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    Finally, with my computer gremlins sorted out in this post-Covid world, I can get back to the murky world of the French charts of the sixties...

    The success of the French teenage magazine Salut Les Copains - which by mid-1963 would be shifting up to a million copies every month - has enshrined the chart published in that magazine (I have already poste the charts from that magazine between 1962 and 1964 and you can find them on this forum) in the memories of a generation of French pop fans. It was however not the only chart published at that time. While Salut Les Copains had dealt a body blow to the earlier Disco Revue (the charts from that magazine (1961-64) are also on this forum) from which it would never fully recover, it also inspired other publishers to enter the market.


    Among the many titles competing with Salut Les Copains for the teenage franc was the rather unsubtly-titled Bonjour Les Amis. A less glossy affair (with fewer advertisements), the magazine appeared fortnightly (rather than monthly) and swiftly established its own niche, albeit in the shadows of its dominant predecessor. Just as Salut Les Copains was affiliated (through the show of the same name) with radio station Europe No. 1, so the new title would be affiliated with rival station, Radio Andorre, giving the title a distinct south-western spin (provincial artists would generally have far more coverage in Bonjour Les Amis than they would enjoy in the pages of its Parisian rival). Launched as 1962 gave way to 1963, the new magazine did not, at first, carry a chart, but that would change with issue 9, published in 15 June 1963.

    The magazine's chart - a top forty - was not a sales chart. As with the chart in Salut Les Copains (and "Le goût des lecteurs" in Disco Revue), it was compiled by votes from the magazine's readers. There were however some differences, at least initially. The first chart published was a list of popular records, as opposed to songs; only one song (presumably the most popular) from any E.P. was listed, whereas in the Salut Les Copains chart, songs from one E.P. could (and sometimes did) occupy up to four different places in the chart. This first chart also contained an L.P. that was listed as such, rather than the most popular track being listed.

    There was no note in the magazine indicating the period covered by the chart. It might be reasonable to assume that it was assembled shortly before publication, but evidence of later editions where additional "catch up" charts appeared, together with a comparison of the titles featured with those titles found in charts in other magazines suggest that it was pulled together from earlier information. An educated guess suggests that it covers a period ending no later than 30 April 1963, but this could still be out by a couple of weeks. For this reason, I will list both publication dates and an estimate of the dates covered with each of the 1963 charts.

    Issue 9
    Published: 15 June 1963
    Chart appears to cover the fortnight ending no later than 30 April 1963.

    1. "L'école est finie" - Sheila
    2. "Donne-moi ma chance" ("Too Late To Worry") - Richard Anthony
    3. "Dis-lui" ("Tell Him") - Claude François
    4. "L'amour s'en va" - Françoise Hardy
    5. "Elle est terrible" ("Somethin' Else") - Johnny Hallyday
    6. "Stand By Me" - Ben E. King
    7. "C'est joli la mer" ("Min ton rotas ton ourano") - Brenda Lee
    8. "Bachelor Boy" - Cliff Richard and the Shadows
    9. "Oui je t'aime" - Eddy Mitchell
    10. "Crazy Beat" - Gene Vincent

    11. "Lovesick Blues" - Frank Ifield
    12. "Il revient" ("Say Mama") - Sylvie Vartan
    13. "Johnny Guitar" - The Spotnicks
    14. "Sing Hallelujah" - Lonnie Donegan
    15. "(Dance With The) Guitar Man" - The Orlons
    16. "Remember Then" - The Earls
    17. "Rhythm Of The Rain" - The Cascades
    18. "Long Tall Sally" - Eddie Cochran
    19. "Belles! Belles! Belles!" ("(Girls, Girls, Girls) Made To Love") - Claude François
    20. "Be bop a lula '63" - Eddy Mitchell

    21. "The Loco-Motion" - Little Eva
    22. "Nobody But You" - The Lafayettes
    23. "Teenage Idol" - Rick Nelson
    24. "Dix petits Indiens" ("Ten Little Indians") - Lucky Blondo et ses Lucky Stars
    25. "La bagarre" ("Trouble") - Johnny Hallyday
    26. "Dernier baisers" ("Sealed With A Kiss") - Les Chats Sauvages
    27. "Heart In Hand" - Brenda Lee
    28. "Jacky la Guitare" ("(Dance With The) Guitar Man") - Jacky Moulière
    29. "Ton meilleur amie" - Françoise Hardy
    30. "Loop De Loop" - Johnny Thunder

    31. Sylvie (L.P.) - Sylvie Vartan
    32. "Little Queenie" - Bobby Vee and the Crickets
    33. "Good Luck Charm" - Elvis Presley
    34. "Orange Blossom Special" - The Spotnicks
    35. "Twenty Miles" - Chubby Checker
    36. "Mustang" - The Shadows
    37. "Mais reviens-moi" ("The Night I Cried") - Eddy Mitchell
    38. "Filles" ("Things") - Lucky Blondo et les Lucky Stars
    39. "School Days" ("School Day (Ring! Ring! Goes The Bell)") - Bobby Vee
    40. "Tell Him" - Alma Cogan

    Notes:
    Sheila's "L'école est finie" (at # 1) was later given an English lyric and by Billie Davis recorded as "School Is Over". This flopped in the U.K. but made the top twenty in Denmark.

    Richard Anthony's "Donne-moi ma chance" (at # 2) was a cover of Babs Tino's "Too Late To Worry". It was also on the market in a French version by Sophia Loren which charted in Salut Les Copains but not in Bonjour Les Amis. Anthony also recorded it in English for the U.K. market but it failed to chart.

