6 shows broadcast each Saturday from 8 March to 26 April.

 

•  Icône disque  March: LP "Sylvie"   -  RCA LSP 10205

(Italy)

•   Icône scène    Icône TV  14 March:  Germany, "Gala-Abend der Schallplatte POP", at the Sender Freies in Berlin.

 

•  Icône disque May: EP "Sylvie chante en italien"   - 

RCA 87.087

Icône TV  7 May: Smet Show, Duet "Croque la pomme" with Johnny Hallyday

•  Icône disque June: EP "C'est un jour à rester couché"   - 

RCA 87.088

•  Icône scène    Icône TV  3 July: Holland,  (Canal Nederland 2) "Parijs in Emmeloord"  Show by Sylvie Vartan with "The Angels". Produced by Krijn Torringa, managed by John Schelfhout, 50 mn.

• Icône TV 18 October: Canzonissima - Festa nel cuore, festa negli occhi

Icône TV 29 November Canzonissima - Abracadabra

•  Icône disque December: EP "Abracadabra"   -  RCA 87.101

  Icône TV  29 December: Sylvie Sacha Show - 120 mn. Presented by Sylvie Vartan and Sacha Distel.   

 

 

 

 

Sylvie Vartan en combinaison Yves Saint Laurent chante au Piper Club de Rome en 1969
   
Doppia Coppia
   
Sylvie Vartan et Lelio Luttazzi dansle show  "Doppia Coppia" en  1969 Sylvie Vartan chante "Buonasera, buonasera" dans "Doppia Coppia" en 1969
Sylvie Vartan,  Alighiero Noschese, Bice Valori et Lelio Luttazzi dans "Doppia Coppia" en 1969 Sylvie Vartan chante "Zum zum zum" dans Doppia Coppia, Italie 1969
Sylvie Vartan en couverture de "TV Radio Corriere", Italie 1969 Sylvie Vartan en casquette de cuir en Italie, 1969
Sylvie Vartan au Maroc 1969
Sylvie Vartan fait du tourisme au Maroc en 1969 Sylvie Vartan  au Maroc en 1969 lors de sa tournée africaine
Sylvie Vartan dans le  "Show Smet" - Duo "Croque la pomme" avec Johnny Hallyday  Sylvie Vartan en Eve dans le  "Show Smet" - Duo "Croque la pomme" avec Johnny Hallyday
Sylvie Vartan, Johnny Hallyday, Françoise Hardy et la chanteuse Sheila ensemble à Saint Raphaël en 1969
 
Sylvie Sacha Show
 
Sylvie Vartan  en 1969 avec Sacha Distel et Carlos.
 Sylvie Sacha Show -  Sylvie Vartan en veste Brandebourg, 1969 Sylvie Vartan lors du Sylvie Sacha show, coiffure Carita et robe pailletée Yves Saint Laurent
29 décembre 1969 : Sylvie Sacha Show -  Présenté par Sylvie Vartan et Sacha Distel .
29 décembre 1969  Sylvie Sacha Show - final avec Sylvie Vartan et Sacha Distel .
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Sylvie Vartan en décembre 1969
Sylvie Vartan SP  "Aime-moi" RCA  49064 Sylvie Vartan SP "La chasse à l'homme" RCA 49.079
Sylvie Vartan LP   "Aime-moi" RCA  740 045
Sylvie Vartan Olympia 70 combinaison rouge Yves Saint Laurent
Sylvie Vartan chante "Mon singe et moi",  Olympia 70 Sylvie Vartan dévoile l'identité de "son singe", Olympia 70
 
Olympia '70
 
Sylvie Vartan, Olympia 70, robe étoilée Yves Saint Laurent Sylvie Vartan interprète "La nuit", Olympia 1970
Sylvie Vartan , ballet "Love or let me be lonely", Olympia 70
Sylvie Vartan interprète "Comme un garçon" sur une chorégraphie de Jojo Smith, Olympia 1970
Sylvie Vartan, final Olympia 70 "Let the sunshine in"
Sylvie Vartan , final Olympia 70, retenue par la jambe pour ne pas être "happée" par le public et soutenue par Bruno Coquatrix
Sylvie Vartan LP "Sylvie à l'Olympia"   RCA 440 745
Sylvie vartan reçoit le "Triomphe du meilleur spectacle de variétés", 25ème nuit du cinéma, Théâtre Marigny, 17 décembre 1970 Sylvie Vartan en robe Kenzo, 25ème nuit du cinéma, 17 décembre 1970

 1970

 

 

In January 1970, Sylvie films a sequence for German television, in which she sings "La Maritza" whilst showing off her latest collection. Like in the photos of the end of 1969, she has her hair very long, with a left parting: this is the start of Sylvie Vartan's 70's look, the most emblematic of her career.

 

Following the formidable success of the Sylvie Sacha Show, the ORTF offers her a position as the star of the "Sylvie Show" that would be the first show in colour specifically dedicated to an artist on French television. The filming is planned for February but once again, fate decides otherwise.

 

During a car journey alongside her husband Johnny Hallyday (who is driving), the car skids on a sheet of ice; Sylvie is hurled into the windscreen. She is taken straight to A&E in Paris.

 

When the members of her team discover the seriousness of the injuries to her face, many think she will never be able to appear on stage again. To escape the pressure from the media, but also to meet the best surgeons, she takes off for New-York . 

 

Over the course of her recovery that lasts several months, she meets Jojo Smith, an african-american choreographer that gives her her first dance lessons. He guides her in her discovery of the musical trends and shows that are causing a stir in Greenwich Village and Harlem, giving rise to new artistic desires in her.

 

In New-York, she records the single "Aime-moi", that in France reaches the top 10 despite her not being in the country to promote it. Billboard and Cashbox announce for the summer an LP ("Aime-moi") containing one side in French and one side in English. In the end, it only has two tracks in English, the four others originally planned being replaced by the songs of the last EP of 69, introducing a certain incoherence on the record. Of all her albums of the 60s and 70s it will be the least successful.

 

Carried by her experiences in New-York, Sylvie confides her plans in her artistic director, Jean Renard. Worried to see her planning a new show without being in a fit state to promote it and without any real hits, he opposes the project. She finds an ally in the director of the Olympia Bruno Coquatrix, who offers her two weeks at the opening of the autumn season.

 

From that point on fashion is not discussed. Sylvie puts an end to this activity that has been weighing on her since the death of her friend Mercedes.

 

In New-York, with Jojo Smith, she comes up with a show radically different from what she has done up to then. This time she wants to recreate in Paris the hectic atmosphere of the Apollo Theater. Jojo Smith brings together a troup of 8 dancers to surround her in ballet. The rhythm section for the show is made up of musicians from her beginnings, the English Micky Jones and Tommy Brown.

 

For his part, Yves Saint Laurent designs her a new stage wardrobe. For the outfits, he decidedly opts for luxury: purple suede incrusted with diamonds, black leotard, smoke tights and varnished boots, a night velvet dress dotted with stars, worn blue denim...

 

For about an hour, each scene follows seamlessly from the last. The show brings together such diverse elements as the country rock of the Creedence, the soul of Motown, the burlesque of silent films and a few old successes.

 

For the finale, while Sylvie sings the hippy hymn of Hair, "Let the sunshine in", she is joined on stage by her dancers and the vocal ensemble "The Voices of East Harlem", over from New-York to open her show. At this point, the fever spreads through the room and the public give a standing ovation. It's a triumph broadcast live over radio on Europe 1.

 

The show is extended for a week with more concerts fitted in. Sylvie sings up to three times a day (there will be a total of 27 appearances).

 

The show and its planning become the subject of a documentary broadcast in December on the first channel under the title "Sylvissima". The critics, previously decidedly luke-warm, love it and Sylvie receives the Triomphe des Variétés on 17 December. 

 

From November she undertakes a tour of the big cities of France and Switzerland.

 

In the 60s and 70s, shows on tour are traditionally run on a tight budget. Sylvie is one of the first artists to present elsewhere the same show as in Paris: musicians of course, but also dancers, staging, lighting, smoke machines...

 

The press talks of "American style professionalism". Despite everything this will to leave behind "French style amaturism" earns her some criticism. The traditional "gardians of the recital" can only view the visual elements of the show with suspicion...

 

With hindsight it's clear that the old grudges of the ye-ye period have gone nowhere, and critics are all too ready to describe her new style as a "visual bluster", a new bias seeking to undermine Sylvie Vartan's success.

 

For the public, everything is different. The tour goes very well, notably with five shows in Marseille, two in Lyon and two in Geneva.

 

The 23 December, at the last show in Clamart, just as she walks onto the stage she is struck by a violent pain and can't continue her show. The doctors diagnose hepatitis and, once again, she is forced to stop all activities...

 

•  Icône disque Japan : SP "Les hommes qui n'ont plus rien à perdre" (#1 "All Japan" August  70 -  # 11 Oricon 1970 )

•  Icône disque Japan : SP "Irrésistiblement"  (#2 "All Japan" November 70 - # 18 Oricon 1970 )

•  Icône TV  January: Germany, Report on Sylvie in Paris ("Lied ohne wiederkehr" and fashion report)

Icône Privé-Public 20 february :  Second serious road accident that puts on hold Sylvie's projects again and leads her to the USA for six months of surgery and recovery.

Icône TV  9 May: Italy, TV1 Una serata con Sylvie, performance filmed in june at the Gatapardo in Rome.

•  Icône disque  May : EP "Aime-moi"  RCA 49064 HIT PARADE

•  Icône disque  July  : LP "Aime-moi"  RCA  740 045

•  Icône disque  EP "La chasse à l'homme"   RCA 49079

Icône TV 17 September : Reporting on the Olympia Show JT 20h

•   17 September to 8 October : Olympia, 28 shows.

•  Icône TV  November: Spain TVE Passaporte in Dublin -"Abracadabra"

•    Winter tour (France) 25 November to 23 December

•  Icône TV  09 December - Sylvissima - 1st channel directed by Claude Barrois, Photography J.M. Périer.

•   Icône disque  LP "Sylvie à l'Olympia"  RCA  440 745

•   Triomphe : Best Variety Show - "Sylvie Vartan à L'Olympia"  

  

 

 

Sylvie Vartan et Rudolph Noureev , after-show de la première de Zizi Jeanmaire au Casino de Paris, 5 février 1970
Sylvie Vartan, portrait,  New York, 1970
 
New York 1970
   
Sylvie Vartan à Greenwich Village, New-York, 1970 Sylvie Vartan à New-York, 1970, photo Jean-Pierre Laffont
Sylvie Vartan essayages avec Yves Saint Laurent pour l'Olympia 70
Sylvie Vartan répétitions Olympia 1970 Sylvie Vartan répétitions Olympia 1970
Affiche publicitaire d'Europe 1 annonçant la diffusion en direct sur Europe 1 du concert de Sylvie Vartan à l'Olympia, septembre 1970
Sylvie Vartan se promène incognito place Vendôme au bras de "son singe", septembre 1970
 
Sylvissima
 
Sylvie Vartan se prépare à entrer en scène, Olympia 1970 Sylvie Vartan coiffée par Carita avant son entrée en scène, Olympia 1970
Placardage de l'affiche du Show  Sylvie Vartan à Olympia 1970 Photo extraite du film "Sylvissima" de Claude Barrois, 1970
Sylvie vartan chante et danse "La chasse à l'homme" sur le parvis de la défense dans un reportage diffusé le 17 septembre 1970 dans le JT 20h de la première chaine
Johnny Hallyday et Sylvie Vartan main dans la main à la sortie de l'Olympia, 1970
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Sylvie Vartan Johnny Hallyday et Kirk Douglas, 1971
Sylvie Vartan chante "Loup", Top à Petula Clark, 1971 Sylvie Vartan chante "Loup", Télé Dimanche, 1971
Sylvie Vartan chante "Beaucoup d'amour un peu de patience", Télé Dimanche, 1971
Sylvie Vartan EP "Loup"  -  RCA 87.107 (1971) Sylvie Vartan SP "Annabel"  -  RCA 49.148
Sylvie Vartan au Japon, 1971
 
Japan Tour '71
 
Sylvie Vartan au milieu d'écoliers japnais, 1971
Sylvie Vartan Double LP live Japon "Sylvie à Tokyo" SRA-9276~77 Recto
Sylvie Vartan sur scène en 1971 Sylvie Vartan sur scène, 1971
Sylvie Vartan  45 tours japonais Kobito Jidai RCA VICTOR SS-2102 Sylvie Vartan    SP "Caro Mozart"  - (Italie)  RCA 1655
Sylvie Vartan sur le quai d'une gare en Italie en 1971 Sylvie Vartan sur la RAI en 1971 (émission "Invito al circo)
 
RAI 1971
 
Sylvie Vartan sur la RAI en 1971 dans l'émission "Invito al circo"
Sylvie Vartan entourée de clowns dans l'émission italienne  "Invito al circo" en 1971

 1971

 

 

At the start of the year, a young songwriter, Michel Mallory, enters Sylvie's universe with "Loup", an adaptation of the track "Wolf" by Kenny Young. As SP (2 track singles) start to dominate the market, the song is the main title on a very pop-rock EP (4 track single)  recorded in London with Chris Kinsey, sound engineer of the Rolling Stones. Sylvie will be one of the last artists in France to release 4 track EPs.

 

Johnny Hallyday doesn't take long to notice Mallory and bring him into his team.

 

Quickly becoming the preferred songwriter of the "Terrible twosome of French song", over the next 15 years Mallory will provide each of them with a huge number of tailor-made titles through which the two lovers will act out the constant back-and-forth of their relationship. These songs being a fairly accurate account of their life together, audiences require little effort to decrypt their meaning as the press already publish every aspect of their relationship year round...

 

 

The publicity for this disk brings Sylvie back onto TV screens. It's the first time she has appeared since her accident*. We find her distinctly slender, faithful to the high fashion of Saint Laurent but also open to edgier labels like Kenzo or certain American designers.

 

*One year off television excluding the broadcast of "Sylvissima" in December 1970

 

Her sophisticated and sexy image contrasts with an ever more reserved attitude in interviews; a divide that even draws the attention of the very selective "Vogue"  magazine, that usually isn't interested in singers. For Sylvie, the sessions with the famous fashion magazine will give her the chance to meet legendary photographers such as Helmut Newton or Guy Bourdin.

 

For the first time since 1965, Sylvie returns to Japan, after "Les hommes qui n’ont plus rien à perdre" reached the top 10 in the sales charts at the end of 1970, a success quickly followed by that of an old track also written by Jean Renard, "Irrésistiblement" (#18 Oricon).

 

From the moment of her arrival at the airport, she is given three golden disks representing one million disks sold in one year. The tour is so successful that she signs another contract for the following year... Exclusively for the Japanese market, the show is released as a live double album titled "Sylvie à Tokyo" .

 

During this trip, she agrees to record a few tracks in Japanese including the bubbly "Koibito Jidai" that ranks #16 in the "All Japan" chart

 

Her success encourages Japanese record labels to promote numerous French artists in the musical vein of "French Pop". For several years, Sylvie is portrayed as the queen of the genre, while Michel Polnareff is the prince. 

 

Back in Europe at the end of the summer, she is busy with shooting for "Malpertuis", a fantasy film directed by Harry Kümel. For her first film appearance since "Patate" in 1964, she plays the part of a lady of the night alongside Orson Welles and Mathieu Carrière. The following year, the film is presented in Cannes without attracting much enthousiasm from the jury. With time, however, it obtains a "cult film" status amongst fantasy lovers...

 

As soon as the filming is over she presents two new original songs with the single "Annabel"  in the hippie-rock vein of "Loup" (the previous single) preempting the release of a new LP...

 

The imminent release of the album  "Sympathie" leads to two concerts at the Palais d’Hiver in Lyon the 11 and 12 December 1971. Sylvie is accompanied onstage by ten musicians and singers and eight dancers.

 

The show, taking the form of the 1970 Olympia concert and recent Japan appearances, is enriched by new tracks as well as the finale "Proud Mary", in an arrangement fairly close to the original version by Ike and Tina Turner.

 

The concert is broadcast live on RTL and offers itself up to the cameras of François Reichenbach for the documentary "Mon amie Sylvie", for which the famous filmmaker also follows Sylvie across France, the US and Mexico over the course of a whole year. It's the second installment in a series of two portraits, the first, "J'ai tout donné", dedicated to Johnny Hallyday...

 

The year ends in Italy where Sylvie records with Paolo Dossena a few songs in the "pop-baroque" tradition that is all the rage on the Italian peninsula. The single "Caro Mozart" is released at the end of the year and Sylvie busies herself with publicity for it. The 31 December, she sings once more at the Bussola (concert broadcast live on the RAI)...

 

 

•  Icône disque  EP "Loup"  -  RCA 87.107

•  Icône disque  2 LP  "Sylvie à Tokyo"  -  (Japan)

RCA SRA 9276-77

•  9 May to 26 May : Japan  Tour . 6 cities, 21 concerts (Tokyo - Osaka - Sendai - Nagoya - Kyoto - Hiroshima)

•  Icône TV  19 April : "Marcel Amont sur la 2" : Loup, Je t'appelle.

•  Icône TV  2 May :  "Télé dimanche" : Loup, Beaucoup d'amour, un peu de patience, Je t'appelle, L'herbe folle.

•  Icône TV  28 June  : "Show Petula Clark" : Loup, Je t'appelle, L'annonce (duo avec Petula Clark).

•  Icône disque  SP "Annabel"  -  RCA 49.148

•  Icône TV  3 October : "L'invité du dimanche" (with Paul Meurisse) : Parle-moi de ta vie, Annabel

•  Icône TV  9 October  : "Aujourd'hui madame" (report) .

