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Monday, 11 October 2010

France Gall (Hommage à Daniel Balavoine) - Evidemment

(Please see UPDATE at end)

I came across this song from France Gall on YouTube this morning; I haven't heard it for years, but it still has a haunting quality for me. It was sung as a tribute to Daniel Balavoine, tragically killed in a helicopter crash during the Paris-Dakar rally of 1986 - he was one of my favourite singers (and very good-looking), although was also very politically active and is famous for a televised confrontation in 1980 with the soon-to-be French President, François Mitterand:

Daniel Balavoine

(there's another nice tribute to Daniel Balavoine from another of my favourite French singers, Jean-Jacques Goldman, here.)

UPDATE (Friday 14JAN2011 17.55 GMT) I've written a memorial article today, on the 25th anniversary of the death of Daniel Balavoine, and you can read it here.

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