    Claude François' "Dis-lui" (at # 3) was a cover of The Exciters' "Tell Him". The French version was also recorded by Dany Logan, whose version charted in Salut Les Copains but not in Bonjour Les Amis. There were a number of other English language versions, including the U.K. hit version by Billie Davis, which does not seem to have been released in France, and another U.K. version by Alma Cogan, which was released there (at # 40). "Belles! Belles! Belles!" (at # 19) was a cover of The Everly Brothers' "(Girls, Girls, Girls) Made to Love", although François may have picked up on it via the US hit version by Eddie Hodges.

    Françoise Hardy's "L'amour s'en va" (at # 4) was her entry (for Monaco) in the 1963 Eurovision Song Contest. She didn't win. Hardy also recorded "Ton meilleur amie" (at # 29) in English as "Only Friends"; it flopped in the U.K. but charted in a number of other countries around the world.

    Johnny Hallyday's "Elle est terrible" (at # 5) was a cover of Eddie Cochran's "Somethin' Else". It had first charted in Salut Les Copains in a live version from the L.P. Johnny à l'Olympia; the version listed here is however the studio version from the 1963 E.P. However "La bagarre" (at # 25), a cover of Elvis Presley's "Trouble" was featured on an E.P. drawn from the live album.

    Ben E. King's "Stand By Me" (at # 6) was listed in the chart with the subtitle "Preghero"; this refers to the Italian version by Adriano Celentano, which was a big hit in France, although it did not make this chart. There was also a French version by Dalida, "Tu croiras", but that also failed to chart in Bonjour Les Amis.

    Brenda Lee's "C'est joli la mer" (at # 7) was a French language version of her 1962 U.S. hit, "As Usual", which was itself a cover of Manos Hadjidakis' "Min ton rotas ton ourano".

    Cliff Richard's "Bachelor Boy" (at # 8) was from the film Summer Holiday.

    Gene Vincent's "Crazy Beat" (at # 10) was not available on an E.P. It was featured on a jukebox 45 release and as the opening track of the album The Crazy Beat Of Gene Vincent. The catalogue number for the latter was the one listed in the chart.

    The original version of Frank Ifield's "Lovesick Blues" (at # 11) was by Hank Wiiliams. The French version was "Je ne pense qu'à l'amour", issued by both Eddy Mitchell and Georgie Dann, but neither version charted in Bonjour Les Amis.

    Sylvie Vartan's "Il revient" (at # 12) was a cover of Gene Vincent's "Say Mama". The Sylvie L.P. (at # 31) was her debut album, issued late in 1962 and featuring, among other things, "Le locomotion", her late 1962 hit cover of Little Eva's "The Loco-Motion" (at # 21).

    The original version of The Orlons' "(Dance With The) Guitar Man" (at # 15) was by Duane Eddy. Eddy's version was also popular in France, although it didn't chart in Bonjour Les Amis. The French version, also lifted from Eddy's original, was "Jacky la Guitare", by Jacky Moulière (at # 28). An alternate French version, "L'homme à la guitare" by Olivier Despax, failed to chart in Bonjour Les Amis.

    The original version of Eddie Cochran's "Long Tall Sally" (at # 18) was by Little Richard. The French version, "Oncle John", had been released in 1961 by Rocky Volcano (as "L'oncle John") and by Les Vautours, and in 1962 by El Toro et les Cyclones (featuring future French superstar Jacques Dutronc on guitar).

    Eddy Mitchell's "Be bop a lula '63" (at # 20) was a cover of Gene Vincent's "Be Bop A Lula", using a different arrangement from that used on Vincent's own second stab at the song, "Be Bop A Lula '62". "Mais reviens-moi" (at # 37) was a cover of Brian Hyland's "The Night I Cried".

    The French version of Rick Nelson's "Teenage Idol" (at # 23) was Johnny Hallyday's " L'idole des jeunes", a big hit in the months prior to the launch of this chart.

    Lucky Blondo's "Dix petits Indiens" (at # 24) was a cover of The Beach Boys' "Ten Little Indians", which was itself based on the nursery rhyme of that name. "Filles" (at # 38) was a cover of Bobby Darin's "Things". Confusingly, both songs were actually available on the same E.P., thus appearing to break the chart rules. However, the first pressing of the E.P. featured a version of Little Richard's arrangement of the twenties classic "Baby Face", which was replaced by "Dix petits Indiens" on the second pressing. The two versions carried different catalogue numbers, so while "Filles" was common to both releases, the catalogue numbers in the chart indicated that these were separate E.P.s, with the entry for "Filles" referring to the first pressing.

    The original version of Les Chats Sauvages' "Derniers baisers" (at # 26) was "Sealed With A Kiss" by The Four Voices, although it was Brian Hyland's 1962 cover which inspired the French version. There were three other French versions, by Les Teenagers, by Nancy Holloway and by Orlando, but they were not listed in this chart.

    The original version of Bobby Vee's "Little Queenie" (at # 32) was by Chuck Berry. The original version of "School Days" (at # 39) was also by Chuck Berry, whose version was titled "School Day (Ring! Ring! Goes The Bell)".

    Elvis Presley's "Good Luck Charm" (at # 33) was a massive hit during 1962. There were at least four French versions released that year as "Le coup du charme", by Les Vautours, Annick Bouquet, Maguy Marshall and Les Champions, although none made the chart in Bonjour Les Amis.