•  Icône TV  10 October - "Le grand amphi" , presented by Jacques Chancel : A l'eau de la claire fontaine (with Georges Brassens), Parle moi de ta vie

•  Icône TV  28 November  :  "Au risque de vous plaire", produced by J.C. Averty: Loup, Je t'appelle, Annabel, Parle moi de ta vie, Dilindam

•  Icône disque  SP "Koibito jidai"  - (Japan)  RCA SS 2102

•  Icône disque  SP "Caro Mozart"  - (Italy)  RCA 1655

•    Lyon - Palais d'Hiver (2 shows).

•  Icône TV 31 December - Italie: Invito al Circo

Caro Mozart

•    Icône TV  31 December - Italie: "Benvenuto 1972", Concert at La Bussola.    

 

 

 

 

Sammy Davis Jr, Sylvie Vartan et Johnny Hallyday en 1971
Sylvie Vartan en répétitions avant l'émission "Marcel Amont sur la 2", 1971 Sylvie Vartan sur scène au Japon en 1971
Sylvie Vartan en couverture de la revue espagnole "Digame", 1971
Sylvie Vartan dans le boudoir de son appartement parisien de l'avenue Wilson, 1971
Johnny Hallyday fêtant le vingt-septième anniversaire de Sylvie Vartan, 1971
Sylvie Vartan et Johnny Hallyday s'embrassent dans une piscine, 1971, film "J'ai tout donné" Sylvie Vartan dans le film "J'ai tout donné", 1971
 
J'ai tout donné
 
Sylvie Vartan et Johnny Hallyday  en 1971 dans le film "J'ai tout donné"
Sylvie Vartan en couverture de "Salut les copains" avril 1971 Sylvie Vartan et Johnny Hallyday en couverture de "Melle Age tendre", septembre 1971
Sylvie Vartan et Johnny Hallyday aux Etats-Unis en 1971
Sylvie Vartan et Johnny Hallyday achètent un singe en peluche dans un parc d'attractions américain, 1971
Sylvie Vartan en couverture de "Vogue" Septembre 1971
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Sylvie Vartan  LP "Sympathie"  RCA  440 753
Sylvie Vartan SP "Dilindam"  RCA  49 168 Sylvie Vartan EP "L'heure la pius douce de ma vie"  RCA  87 110
 Sylvie Vartan SP "Mon père"  RCA  40 014 Sylvie Vartan SP "La gioventu' "  (Italie) RCA N 1660
Sylvie Vartan scène de cabaret dans Malpertuis 1972
Sylvie Vartan et Mathieu Carrière dans Malpertuis 1972 Sylvie Vartan on the set of Malpertuis directed by Harry Kümel in 1972
 
Malpertuis
 
Sylvie Vartan as Beth in Malpertuis also starring Orson Welles 1972
Sylvie Vartan ouverture Olympia 1972 Sylvie Vartan et Carlos dansent ensemble. Olympia 1972
Sylvie Vartan and her dancers, Olympia 1972 staged by Howard Jeffrey
Sylvie Vartan sings "lui" from the movie Malpertuis at the Olympia theatre, costumes by Yves Saint Laurent Sylvie Vartan chante "lui" du film Malpertuis à l'Olympia, costumes d'Yves Saint Laurent
 
Olympia '72
   
Sylvie Vartan dances on the music of "Shaft", her costume is by Yves Saint Laurent Sylvie Vartan portée par un danseur pour son Olympia 1972
Sylvie Vartan and her interracial dancers in her act at the Olympia theater in 1972 Sylvie Vartan dances on the music of Shaft by Isaac Hayes
Sylvie Vartan in a gold lame by Yves Saint Laurent, live at the Olympia in 1972
Sylvie Vartan à l'Olympia en 1972, final "Partir" Sylvie Vartan salue pour le final de son show de 1972
Sylvie Vartan triomphe devant Alain Delon, Catherine Deneuve, Mireille Darc, Nathalie Wood et Robert Wagner.
Tutta Parigi all'"Olympia" per applaudire Sylvie Vartan
Catherine Deneuve et l'avocat Gilles Dreyfus félicitent Sylvie Vartan dans sa loge Avec Sammy Davis Jr dans sa loge de l'Olympia, 1972
LP "Sylvie Vartan à l'Olympia"  RCA  460 001
Sylvie Vartan le 18 octobre dans l'émission de télévision "Cadet Rousselle" Sylvie Vartan dans "Aujourd'hui Madame" 1972
 

Cadet Rousselle

Top à Sylvie Vartan

 
"Top à Sylvie Vartan" de Maritie et Gilbert Carpentier, déguisée en vampire le 9 décembre 1972 "Top à Sylvie Vartan" de Maritie et Gilbert Carpentier avec Carlos le 9 décembre 1972
"Top à Sylvie Vartan" de Maritie et Gilbert Carpentier avec Paul Meurisse le 9 décembre 1972
Sylvie Vartan photographiée par Benjamin Auger en 1972

 1972

 

 

 

The album "Sympathie" is released the 2 January. Even if numerous adaptations from the repertoire of the Creedence, Carol King or Janis Joplin (amongst others) leads Sylvie to be named favourite French singer of readers of the rock magazine "Best", the taste of the general public, at this point, tends mainly towards variety: The album therefore saw only moderate commercial success.

 

In August 1972, the American review Billboard notes that Sylvie is struggling to find the winning formula and is lacking major hits.

 

Incidentally a second single, "Dilindam" , this time by Jean-Jacques Debout, is relased at the beginning of the year. In the style of "Rain drops keep fallin' on my head"  by Burt Bacharach, , it becomes a radio success despite being completely out of sync with the rock colour of the rest of album...

 

In these first few years of the 70s, the television favourises particularly the "Chanson Française" genre and artists, via their record labels, fight for spots on variety shows.

 

For the last several years, top celebrity Guy Lux has been presenting on the second channel his show, initially titled "Le Palmarès des chansons" (The song rankings). It's filmed live with the orchestra of Raymond Lefèvre, a maestro of instrumental music in complete contrast to the pop-rock sound prised by "Best" magazine... (and it shows!...).

 

In February, on this show, recently renamed "Cadet Rouselle", Sylvie presents a mini-recital, surrounded by her dancers.

 

On the first channel, the Carpentiers are not to be outdone, presenting "Top à ", a new concept that centres each week around a main guest who themself presents the show and performs sketches and duos with guest stars of their choice.

 

The first "Top à Sylvie Vartan" is broadcast the 6 May 1972. In a psychedelic decor, she brings together artists that one wouldn't necessarily expect around her, such as Jane Birkin and Serge Gainsbourg or even Michel Polnareff. Gainsbourg even writes two numbers specifically for the show. The ever-obliging Jean-Jacques Debout and Carlos are also present.

 

In Japan, the hits follow one after another. After "Aime-moi" and "La Maritza" rank in the charts, it's time for "Caro Mozart" to score a hit (#21 Oricon). The track is added to the Japanese edition of "Sympathie" that becomes her most successful LP in the country, excluding the compilations (# 22 Oricon).

 

After eighteen concerts in the biggest halls, the 1972 Japan spring tour is the biggest that Sylvie has undertaken in a foreign country up to this point. Several performances in clubs and various television appearances are added to the programme.

 

In Italy, even if "Caro Mozart" is the last of Sylvie's songs to rank in the charts, RCA will keep releasing numerous singles, like "La Gioventu" that will even see a certain success as far as Japan.

 

In France, after the LP "Sympathie", the last ever of Sylvie's EPs is released in May. This record is remarkable for its success in uniting four essential aspects of Sylvie's universe: Country music with an original track that she will often sing on stage; the pop-rock sound with the cover of a Cher hit; the theatrical realism, that she adored, brought out by a composition of Eddie Vartan for the original soundtrack of the film "Malpertuis"; and to top it all off, the honey-sweet french variety with a title written by Alain Chamfort, top singer of the moment.

 

The single that Sylvie releases in September brings a whole new meaning as it's dedicated to her father, who disappeared two years earlier, the day before her Olympia première... This introspective song will naturally end up at the heart of her singing tour in 72.

 

In France and in a number of countries in continental Europe, Sylvie and Johnny continue to appear on magazine covers, as much for their artistic activity as for the highs and lows of their relationship. In this year, 1972, they are mainly lows, as the couple is seperated once again.

 

From this point Sylvie's stays in the USA will be longer and more frequent. Originating in a desire on her part to protect her son David from the media backlash of his parents' tumultuous relationship, her trips to the United States will be seen by the public as exile and will now become a recurrent theme in interviews.

 

In the USA, Sylvie meets a famous choreographer, Howard Jeffrey, who worked as Jerome Robbins' assistant on "West side story" as well as on a certain number of musicals with Barbara Streisand and Bette Midler.

 

Between them, they'll put together a new show in the "Broadway" tradition (the 1970 concert being more "off Broadway") with, for backdrop, the theme of love and therefore also the torments of the singer's private life.

 

A "Musical Play" in three acts that starts in the naïvety of "fleur bleue", continues with passion before drawing to a close in drama, the finale pointing all the same to more optimistic horizons.


The means put at Sylvie's disposal by Bruno Coquatrix are phenomenal: The big orchestra of the Olympia, a dozen dancers from the USA, a decor consisting of two stages joined by a staircase ...

 

For Sylvie, Yves Saint Laurent has created four outfits full of sequins. A blue Charleston dress, a silver blue leotard evoking the Blue Angel of Marlène Dietrich and two jumpsuits, one colourful for rock and the other black, magnificently theatrical, for the finale.

 

Vocally, the repertoire for this concert is one of the broadest that she has performed, from her own tracks to realist songs, from an adaptation of a Barbara Streisand standard to a cover of a Brel classic, from the musical "Sweet Charity" to the rock of the veteran Chuck Berry and on to Leon Russel.

 

Carlos covers the changeovers, singing during the outfit changes.

 

The evening of the first concert, Sylvie has lost her voice to such an extent that the concert is cancelled. After intensive cortisone treatment, she appears on stage from the following day. The event is broadcast live on Europe 1.

 

Like in 1970, to cover the costs of the show, Sylvie has to multiply the number of shows over a very short time. She gives twenty three concerts in two weeks where others give one such performance in a month.

 

The reviews pass from bitter to glowing but at any rate seem to have no affect on the public who throw themselves on the reservations: The 1972 Olympia show is sold-out.

 

The following tour is cut back, promoters proving wary of investing in a show with no major hits and so heavy to move... However in the world of television people are keen not to be left out of the action.

 

The 18 October Sylvie is the guest of honour on a second "Cadet Rousselle", she presents in twenty minutes several extracts from her show.

 

The 25 November, François Recheinbach's portrait-documentary "Mon amie Sylvie" is broadcast for the first time on television. Shot mainly in Mexico, the film, in dreamlike scenery, brings out the best of  Sylvie .

 

With "Sylvissima" and "J'ai tout donné", it forms a sort of trilogy adored by fans; a precious account of the way of life, between "luxury bohemian" and "rock 'n roll attitude", of the star couple formed by Sylvie Vartan and Johnny Hallyday...

 

At the end of the year, a rare privilege, the Carpentiers dedicate a second "top" to Sylvie Vartan. Johnny Hallyday, who didn't appear at the Olympia, takes part in the show.

 

Like 1967, 1973 will be a "Johnny and Sylvie" year...

 

Icône disque  LP "Sympathie"  RCA  440 753

Icône disque  SP "Dilindam"  RCA  49 168

Icône TV   2 January:  "Télé Dimanche"  Riche, Dilindam, Parle-moi de ta vie, La moitié du chemin.

Icône TV  1 February : "Cadet Rousselle"
Dilindam, Parle moi de ta vie, La Maritza, Par amour par pitié, Comme un garçon , Dilindam.

Icône TV  3 February :  "D'hier et d'aujourd'hui" (Interview by Pierre Bouteiller).

   10 February :  Paris Châtelet Theater - Public Live Broadcasting "RTL Non Stop"

Icône TV  1 April : "Top à Mireille Mathieu" : On a toutes besoin d'un homme (with Mireille Mathieu), Un jardin dans mon coeur.

Icône TV  15 April :  "Top à Jacques Chazot" : Yes Sir, Dilindam.

Icône disque  EP "L'heure la pius douce de ma vie" 

RCA  87 110

Icône TV  6 May : "Top à Sylvie Vartan" by Maritie and Gilbert Carpentier - Guests Stars : Carlos, Jean-Jacques Debout, Serge Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin, Michel Polnareff ...

  From 9 to 29 May : Japan Tour - 13 cities, 21 concerts.

Icône disque  LP "Sylvie à Tokyo"  RCA  SRA 5228 (Shorter version of the 1971  2LP  "Live in Tokyo"  with a different reference and a different cover).

Icône disque  SP "La gioventu' "  (Italy ) RCA N 1660

•  6 June :  Release in theaters of "Malpertuis" by Harry Kumel starring Orson Welles and Mathieu Carrière with Michel Bouquet, Jean-Pierre Cassel and Sylvie Vartan.

Icône TV  14 June :  "L'espace d'un sourire" : Dilindam, La moitié du chemin, Comme un garçon (with Françoise Hardy).

Icône disque  SP "Mon père"  RCA  40 014

  From 14 September to 1 October: Olympia ( 23 shows). "Grand Orchestre de l'Olympia" directed by Raymond Donnez -  Choregraphy by Howard Jeffrey - Costumes by Yves Saint Laurent - .

Icône disque  LP "Sylvie Vartan à l'Olympia"  RCA  460 001

Icône TV  18 October:   "Cadet Rousselle"  Pour lui je reviens, Mon père, Dilindam (with Carlos), Partir .

Icône TV  25 November : "Mon amie Sylvie"

(a documentary film by François Reichenbach) .

Icône TV  9 December : "Top à Sylvie Vartan" by Maritie and Gilbert Carpentier . Guest Stars : Carlos, Chantal Goya, Paul Meurisse...    

 

 

 

 

 

Sylvie Vartan photo de l'intérieurde la  pochette du LP "Sympathie"  dans son cadrage d'origine

Sylvie Vartan le 1er février dans "Cadet Rousselle" présenté par Guy Lux

Sylvie Vartan en combinaison or de Yves Saint Laurent, le 1er février dans "Cadet Rousselle" présenté par Guy Lux
 

Cadet Rousselle

Top à Sylvie Vartan

 
6 mai "Top à Sylvie Vartan" de Maritie et Gilbert Carpentier, elle porte un costume en satin bleu de "Saint Laurent rive gauche"
6 mai : "Top à Sylvie Vartan" de Maritie et Gilbert Carpentier, avec Serge Gainsbourg et Jane Birkin, pour un trio inédit.
 LP "Sylvie à Tokyo"  RCA  SRA 5228
 
Japan Tour '72
 
Sylvie Vartan sur scène au Japon pour sa grande tournée 1972 Sylvie Vartan on stage in Japan for her 1972 tour.
Sylvie Vartan chez elle avec le chorégraphe américain Howard Jeffrey et le musicien Raymond Donnez
Sylvie Vartan et ses danseurs lors des répétitions de son Olympia 1972 Sylvie Vartan lors des répétitions de l' Olympia 1972
Sylvie Vartan avec Carlos lors des répétitions de l' Olympia 1972 Sylvie Vartan lors des répétitions de son Olympia 1972 dans un portrait de Benjamin Auger paru dans "Mademoiselle Age Tendre"
Sylvie Vartan en collants bleu répète un numéro avec Carlos en 1972
Sylvie Vartan en couverture de "Salut les Copains" n°121 en 1972
Sylvie Vartan photographiée par Jean-Marie Périer en 1971
Sylvie Vartan au Mexique avec des enfants en 1971
 
Mon amie Sylvie
 
Sylvie Vartan au Mexique dans le film "Mon Amie Sylvie" de François Reichenbach Sylvie Vartan sur un cheval dans le film "Mon Amie Sylvie" de François Reichenbach
Sylvie Vartan au Mexique dans le film "Mon Amie Sylvie" en 1972 Sylvie Vartan au Mexique devant une église dans "Mon Amie Sylvie" de François Reichenbach
Sylvie Vartan en Californie en 1972 dans une robe patchwork.
Sylvie Vartan en couverture du magazine "20 ans" en 1972
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Sylvie Vartan et Johnny Hallyday arrivant au Brésil , février 1973 Sylvie Vartan et Johnny Hallyday au Copacabana Palace de Rio, février 1973
Sylvie Vartan et Johnny Hallyday devant le Christ Rédempteur de Rio, février 1973
Sylvie Vartan sur la plage de Copacabana, février 1973 Sylvie Vartan et Johnny Hallyday en vacances au Brésil, 1973
Sylvie Vartan chante "2'35 de bonheur" avec Johnny Hallyday et Guy Lux, "Cadet Rousselle" du 22 février 1973
Sylvie Vartan   SP "Non, je ne suis plus la même" RCA 40028 (1973) Sylvie Vartan  SP "L'homme que tu seras / Ne m'attends pas",  chansons du feuilleton "Graine d'ortie" RCA 40046 (1973)
Sylvie Vartan et Carlos, duo "Dilindam", 3 mai 1973, "Cadet Rousselle"
Sylvie Vartan et Johnny Hallyday, photo recto du 45 tours "J'ai un problème"
Sylvie Vartan et Johnny Hallyday, 45 tours  "J'ai un problème" Philips   6009384, 1973 Sylvie Vartan et Johnny Hallyday, 45 tours Allemagne "J'ai un problème"  (SP "Vieilleicht bist du fur mich noch nich die grosse liebe") Philips 6009413, 1973
 
J'ai un problème
 
Sylvie Vartan LP "J'ai un problème"RCA 440 763 (1973)
Sylvie Vartan SP "La vie c'est du cinéma" RCA 40050 (1973) Sylvie Vartan, SP Italie  "Noi ieri noi oggi / Ma Maramao"  RCA 1675 (1973)
Sylvie Vartan et Johnny Hallyday en couverture de  "Melle Age tendre", juillet 1973
Sylvie Vartan signant un autographe à Marseille, juillet 1973
Sylvie Vartan et Johnny Hallyday ensemble sur scène, tournée 1973
 
1973 Tour
 
Affiches pour le concert de Sylvie Vartan et Johnny Hallyday du 7 juillet 1973 à Marseille
Sylvie Vartan et Johnny Hallyday sur scène en 1973, ensembles jean clouté Yves Saint Laurent
Sylvie Vartan et Johnny Hallyday sur scène en 1973, combinaisons rouges
Sylvie Vartan etJohnny Hallyday, 45 tours Japon "J'ai un problème", Philips SFL-2295
LP "Sylvie Vartan live in Japan" RCA 6179 (1973)
Sylvie Vartan et Johnny Hallyday, 1973, session photos "Melle Age tendre" Sylvie Vartan chante "Toi le garçon", 1973
Sylvie Vartan chapeau à plume 1973

 1973

 

 

In February 1973, Sylvie and Johnny take off for Brazil where they haven’t been together since 1969. They are the guests on the radio show RTL non-stop’ broadcast live from the ‘Golden Room’ of Rio’s Copacabana Palace.