    The French version of Chubby Checker's "Twenty Miles" (at # 35) was "Loin de toi" by Claude et ses Tribuns, but that version did not chart.

    Coming up: Issue 10
    Cato

  • #2
    A great big "Thank You" for this first post !
    I particularly appreciate your introduction, which is very detailed and accurate.
    Concerning Brenda Lee's "C'est joli la mer", I don't think it was sung in French.
    This was the title featured on the EP cover, but she sang "All Alone Am I" in English.
    The magazine probably used the French translation by mistake.
    Indeed, she sang one single in French: "La Première" (Fool No.1) / "Pourquoi Jamais Moi" in 1961.
    But for "As Usual" (Comme d'habitude), it was released only a little later, in November 1963.
    Hope this is helpful. Pleased to read you and follow you soon.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by Paul Nareff View Post
      Concerning Brenda Lee's "C'est joli la mer", I don't think it was sung in French.
      This was the title featured on the EP cover, but she sang "All Alone Am I" in English.
      The magazine probably used the French translation by mistake..
      I think you might be right about that. I will amend my notes. Many thanks
      Cato

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      • #4
        Issue 10

        Published: 1 July 1963

        Chart appears to cover the fortnight ending no later than 15 May 1963. Previous positions in parentheses. There are fourteen new entries and one adjusted entry (# 1).

        1. (3. / NEW) "Dis-lui" ("Tell Him") / "Moi je voudrais bien me marier" ("Bachelor Boy") - Claude François
        2. (1.) "L'école est finie" - Sheila
        3. (NEW) "Les bras en croix" - Johnny Hallyday
        4. (NEW) "En écoutant la pluie" ("Rhythm Of The Rain") - Richard Anthony
        5. (4.) "L'amour s'en va" - Françoise Hardy
        6. (9.) "Oui je t'aime" - Eddy Mitchell
        7. (8.) "Bachelor Boy" - Cliff Richard and the Shadows
        8. (5.) "Elle est terrible" ("Somethin' Else") - Johnny Hallyday
        9. (10.) "Crazy Beat" - Gene Vincent
        10. (NEW) "Tous les gens" - Sylvie Vartan

        11. (24.) "Dix petits Indiens" ("Ten Little Indians") - Lucky Blondo et les Lucky Stars
        12. (NEW) "Loop de loop" - Les Fantômes
        13. (2.) "Donne-moi ma chance" ("Too Late To Worry") - Richard Anthony
        14. (7.) "As Usual" ("Min ton rotas ton ourano") - Brenda Lee
        15. (20.) "Be bop a lula '63" - Eddy Mitchell
        16. (NEW) "Tais-toi petite folle" ("Foolish Little Girl") - Tiny Yong
        17. (19.) "Belles! Belles! Belles!" ("(Girls, Girls, Girls) Made To Love") - Claude François
        18. (NEW) "À deux pas d'un ange" ("Next Door To An Angel") - Jacky Moulière
        19. (11.) "Lovesick Blues" - Frank Ifield
        20. (12.) "Il revient" ("Say Mama") - Sylvie Vartan

        21. (NEW) "Il revient" ("Say Mama") - Les Chaussettes Noires
        22. (25.) "La bagarre" ("Trouble") - Johnny Hallyday
        23. (NEW) "L'effet que tu me fais" ("How Do You Do It") - Dick Rivers avec les Krewkats
        24. (18. )"Long Tall Sally" - Eddie Cochran
        25. (17.) "Rhythm Of The Rain" - The Cascades
        26. (14.) "Sing Hallelujah" - Lonnie Donegan
        27. (13.) "Johnny Guitar" - The Spotnicks
        28. (NEW) "Il faut choisir" ("It's Up To You") - Bob Asklöf
        29. (37.) "Mais reviens-moi" ("The Night I Cried") - Eddy Mitchell
        30. (NEW) "(The Night Time Is) The Right Time" - Ray Charles

        31. (NEW) "Hum Diddy Doo" - Fats Domino
        32. (29.) "Ton meilleur amie" - Françoise Hardy
        33. (15.) "(Dance With The) Guitar Man" - The Orlons
        34. (38.) "Filles" ("Things") - Lucky Blondo et les Lucky Stars
        35. (40.) "Tell Him" - Alma Cogan
        36. (33.) "Good Luck Charm" - Elvis Presley
        37. (NEW) "Let's Turkey Trot" - Little Eva
        38. (NEW) "Summer Holiday" - Cliff Richard and the Shadows
        39. (NEW) "Tell Him" - The Exciters
        40. (23.) "Teenage Idol" - Rick Nelson

        Notes:

        Making it clear that this was a record, rather than a song chart, Claude François' cover of Cliff Richard's "Bachelor Boy" ("Moi je voudrais bien me marier") was now listed alongside "Dis-lui" at # 1; both songs were on the same E.P. and were now presumably equally popular.

        Richard Anthony's "En écoutant la pluie" (new at # 4) was a cover of The Cascades "Rhythm Of The Rain" (down to # 25). It was also on the market (or shortly would be) in versions by Matt Collins, Claude Goaty and Maya Casabianca, although none of these would chart in Bonjour Les Amis.

        Les Fantômes "Loop de loop" (new at # 12) was a largely instrumental version of the Johnny Thunder song of the same name, which had just left the chart (# 30 a fortnight earlier). The U.K. hit version was by Frankie Vaughan.

        As noted above by Paul, Brenda Lee's "As USual" was incorrectly listed in the chart as "C'est joli la mer". This was the French title, as recorded by Jacqueline Boyer, Nana Mouskouri and Jean-Paul Mauric, and in instrumental form by Léo Petit, but none of these charted in Bonjour Les Amis.


        Tiny Yong's "Tais-toi petite folle" (new at # 16) was a cover of The Shirelles' "Foolish Little Girl".

        Jacky Moulière's "À deux pas d'un ange" (new at # 18) was a cover of Neil Sedaka's "Next Door To An Angel".

        Les Chaussettes Noires' "Il revient" (new at # 21) was, like Sylvie Vartan's version (down to # 20), a cover of Gene Vincent's "Say Mama".

        Dick Rivers' "L'effet que tu me fais" (new at # 23) was a cover of Gerry and the Pacemakers' "How Do You Do It". The song would also be released a few weeks later by Claude François with a different lyric and title, "Comment fais-tu?", but that version would not chart in Bonjour Les Amis.

        Bob Asklöf's "Il faut choisir" (new at # 28) was a cover of Rick Nelson's "It's Up To You". The French version was also recorded by Sylvie Vartan later in the year; there were also versions on the market by Matt Collins, Agnès Fontaine, Jean Claudric and Les Jumelles, although none made the charts in Bonjour Les Amis.

        There was no French version of Little Eva's "Let's Turkey Trot" (new at # 37); there was however an instrumental version, "Le pas du dindon", by Les Champions, although that version did not chart in Bonjour Les Amis. The latter did however carry a credit for French lyricist, Georges Aber, indicating that French lyrics nevertheless existed. They would eventually be used for a recording by Italian singer Rita Pavone for a French E.P., under the alternate title, "Le turkey trot".

        Cliff Richard's "Summer Holiday" (new at # 38) quickly acquired a French lyric under the title "Quand revient l'été". The French version was recorded by Dalida and by Jacques Revaux but neither version charted in Bonjour Les Amis.

        This issue also featured a second chart, this time compiled by Radio Andorre's popular Spécial Blue Jeans programme. A sort of south-western rival to Europe No. 1's Salut Les Copains, this show captured a sizeable audience in southern France (and could also be heard in parts of Spain). The magazine featured a two-page spread devoted to the show in every issue, beginning with issue no. 4, but this was the first issue to carry the show's chart. It is not known whether earlier charts existed for broadcast purposes - Radio Andorre certainly had its own chart, although I only have a couple of these - but this was the first one from Spécial Blue Jeans published in the pages of Bonjour Les Amis. The chart reflected the most requested songs, with rival versions of a song being linked together in shared positions, and was a top fourteen. There was no indication of the period covered by the chart, but other evidence suggests it was for the period ending 31 May 1963.

        1. "Les bras en croix" - Johnny Hallyday
        2. "L'école est finie" - Sheila
        3. "Tes tendres années" ("Tender Years") - Johnny Hallyday
        4. "Dis-lui" ("Tell Him") - Claude François
        5. "L'amour d'un garçon" - Françoise Hardy
        =6. "En écoutant la pluie" ("Rhythm Of The Rain") - Sylvie Vartan
        =6. "Rhythm Of The Rain" - The Cascades
        =7. "Donne-moi ma chance" ("Too Late To Worry") - Richard Anthony
        =7. "Donne-moi ma chance" ("Too Late To Worry") - Gloria Lasso
        =7. "Donne-moi ma chance" ("Too Late To Worry") - Micky Amline
        8. "Elle est terrible" ("Something Else") - Johnny Hallyday
        9. "J'entends siffler le train" ("500 Miles") - Richard Anthony
        10. "Loop de loop" - Les Fantômes

        11. "Vénus en blue jeans" ("Venus In Blue Jeans") - Claude François
        12. "Le ranch de mes rêves" ("Hotel Happiness") - Sheila
        =13. "Derniers baisers" ("Sealed With A Kiss") - Orlando
        =13. "Derniers baisers" ("Sealed With A Kiss") - Les Chats Sauvages
        =14. "Tous les garçons et les filles" - Françoise Hardy
        =14. "Tous les garçons et les filles" - Buck Clayton

        Notes:

        This was clearly a song chart, rather than a record chart, as evidenced by the multiple versions of songs sharing a chart place (# 6, # 7, # 13 and # 14). It is also notable that some of the versions on the magazine's main chart do not feature here.

        Sylvie Vartan's version of "En écoutant la pluie" (at # 6) shares chart honours with the original version by The Cascades ("Rhythm Of The Rain"). Richard Anthony's version (# 4 in the magazine's own chart) is conspicuous by its absence.

        Anthony's "Donne-moi ma chance" (at # 7) shares chart honours with a version by music hall star Gloria Lasso, while a rival version by south coast singer Micky Amline is also listed, although Sophia Loren's version - popular on Salut Les Copains - is not.

        Orlando's version of "Derniers baisers" (at # 13), although ignored at Salut Les Copains, joins the better known version by Les Chats Sauvages in this chart. Orlando was Dalida's brother.

        Françoise Hardy's breakthrough hit "Tous les garçons et les filles" (at # 14) shares a chart place with an instrumental version by Buck Clayton.

        Coming up: Issue 11
        Cato

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        • #5
          Issue 11
          Published: 15 July 1963
          Chart appears to cover the fortnight ending no later than 31 May 1963. Previous positions in parentheses. There are seven new entries and one adjusted entry (# 2).