Hosted by Philippe Bouvard, the show brings together numerous Brazilian artists around the couple.


Sylvie performs 5 songs, including one in Portuguese, ‘Veglia Nega’, as well as a duet with Gilberto Gil (and with Johnny as a ‘backing singer’), a duet that to this day has still not been released…


For one week, Sylvie and Johnny act the perfect tourists and once evening comes they get together with their Brazilian friends for wild nights out.


Yet, back in France, Sylvie makes it clear that she found the Rio palace outdated and that it doesn’t deserve its reputation. She who returned to Brazil three years running (1967, 1968, 1969), and who even thought of settling there, won’t go back until 1985…


Right from her return to France, she gets started on the publicity for a new autobiographical single titled ‘Non je ne suis plus la même’ - publicity that, for once, takes place mainly on television.


Michel Polac, media-man and prominent literary figure, dedicates a one hour biographical TV special to Sylvie - under the guise of a discussion about Marcel Proust.


Filmed in her Loconville mansion, Sylvie expresses her admiration for the famous writer but also for the painter Jérôme Bosch and for the singer Charles Trenet.


She also recounts the ravages of pollution in Japan, unveils the recipe for a real Bulgarian moussaka or indeed shows us around the park surrounding her property…


At the start of this year, despite a maintained presence on French television, most of her stage appearances are abroad.


In March she spends a week in northern Italy, giving a few gala concerts in Piedmont. Johnny joins her in Bologna for her appearance at the Kiwi Club. The Italian media confirms that the much anticipated divorce is no longer on the cards.


RCA then releases a remarkable single for the Italian market that on the A-side presents one of the most beautiful songs of Sylvie’s Italian repertoire, ‘Noi Ieri noi oggi’ and on the B-side one of the strangest in any language, ‘Ma Maramao’..


After a brief return to France Sylvie takes off for Iran on the 14 March then heads to Germany for the shooting of the television show ‘Kimblin’ (shown on channel ARD several months later, in September).

 

This year, couples and duos of all sorts are the height of fashion: Stone and Charden, Sheila and Ringo, Dalida and Alain Delon, and even the other ye-ye couple Françoise Hardy and Jacques Dutronc with the birth of their son Thomas.

 

This is a trend not overlooked by Jean Renard, artistic director of both Johnny and Sylvie, who sees a golden opportunity in the wake of the couple’s recent reconciliation to ‘strike the market hard’. 

 

He writes ‘J’ai un problème’ on a text by Michel Mallory, a song of circumstance that he hopes to turn into a summer hit.

 

He will have to fight hard to overcome the contractual difficulties between Phillips and RCA but especially to convince the two parties to record this track that neither of them want anything to do with. 

 

In the memory of all involved the recording sessions of these duos were laborious, between the artists unwillingness and bursts of laughter…

 

For the launch of the single, the 14 June, Guy Lux dedicates a ‘Cadet Rousselle’ to Sylvie and Johnny.

 

A week later it's the turn of the Carpentiers with the first and only ‘Top à Sylvie et Johnny’, a colour show during which Sylvie sings amongst other things her Brazilian track ‘Veglia Nega’.

 

With Johnny she performs a brand new duet, adapted from the American standard ‘Fever’.

 

In July the single ‘J’ai un problème’ takes the top spot in the charts. Jean Renard was right: ‘J’ai un problème’ becomes and still is to this day the best selling single in France of each of the two artists (more than 750,000 copies, however this was surpassed abroad for Sylvie by the Japanese single La plus belle pour aller danser, selling 1,250,000 copies by 1972).

 

What’s more, the single is released in several countries (Japan, Canada, Argentina, Turkey, Portugal and Germany - in a German version: ‘Vieilleicht bits du fur mich noch nich die grosse liebe’).

 

It won't be until 1975 that the single will be released in Italy, on the occasion, probably, of the TV series ‘Punto e basta’ of which Sylvie is the the star for several weeks. The two tracks are released in Italian versions (Il mio problema / Voglio tutto di te).

 

From the spring Sylvie enters into a long period of stage appearances, both alone and as part of her joint tour with Johnny.

 

During this period, she performs in every kind of venue: auditoriums, arenas, stadiums, Italian night clubs…

 

For her concerts with Johnny she performs the first half, Johnny the second, then they end with two or three duets. 

 

Their joint tour takes them, amongst other places to Spain and indeed Italy for the festival of the paper ‘L’Unità’ in Milan. However, it’s in Greece that their most memorable concert takes place in the Panathenaic Stadium in Athens.

 

With nearly 40 dates, Sylvie and Johnny attract considerable crowds, estimated at 250,000 people. An album featuring all of the year’s singles is published on their return. It contains the two theme songs of the soap opera ‘Graine d’ortie’ composed by Eddie Vartan.

 

In October, for her fourth tour in Japan titled her ‘Tenth anniversary tour’, she takes the material from her last Olympia adding in new tracks and some of her biggest hits in the country.

 

For ages the promotors have hoped to organise a joint tour with Johnny, but the inevitable negotiations between the record labels ensued, Phillips do however succeed in timing the Japan release of ‘J’ai un problème’ with Sylvie’s tour.

 

The concerts are such a success that extensions are proposed, but alas Sylvie’s agenda includes engagements in France and can’t allow it.

 

Instead, a preview show is added in Tokyo at the very last moment, to be filmed for Japanese television and shown the 19 December on the channel ‘Tokyo Channel 12’.

 

A new tour is immediately planned for the following year and at the request of RCA Japan, Sylvie agrees to record an album exclusively for the Japanese market.

 

Back in France, she releases a new single - particularly important because it signals her solo return to the top of the charts. 

 

A rare sight also - both sides feature equally on radio playlists: ‘Toi le garçon’ that renews the ambiance of the album ‘Sympathie’, adapted from the Helen Reddy’s country hit ‘Delta Dawn’; and the highly autobiographical ‘l’amour au diapason’ of the Renard-Mallory partnership that depicts with humour the paradoxes of the Vartan-Hallyday couple and sounds like the conclusion of a triumphant year for the two stars:

 

‘… mais il y a l’amour... qui revient toujours …

… pour peindre de bleu

la toile de fond de nos jours ...

 

[… but there is the love that always returns …

… to paint in blue the backdrop of our days …]

 

At the end of the year, we learn in the press that Sylvie is pregnant…

 

•  Icône disque   SP "Non, je ne suis plus la même" RCA 40028

•  12 February Brazil: RTL Non-stop, live from the Copacabana Palace. With Sylvie Vartan, Johnny Hallyday, Gilberto Gill, Gal Costa, Jorge Ben ...

•  Icône TV   1 February Cadet Rousselle: "Non je ne suis plus la même"

•  Icône TV   7 February Channel 1 - Midi trente: "Non je ne suis plus la même", "Va si tu l'aimes"

•  Icône TV   17 February Devine qui est derrière la porte: "Non je ne suis plus la même", "Va si tu l'aimes"

•  Icône TV   22 February Channel 2 - Cadet Rousselle Jean Renard special: "2'35 de bonheur" (with Johnny and Guy Lux)

•  Icône TV   11 March Channel 1 - Soirée élections: "Non je ne suis plus la même".

•    March: Iran - Italy: Gala concerts.

•  Icône TV   18 March  Le Luron du dimanche: "Non je ne suis plus la même"

•  Icône TV   24 March Channel 1 - Du côté de chez... Sylvie Vartan. Program by Michel Polac 

•  Icône TV   8 April Channel 1 - Sport en fête: "Non je ne suis plus la même", "Pour lui je reviens".

•  Icône TV   3 May Channel 2 - Cadet Rousselle JJ Debout special: "Comme un garçon", "Dilindam".

•  Icône disque   SP "L'homme que tu seras / Ne m'attends pas"  Songs from the TV film "Graine d'ortie" RCA 40046

•  Icône disque   SP "J'ai un problème"  Philips 6009384

•  Icône TV   14 June: Cadet Rousselle: "J'ai un problème", "La vie c'est du cinéma", "Non je ne suis plus la même", "Melody man", "Te tuer d'amour".

•  Icône TV   23 June: Top à Sylvie et Johnny

Show produced by Maritie and Gilbert Carpentier, directed by André Freédérick, choreographed by Arthur Plasschaert.
 

•    July-August: Summer tour (France-Italy-Spain-Greece).

•  Icône disque   LP "J'ai un problème" RCA 440 763

•  Icône disque   SP "La vie c'est du cinéma" RCA 40050

•  Icône disque   SP "L'amour au diapason" RCA 42001

•  Icône disque   SP "Vieilleicht bist du fur mich noch nich die grosse liebe" Philips 6009413

•  Icône disque   SP "Noi ieri noi oggi / Ma Maramao"  RCA 1675

•  Icône TV 4 September​ - Germany: Klimbim ep. 2 series 1​ (Channel ARD)

Icône TV   15 September: La Une est à vous : "J'ai un problème".

•  Icône TV 15 September: Midi trente: Guests - Sylvie & Johnny

•  Japan: Tour from 29 September to 14 October - 9 cities, 12 concerts. 

•  Icône disque   LP "Sylvie Vartan live in Japan" RCA 6179

•  Icône TV   17 November:  Top à Petula Clark: "Dixieland" (with Sacha Distel and Petula Clark), "L'amour au diapason", "Toi le garçon".

•  Icône TV    29 November - Taratata: "Toi le garçon", "L'amour au diapason"

•  Icône TV   16 December - Dimanche Salvador: "Toi le garçon", "L'acupuncteur" (with Henri Salvador and Johnny), musical sketch with Henri Salvador

•  Icône TV Japan: 19 December "Love Sound Special" Tokyo Channel 12 - Sylvie Vartan at the Nakano Sun Plaza 50 mn.

•  Icône TV   30 December - Sports en fête (Sergio Leone special): "La vie c'est du cinéma", "L'amour au diapason", "J'ai un problème" (performed by Yves Lecoq & Sophie Darel).    

 

 

Sylvie Vartan ,  12 février 1973, à Rio avec Philippe Bouvard pour l'émission RTL Non-Stop
 
Brazil 1973
 
Sylvie Vartan ,  12 février 1973, duo avec Gilberto Gil  pour l'émission RTL Non-Stop
Sylvie Vartan ,  février 1973, voyage à Rio avec Johnny Hallyday
Sylvie Vartan en couverture du magazine "Vogue" , avril 1973
Sylvie Vartan et Johnny Hallyday, photo verso du 45 tours "J'ai un problème"
Sylvie Vartan et Johnny Hallyday, 1973
Johnny Hallyday et Sylvie Vartan , répétitions "Cadet Rousselle" du 14 juin 1973:"Te tuer d'amour" Sylvie Vartan et Johnny Hallyday, répétitions "Cadet Rousselle" du 14 juin 1973
Johnny Hallyday et Sylvie Vartan  "Cadet Rousselle" du 14 juin 1973:"J'ai un problème" Johnny Hallyday et Sylvie Vartan  "Cadet Rousselle" du 14 juin 1973:"Te tuer d'amour"
Sylvie Vartan et Johnny Hallyday, final "Cadet Rousselle" du 14 juin 1973
 

Cadet Rousselle

Top à Sylvie et Johnny

 
Sylvie Vartan chante en portugais "Veglia Nega" " le 23 juin 1973 dans le "Top à Sylvie et Johnny" de Maritie et Gilbert Carpentier Sylvie Vartan, "Danse du ventre"  23 juin 1973 dans le "Top à Sylvie et Johnny" de Maritie et Gilbert Carpentier
Sylvie Vartan et Johnny Hallyday, "J'ai un problème" ,  23 juin 1973 , "Top à Sylvie et Johnny" de Maritie et Gilbert Carpentier
Sylvie Vartan, poster "Salut les copains", 1973, ensemble jean clouté Yves Saint Laurent Sylvie Vartan, carte postale "Toi le garçon" 1973
Sylvie Vartan et Johnny Hallyday en couverture du magazine "Salut les copains", juillet 1973
Sylvie Vartan et Johnny Hallyday de retour d'Italie, descente d'avion, 1973
Sylvie Vartan et  Johnny Hallyday sur l'Acropole d'Athènes, juillet 1973
Sylvie Vartan au Japon, tournée 1973
 
Japan 1973
 
Sylvie Vartan en tournée au Japon, 1973 Sylvie Vartan sur scène en 1973, ensemble jean clouté Yves Saint Laurent
Sylvie vartan chante et danse "L'amour au diapason", 17 novembre 1973, "Top à Petula Clark"
Sylvie Vartan et Henri Salvador dans "Dimanche Salvador", 16 décembre 1973 Sylvie Vartan, plateau télé, 1973
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Sylvie Vartan Générique "Je chante pour Swanee" 1974
 
Je chante pour Swanee
 
Sylvie Vartan 1974 avec Daniel Gélin Sylvie Vartan 1974 avec Jean-Jacques Debout
Sylvie Vartan 1974 avec Jean-Claude Brialy Sylvie Vartan 1974 avec Chantal Goya
Sylvie Vartan 1974 Final du Show "Je chante pour Swanee"
Sylvie Vartan LP "Je chante pour Swanee" RCA  FPL 1 10009 , 1974
Sylvie Vartan SP "Bye bye Leroy Brown " RCA FPBO 0032, 1974  Sylvie Vartan   SP "Da dou ron ron " RCA PB 37004, 1974
Sylvie Vartan chante "Bye bye Leroy brown", 1974 Sylvie Vartan en répétitions sur un plateau TV, 1974
Sylvie Vartan et Johnny Hallyday, 1974 Sylvie Vartan à la sortie du club Saint-Hillaire, 1974
Sylvie Vartan et Michel Sardou, 1974 Sylvie Vartan et Dale Olson 1974
Sylvie Vartan et Jean-Louis Trintignant,1974
Sylvie Vartan et Mireille Darc, Gala de l'Union des artistes 1974
Sylvie Vartan photographiée par Daniel Lebée, gala de l'Union des artsites 1974
Sylvie Vartan ,  "La malle aux Indes" , gala de l'Union des artsites 1974 Sylvie Vartan présente "La malle aux Indes" , gala de l'Union des artsites 1974
Sylvie Vartan photographiée par Gérard Houin, 1974
Sylvie Vartan LP "La reine de Saba"  RCA JAPAN  SX 261
Sylvie Vartan photographiée par Giancarlo Botti, 1974 Sylvie Vartan en 1974 photographiée par Giancarlo Botti
Sylvie Vartan  LP "Shang shang a lang  RCA FPL 10051 (1974)
Show S.Vartan 29 mars 1975

 1974

 

 

In November 1973, following the discovery of her pregnancy, Sylvie cancels all of her stage appearances, like she did in 1966. At the start of February 1974, she declares to Paris Match: "I made a TV special last week. It was my last thing this year. Now I'm not moving any more".

 

The "thing" in question was none other than "Je chante pour Swanee", one of the standout music special shows of Maritie and Gilbert Carpentier. The show performed by Sylvie seems like the fruit of many long hours of reflection…

 

Since 1969, in fact, the idea of a stage musical built around Sylvie Vartan has been constantly popping up in the French press. People had suggested "Bonnie and Clyde" with Johnny, then "Sweet Charity" and especially  "Alice in Wonderland", A project that actually made it quite far and was even announced in 1972 at the Châtelet theatre before being abandoned for reasons that still aren't clear.

 

Naturally, then, when Sylvie finds herself with the free reign offered by the Carpentiers she seizes the chance to fulfill an artistic desire dating back years. For her, the producers agree to break with the traditional format, which consits of bringing together around a star the guests of their choice for songs, duets, and promotion of each of their hits.

 

Even agreeing to blow open the normal budget for costumes and set design, they let Sylvie act as the sole headline star of the show: no top singers of the day, but rather a cast of close friends and experienced actors like Jean-Claude Brialy and Daniel Gélin.

 

We also see Carlos and Chantal Goya, the wife of Jean-Jacques Debout, who, based on texts by Roger Dumas, composed all of the songs, which serve both as dialogues and support to the various scenes. This "Special" only includes unpublished tracks, or almost (with the exception of "Baby Capone"): never seen before!

 

The show, directed by Marion Sarraut, also boasts a full script which makes a 'mini-musical' of it including as much fiction as elements drawn from the singer's life: at a time apparently in the 40s or 50s, a young girl living with her Bulgarian father dreams of becoming an artist like him. After an eventful audition, she is hired by the producer of a music-hall show. Along the way, she meets eccentric and caricatured people. Naturally the young singer will stand out from the rest, eventually becoming star of the show...

 

The broadcast of the show proves to be chaotic... Initially scheduled for the 12 January, it is cancelled due to a TV technician strike, as was the 'Dimanche Salvador' in December in which Sylvie took part, and as many of her televised projects in the 70s would be, to such an extent that some people even suggest a plot against the artist...

 

Most of the scenes have to be performed live, making it a difficult task.

 

In the end the broadcast takes place the 26 January 1974: It's a personal dedication and a huge commercial success as the program goes on to be sold in 33 countries, a record at the time...

 

A promotional single "Je chante pour Swanee" is sent to radio broadcasters, and reaches 12th place in the RTL charts, despite not even being released on disk...

 

RCA publishes an album of the show's original soundtrack; another first and a risky gamble that wins out: the album becomes one of Sylvie's best sellers during her contract with RCA.

 

This “Sylvie Vartan Special” won't be broadcast again until the 2000s but many extracts are shown in later shows.

 

We might smile nowadays at the naïvety of the show; nonetheless, by viewing it in the context of its time, we note mainly its subtext and parody that didn't slip past many comedians froms the 80s and 90s, like Mimi Mathy or Michèle Laroque...

 

Shortly after this triumph Sylvie meets an old friend, photographer Gianfranco Botti, for several shoots, including one of her most surprising that takes place in the bed of Mistinguett , the legendary queen of the music hall;  somewhat sexy shots taken between December 1973 and March 1974 that would be widely used in Europe, South America and Japan.

 

Ironic in a way, these images celebrating Sylvie's femininity accompany the tragedy of the loss of her baby. For many years silent on the subject, she does however mention it in her autobiography published in 2004: the day after Barbara's last show at the Théâtre des Variétés that she attended the 12 March, Sylvie is rushed to A&E. She stays in the clinic for almost three weeks...

 

In May, Johnny takes her to Hawaï with their son David. Johnny Stark, the manager they started out with, takes care of organising the stay...

 

With hindsight, Sylvie realises that this difficult period marked the real breakdown of her relationship with Johnny Hallyday. The mistrust that took over manifested itself most notably in their professional lives: in a series of artistic dares set by each of them, they constantly sought ways to outdo one another...

 

In the spring, she records "Bye bye Leroy Brown", adaptation  of "Bad Bad Leroy Brown" by Jim Croce, of which she wrote the lyrics in collaboration with Michel Mallory without giving herself credit for it. In the text there is a clear parallel between the Hallyday-Vartan couple and the protagonists of the song, with a troubling premonition:

 

 

 

“Il se disait artiste, il était beau il était grand”  (...) “Partout où l’on allait lorsque les gens parlaient c’était encore de  Leroy et moi” (...) “C’est là que la corde a cassé” (...) "Je travaille en solo” (...) "ll n’y a plus de Leroy et moi "(...)

 

["He called himself an artist, he was handsome and tall "(...) "Everywhere we went, when people talked, it was still about Leroy and me" (...) "It's then that the rope snapped" (...) "I work alone ... there is no more Leroy and me" (...)]

 

 

 

Returning well tanned from Hawai, Sylvie is glowing for the brief promotion of this track...

 

At the end of June for the last "Domino" of the season, Guy Lux brings in the most handsome selection of French stars possible: Adamo, Dalida, Michel Delpech, Sheila, Stone & Charden, Michel Sardou, Johnny Hallyday and of course Sylvie.

 

Mr Hoshika Mikko of the Japanese musical magazine "Music Life" and Mr Komuro, director of RCA Japan are in the room. Come to finalise the choice of songs to appear on the album that Sylvie will be recording for Japan, they make it known, upon returning to their country, that amongst all the stars present on stage that evening only Sylvie performed two tracks and it was her that they selected to close the show. They were very impressed by this fact.

 

"Bye Bye Leroy Brown" becomes one of the summer's hits (#5 in the chart of RTL, France's main radio broadcaster, and #10 in the bimonthly sales charts of the CIDD).  

 

The 4 August  Sylvie performs in Sète her only concert of the year in France. Johnny takes advantage of a break in his tour to 'lend' her his orchestra conducted by Tommy Brown. For the first time she performs on stage her latest hits: "Je chante pour Swanee", "L’amour au diapason", "Toi le garçon", "Bye bye Leroy Brown"…

 

From September, she gets ready for her Japan tour and records the LP "La Reine de Saba" especially for the Japanese market. The album, released in December, consists of covers of English and French hits that have become standards in Japan. It's a "best- seller" that remains in the catalogue until the start of the 80s, and since 1976 it has held a golden disk awarded by Bob Summer, vice-president of RCA International.

 

The Japanese tour in October is even bigger than the one in 1972, with twenty concerts and seventeen cities visited from north to south. Upon her return from Japan, Sylvie adds the finishing touches to a studio album and at the same time releases on another LP the original soundtrack to another TV show, 'Tout au fond des tiroirs' (which might explain the lack of effort she dedicated to promoting the single "Da dou ron ron" - #16 RTL ).  

 

Just like “Je chante pour Swanee”, the "Show Sylvie Vartan" is written by Jean-Jacques Debout like a musical: the heroine, played by Sylvie, visits her uncle who describes to her with all the necessary nostalgia the memory of the women in the family. However, this time the tracklisting integrates a few tracks from her new studio album. As well as the usual cast, we see two singing stars, Michel Sardou and Johnny, who each play the part of a seducer.

 

The two LPs are released simultaneously in December to accompany the broadcast of the show scheduled for New Year's Eve. Alas, once again, it's cancelled due to strikes, which singularly compromises the promotion of the new album and that of the first SP extract: “Shang shang a lang”.

 

As for the LP of the show's original soundtrack, now with no actual show, it clearly finds itself doomed to failure. It won't be until the 29 March 1975 that “Tout au fond des tiroirs” is finally broadcast. 

 

 

•  Icône TV 12 January Paul Meurisse Special: extract from "Pygmalion" , "Vous le comédien", "Toi le garçon"

•  Icône TV 26 January Sylvie Vartan Special:

"Je chante pour Swanee"   Show produced by Maritie and Gilbert Carpentier, directed by Marion Sarraut. Choreography by Arthur Plaschaert - Music: Jean-Jacques Debout. Text: Roger Dumas.

•   Icône disque   LP "Je chante pour Swanee" RCA FPL 1 10009

•  Icône TV 7 March Channel 2  Domino : "Je chante pour Swanee"

•   Icône disque   SP "Bye bye Leroy Brown " RCA FPBO 0032

•  Icône TV 8 June Eurovision Special: "Go back home", "Bye bye Leroy Brown"

•  Icône TV 13 June Domino: "Bye bye Leroy Brown", "Bien- sûr"

•  Icône TV 22 June Johnny Hallyday Special: "Bye bye Leroy Brown", "Bien-sûr"

•  Icône TV 29 June Midi Trente: "Bien-sûr", "Bye bye Leroy Brown"

•     4 August concert in Sète - Chapiteau Etoile, Place Stalingrad.

•  Icône TV 7 September Artist's Union Gala: "La malle des Indes" with Michel Sardou

•     28 September - Paris, Private Gala at the Olympia (15 titles).

•     1 to 23 October: Japan Tour 20 dates,17 cities

•   Icône disque   SP "Da dou ron ron " RCA PB 37004

•  Icône TV 17 November Sport en fête: "Da dou ron ron", "Rockn'roll Man", "Bye bye Leroy Brown"

•   Icône disque   LP "Show Sylvie Vartan" RCA FPL1 0061 Original soundtrack of the TV show by Maritie and Gilbert Carpentier  

•    Icône disque   LP "Shang shang a lang"  RCA FPL 10051

•   Icône disque   LP "La reine de Saba"  RCA JAPAN  SX 261

•   Icône TV 10 December  Unicef Gala: "If you love me let me know"     

 

 

 

 

Sylvie Vartan en couverture de "Paris Match", 2 février 1974
Sylvie Vartan en couverture du magazine espagnol "Gaceta", 1974 Sylvie Vartan en couverture du magazine espagnol "Diez minutos", 1974
Sylvie Vartan en couverture de "Flash Nous deux",  1974
Sylvie Vartan en 1974,  par Giancarlo Botti Sylvie Vartan par Giancarlo Botti, 1974
Sylvie Vartan en couverture du magazine "Vogue", Mars 1974
Sylvie Vartan, 1974, session photos pour "Vogue" Sylvie Vartan, session photos pour "Vogue", 1974
Sylvie Vartan interprète "Go back home" le 8 juin 1974 lors du "Top à l'Eurovision"
Sylvie Vartan et Gilbert Bécaud photographiés le 8 juin 1974 lors de l'émission "Top à l'Eurovision"
Sylvie Vartan entre Roger Pierre et Jean-Marc Thibault,  photographiés le 8 juin 1974 lors de l'émission "Top à l'Eurovision" Sylvie Vartan et Mireille Mathieu photographiées le 8 juin 1974 lors de l'émission "Top à l'Eurovision"
Sylvie Vartan et Johnny Hallyday à Cannes en 1974
Sylvie Vartan en couverture du magazine "Poster", 1974 Sylvie Vartan en couverture du magazine italien "Il movello",1974
Sylvie Vartan prend le soleil sur la scène des arênes de Béziers, 1974
Sylvie Vartan en grande discussion avec Carlos,  arênes de Béziers, août 1974 Sylvie Vartan en répétitions dans les arênes de Béziers, août 1974
Sylvie Vartan fête ses 30 ans le 15 août 1974 à Montpellier, avec Johnny Hallyday, Carlos, Michel Sardou et Pierre Billon.
Sylvie Vartan sur scène, gala privé du 28 septembre 1974 à l'Olympia
Sylvie Vartan, cassette Japon  "La reine de Saba", 1974
Sylvie Vartan sur scène au Japon en 1974
 
Japan 1974
   
Sylvie Vartan sur scène au Japon salue ses fans, 1974
Sylvie Vartan au Japon en 1974
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Sylvie Vartan LP "Tout au fond des tiroirs" RCA FPL1 0061
 
Sylvie Vartan Show
 
 Sylvie Vartan  avec Michel Sardou : "Nous ne nous aimerons jamais" (1975)
Sylvie Vartan 29 mars 1975 Show Sylvie Vartan 29 mars 1975
Sylvie Vartan et Roger Pierre 1975
Sylvie Vartran et Johnny Hallyday : "Toi et moi" (1975) Sylvie Vartan, "Shang shang a lang", 1975
Sylvie Vartan sur le plateau TV de "Punto e Basta" ,  RAI, 1975
 "Era rimasta nuda"
Sylvie Vartan, article de la presse italienne (1975) Sylvie vartan, ballet dans "Punto e basta" RAI 1975
Sylvie Vartan en couverture de "Novella 2000"
Sylvie Vartan SP "Shang shang a lang" RCA PB 37 031 Sylvie Vartan  SP "Tout au fond des tiroirs" RCA  42015
Sylvie Vartan SP Italie "Punto e basta" RCA TPBO 7000 Sylvie Vartan SP Italie "Il mio problema/ Voglio tutto di te" (duos avec Johnny Hallyday) Philips 6 0009 650
Sylvie Vartan  LP  Italie "Punto e basta" RCA TPL1 1138
Sylvie Vartan SP "La drôle de fin" RCA 42026 Sylvie Vartan SP "Danse-la, chante-la" RCA  42054
Sylvie Vartan  robe noire , "Système 2" du 6 juillet 1975 Sylvie Vartan dans  "Système 2" du 6 juillet 1975
Sylvie vartan en concert à Maubeuge le 17 juillet 1975
Sylvie Vartan en concert à Narbonne le 27 juillet 1975 Sylvie Vartan,  1975, Maubeuge, 17 juillet 1975
 

Summer Tour '75

Montreal - Quebec '75

 
Sylvie Vartan Concert à  Montréal le 30 août 1975 Sylvie Vartan show live pour la télévision québécoise, 29 août 1975
Sylvie Vartan Montréal, 29  août 1975
Sylvie Vartan , programme du Palais des Congrès 1975, dessin de François Dupuich
Sylvie Vartan, avec son chorégraphe Walter Painter  Palais des Congrès 1975
Sylvie Vartan acclamée par le Tout-Paris, Générale du Palais des Congrès 1975 (8 octobre)
Sylvie Vartan,  Générale du  Palais des Congrès le 8 octobre 1975, arrivée avec Johnny  Hallyday Sylvie Vartan,  Générale du  Palais des Congrès 1975, avec Johnny Hallyday
Sylvie Vartan et Alice Sapritch, Palais des Congrès, 8 octobre 1975 Sylvie Vartan, Johnny Hallyday et Nicoletta, 8 octobre 1975
Sylvie Vartan, Alain-Philippe Malagnac, Johnny Hallyday, Palais des Congrès 8 octobre 1975
 

'Fauteuil d'Or' for

115,000 tickets sold

 
Sylvie Vartan dédicace une affiche pour le 100 000ème spectateur de son spectacle au Palais des Congrès, 1975
2LP  "Show Sylvie Vartan Palais des Congrès" RCA FPL2 0095
Sylvie Vartan avec Johnny Hallyday et  Alain-Philippe Malagnac, 1975

 1975

 

 

Without showing any disappointment at the recent cancellation of her TV show, Sylvie Vartan makes several television appearances in January to promote her new LP, 'Shang shang a lang'. The first extract from the album has a successful but modest radio debut (# 8 RTL).

 

At the end of march, the famous "Sylvie Vartan Show" initially programmed for the evening of the 31 December is finally broadcast, after the scenes mentioning the new year were remade. RCA releases a single titled 'Tout au fond des tiroirs', extract from the album that was regrettably released four months too soon...

 

Sylvie now starts making a series of changes to her professional entourage. Firstly, she decides to break with Jean Renard who was her artistic director since 1967. He gives way to Jacques Revaux, producer of Michel Sardou, the new French number 1.

 

The first song that Revaux proposes for Sylvie, 'La drôle de fin', is a surprising pop tango: It's a success from the outset. (# 7 RTL, # 21 C.I.D.D.).

 

In March, Sylvie settles into the Hilton hotel in Rome. With the conducter Pino Calvi, she records an album in Italian which is used as the original soundtrack to the weekly series 'Punto e basta' that she prepares to co-present with the actor  Gino Bramieri . The filming lasts eight weeks and involves two hundred people, extras and technicians as well as the fourteen dancers that surround Sylvie.

 

The "Teatro Vittorie" is sumptuously decorated in the style of the grand Italian cabarets like "La Bussola". The first show is broadcast the 26 April at 10:30pm. Seven shows are initially planned; an eighth is made with the outakes, while Sylvie is already back in France where she's starting rehearsals for her summer tour.

 

Every saturday for two months, Sylvie opens the show with 'Il veliero in bottiglia', each time in a different outfit. Over the course of the evening, she systematically performs two songs, including one past success. The show ends with 'Punto e Basta' as a duet with Bramieri, this sequence acting each week as the end credits theme.

 

Johnny goes to Rome to take part in Sylvie's show. They sing for the first time 'Il mio problema', the Italian version of their 1973 hit 'J'ai un problème' which Phillips opportunely releases as a single.

 

Arriving confidently in Italy, the memory of 'Doppia Coppia' still fresh in her mind, Sylvie is confronted with an ambivalent reception from the media who care mostly about how much she's paid, her private life and especially her provocative outfits. In fact the favourite photos of the Italian magazines come from a scene in a leather leotard and thigh-length boots that in the end is never broadcast. The 'servizio vigilanza' of the RAI would even accuse Sylvie of a falsely 'accidental' strip-tease, to the point of threatening her with a fine! If at the start she preferred to laugh off all this fuss, eventually it gets on her nerves:

 

 

 

"I didn't know that in Italy people are scandalised for so little! I filmed for Malpertuis far more audacious scenes that didn't shock anyone, and in fact I enjoyed doing it".

Novella 2000, 25 mars 1975

 

 

The lack of rapport with her partner Gino Bramieri is palpable and their joint appearances are cut to a minimum. As soon as Sylvie has left, Bramieri doesn't hesitate to let loose his opinions on 'La Vartan', who he judges to be, amongst other things, "too French and lazy'. Maybe also, quite simply, he can't take being overshadowed in the media when this series of shows marks his big return to television after 2 years of absence...

 

The last "firework" of a cycle of big budget Italian variety shows, the  "Punto e basta" series sees a limited number of re-showings and contrary to "Doppia Coppia" of 1969, doesn't stick in the memory of the Italians; however for the fans of Sylvie Vartan they're a "must", even if the broadcast in black and white robs them of some of the sparkle seen in the colour photos...

 

*   *   *


At the end of 1974, the French capital obtained a new venue, the Palais des Congrès, one of the biggest halls in Europe*. In January, the singer Serge Lama is the first variety artist to perform there. He stays for a little over two weeks achieving a performance almost unequalled in France by a pop singer.

 

In the spring, the rumour starts to spread: Sylvie Vartan has reserved the Palais des Congrès for a month. Certainly, up to now, she is one of the rare singers to be able to pack out the Olympia for three weeks running; but between that and filling a hall that's twice as big for a month, there's a seemingly impossible leap... let alone for a woman: The industry slips between hilarity and concern...

 

 

 

Vartan Show, Set For October In Paris, Seen Costing 800G

PARIS—A new Sylvie Vartan show, to be staged next month at the Congress Palace, will cost a minimum of $800,000. Most of the financial burden will be done by Roger Peyrefitte (...)

 

Certainly the venture is causing considerable comment here. It is estimated that to make the show pay, at least 120.000 people will have to buy tickets  (...)

 

Her chart showing has not been outstanding, however. Only twice in the Syndicat charts over the past year, and then only 21st with "La Drôle de Fin” in August. and 29th with “Bye Bye Leroy Brown" in July the previous year. It is clear the show will have to include some exceptional drawing-power artists.

Billboard , 20 septembrer 1975

 


Even if the Billboard article includes a few inaccuracies as to the ranking of "Bye bye leroy Brown" (actually # 10 C.I.D.D) and the name of Sylvie' producer who is in fact Alain-Phillipe Malagnac, it does have the merit of justly describing the ambiant scepticism that accompanied the announcement of the singer's projects...

 

Alain-Philippe Malagnac, at 24 years old, drifts in the entourage of writer Alain Peyrefitte. Self-proclaimed businessman, he sees in Sylvie Vartan the star that will allow him to make his big entry into show-business, the world who's lights draw him in irresistibly... To Sylvie, he brings unfailing support throughout her engagement... The media can't help taking an interest in this funny pairing that's creating a year-round buzz.