          1. (2.) "L'école est finie" - Sheila
          2. (1.) "Moi je voudrais bien me marier" ("Bachelor Boy") - Claude François
          3. (3.) "Les bras en croix" - Johnny Hallyday
          4. (5.) "L'amour s'en va" - Françoise Hardy
          5. (4.) "En écoutant la pluie" ("Rhythm Of The Rain") - Richard Anthony
          6. (10.) "Tous les gens" - Sylvie Vartan
          7. (7.) "Bachelor Boy" - Cliff Richard and the Shadows
          8. (12.) "Loop de loop" - Les Fantômes
          9. (15.) "Be bop a lula '63" - Eddy Mitchell
          10. (9.) "Crazy Beat" - Gene Vincent

          11. (21.) "Il revient" ("Say Mama") - Les Chaussettes Noires
          12. (8.) "Elle est terrible" ("Somethin' Else") - Johnny Hallyday
          13. (13.) "Donne-moi ma chance" ("Too Late To Worry") - Richard Anthony
          14. (6.) "Oui je t'aime" - Eddy Mitchell
          15. (16.) "Tais-toi petite folle" ("Foolish Little Girl") - Tiny Yong
          16. (11.) "Dix petits Indiens" ("Ten Little Indians") - Lucky Blondo et les Lucky Stars
          17. (20.) "Il revient" ("Say Mama") - Sylvie Vartan
          18. (17.) "Belles! Belles! Belles!" ("(Girls, Girls, Girls) Made To Love") - Claude François
          19. (14.) "C'est joli la mer" ("Min ton rotas ton ourano") - Brenda Lee
          20. (35.) "Tell Him" - Alma Cogan

          21. (NEW) "Tu te reconnaîtras" - Leny Escudero
          22. (36.) "Good Luck Charm" - Elvis Presley
          23. (NEW) "Le temps de l'amour" ("Fort Chabrol") - Françoise Hardy
          24. (19.) "Lovesick Blues" - Frank Ifield
          25. (30.) "(The Night Time Is) The Right Time" - Ray Charles
          26. (40.) "Teenage Idol" - Rick Nelson
          27. (22.) "La bagarre" ("Trouble") - Johnny Hallyday
          28. (23.) "L'effet que tu me fais" ("How Do You Do It") - Dick Rivers
          29. (37.) "Let's Turkey Trot" - Little Eva
          30. (27.) "Johnny Guitar" - The Spotnicks

          31. (31.) "Hum Diddy Doo" - Fats Domino
          32. (29.) "Mais reviens-moi" ("The Night I Cried") - Eddy Mitchell
          33. (38.) "Summer Holiday" - Cliff Richard and the Shadows
          34. (NEW) "Le twist du bac" - Claudine Coppin
          35. (NEW) "Wishin' And Hopin'" - Dionne Warwick
          36. (34.) "Filles" ("Things") - Lucky Blondo et les Lucky Stars
          37. (24. )"Long Tall Sally" - Eddie Cochran
          38. (NEW) "Loop de loop" - Frank Alamo
          39. (NEW) "T'as qu'seize ans" ("You're Sixteen") - Johnny Hallyday
          40. (NEW) "Les copains" - Léo Carrier

          Notes:

          As radio play switched from one song to the other, Claude François' "Dis-lui" was dropped from the chart, leaving "Moi je voudrais bien me marier" to hold down the # 2 spot alone. For some reason, the “15 days ago” column listed this as having been at #2, with Sheila at #1, even though the previous issue had cleearly listed them the other way around…

          Françoise Hardy's "Le temps de l'amour" (new at # 23) was a vocal version of Les Fantômes' instrumental, "Fort Chabrol". The vocal version was first recorded by José Salcy et ses Jam's but that version did not chart.

          Claudine Coppin's "Le twist du bac" (new at # 34) was co-written by Guy Mardel. Mardel would go on to represent France in the 1965 Eurovision Song Contest with "N'avoue jamais". He didn't win.

          Dionne Warwick's "Wishin' And Hopin'" (new at # 35) would be covered in the U.K. in 1964 by both Dusty Springfield and The Merseybeats, and in France, as "Tente ta chance", by Sophie and by Frank Alamo.

          Frank Alamo's "Loop de loop" (new at # 38) was a cover of Johnny Thunder's song of the same name; Alamo's version was sung in French. The French version was also recorded by Dalida, but her version did not chart in Bonjour Les Amis. Meanwhile the instrumental version by Les Fantômes moved into the top ten (# 8).

          Johnny Hallyday's "T'as qu'seize ans" (new at # 39) was a cover of Johnny Burnette's "You're Sixteen". Hallyday's version was not available on E.P. but was featured on his latest L.P., Les bras en croix, the title track of which was also released on an E.P. (holding at # 3). "T'as qu'seize ans" was also on the market in version by Dany Fischer, under the modified title "T'as seize ans", but his version did not chart.

          This issue again featured the second chart compiled by Radio Andorre's popular Spécial Blue Jeans programme. The chart reflected the most requested songs, with rival versions of a song being linked together in shared positions, and in this issue shrunk to a top eleven. There was no indication of the period covered by the chart, but other evidence suggests it was for the period ending 30 June 1963. With a tie at #10 and a three-way tie at #8, there are actually fourteen recordings in the list, eight of them new entries.