It's the choreographer Walter Painter that she met in Los Angeles that Sylvie trusts with the direction of her show. Recognised several times at the 'Emmy Awards', Painter adapts to a larger scale the formula of the shows he created for Ann Margret in Las Vegas.

 

As soon as the shooting for Punto e Basta is over, Sylvie leaves to rehearse in Los Angeles before starting on a two month summer tour over the course of which she runs in her new show. The 27 July, a huge concert reunites Sylvie and Johnny in Narbonne.

 

She takes a day off to celebrate her Birthday in Biarritz with her family and later in Saint-Tropez that of Roger Peyreffite, alongside notably Romy Schneider and Annabel Buffet.

 

At the end of August she takes off with Johnny for Canada  where they give three exceptional concerts together including one for the use of Quebec television. In Montreal and Quebec, Sylvie presents a simplified version of her upcoming Paris show...

 

At the Palais des Congrès, the troop consists of around seventy people of which thirty musicians, sixteen dancers, three mimes, twelve stagehands and nine lighting technicians. The show includes 9 sets and almost two hundred original costumes. A publicity campaign of fifteen thousand posters is launched in the whole Paris region.


Approaching the 4 October, date of the premier, RCA releases a new single "Danse-la, chante-la". The track is an instant hit with radio audiences but Sylvie takes no notice and decides not to sing it on stage.

 

The tension builds in her entourage and the evening of the premiere the Parisian elite throng to the Palais des Congrès to finally discover the show and see which way the scale will tip...

 

The show consists of two parts, each one hour long.

 

Over the course of the first half, the orchestra plays in a pit to allow the sets and choreographies to take up the immense entirety of the stage. There are five scene changes just for "La divine Lady Veine", a true show-within-a-show lasting twenty minutes. The most captivating scene is a dance routine with eleven bicycles flying around Sylvie.

 

 

In the second half, the platform under the orchestra is raised so that the musicians can be seen, drawing attention to the singer and her repertoire. She doesn't let off, though, on the spectacular stagings. The theatrical dance routine 'La drôle de fin', notably, sticks in the mind. She will perform it systematically on every stage for the next seven years...

 

Very few big hits are on the programme as 'Danse-la chante-la', number 1 on the radio, was dropped, which doesn't stop it from becoming Sylvie's biggest solo success since "La plus belle pour aller danser" with almost 500,000 copies sold...

 

 

 

"You love or you hate Sylvie with a passion"

Le Quotidien de Paris.

 

 

The day after the premier, the critics compare her to her detriment either to Brassens, Brel or Barbara who are singer-songwriters that do nothing on stage but sing, or to the stars of cabaret revues like Lido, who have no repertoire to defend. At the time, a pop show with choreography and sets is hard to imagine. For many, Sylvie's show is doomed to fail...


Criticism, good or bad, has never had much of a hold on Sylvie. After one week of appearances, word of mouth does its job and assures the success of the project. Like the first week, the next three weeks are all sold out and from the 15th, reservations are for 'Standing room only', which means they're booking out the stairways....

 

The 31 October, a few days from the end of her run, Sylvie signs a poster for the hundred-thousandth spectator and the 23 November, on Guy Lux's show "Système 2", she receives a "Fauteuil d'Or" from the director of the Palais des Congres for 115,000 tickets sold. Extensions are announced for February 1976.


From 1975, Sylvie Vartan brings down a number of records. 


  She is the first woman in France to confront what will soon be known as the 'Big Stages', a feat until then only acheived by  Johnny Hallyday* , Jean Ferrat** and Serge Lama***.  

 

  She is also the first woman in Europe****  to draw more than 100,000 spectators in one booking (28 dates). For comparison, from the 31 July to 28 August, Elvis Presley beat the record in the USA with fifty eight consecutive shows in one month, drawing a total of 101,509 spectators at the Las Vegas International Hotel.

 

By defining a new standard of success that singer Nicoletta  is the first to acknowledge, the triumph of Sylvie Vartan at the Palais des Congrès marks an important point in show-business, but it won't be until the 80s that other female singers will rise to the level of the big stages (with the exception of six exceptionnal concerts by Véronique Sanson at the Palais des Sports in 1978...) 

 

For the time being, Sylvie reigns alone.

 

Far from gloating, she distances herself even further from the industry:

 

 

"We felt a halo of hatrid around us. The sincere desire of all those people was that we fall flat on our face" - "The first week, even though we new all the seats were sold out, I cried every night. The most painful thing was the betrayal of people very close to me to whom I was profoundly attached".

"Elle",  1977

    

    *   Johnny Hallyday , Palais des Sports, 21/09 to 14/10/1971

  **   Jean Ferrat, Palais des Sports, 6 to 29/10/1972

 ***   Serge Lama, Palais des Congrès,15/01 to 2/02/1975

****   Edith Piaf : Olympia '62, figures not available.

 

 

 

•  Icône disque  SP "Shang shang a lang" RCA PB 37 031

•  Icône TV   19 January: Système 2: "Shang shang a lang", "Bye bye Leroy Brown"

•  Icône TV   9 February: Les rendez vous du dimanche: "Shang shang a lang, Les chemins de ma vie, Toi mon aventure"

•  Icône disque  SP "Tout au fond des tiroirs" RCA  42015
• 
Icône TV  29 March  Show  "Tout au fond des tiroirs" produced by Maritie and Gilbert Carpentier, directed by Marion Sarraut, choreography by Arthur Plasschaert. Original songs by J.J. Debout and Roger Dumas.
• 
Icône TV   10 May  Channel 1: Numéro Un Jean-Jacques Debout 
• 
Icône TV   April - June  Rai (Italy)  "Punto e Basta" Presented by Sylvie Vartan and Gino Bramieri.

Choreography by Tony Ventura 

•  Icône disque  SP Italy "Punto e basta" RCA TPBO 7000

•  Icône disque  SP Italy "Il mio problema/ Voglio tutto di te" (duets with Johnny Hallyday) Philips 6 0009 650

•  Icône disque  LP  Italy "Punto e basta" RCA TPL1 1138

•  Icône disque  SP "La drôle de fin" RCA 42026

•  Icône TV  21 June  Numéro Un Johnny Hallyday: Sketch with Eddie Vartan, "Tous mes copains", "La drôle de fin", "Da dou ron ron" with Johnny
• 
Icône TV   29 June  Les rendez-vous du dimanche: "La drôle de fin", "Tu ne me parles plus d'amour"

•    July-August: Summer tour (40 dates) including

3 exceptionnal concerts with Johnny Hallyday in Quebec and Montreal for 30,000 spectators
• 
Icône TV   6 July: Antenne 2 - Ring Parade & Système 2: "La drôle de fin" : "Bye bye Leroy Brown", "Shang shang a lang", "La plus belle pour aller danser", "La drôle de fin", "Tu ne me parles plus d'amour"
• 
Icône TV   19 September: Le club de 10 heures  "Tu ne me parles plus d'amour", "La drôle de fin"
• 
Icône TV   24 September: Un sur cinq spécial Sylvie Vartan (Palais des Congrès 75 rehearsals)
• 
Icône TV  28 September: Système 2  "La drôle de fin" (avec Barry Collins)

•  Icône disque  SP "Danse-la, chante-la" RCA  42054

•  Icône TV  1 October:  Un sur cinq

•    Palais des Congrès 4 October to 4 November, 28 performances
• 
Icône TV   17 & 18 October: Midi première 
• 
Icône TV  19 October  Système 2: "Ma liberté", "Comme un garçon", "Operator"

•  Icône disque  2LP "Show Sylvie Vartan Palais des Congrès" RCA FPL2 0095
• 
Icône TV  1 November:  Numéro un Michel Sardou : "Danse- la, chante-la", "Changement de cavalière"
• 
Icône TV  09 November:  Ring parade : "Danse-la, chante-la"
• 
Icône TV   16 November: Il y a 10 ans le Palmarès  "La Maritza"
• 
Icône TV   23 November:  Ring parade & Système 2 : "Danse-la, chante la", "J'ai un problème", "Ma liberté", "Toute ma vie", "Operator", "Changement de cavalière", "Bye bye Leroy Brown"
• 
Icône TV   24 December: Poiret est à vous

"La drôle de fin"  

 

 

 

 

 

"Punto e Basta" décor plateau
Plateau TV du show "Punto e basta" RAI 1975
Sylvie Vartan dans  "Punto e basta", 1975 Sylvie Vartan  et Gino Bramieri, 1975
Sylvie Vartan, scène censurée du show TV italien "Punto e basta", 1975
Sylvie Vartan en justaucorps de cuir et cuissardes, show TV italien "Punto e basta", 1975 Sylvie Vartan et Johnny Hallyday, Rome,  1975
 
Punto e basta
 
Sylvie Vartan,  robe  Yves Saint Laurent, 1975
Sylvie Vartan en ensemble jean clouté Yves Saint Laurent,  1975 Sylvie Vartan  "Punto e basta", show TV italien de 1975
Sylvie Vartan en corsaire, "Punto e basta", 1975
Sylvie Vartan et l'acteur Gino Bramieri, Rome, 1975
Sylvie Vartan avec Johnny Hallyday à Biarritz le 15 août 1975 Sylvie Vartan  à Biarritz le 15 août 1975
Sylvie Vartan et Romy Schneider, Saint-Tropez 1975
Sylvie Vartan et Romy Schneider fêtent l'anniversaire de Roger Peyreffite, St Tropez 18 août  1975
Sylvie Vartan à Saint-Tropez le 18 juillet 1975 Sylvie vartan et Annabel Buffet à Saint-Tropez le 18 août 1975
Sylvie Vartan découvre son affiche du Palais des Congrès  1975
Affiche Sylvie Vartan, Palais des Congrès 1975
Sylvie Vartan,  robe blanche et cape 1975
Sylvie vartan interprète "Merci merci monsieur l'agent" Palais des Congrès 1975
 
Palais des Congrès '75
 
Décor du medley "Salut les Copains" Show Sylvie Vartan au Palais des Congrès 1975
Sylvie Vartan veste bleu blanc rouge 1975 Sylvie Vartan Palais des Congrès 1975
Sylvie Vartan Palais des Congrès 1975 décor du tableau "La divine Lady Veine"
Sylvie Vartan Palais des Congrès 1975  tableau "La divine Lady Veine" Sylvie Vartan Palais des Congrès 1975  tableau "La divine Lady Veine"
Sylvie Vartan au Palais des Congrès 1975, robe rouge "Je sens mon coeur qui bat" Sylvie Vartan accoudée au piano pour "Changement de cavalière" Palais des Congrès 1975
Sylvie Vartan Palais des Congrès 1975 Ballet "La drôle de fin"
Sylvie Vartan  , ballet "Soul train" 1975
Sylvie Vartan  , ballet "Soul train" 1975
Sylvie Vartan sur scène en 1975 photographiée par Patrick Dubroca

 

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Sylvie Vartan photographiée par Michael Childrers en 1976
Sylvie Vartan LP "Qu'est-ce qui fait pleurer les blondes" (1976) RCA FPL1 0122
   

Qu'est-ce qui fait pleurer les blondes?

 
Sylvie Vartan SP "Qu'est-ce qui fait pleurer les blondes" (1976) RCA 42 087 Sylvie Vartan SP "L'amour c'est comme les bateaux" (1976) RCA 42 117
Sylvie Vartan chante "Qu'est-ce qui fait pleurer les blondes" Ring Parade 15 février 1976
Sylvie Vartan sur un plateau TV, 1976 Sylvie Vartan chante "Les bons moments" en duo avec Charles Aznavour, 21 février 1976
Sylvie Vartan répétant sur un plateau TV pour l'émission "Médaille d'or", 24 juillet 1976 Sylvie Vartan, répétitions de l'émission "Médaille d'or", 24 juillet 1976
Sylvie Vartan devant sa Cadillac Eldorado, Californie, 1976
Sylvie Vartan pose sur le plongeoir de sa piscine à Los Angeles, 1976
Sylvie Vartan sortant de sa piscine, Los Angeles 1976 Sylvie Vartan et son chien Plouf, Los Angeles 1976
Sylvie Vartan et son chien Plouf sur la plage de Malibu, 1976
Sylvie Vartan devant la piscine de sa maison de Los Angeles prend la pose avec Guy Bonnardot,1976
Sylvie Vartan en couverture du magazine "Stéphanie" N°22 (Septembre 1976)
Sylvie Vartan en couverture du magazine espagnol "Hola", 11 septembre 1976
Sylvie Vartan Recto du  Livret-disque "Je vis en illustré" RCA CF 511 (1976) Sylvie Vartan Verso  du  Livret-disque "Je vis en illustré" RCA CF 511 (1976)
Sylvie Vartan SP  "El tango aquel" (Espagne) RCA SPBO-9349 (1976) Sylvie Vartan SP "Ta sorcière bien aimée" RCA 42 155 (1976)
Sylvie Vartan LP "Ta sorcière bien aimée" RCA FPL1 0186 (1976)
Sylvie Vartan Photo NB merchandising 1976

 1976

 

 

Sylvie Vartan continues her artistic staff reshuffle. From the end of the 1975 Palais des Congrès show, Jean-Jacques Debout, her oldest friend in the business,  who was involved in every project, disappears from her entourage. At the start of the year, she calls on a new press agent then a new impresario, Charley Marouani, already working with Brel and Barbara. He remains with her until his death in 2017...

 

In the United States, she meets the photographer Michael Childrers who quickly becomes her "official reporter" and whose snaps, mainly taken in the studio, reinforce her image as both glamourous and distant...

 

In the beginning of his collaboration with Sylvie Vartan, Jacques Revaux immediately displays his effectiveness. The first two titles he proposes for her, "La drôle de fin" and "Danse-la, chante-la", rapidly become hits. It's with the album "Qu’est-ce qui fait pleurer les blondes?" that he stamps his mark most noticeably, whilst maintaining a certain continuity by including Gilles Thibaut and Michel Mallory, who, more than anyone, offer Sylvie the guarantee of custom written lyrics... The most marked breakaway from the "Renard period" lies in the absence of American rock adaptations...

 

Her repertoire is enriched with typically French sentimental ballads that allow Sylvie Vartan to develop a very individual performance style, at once empassioned and distant. The themes revolve around the ambivalence of love, independence and break-ups. Even today she can still draw upon these songs that fit her so perfectly and instinctively touch her audience...
 

At the same time, with the overt goal of appealing to a younger audience, Revaux points Sylvie towards a lighter register made up of rhythmic tracks, introducing more fantasy or humour.  In his 2016 autobiography, the producer judges that the lyrics of these songs haven't all aged well and expresses regret for this fact...

 

Strictly from the point of view of success and fame, it's a triumph.

 

The single "Qu’est ce qui fait pleurer les blondes?" ranks #1 in the CIDD chart and remains to this day the bestselling solo single of Sylvie in France. With time, it becomes one of her most emblematic titles...

 

Number 1 on the air with "Qu'est-ce qui fait pleurer les blondes?", Sylvie is at the same time onstage at the Palais des Congrès for the extensions of her 1975 show, in a lightly modified version: Ten sell-out shows from the 20 to 29 February, for 40,000 additional spectators...

 

The critics are fickle. Jacqueline Cartier is a good example. The previous year, she had written in 'France-Soir' an article titled "Sylvie Vartan victime d’un stade" [Sylvie Vartan: Victim of a Stadium]. This time, after a simple update of the show, she gives us a whole other description...

 

Read Jacqueline Cartier's article

 

After the Palais des Congrès, Sylvie sets off for her winter, spring, summer and autumn tours: a total of eighty seven dates across the whole of France.

 

In May, presenting their big headlines on "the divorce of Johnny and Sylvie", "Paris Match" publishes a scoop that stirs up the public far beyond just teenage France. The paper presents the confidences of the couple: Johnny uses this article to justify himself via a sort of "plea for the defense"; for her part, Sylvie delivers a lucid and dispassionate statement, that of a wife who is no longer in love and wants to lauch herself into the future... Keen to make it known that she's moving forward, she takes the opportunity to announce her next single as well as her upcoming summer tour.

 

To make sure she's well understood, on the 30 May, she opens the Sunday talk show of Michel Drucker with "La meilleure fille en moi", the B side of her new single:

 

 

 

"La meilleure fille en moi n'est plus du tout la même , un jour tu comprendras que l’homme que tu étais ne pouvait pas lui plaire pendant des années ... (...) Tu n’as plus ta place dans ma vie, j’ai besoin d’être libre".

 

(Lyrics: Joël Cartigny) 

 

[The best girl in me is no longer the same, one day you'll understand that the man you were couldn't please her for years ... (...) You don't have your place in my life any more, I need to be free]

 

 

and when she is specifically asked the question, she confirms that she has decided to split from her husband...

 

On television, the year is marked by numerous appearances on Guy Lux's show. The presenter has always supported the singer and can in return rely on her to boost his audience. The 6 June in his show "Système 2", ecstatic, he personally presents her with a golden disk for the single "Qu'est-ce qui fait pleurer les blondes?".

 

In her climb of the "star-system", Sylvie Vartan has reached the summit. An opinion survey conducted by the magazine "L'Express" indicates her to be the most admired public personality of young French girls, with twice as many votes as the actress Romy Schneider... In light of this, Patrice Laffont dedicates a special show to her on channel 2 called "Médaille d'Or", during which she responds to the questions of a panel of fans invited onstage for the occasion. She performs several tracks including her new single, "L’amour c'est comme les bateaux", a song written by Gilles Thibaut with original music by André Popp. It's another success (CIDD #6), and it's the first time that Sylvie sees success with a ballad since "La Maritza"...