          1. (NEW) "T’as que seize ans” (“You’re Sixteen") - Johnny Hallyday
          2. (2.) “L’école est finie” - Sheila
          3. (4.) “Dis-lui” (“Tell Him”) – Claude François
          4. (NEW) “L’amour s’en va” – Françoise Hardy
          5. (1.) “Les bras en croix” – Johnny Hallyday
          6. (3.) “Tes tendres années” (“Tender Years”) – Johnny Hallyday
          7. (NEW) “Moi je voudrais bien me marier” (“Bachelor Boy”) – Claude François
          =8. (6.) “Rhythm Of the Rain” – The Cascades
          =8. (NEW) “En écoutant la pluie” (“Rhythm Of the Rain”) – Richard Anthony
          =8. (6.) “En écoutant la pluie” (“Rhythm Of the Rain”) – Sylvie Vartan
          9. (NEW) “Que ton coeur me soit fidèle” (“Second Fiddle Girl”) – Petula Clark
          =10. (NEW) “Donne tes seize ans” – Dany Logan
          =10. (NEW) “Donne tes seize ans” – Charles Aznavour

          11. (NEW) “Tais-toi petit folle” (“Foolish Litle Girl”) – Tiny Yong

          Notes:

          Richard Anthony’s version of “En écoutant la pluie” (“Rhythm Of the Rain”) now joins the other two versions in this chart at #8.

          Petula Clark’s “Que ton coeur me soit fidèle” (new at #9) was a cover of Barbara Lynn’s “Second Fiddle Girl”.

          Coming up: Issue 12

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          • #6
            Issue 12
            Published: 1 August 1963
            Chart appears to cover the fortnight ending no later than 15 June 1963. Previous positions in parentheses. There are seven new entries.

            1. (1.) "L'école est finie" - Sheila
            2. (5.) "En écoutant la pluie" ("Rhythm Of The Rain") - Richard Anthony
            3. (2.) "Moi je voudrais bien me marier" ("Bachelor Boy") - Claude François
            4. (3.) "Les bras en croix" - Johnny Hallyday
            5. (4.) "L'amour s'en va" - Françoise Hardy
            6. (6.) "Tous les gens" - Sylvie Vartan
            7. (8.) "Loop de loop" - Les Fantômes
            8. (NEW) "En écoutant la pluie" ("Rhythm Of The Rain") - Sylvie Vartan
            9. (9.) "Be bop a lula '63" - Eddy Mitchell
            10. (12.) "Elle est terrible" ("Somethin' Else") - Johnny Hallyday

            11. (15.) "Tais-toi petite folle" ("Foolish Little Girl") - Tiny Yong
            12. (39.) "T'as qu'seize ans" ("You're Sixteen") - Johnny Hallyday
            13. (7.) "Bachelor Boy" - Cliff Richard and the Shadows
            14. (11.) "Il revient" ("Say Mama") - Les Chaussettes Noires
            15. (23.) "Le temps de l'amour" ("Fort Chabrol") - Françoise Hardy
            16. (NEW) "Demain j'ai 17 ans" - Alice Dona
            17. (10.) "Crazy Beat" - Gene Vincent
            18. (13.) "Donne-moi ma chance" ("Too Late To Worry") - Richard Anthony
            19. (NEW) "Ruby, Baby" - Dion
            20. (14.) "Oui je t'aime" - Eddy Mitchell

            21. (29.) "Let's Turkey Trot" - Little Eva
            22. (16.) "Dix petits Indiens" ("Ten Little Indians") - Lucky Blondo et les Lucky Stars
            23. (NEW) "Return To Sender" - Elvis Presley
            24. (17.) "Il revient" ("Say Mama") - Sylvie Vartan
            25. (21.) "Tu te reconnaîtras" - Leny Escudero
            26. (NEW) "Pow wow" - Les Chaussettes Noires
            27. (38.) "Loop de loop" - Frank Alamo
            28. (18.) "Belles! Belles! Belles!" ("(Girls, Girls, Girls) Made To Love") - Claude François
            29. (19.) "C'est joli la mer" ("Min ton rotas ton ourano") - Brenda Lee
            30. (NEW) "Out Of This World" - Les Players

            31. (25.) "(The Night Time Is) The Right Time" - Ray Charles
            32. (32.) "Mais reviens-moi" ("The Night I Cried") - Eddy Mitchell
            33. (36.) "Filles" ("Things") - Lucky Blondo et les Lucky Stars
            34. (NEW) "À malypense" - Leny Escudero
            35. (35.) "Wishin' And Hopin'" - Dionne Warwick
            36. (34.) "Le twist du bac" - Claudine Coppin
            37. (27.) "La bagarre" ("Trouble") - Johnny Hallyday
            38. (26.) "Teenage Idol" - Rick Nelson
            39. (33.) "Summer Holiday" - Cliff Richard and the Shadows
            40. (31.) "Hum Diddy Doo" - Fats Domino

            Notes:

            Sylvie Vartan's "En écoutant la pluie" (new at # 8) was, like Richard Anthony's version (up to # 2), a cover of The Cascades' "Rhythm Of The Rain".

            The original version of Dion's "Ruby Baby" (new at # 19) was by The Drifters. The French version by Richard Anthony carried the same title and was on the same E.P. as his version of "En écoutant la pluie".

            Elvis Presley's "Return To Sender" (new at # 23) had been available on a single for some months and was now also available on an E.P. but it is unclear why it was this song rather than the more recent "Girls! Girls! Girls!" that was listed in the chart. The French version of "Return To Sender" was "Retour au porteur" by Henri Salvador but this did not chart in Bonjour Les Amis.