 

Foreign media shows more interest in her that at any point since the end of the 60s and articles start springing up around the world: Germany, The Netherlands, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Turkey, South America... The Palais des Congrès show is recorded for television. Conforming to the current requirements, the format is reduced to one hour and the most spectacular scenes are deliberately left out of the production. Several channels buy the film.

 

Yet, the show doesn't get far beyond the borders. It's expensive and difficult to transport, with, in its "touring" version, no fewer than seven dancers, nine musicians and two backing singers, not to mention technical workers... Sylvie travels all the same to Spain where she is guest of honour on the show "La hora de Luis Aguilé". In this skillfully directed show, she promotes the spanish version of "La drôle de fin", "El tango aquel".

 

During her summer tour, she returns also to Italy where she performs at "La Bussola" renamed "Bussoladomani". In Monaco, accompanied by Alain-Philippe Malagnac, Roger Peyrefitte, and François Daca but far from Johnny, she celebrates her birthday onstage at the Sporting Club.

 

In the programme for this tour, we note the reprisal of a Jojo Smith dance routine that Sylvie had presented six years earlier at the Olympia: "Mon singe et moi". How can this be seen as anything but a nod to the American choreographer, who is known to be in France at the time: on the evening of Cambrai's concert, he was seen having dinner with Sylvie, the singer Barbara and Johnny Hallyday...

 

 

 

" Ma bonne femme c'est un drôle de mec ".

[My good wife is a funny kind of guy]

 (Johnny Hallyday - Jours de France N°1092 )


 

Probably happy but at the same time stung in his pride by the success of his wife, Johnny puts an end to five years of absence from the Parisian stage. For his "Johnny Hallyday Story", he turns to Jojo Smith, his wife's director. His 35 appearances at the Palais des Sports earn him too a "Fauteuil d’or". To boost his record sales, he also joins Jacques Revaux. On her side, Sylvie finishes her tour back where she started, that is at the Palais des Congrès for two last appearances.

 

The second album of the year, "Ta sorcière bien aimée", is released in December. It comprises eleven new songs. Like the previous one, it includes no adaptations of American tracks, but rather sentimental ballads and "uptempo" compositions, almost disco-like. The orchestrations are mainly by Raymond Donnez. The track chosen for the single is typically one of the rhythmic songs, wacky or childish depending on how you look at them. Even though it was supported only by a single TV appearance, it's a big hit (CIDD #3).

 

The album becomes a bestseller and is the ideal basis for a TV show that Maritie et Gilbert Carpentier schedule for the NYE celebrations. Sylvie prepares in Los Angeles then in Paris under the tutelage of a new choreographer, Claude Thompson. The Carpentiers have prepared big name guests: Julien Clerc, Barbara , Gérard Lenorman, Marie-Paule Belle. The now fateful end of year strikes force the same fate on the show as on the two previous ones... The recordings are set aside for a later showing...

 

 

 

•   20 February to au 29 February : Palais des Congrès in Paris (10 performances)

​•   Icône disque  SP  "Qu'est-ce qui fait pleurer les blondes?"

RCA 42 087

•  Icône TV  8 February  "Les rendez-vous du dimanche" : "La lettre", "Qu'est ce qui fait pleurer les blondes?" 

•  Icône TV 15 February  Ring Parade : "Qu'est ce qui fait pleurer les blondes?" and Système 2 Sylvie Vartan Special.

•  Icône TV 21 February Numéro 1 Charles Aznavour : "Les bons moments" (duet), "Qu'est ce qui fait pleurer les blondes?"

•  Icône TV 22 February  Les rendez-vous du dimanche  "Qu'est ce qui fait pleurer les blondes?"

•  Icône TV 28 February  Samedi est à vous  "Qu'est-ce qui fait pleurer les blondes?"

•     2 to 15 March :  Winter tour (13 performances)

•  Icône TV  20 March:  Samedi est à vous :"La lettre"

•   Icône disque  LP "Qu'est-ce qui fait pleurer les blondes?" RCA FPL1 0122

•  Icône TV 19 May, Spain, La Hora de Luis Aguilé : Duet, "Bye bye Leroy Brown", "Qu'est-ce qui fait pleurer les blondes?", "El tango aquel"

•   Icône disque  SP "L'amour c'est comme les bateaux" RCA 420117

•  Icône TV 30 May  Les rendez-vous du dimanche  " La meilleure fille en moi" (+ interview about Johnny)

•  Icône TV  5 June  Numéro 1 Roger Pierre  "L'amour c'est comme les bateaux"

•  Icône TV  6 June  Ring Parade "L'amour c'est comme les bateaux " +  Système 2 Sylvie Vartan Special

•  Icône TV 13 June Les rendez-vous du dimanche  "L'amour c'est comme les bateaux"

•  Icône TV 16 June Sylvie Vartan on RTB Channel (Belgium)

•  Icône TV 27 June Midi Ring "La drôle de fin"

•  Icône TV 8 July  Channel 2 : Sylvie Vartan au Palais des Congrès 1975

•  Icône TV July  Médaille d'or : "Qu'est-ce qui fait pleurer les blondes?", "Do you know?" ," L'amour c'est comme les bateaux"

•     2 August to 11 December:  Summer and Autumn Tours (64 dates performances)

•  Icône TV 07 November  Mexico  Canal 13 : Algo especial con Sylvie Vartan (60 mn)

•   12 December :  Palais des Congrès in Paris, 2 performances (one matinee, one evening).

•   Icône disque  EP "Je vis en illustré" RCA CF511

•   Icône disque SP   "El tango aquel" RCA SPBO 9349 (Spain)

•   Icône disque SP "Ta sorcière bien aimée" RCA 42 155

•   Icône disque LP "Ta sorcière bien aimée" RCA FPL1 0186​

•  Icône TV 14 novembre Les rendez-vous du dimanche  "Ta sorcière bien aimée"  

  

 

 

Sylvie Vartan sur scène en 1976 robe rouge "Je sens mon cœur qui bat"
 
Palais des Congrès '76
 
Sylvie Vartan entre en scène sur une Rolls Royce, Palais des Congrès 1976
Sylvie Vartan chante "Baby Capone" Palais des Congrès 1976 Sylvie Vartan chante et danse  "Baby Capone" Palais des Congrès 1976
Sylvie Vartan ballet "Baby Capone" Palais des Congrès 1976
Sylvie Vartan pose devant son affiche, 1976
Sylvie Vartan et Shirley Maclaine lors du concert de cette dernière au Palais des Congrès de Paris le  30 avril 1976
Sylvie Vartan en couverture de "Paris Match", 15 mai 1976
Sylvie Vartan photographiée par Michaël Childrers en 1976 Sylvie Vartan 1976 robe Dior "Volie parme"
Sylvie Vartan, portrait, 1976
Sylvie Vartan, robe indienne, 1976 Sylvie Vartan, robe indienne et collier à dents, 1976
Sylvie Vartan sur scène, robe blanche "Toute ma vie", 1976
 

Tours  '76

Monaco Sporting Club '76

 
Sylvie Vartan dans sa loge du Sporting Club de Monaco 16 août 1976
Sylvie Vartan fête son anniversaire sur la scène du Sporting Club de Monaco 16 août 1976
Sylvie Vartan et ses danseurs saluent le public du Sporting Club de Monaco 16 août 1976
Sylvie Vartan fête son anniversaire au Monoa de Monte Carlo le 16 août 1976
Sylvie Vartan OK Magazine 1976 Sylvie Vartan Posters Géants 1976
Sylvie Vartan répète le show TV  "Dancing Star" avec son nouveau chorégraphe Claude Thompson le 8 décembre 1976
Sylvie Vartan chante "Ta sorcière bien aimée" dans l'émission de Michel Drucker "Les rendez-vous du dimanche" 14 novembre 1976
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Sylvie Vartan programme Japon Tournée 1977 
 

Japan Tour '77

+ Seoul - Tehran - Damas

 
Sylvie Vartan dans un souk de Téhéran, 1977
Sylvie Vartan SP "Le temps du swing" RCA PB 8015 Sylvie Vartan SP "Masculin singulier" RCA PB 8074
Sylvie Vartan en couverture de "Jours de France" N°1176  : "Le retour de Sylvie" (Juin 1977)
Sylvie Vartan SP "Petit rainbow" RCA PB 8128 Sylvie Vartan SP "Georges" RCA PB 8140
Sylvie Vartan LP  "Georges" RCA PL 37111
Sylvie Vartan Show TV "Dancing Star" (1977)  Séquence "Douce misère"
 
Dancing Star
 
Sylvie Vartan Show TV "Dancing Star" (1977)  Ballet avec Georges Chakiris Sylvie Vartan Show TV "Dancing Star" (1977)  Séquence "Le temps du swing"
Sylvie Vartan Show TV "Dancing Star" (1977)  Séquence "La fourmi et la cigale" en duo avec Carlos Sylvie Vartan Show TV "Dancing Star" (1977)  Séquence "Je vous aime" en duo avec Gérard Lenorman
Sylvie Vartan Show TV "Dancing Star" (1977)  Séquence "Dieu merci"
Sylvie Vartan Show TV "Dancing Star" (1977)  Séquence "Je croyais" Sylvie Vartan Show TV "Dancing Star" (1977)  Séquence "Dancing Star"
Sylvie Vartan LP "Dancing Star" PL 37021
Sylvie Vartan en couverture du magazine "Stéphanie", octobre 1977
Sylvie Vartan, photo Helmut Newton, 1977 Sylvie Vartan photographiée par Helmut Newton, 1977
Sylvie Vartan 2 LP "Au Palais des Congrès"  RCA FPL2 37116
Sylvie Vartan ovationnée par ses fans, Palais des Congrès, octobre 1977
Sylvie Vartan mitraillée par les photographes lors de la première de son show au Palais des Congrès, octobre 1977
Sylvie Vartan félicitée par Thierry Le Luron dans sa loge du Palais des Congrès,1977  
Mick Jagger félicite Sylvie Vartan au Palais des Congrès de Paris en 1977

 1977

 

 

 

After fifteen years of an already very rich career, Sylvie Vartan, whose fall from fame has already been forecast countless times, achieves her greatest success yet, even greater than at the heart of the Ye-ye era.

 

In terms of commercial success, after the outstanding feat of the 1975 Palais des Congrès show, she is the only woman to match up to the song superstars Johnny Hallyday or Serge Lama. From now on the industry will look differently at her...

 

 

 

"What Sylvie did, even a beast like me couldn't do it"  - Michel Sardou  Jours de France N°1092 *

 

* (Michel won't have to suffer long as he too will soon become one of the "Champions of the Palais des Congrès").

 

 

The critics feel pressed to shift positions and now concentrate their criticisms of Sylvie on her "distant" celebrity persona.

 

In February, after two years away, Sylvie heads back to Japan. The success of the tour, which includes four concerts in Tokyo and two in Osaka in the biggest venues, shows that the Japanese are keen on the "New Vartan" (That is to say the Star surrounded by dancers). Very widely reported, the Japanese press articles can't help regretting the smaller scale of the staging compared to the Palais des Congrès show…

 

After Japan, some stops on the tour take bizarre turns. In Korea where her records have been selling very well since the release of "La reine de Saba", Sylvie performs for the first time in Seoul. The show, deemed too erotic, has to be modified to avoid offending the prudishness of the Korean authorities. The skimpy dresses are cut and the red lights, considered aphrodisiacs, are banned.

 

The following week, the tour stops in Iran followed by Syria .  Each stopover has it's own set of mishaps in store...

 

 

 

* * *

 

 

 

- "Even without Alain Philippe, I would have done the Palais des Congrès, I always achieve the goal I set myself".

-  "But in that case who would have financed the venture?"

Proud and bored look:

-  "I don't worry myself with those sorts of questions, other people do that for me."

 

  (L’express  - October 1975)

 

 

Sylvie doesn't know it yet at the time of this interview, but life is about to throw her up against a wall. In February, the day before her departure for Japan, her producer Alain-Philippe Malagnac is confronted by the law. Unable to pay off a bank debt, he finds himself banned from exercising any professional activity. In two weeks, his empire collapses like a house of cards. Sylvie won't even be able to feature his name on her posters like she had planned to do to support him…

 

She has to resign herself to taking over production of her upcoming show planned for October at the Palais des Congrès. With two sell-out runs in 1975 and 1976 and nearly a million allbums sold over the two years together, she finds the necessary financial backing without too much trouble but is forced to put up her belongings as a deposit.

 

Back in Los Angeles, she catches up with choreographer Claude Thompson, with whom she worked on the abandoned TV show of December 1976 and begins with him a collaboration that will last six years. Thompson, who proved himself amongst others with Elvis Presley in 1969, will be the right man for the job. Together, for two months, they design and rehearse a "solar and sensual" show, according to Sylvie's wishes, in the tone of the new album that she has already recorded.

 

For this show, Sylvie controls everything, as much on an artistic level as logistically and financially. During her French summer tour, she takes a detour to Tunisia where she fills the ancient theatre at Carthage. This tour serves both to run in her upcoming Palais des Congrès show, and to try out her latest songs.

 

The first extract from the album, "Petit rainbow", hits the ground running in August. Adapted from the English track "Summer love sensation", it quickly finds itself at the head of the two main charts, RTL #1 and  Europe 1 #1.

 

The 1977 album, produced by Jacques Revaux, distances itself noticeably from the more traditional style of the previous two. With sophisticated production, it consists of several original tracks and covers of American titles drawn from pop, rock and disco, as well as ballads which are the highlight of the album ... Among the songwriters contributing to this record, Tommy Brown and Gilles Thibaut, present since the start of the 60s, each write their last song for Sylvie. Like every time since Jacques Revaux showed up, this album is huge commercial success…

 

Hardly back from her tour, Sylvie picks back up the shooting of the TV show "Dancing Star" that had been interrupted in December 1976. The script is written by her friend the actor Jean-Claude Brialy: A young eastern girl arrives in Paris to follow her dream and become an artist. Along the way she meets several characters, an impresario, a lyricist, an adventurer... Contrary to the retro universe of the show "Je chante pour Swanee", "Dancing Star" is set right in the present and plays the glamour card with the obvious aim of taking advantage of Sylvie's photogenic nature. The program broadcast the 10 September becomes the showcase for her upcoming concerts. There are tracks from the two latest albums, dance scenes, and several orginal songs written for the show, notably the duets written by Michel Mallory and Eddie Vartan.

 

From October, the billboards for the new Vartan show invade the walls of Paris. The design is by a master of fashion photography, Helmut Newton. For Sylvie's poster, Newton maliciously transforms the logo of the Manpower brand ** into "Girlpower".

 

** ("The Vitruvian Man" by Leonardo da Vinci)

 

The force of these shots leaves a big impression. All over the posters and album covers, they reinforce the image of a strong and inaccessible woman, a particular vision of "The Star" that will guide the conception of the new show...

 

In this show that opens with the projection of Helmut Newton's photos on the gigantic stage curtain of the Palais des Congrès, Sylvie Vartan's silhouette, although miniscule at the centre of the immense stage, is spectacular from it's first appearance.

 

The costumes that Sylvie wore for the 1975 Palais des Congrès show didn't meet with unanimous praise, suffering from the comparison to Yves Saint Laurent's designs for the Olympia shows of 1970 and 1972. This time, for five of her ten stage outfits, she calls on the famous American costume designer Bob Mackie. In his hands, she becomes the very incarnation of a star through various outlines inspired by 40s Hollywood cinema, in particular Marlène Dietrich, a key reference for Sylvie...

 

Mackie replaces the muslin skirts with long dresses with plunging necklines, and with sequined torn leotards. Sylvie's reserve and the distance that she naturally imposes contrast with the audacious transparency of the designer... After Réal and Yves Saint Laurent, Bob Mackie leaves his mark on the stage image of Sylvie Vartan.

 

The performance is led at break-neck speed.

 

The scenes follow one another accompanied by cutting edge lighting effects and colour associations elaborated by the magic wand of a beginner that people will be talking about for a while: Jacques Rouveyrollis.

 

The staging plays on reflections, lighting, projection, leaving at the head the omnipresent orchestra of 25 musicians, sometimes disappearing behing a wall of smoke, mirrors or glittering tassles cascading from the rails...

 

The repertoire chosen includes Sylvie's most recent hits, but also covers from a wide range of genres, from jazz and swing to gospel, all with a hint of disco. Around the singer, Claude Thompson launches twelve dancers in routines from a tap number to a ballet on the soul track "You+Me=Equal Love", or indeed a disco-tango sequence including the now classic "Drôle de fin"  directed by Walter Painter two years earlier.

 

During the second half, we find Sylvie all alone for a sketch imitating a slip-up with a spectator that takes the audience by surprise. It's the big moment of humour in a show that is otherwise above all else visual.
 

The evening of the premiere, Johnny Hallyday is in the front row to cheer on his wife, surrounded or followed over successive concerts by numerous celebrities, including Michel Sardou, Dalida, Joe Dassin, Henri Salvador, Barbara, Charles Trenet and a particularly important visitor, Mick Jagger in person.

 

From the very next day, the media praise the quality of the show, its effectivetess and especially its sumptuousness, highlighting Sylvie's beauty. All the same, the critics don't give up. No longer able to risk making fools of themselves by predicting a failure, they try to lend weight to the idea that Sylvie Vartan, in the middle of a plethora of dancers and decor, isn't the key ingredient of her own show...

 

But that doesn't stop the show from becoming a talking point across the whole of Europe, and even across the atlantic as the American magazine Variety dedicates a full page article to it, as much for the artistic performance that it represents as for its unprecedented success...

 

RCA has the first two evenings recorded for the rapid release of a live double LP, available from the second week. With "Georges" and the original soundtrack of the TV show "Dancing Star", no less than three new albums from Sylvie Vartan will be available at the end of the year. All will be successes.

 

In terms of turnout, with thirty two consecutive performances in 1977, Sylvie beats her own record from 1975. After a French  tour in November and December, extensions are planned for spring 1978, just before a Japanese tour...

 

The structure of this new show works so well that Sylvie Vartan will keep it for nearly five years. Only the tracks from the new albums will replace the old ones...

 

 

 

•   Icône TV 17 January: Mexico   Canal 13 Alta Tension Sylvie Vartan, Gladys Knight, Shawn Phillips  (60')

•    Icône disque   SP "Le temps du swing" RCA PB 8015

•      7 to 28 February: Japan tour (20 concerts)

•      March: Seoul (Korea)

•      12 to 14 March: Tehran (Iran)

•      15 to 17 March: Damas (Syria)  

•   Icône TV  20 March - Les rendez-vous du dimanche:

"Le temps du swing "

•   Icône TV 17 April - Les rendez-vous  du dimanche : "Dieu merci"

•    Icône disque   SP "Masculin singulier" RCA PB 8074

•   Icône TV 13 June: Mexico, Canal 13, Musica En La Noche (60')

•      2 July to 28 August: Summer tour, France

(41 concerts)

•      30 July: Concert at the Ancient Theatre in Carthage (Tunisia)

•    Icône disque   SP "Petit rainbow" RCA PB 8128

•    Icône disque   LP  "Georges" RCA PL 37111

•   Icône TV 10 September - TF1 - Dancing star, TV Show by Maritie and Gilbert Carpentier .Guest Stars : Marie-Paule belle, Georges Chakiris, Jean-Claude Brialy, Carlos, Gérad Lenorman, Michel Sardou...

•    Icône disque   LP "Dancing Star" PL 37021

•   Icône TV 2 October Les rendez-vous du dimanche: "Petit Rainbow"

•   Icône TV 5 October Un sur cinq Life rehearsals from the Palais des Congrès + "Petit Rainbow" "Arrête de rire"

•   Icône TV 8 October  Numéro 1 Gérard Lenorman:

"Petit Rainbow"

•   Icône TV 9 October  TV News TF1 1pm

•   Icône TV 13 October  Un taxi en or : "Petit Rainbow"

•      7 October to 9 November: Palais des Congrès, Paris (32 concerts)

•    Icône disque   2 LP "Au Palais des Congrès"

RCA PL 37116 (2)

•    Icône disque   SP "Georges" RCA PB 8140

•      17 November to 15 December: Autumn tour, France (24 concerts)  

 

 

Sylvie Vartan sur la scène du Sporting Club de Monte-Carlo, 1977
Sylvie Vartan prend la pose avec les chauffeurs des véhicules poids-lourds de sa tournée, 1977
Sylvie Vartan et toute la troupe de sa tournée d'été 1977
 

'77 Summer Tour

+ Carthage

 
Sylvie Vartan en tournée d'été 1977
Sylvie Vartan chante "Dancing Star" tournée d'été 1977
Affiche de Sylvie Vartan Palais des Congrès 1977 Photo Helmut Newton
Sylvie Vartan et toute sa troupe du Palais des Congrès 1977
Sylvie Vartan, Palais des Congrès 1977, entrée en scène robe et cape bleues Bob Mackie
 
Palais des Congrès '77
 
Sylvie Vartan, Palais des Congrès 1977, "Dieu merci" robe et cape bleues Bob Mackie
Sylvie Vartan salue le public du  Palais des Congrès 1977,  robe et cape bleues Bob Mackie
Sylvie Vartan Palais des Congrès 77 robe tigre Bob Mackie
Sylvie Vartan Palais des Congrès 77 robe tigre Bob Mackie  Sylvie Vartan Palais des Congrès 1977 "Le temps du swing"
Sylvie Vartan Palais des Congrès 1977 "Tout le bazar"
Sylvie Vartan Palais des Congrès 1977 "La drôle de fin"
Sylvie Vartan Palais des Congrès 1977 "Photos"
Sylvie Vartan Palais des Congrès 1977 Smoking blanc Bob Mackie Sylvie Vartan Palais des Congrès 1977 Robe rouge Bob Mackie
Sylvie Vartan Palais des Congrès 1977 Ballet "You+me = Equal love" robe rouge Bob Mackie
Sylvie Vartan Palais des Congrès 1977 "Je vivrais pour deux" robe longue Bob Mackie
Sylvie Vartan danse sur "Dancing Star" Palais des Congrès 1977 Sylvie Vartan  Palais des Congrès 1977 , final, présentation de Gary Chapman et Peter Newton
Sylvie Vartan salue le public, final du palais des Congrès 1977
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Sylvie Vartan, portrait 1978
Sylvie Vartan SP "Ein kleines Herz auf der Haut" (Allemagne) RCA 8186 Sylvie Vartan SP "Disco Queen" RCA PB 8181
Sylvie Vartan article italien 1977/1978
 

'78 Winter Tour

Palais des Congrès '78

 
Sylvie Vartan article espagnol 1977/1978
Sylvie Vartan presse italienne 1978
Sylvie Vartan et  Mohammed héritier de la couronne du Maroc en 1978 dans la loge de la chanteuse au Palais des Congrès.
Sylvie Vartan et Johnny Hallyday par Helmut Newton, Espagne 1978
Sylvie Vartan et Johnny Hallyday au mariage de Carlos en 1978
Sylvie Vartan SP "Solitude"  RCA PB 8213 Sylvie Vartan SP "Fantaisie" RCA PB 8293
Sylvie Vartan en tournée 1978
 

'78 Summer Tour

+ One-off Concert in Béziers

 
Sylvie Vartan pose avec la troupe de sa  tournée d'été 1978
Sylvie Vartan en tournée à Béziers 1978 Sylvie Vartan en concert à Béziers le 13 août 1978
Sylvie Vartan et Johnny Hallyday en duo à Béziers en 1978
Sylvie Vartan fête son 34ème anniversaire à la Grande Brasserie de Montpellier en compagnie de Johnny Hallyday, Carlos et Michel Mallory, 1978
Sylvie Vartan jouant au ping-pong, 1978 Sylvie Vartan et Johnny Hallyday en moto, 1978
Sylvie Vartan, Johnny Hallyday, ballade en moto, 1978
Sylvie Vartan dans une piscine, 1978 Sylvie Vartan, partie de tennis, 1978

Sylvie Vartan LP "Fantaisie"  RCA PL 37221

 1978

 

 

 

Throughout the year, the Raynal brand advertises the Sylvie Vartan fashion doll launched at the end of 1977... The advertising campaign specifies that it is the first time a female singer has a doll (and its wardrobe) in her own image on the French market, however the resemblance isn't all that striking... After a few years of marketing, the doll becomes a "collector's item". Nowadays, on on-line auction websites, it rarely sells for less than 500€...

 

In Germany, after the release of the live double LP of the Palais des Congrès 1977 show, Sylvie records "Ein kleines Herz auf der Haut", the German version of "Petit rainbow", released as a single (its only appearance in the country's charts: 04-01-78  #39 - Hit Billanz).


Despite the fact that all of Europe converted to disco 2 years ago, Sylvie still has nothing in her repertoire in this new musical style, even if the production on her last two albums is distinctly inspired by it in the case of certain tracks ("La meilleure fille en moi", "Masculin singulier" , "Georges" etc...).

 

With "Disco Queen", a cover of a German track, she makes her first steps in this new genre for which she admits feeling no particular affinity. This contradiction appears in the very theme of the song whose text, written by Michel Mallory, proclaims the transient life expectancy of the "disco queens"....

 

The famous musician Jean-Claude Petit is trusted with the task of adapting the orchestration to French tastes. Fresh from the recent success of two disco tracks for Claude François ("Magnolia Forever" and "Alexandrie Alexandra"), he writes his first and only collaboration with Sylvie Vartan.

 

In an ironic twist of fate, it's planned that Sylvie will début her new song the 12 March on Michel Drucker's Sunday show on which Claude François is also a guest. It's during the recording of this show, the afternoon before, that Michel Drucker and Guy Lux announce live the accidental death of Claude François, in Sylvie's presence...

 

A bad omen... Following this, Sylvie proves uneager to promote the single, which over four months only features in two TV appearances... Since Jacques Revaux's arrival it's the first disappointment in terms of sales figures...

 

In February, Sylvie undertakes a winter tour in France.

 

From the 20 March to the 2 April, for the fourth time in four years, she is back at the Palais des Congrès for fourteen performances. The show is identical to that of 1977, with the addition of "Disco Queen". It's filmed by Bernard Lion ready for a TV broadcast.

 

In May and June she undertakes her seventh tour of Japan, surrounded by a team of thirty people, including six dancers. As in 1977, she presents the same show as in Paris, abstaining from singing the tracks that the Japanese most want to hear ("Les hommes qui n'ont plus rien à perdre" "Irrésitiblement" "Caro Mozart"...). The only compromise: a shortened version of "La plus belle pour aller danser"...

 

The Japanese edition of the single "Disco Queen" is opportunely released the 25 May, the day of the first concert in Miyagi. The press hail the quality of the show and its diversity, but once more regret that Japan should be deprived of the scale of the Parisian show. We learn that each concert already costs a whopping 3 million yen...

 

For the first time in five years, Sylvie ranks in the country's leading pop chart, the "All Japan" (#18). The single sells around 100,000 copies, becoming Sylvie's only disco success in any country.

 

At the same time, it just so happens that Johnny is in Japan, appearing as a judge in the seventh Tokyo Music Festival alongside another French star every bit as blond as Sylvie and every bit as worshipped by the Japanese:  Catherine Deneuve. The 16 June, to the great satisfaction of the Japanese press, who closely follow the twists and turns of the Johnny-Sylvie relationship, Deneuve and Hallyday attend the last concert of the Vartan tour in Tokyo before all three stars meet up to celebrate Johnny's birthday together...

 

In France too, people are once again celebrating Sylvie and Johnny, the legendary show-biz couple. For its 'coverage' ,  Paris Match leaves Helmut Newton to immortalise their reconciliation.

 

The German photographer presents the image of a petrified couple, emprisonned by their own legend. In Italy as well as in Spain, the most at-ease photos are chosen. Nonetheless they can't mask the distance that now separates the couple, despite a certain bond still existing between them...

 

At the end of 1977, they left their lavish appartment on the avenue du  Président Wilson, opposite the Eiffel Tower. It's a weight off Sylvie's shoulders whose choice, after some hesitation, falls on a town house in the Villa Montmorency, one of the most protected Parisian properties. She entrusts the decoration of her new abode to her friend, the famous Jacques Grange.

 

For "Cosmopolitan", she grants an interview to Katherine Pancol in which she describes pell-mell her aversion for high society and "show-biz", her tours that she uses to visit anywhere that she can or indeed the Grand Canyon that she has chosen to ride through on the back of a mule... As for her husbands place in her life, she remains evasive:

 

 

 

- "We see each other without hatred, with pleasure"

 

- "So many disasters have happened to me that I keep within my circle, and Johnny is part of it."  *   

 

She shows concern for him:

 

 

- "He always has problems with money, and you know, we're responsible for one another"     *

     
    * Cosmopolitan N°43

 

 

A new single is released at the end of June. It's the adaptation of "Substitute" by the band Clout that becomes "Solitude" under Michel Mallory's pen. The French text differs from the original theme to give room to the fantasy of a woman looking for a lover able to tempt her with sunnier horizons, both literally and figuratively.

 

The track becomes one of the summer hits and is included in the programme of the twenty-eight date tour that begins in Switzerland the 22 June and reaches its climax the 12 August in Béziers. In the huge setting of the arenas, the leading French radio channel RTL organises a concert reuniting Sylvie and Johnny, but also Carlos, their most loyal friend, who is the opening act. 18,000 spectators attend the concert. RTL broadcasts the event, which seems like a real celebration, live...

 

Over the following weeks, Sylvie takes a step back. She records a new album and commits herself to a new project planned to see the light of day in 1979 and which holds a special place in her heart...

 

Does that explain the lack of enthusiasm with which she promotes "Fantaisie", her new LP? She nonetheless presents the album on Michel Drucker's talk show "Les rendez-vous du dimanche", as it is now her custom to do.


According to Michel Mallory himself, writer of most of the lyrics, the record was a "family project" as it also includes two tracks by Eddie Vartan.

 

It consists of everything that Sylvie traditionally appreciates; covers of rhythmic American tracks, songs included to support dance routines and two powerful melancholic and disenchanted ballads. On a first listen through, the record seems less ambitious and less glamourous than the previous few. Still, the themes touched on prove to be particularly in line with the singer's emotional state:

 

 

 

- "Je me suis éveillée et tout au fond de moi quelque chose s’est brisé " 

[I awoke and deep inside me something broke]

 

- "Tu n'étais qu'un décor fait pour un faux amour"

[You were just scenery for a false love]


 

At the same time, Johnny sings "Elle m’oublie"...

 

Chosen as the first extract from the album to be released as a single, "Fantaisie" is an easy-going song that gives its name to the album but goes unnoticed, largely forgotten by fans...

 

Of the four albums produced by Jacques Revaux, "Fantaisie" is the least convincing. Incidentally it's with this half-success that the producer ends his collaboration with Sylvie Vartan, officially to dedicate himself exclusively to Michel Sardou. In reality, as several biographers have stated, a dispute between Hallyday and Revaux made the break inevitable. Eddie Vartan replaces him, with regards to Sylvie as well as to Johnny...

 

The evening of the 31 December, Sylvie is invited to appear on Sacha Distel TV Show "La belle nuit" on Channel One, while at the same time, Channel Two broadcasts the Palais des Congrès concert filmed by Bernard Lion eight months earlier. Although it has been considerably cut, spliced, and edited so that it follows little of the original order of the show, the film does manage to convey a little of the splendour of the spectacle and its spirit. It will later be sold on VHS, becoming the first musical performance on the French market in this format...

 

•    Icône disque  SP "Ein kleines Herz auf der Haut"

(Germany) RCA 8186

•   Icône TV  19 February Musique and Music : "Petit Rainbow", "Georges", "Operator"

•     Winter Tour of  France (11 concerts)

​•    Icône disque  SP "Disco Queen" RCA PB 8181

•   Icône TV 11 March : announcement of the death of Claude François ( in attendance of Sylvie).

•   Icône TV 12 March Les rendez-vous du dimanche : "Sidéré sidéral", "Disco Queen"
•   Icône TV 18 March Numéro un Robert Charlebois : "Dieu Merci", "Georges"

•   From 2 March to 2 April : Palais des Congrès 78 (14 concerts)

•   Icône TV 20 May  Numéro Un Johnny Mathis : "99 Miles from LA", "Disco Queen"

•     From 25 May to 17 June : Tour of Japan (20 concerts)

•    Icône disque  SP "Solitude"  RCA PB 8213

•     Fron 22 June to 13 August : Summer Tour of France (29  concerts)

•   Icône TV 25 June  Les rendez-vous du dimanche : "Solitude"

•   Icône TV 1 July  Numéro Un Michel Sardou : "Solitude"

•   Icône TV 31 August  Grand Echiquier Johnny Hallyday (Report : Johnny and Sylvie in Japan).

•   Icône TV 3 September  Les rendez-vous du dimanche  : "Solitude"

•   Icône TV 18 to 23 September : Top Club : "Mon père", "Operator", "La drôle de fin", "Les rendez-vous en secret", "Je pardonne", "Georges", "Solitude"

•    Icône disque  SP "Fantaisie" RCA PB 8293

•    Icône disque  LP "Fantaisie"  RCA PL 37221

•   Icône TV 10 December Les  rendez-vous du dimanche : "Délivrée", "Fumée", "Fantaisie", "Je chante encore l'amour"

•   Icône TV 22 December  Les visiteurs de Noël : "Rappelez-moi en l'an 2000", "Fumée"

•   Icône TV 24 December : Sylvie meets Casimir

•   Icône TV 31 December : Palais des Congrès 78, directed by  Bernard Lion ( 60')

•   Icône TV 31 December  La belle nuit : "Fumée"     

 

 

Sylvie Vartan portrait 1978 avec robe Bob Mackie par Michael Childers
Sylvie Vartan et Johnny Hallyday au Japon 1978
Sylvie Vartan et Hideki Saijo presse Japon 1978
 
Japan Tour '78
 
Sylvie Vartan, Catherine Deneuve, Johnny Hallyday au Japon 1978
Sylvie Vartan télévision française 1978 Sylvie Vartan et Johnny Mathis en 1978
Sylvie Vartan en smoking Christian Dior par Marc Bohan 1978 Sylvie Vartan en 1978 au Top Club de Guy Lux
1978 Sylvie Vartan et Johnny Hallyday par Helmut Newton PARIS MATCH N°1507
1978 RTL avec Sylvie Vartan, Michel Sardou, Mireille Mathieu, Joe Dassin, Serge Gainsbourg, Serges Lama, Dave, Carlos, Christophe.
Sylvie Vartan à RTL  avec Sardou, Carlos et Patrick Juvet en 1978
Sylvie Vartan en 1978 ( Numéro 1  Michel Sardou)
Publicité pour la poupée Raynal à l'effigie de Sylvie Vartan
1978, plateau TV, Sylvie Vartan et Casimir
Sylvie Vartan chante "Fantaisie", "Les rendez-vous du dimanche" du 10 décembre 1978, robe Bob Mackie  1978 Sylvie Vartan chez Drucker en 1978
Sylvie Vartan TV 1978
1978, Sylvie Vartan, Gérard Depardieu et Jacqueline Bisset
Sylvie Vartan VSD N°69 décembre 1978
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Sylvie Vartan prépare la sortie  de son nouvel album américain "I don't want the night to end", 1979 Sylvie Vartan en session d'enregistrement de l'album "I don't want the night to end, Los Angeles, 1978
Sylvie Vartan enregistre son deuxième album américain, "I don't want the night to end, Los Angeles, 1978
Sylvie Vartan en couverture de "Night Magazine" 1979 Sylvie Vartan au MIDEM, Cannes, janvier 1979
Sylvie Vartan LP  "I don't wanrt the night to end", RCA PL 13015, 1979
Sylvie Vartan SP  "I don't wanrt the night to end", RCA PB 1578, 1979 Sylvie Vartan SP  "I  don't want the night to end", RCA PB 8454
 