            "Pow wow" by Les Chaussettes Noires (new at # 26) was an instrumental. It was actually released before "Il revient" (down to # 14) but did not chart in Bonjour Les Amis until afterward. It was on an all instrumental E.P. titled Instrumental; the record was listed in the chart under that title, though the hit was definitely "Pow wow".

            Leny Escudero's "À malypense" (new at # 34) was later adapted into English as "Walking Alone", in which guise it became a U.K. hit for Richard Anthony.

            There was no chart from the Spécial Blue Jeans programme in this issue.

            Coming up: Issue 13

            Cato

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            • #7
              Issue 13

              Published: 15 August 1963

              This chart is slightly odd.

              As published, the rankings in the "previous fortnight" column bear no resemblance to the chart as published in the previous issue. However, the rankings for the "previous month" column match exactly. It appears therefore that two charts were compiled, and the more recent one was published. It may be that the magazine had identified a quicker way of compiling the chart from readers' votes and so effectively "skipped" a fortnight to allow the chart to catch up. However, as there were no new entries in the more recent of the two charts (not unusual in the summer, when there were no new releases), it is possible to compile the missing chart. I therefore list both charts below.

              Chart (1) appears to cover the fortnight ending no later than 30 June 1963. Previous positions in parentheses. There are ten new entries and one re-entry.

              1. (3.) "Moi je voudrais bien me marier" ("Bachelor Boy") - Claude François
              2. (1.) "L'école est finie" - Sheila
              3. (12.) "T'as qu'seize ans" ("You're Sixteen") - Johnny Hallyday
              4. (7.) "Loop de loop" - Les Fantômes
              5. (8.) "En écoutant la pluie" ("Rhythm Of The Rain") - Sylvie Vartan
              6. (2.) "En écoutant la pluie" ("Rhythm Of The Rain") - Richard Anthony
              7. (4.) "Les bras en croix" - Johnny Hallyday
              8. (5.) "L'amour s'en va" - Françoise Hardy
              9. (21.) "Let's Turkey Trot" - Little Eva
              10. (23.) "Return To Sender" - Elvis Presley

              11. (9.) "Be bop a lula '63" - Eddy Mitchell
              12. (NEW) "Da dou ron ron" ("Da Roo Ron Ron (When He Walked Me Home)") - Johnny Hallyday
              13. (15.) "Le temps de l'amour" ("Fort Chabrol") - Françoise Hardy
              14. (NEW) "Première surprise-partie" - Sheila
              15. (NEW) "Si tu veux être heureux" ("If You Wanna Be Happy") - Claude François
              16. (11.) "Tais-toi petite folle" ("Foolish Little Girl") - Tiny Yong
              17. (NEW) "L'autre nuit" ("Late Last Night') - Lucky Blondo
              18. (14.) "Il revient" ("Say Mama") - Les Chaussettes Noires
              19. (NEW) "Lucky Lips" - Cliff Richard and the Shadows
              20. (16.) "Demain j'ai 17 ans" - Alice Dona

              21. (10.) "Elle est terrible" ("Somethin' Else") - Johnny Hallyday
              22. (34.) "À malypense" - Leny Escudero
              23. (25.) "Tu te reconnaîtras" - Leny Escudero
              24. (NEW) "Ain't That A Shame" - The 4 Seasons
              25. (19.) "Ruby, Baby" - Dion
              26. (26.) "Pow wow" - Les Chaussettes Noires
              27. (20.) "Oui je t'aime" - Eddy Mitchell
              28. (NEW) "Mr. Bass Man" - Johnny Cymbal
              29. (17.) "Crazy Beat" - Gene Vincent
              30. (RE.) " Tell Him" - The Exciters

              31. (24.) "Il revient" ("Say Mama") - Sylvie Vartan
              32. (27.) "Loop de loop" - Frank Alamo
              33. (30.) "Out Of This World" - Les Players
              34. (NEW) "Lovesick Blues" - The Ventures
              35. (31.) "(The Night Time Is) The Right Time" - Ray Charles
              36. (NEW) "Emmène-moi" - Les Chats Sauvages
              37. (NEW) "Walk Right In" - The Rooftop Singers
              38. (33.) "Filles" ("Things") - Lucky Blondo et les Lucky Stars
              39. (35.) "Wishin' And Hopin'" - Dionne Warwick
              40. (28.) "Belles! Belles! Belles!" ("(Girls, Girls, Girls) Made To Love") - Claude François

              Notes:

              Johnny Hallyday's "Da dou ron ron" (new at # 12) was a cover of The Crystals' "Da Doo Ron Ron (When He Walked Me Home)".

              Claude François' "Si tu veux être heureux" (new at # 15) was a cover of Jimmy Soul's "If You Wanna Be Happy".

              Lucky Blondo's "L'autre nuit" (new at # 17) was a cover of Paul Anka's "Late Last Night".

              The original version of Cliff Richard's "Lucky Lips" (new at # 19) was by Ruth Brown. Richard also recorded it in German as "Rote Lippen soll Mann küssen" and that version topped the German charts. The French version, "Sans amour", was by Ria Bartok but her version did not chart in Bonjour Les Amis.

              The original version of The 4 Season's "Ain't That A Shame" was by Fats Domino, whose 1955 single was actually titled "Ain't It A Shame". The band's arrangement was borrowed for the French version, "C'est bien fini" by Michel Laurent, although that version did not chart.