I don't want the night to end
 
Quelques exemples de pochettes du 45t  de Sylvie Vartan "I don't want the night to end" en Europe et dans le monde
Sylvie  Vartan SP Japon "Fumée"  RCA SS 3192 Sylvie  Vartan SP Japon "I don't want the night to end"  RCA SS 3228, 1979
Publicité dans "Billboard" pour l'album de Sylvie Vartan "I don't want the night to end", 1979
Image extraite du clip "I don't want the night to end" de Sylvie Vartan, 1979 Image extraite du clip "Please stay" de Sylvie Vartan, 1979
Sylvie Vartan interprète "I don't want the night to end" dans le Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon, 3 septembre 1979, USA Sylvie Vartan participe au  Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon, 3 septembre 1979, USA
Sylvie Vartan TV, allemande Bios Banhof, 20 décembre 1979
Sylvie Vartan, tournée 1979, robe bleue ciel "Bob Mackie"
Sylvie Vartan,  robe bleue ciel "Bob Mackie", tenue d'entrée de la tournée d'été 1979 Sylvie Vartan en tournée d'été 1979, "Robe Tigre" Bob Mackie
 
Summer Tour '79
 
Sylvie Vartan en tournée d'été 1979, chapeau et justaucorps  "Tout l'bazar" Sylvie Vartan  en tournée d'été 1979, smoking blanc
Sylvie Vartan  en smoking blanc, show de la tournée d'été 1979
Sylvie Vartan, tournée d'été 1979, short et blouson pailleté Bob Mackie, 1979
Sylvie Vartan en couverture du magazine "Le nouveau Stéphanie" , 3 août 1979
Sylvie Vartan et Johnny Hallyday, duo sur "Le bon temps du Rock'n Roll" lors de la dernière de Johnny Hallyday au Pavillon de Paris, 25 novembre 1979
 
Last Concert Johnny '79
 
 Johnny Hallyday présente son fils David au public,  Pavillon de Paris, 25 novembre 1979 Sylvie Vartan  Johnny Hallyday et leur fils David, soirée after show de la dernière de Johnny Hallyday au Pavillon de Paris, 25 novembre 1979
Sylvie Vartan  Johnny Hallyday , Mort Shuman, soirée after show de la dernière de Johnny Hallyday au Pavillon de Paris, 25 novembre 1979 Sylvie Vartan  Johnny Hallyday , soirée after show de la dernière de Johnny Hallyday au Pavillon de Paris, 25 novembre 1979
Sylvie Vartan et son chien Sniff à Hambourg, décembre 1979

1979

 

 

Flashback: in 1965 , Sylvie released in the USA an album in English titled "Gift wrapped from Paris".  This record gives her the opportunity to travel there for several prestigious television shows, all whilst generating a good number of articles in the press. We are at the height of the Ye-ye wave and clearly, what holds the attention of the Americans is Sylvie's look and fashion more than her music, which takes second place. Nonetheless, the arrival of this American LP leads to the US release of  two French albums in 1967 and 1968 .…

 

At the start of 1979, Sylvie realises an artistic desire : to record a second album targeting the american market. The president of RCA Bob Summer  personally provides the budget necessary to carry the  project out.  Denny Diante, member of the RCA staff and respected musician (Ike and Tina Turner, Johnny Mathis, Paul Anka, Liza Minelli, and later Barbra Streisand …) finds himself tasked with assisting Sylvie with the choice of her tracks. To begin with, the selection is purely disco, then evolves towards more eclectic rhythms.  Denny Diante gathers  a group of studio big-wigs, all of whom are now legendary: Lee Ritenour, Paulinho Da Costa, Paul Jackson Jr., Ray Parker Junior (not credited on the album), the Waters sisters for the backing vocals directed by top notch arrangers, Gene Page and the frenchman Michel Colombier. Michel is an old acquaintance of Sylvie, the two having worked together in 1968 for the TV show "Jolie Poupée". In 1973, he had set himself up in the USA where his career as an arranger reached new heights...

 

Once the album "I don't want the night to end" is recorded the time comes for publicity. In the USA from March to May, guided by her American agent Dick Grant of "Stones Associates", Sylvie participates in numerous parties and gives several interviews to the specialised press. The 1965 album isn't mentioned and this new record is presented as "the first in English".

 

 

"Sylvie Vartan has been a European singing star for almost 16 years now, introducing rock ‘n' roll to her adopted home of France in that country‘s native tongue through early '60s cover versions of Gene Vincent's “Say Mama." Little Eva's The Locomotion" and Roy Orbison’s “Pretty Woman" Although she has sung and recorded in six different languages and her influences owe a great debt to American music. The singer is still relatively unknown here, despite the fact that her most recent show in Europe, at Le Palais des Congres in Paris, Europe's largest concert hall, was sold out for six straight weeks "

She appears on three major television shows, the "Merv Griffin Show", the "Mike Douglas Show" and "Dinah!" ("Dinah Shore Show)" the "Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon" (in september) and innovates by filming two music videos, probably the first by a French singer (aside from scopitones), effective even if they were produced with quite rudimentary means...

 

"I don't want the night to end" is released as a 7 inch and a 12 inch single the 20 April, the album a week later. The press reception is quite enthusiastic in "Cashbox" and "Billboard", more measured in "Stereo Review" and decidedly tepid in "Rolling Stones".

 

 

SYLVIE VARTAN (RCA PB-11578) I Don‘t Want The Night To End (3:58)

 

The title track from the French superstar‘s first English LP is a gutsy pop-dance number, as strings drive along a sweet conglomeration of drums and bass, leading to a swelling sax solo. Vocals are bright and effervescent. For pop, disco lists.( Cashbox )

 

 

* “I DON'T WANT THE NIGHT TO END - Sylvie Vartan - AFL 1-3015 - Producer: Denny Diante -

 

Although she is already a star in Europe. Sylvie Vartan is attempting to tap the U S. market with her first LP done in English. There is something for all tastes on this album which runs the gamut from MOR to hard rock. Her breezy vocals, without the slightest trace of an accent, are both sensuous and appealing. Vartan‘s voice really shines on the rockers as they have been her forte ever since she started performing in France in the early 1960's. ( Cashbox )

 

 

* Sylvie Vartan - I DON'T WANT THE NIGHT TO END - RCA AFL 13015 - Produced by Denny Diante.

 

Vartan is a favorite vocalist in her native France. Here she demonstrates an inviting and silky vocal style as Diante inject catchy disco flavors into the music. Overall, the material is bouncy and well suited to the singer.  A bonus is the presence of musiciens like Michel Colombier, Lee Retenour and Paulino DaCosta. Best cuts: "I don't want the night to end", "Please stay", "distant shores", "Pure love", "Keep on rockin".

( Billboard )

 

*   *   *

 

In June, Sylvie is back in France to present her record and launch her tour. Her music videos are shown on the TV shows of her friends Michel Sardou and Carlos. With the latter, she revisits her famous "2'35 de bonheur" in a jazzy version. For the rest, the French promotion for the American album remains discreet...

 

Around a cast as prestigious as it is eclectic, reuniting notably Georges Brassens, Françoise Hardy, Eddy Mitchell and even Henri Salvador,  Sylvie takes part in the the recording of the original soundtrack of the children's musical “Emilie jolie” written by Philippe Chatel. For the role  that's assigned to her, she is a “swinging ostrich” that echos her own “Dancing star” character...

 

Within France, in June,  the single "I don't want the night to end" reaches eighth place in the RTL hit parade, which still isn't enough to make it a success.

 

On the other hand the tour is a triumph. Halfway through, Sylvie makes a few changes. The medley disappears, "I don't want the night to end" loses its choreography to be replaced by a sax solo, and "Toute Ma vie" is brought back for the finale. 

 

The 25 July on RMC, she criticised the lack of professionalism of the agents. She come back to this a little later in an interview for Hit-Magazine:

 

 

"We draw up contracts, riders, we reach agreements, we sign, and nothing is respected. It's a disgrace for the audience that is paying, and quite a lot at that! (...) I complain because I have standards, I don't want my dancers to break an ankle because the stage is too short. (...) I put on a good show, it's important what I do. It's humiliating, really, that they take us for fools. If I were in the technicians' shoes I would have cancelled the show. Next year, I'll only choose suitable venues (...). They ask for Vartan, her name, what she's worth in ticket sales after her appearance, but her show, the agent doesn't know the first thing about it."

 

The 28 July, Johnny attends his wife's concert in Nice with Yves Montand. An after-show dinner reunites the three of them in Saint-Paul de Vence... 

 

At the end of August in the USA, "I don't want the night to end" makes its appearance in 78th place on the Top Billboard where it remains for two months, achieving its highest rank in October (#37) . The track also ranks in the Top 50 of "Record World" (#45).

 

It's at this point that a second phase of promotion would have been necessary but it never takes off. RCA has already lost interest in the album that "drops by the wayside".

 

For lack of publicity in the USA, Sylvie undertakes a tour of european televisions (Italy, Germany, Holland... Spain ...) before leaving for South America with an Argentinian version of "I don't want the night to end" up her sleeve. In Mexico, a special show is dedicated to her: "La Chica Maravilla". We even find her in Korea but information on this subject remains scarce...

 

When Sylvie completes promotion for her album in November, she knows it's a failure, even if RCA internally presents the producer Diante with  a Golden record  for more than 100,000 LPs sold internationally, of which two thirds were in France and Japan

 

One can wonder at the reasons for this failure. In 1979, several French artists take advantage of disco to gain international success, notably Patrick Hernandez, Patrick Juvet or even the ex Ye-ye girl Sheila whose group SB Devotion is a sensation in Europe.

 

"I don't want the night to end" was a good song with a definite disco orchestration but that didn't really fit into the typical style of the genre... It remains an album that has aged very well and is one of the jewels of Sylvie Vartan's RCA catalogue...

 

In 1979 we often still see Sylvie  alongside her husband, apart from the now traditional cover of Paris-Match (beautiful but still just as cold), . At the end of the year, Johnny is onstage at the Pavillon in Paris. For the last show, he invites his closest friends to climb onstage alongside him, including Eddy Mitchell, Mort Shuman,  Carlos, or indeed Michel Mallory. With the help of Johnny's drummer, Sylvie has prepared a surprise: at the end of the show, their son David, 13 years old, sits at the drums for "Rien que huit jours", to the great surprise of his father. Then she rejoins Johnny to perform together Le bon temps du rock’n roll . It's the first ever public appearance of the son of the most famous couple in French song. Paris-Match didn't hesitate to celebrate the event...

 

To honour her contractual obligations, Sylvie must quickly record another album in French, entitled "Déraisonnable" . Her brother Eddie is on production. Rock, notably absent during the Revaux period, makes a great comeback, featuring the traditional American covers as well as the unavoidable ballads, at the head of which is the very beautiful "Merveilleusement désenchantée".

 

Eddie Vartan deploys all his energy to convince his sister to record the adaptation of the hungarian track "Elmegyek" that becomes "Nicolas" . It's the fictional story of a child who stayed behind the Wall... Sylvie is reticent at the idea of exploiting this theme that isn't far from her "Maritza". Yet it's this track that will be pushed by RCA in the runup to the Christmas festivities. It's a sensation that assures the success of the album and becomes one of the most emblematic songs of Sylvie's repertoire...

 

•  Icône TV  20 January: TF1 - From the MIDEM in Cannes Sylvie announces the release of her american album.

•  Icône Privé-Public February: Private journey in Egypt with her mother and her son David  (Photos by Tony Frank)

 •  Icône TV  2 March: ZDF (Germany) 1977 Palais des Congrès Concert

•  Icône Privé-Public 8 April:  At Long Beach Sylvie attends the U.S. Grand Prix where  she meets french drivers Jean-Pierre Jabouille and Jacques Laffite .

•    Icône disque May: SP  "I don't want the night to end" RCA PB 1578

•    Icône disque  31 May: LP "I don't want the night to end"

RCA PL 13015

•  Icône TV 1 June:  Merv Griffin Show (USA) "I don't want the night to end" and "Please stay"

•  Icône TV   3 June: TF1 - Les rendez-vous du dimanche :  "I don't want the night to end" and "Please stay" (Video clips)

•  Icône TV   10 June: Sports Première - Sylvie, Johnny and their son  David  at Roland Garros

•  Icône TV  26 June: Mike Douglas Show (USA)

•  Icône TV   30 June: Numéro Un Carlos : "2'35 de bonheur" (Jazzy new version), "Le petit pâtissier" (Rebroadcasting), "I don't want the night to end" video clip.

•  Icône TV   11 July: RTL Luxembourg - Hit parade

•     From 1 July  to 13 August: Summer tour (30 concerts in France, Switzerland and Monaco)

•  Icône TV  3 July: Dinah Show  "I don't want the night to end" and "Please stay" (USA)

•  Icône TV  3 September: Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon: "I don't want the night to end" (USA)

•    Icône disque  October:  SP "Easy love"  RCA PB 8454

•  Icône TV  October: Musik Landen (Germany) : "I don't want the night to end"

•  Icône TV October: Che combinazione "I don't want the night to end" (Italy)

•  Icône TV October: Fantastico "I don't want the night to end"(Italy)

•  Icône TV  28 October: (Mexico) La chica maravilla

•  Icône TV   13 October: BRTV (Holland) Hasselt  : "I don't want the night to end", "Distant shores", "Easy love"

•  Icône TV   4 November: TF1 - Les rendez-vous du dimanche : "Easy love", "Please Stay"

•  Icône TV 12 November: Mike Douglas Show from Monte Carlo (USA)

•  Icône TV 25 November (Mexico) Canal 13: Sylvie Vartan

•  Icône Privé-Public 13 November: society evening at  the Alcazar in Paris  with Johnny Hallyday, Catherine Deneuve, Jacques Chazot

•   Icône Privé-Public   25 November: Last  Johnny Hallyday show at the Pavillon de Paris , duet  "Le bon temps du Rock'n Roll", first public appearance of David

 • Icône TV 7 December:  The special "Best 1979 soirée" organized in Rome brings together the 20 most elegant personnalities of the year, among them Sylvie Vartan.

 

•   Icône disque  December: LP "Déraisonnable"  RCA PB 37363

•   Icône disque  December: SP "Nicolas"  RCA PB 8492

•  Icône TV   9 December - Les rendez-vous du dimanche: "Seule sur mon île", "Pauvre Sylvie"

•  Icône TV 20 December - Bios Banhof (Germany): "I don't want the night to end" "Don't you worry"

•  Icône TV   29 December - Numéro Un en fête: "Nicolas", "Pauvre Sylvie", "Merveilleusement désenchantée"
•  Icône TV  31 December:  Nuit blanche au Palace "Please stay"       

 

Sylvie Vartan et David Hallyday, voyage en Egypte 1979
Sylvie Vartan devant le Sphinx, voyage en Egypte 1979 Sylvie Vartan et sa mère Ilona, voyage privé en Egypte, 1979
Sylvie Vartan photographiée par Tony Frank, voyage en Egypte 1979
Sylvie Vartan pose devant le Sphinx, Egypte 1979 Sylvie Vartan en Egypte 1979
Sylvie Vartan à dos de chameau, Egypte 1979
Sylvie Vartan et Johnny Hallyday  en couverture de "Paris Match" du 18 mai 1979
Sylvie Vartan en smoking Christian Dior photographiée par Harry Langdon, Los Angeles 1979
Sylvie Vartan photo Harry Langdon, Los Angeles 1979
Portrait de Sylvie Vartan par Harry Langdon 1979
Sylvie Vartan à Los Angeles, 1979
Sophia Loren et Sylvie Vartan fêtent l'anniversaire de Johnny Hallyday au Marcande, 15 juin 1979
Coluche embrasse Sylvie Vartan lors de la soirée d'anniversaire de Johnny Hallyday au Marcande, 15 juin 1979 Serge Lama, Johnny Hallyday et Sylvie Vartan lors de l'anniversaire de Johnny Hallyday  15 juin 1979
Sylvie Vartan Johnny Hallyday et leur fils David dans les tribunes VIP de Roland Garros, 10 juin 1979
Sylvie Vartan et Carlos chantent "2'35 de bonheur", "Numéro Un Carlos" 30 juin 1979 Sylvie Vartan dans l'émission  "Numéro Un Carlos"  du 30 juin 1979
Sylvie Vartan en couverture de "Paris Match" du 6 juillet 1979
Sylvie Vartan et les enfants de Manhattan photographiés par Jean-Pierre Laffont, 1979 Sylvie Vartan photographiée par Jean-Pierre Laffont sur le pont de Brooklyn , 1979
Sylvie Vartan filmant son chien Sniff, Marseille, juillet 1979
 
Emilie Jolie
 
Album de la bande originale d "'Emilie Jolie", 1979, RCA PL 37338
Sylvie Vartan et Philippe Chatel, 1979 Photo de groupe d'une partie des artistes ayant participé à l'enregistrement de la BO d'"Emilie jolie", 1979
Photo de groupe d'une partie des artistes ayant participé à l'enregistrement de la BO d'"Emilie jolie", 1979
Sylvie Vartan, Jacques Chazot et Catherine Deneuve lors d'une soirée à l'Alcazar, Paris, 13 novembre 1979
Sylvie Vartan et Catherine Deneuve lors du soirée à l'Alcazar, Paris, 13 novembre 1979 Sylvie Vartan et Pierre Cardin, Rome, soirée "Best 1979"
Sylvie Vartan habillée par Marc Bohan pour Christian Dior, Rome, soirée "Best 1979", 7 dédembre 1979
Sylvie Vartan  à Hambourg, décembre 1979
Sylvie Vartan photographiée par Bernard Leloup (Session pochette "Déraisonnable") Sylvie Vartan LP  "Déraisonnable", RCA PB 8492, 1979
 
Nicolas
 

 

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