              Johnny Cymbal's "Mr. Bass Man" (new at # 28) was later covered by Henri Salvador as "Monsieur Boum Boum", but that version did not chart in Bonjour Les Amis.

              The Ventures' "Lovesick Blues" (new at # 34) was an instrumental version of Hank Williams' song of the same name, probably inspired by the recent revival by UK-based Australian country-pop singer, Frank Ifield.

              The original version of The Rooftop Singers' "Walk Right In" (new at # 37) was by Gus Cannon. The French version was "Marche tout droit", was recorded by Frankie Jordan, whose version did not chart in Bonjour Les Amis, and by Claude François, on the same E.P. as "Moi je voudrais bien me marier" (up to # 1).

              Chart (2) appears to cover the fortnight ending no later than 15 July 1963. Previous positions in parentheses. There are no new entries.

              1. (3.) "T'as qu'seize ans" ("You're Sixteen") - Johnny Hallyday
              2. (2.) "L'école est finie" - Sheila
              3. (12.) "Da dou ron ron" ("Da Roo Ron Ron (When He Walked Me Home)") - Johnny Hallyday
              4. (15.) "Si tu veux être heureux" ("If You Wanna Be Happy") - Claude François
              5. (5.) "En écoutant la pluie" ("Rhythm Of The Rain") - Sylvie Vartan
              6. (17.) "L'autre nuit" ("Late Last Night') - Lucky Blondo
              7. (4.) "Loop de loop" - Les Fantômes
              8. (14.) "Première surprise-partie" - Sheila
              9. (6.) "En écoutant la pluie" ("Rhythm Of The Rain") - Richard Anthony
              10. (19.) "Lucky Lips" - Cliff Richard and the Shadows

              11. (8.) "L'amour s'en va" - Françoise Hardy
              12. (10.) "Return To Sender" - Elvis Presley
              13. (7.) "Les bras en croix" - Johnny Hallyday
              14. (23.) "Tu te reconnaîtras" - Leny Escudero
              15. (25.) "Ruby, Baby" - Dion
              16. (9.) "Let's Turkey Trot" - Little Eva
              17. (11.) "Be bop a lula '63" - Eddy Mitchell
              18. (13.) "Le temps de l'amour" ("Fort Chabrol") - Françoise Hardy
              19. (16.) "Tais-toi petite folle" ("Foolish Little Girl") - Tiny Yong
              20. (26.) "Pow wow" - Les Chaussettes Noires

              21. (1.) "Moi je voudrais bien me marier" ("Bachelor Boy") - Claude François
              22. (18.) "Il revient" ("Say Mama") - Les Chaussettes Noires
              23. (21.) "Elle est terrible" ("Somethin' Else") - Johnny Hallyday
              24. (20.) "Demain j'ai 17 ans" - Alice Dona
              25. (24.) "Ain't That A Shame" - The 4 Seasons
              26. (30.) " Tell Him" - The Exciters
              27. (27.) "Oui je t'aime" - Eddy Mitchell
              28. (31.) "Il revient" ("Say Mama") - Sylvie Vartan
              29. (28.) "Mr. Bass Man" - Johnny Cymbal
              30. (32.) "Loop de loop" - Frank Alamo

              31. (36.) "Emmène-moi" - Les Chats Sauvages
              32. (37.) "Walk Right In" - The Rooftop Singers
              33. (29.) "Crazy Beat" - Gene Vincent
              34. (33.) "Out Of This World" - Les Players
              35. (39.) "Wishin' And Hopin'" - Dionne Warwick
              36. (34.) "Lovesick Blues" - The Ventures
              37. (35.) "(The Night Time Is) The Right Time" - Ray Charles
              38. (38.) "Filles" ("Things") - Lucky Blondo et les Lucky Stars
              39. (40.) "Belles! Belles! Belles!" ("(Girls, Girls, Girls) Made To Love") - Claude François
              40. (22.) "À malypense" - Leny Escudero

              There was once again no chart for Spécial Blue Jeans in this issue

              Coming up: Issue 14

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              • #8
                Issue 14

                Published: 1 September 1963

                Chart appears to cover the fortnight ending no later than 31 July 1963. Previous positions in parentheses. There are eleven new entries.

                1. (3.) "Da dou ron ron" ("Da Roo Ron Ron (When He Walked Me Home)") - Johnny Hallyday
                2. (4.) "Si tu veux être heureux" ("If You Wanna Be Happy") - Claude François
                3. (8.) "Première surprise-partie" - Sheila
                4. (1.) "T'as qu'seize ans" ("You're Sixteen") - Johnny Hallyday
                5. (NEW) "Qui aime-t-il vraiment?" ("Your Nose Is Gonna Grow") - Françoise Hardy
                6. (2.) "L'école est finie" - Sheila
                7. (6.) "L'autre nuit" ("Late Last Night') - Lucky Blondo
                8. (10.) "Lucky Lips" - Cliff Richard and the Shadows
                9. (5.) "En écoutant la pluie" ("Rhythm Of The Rain") - Sylvie Vartan
                10. (NEW) "Des bises de moi pour toi" ("From Me To You") - Claude François

                11. (12.) "Return To Sender" - Elvis Presley
                12. (14.) "Tu te reconnaîtras" - Leny Escudero
                13. (15.) "Ruby, Baby" - Dion
                14. (NEW) "On dit de lui” (“It’s Gonna Take Me Some Time”) - Françoise Hardy
                15. (NEW) "La longue marche" - Eddy Mitchell
                16. (NEW) "Da dou ron ron" ("Da Roo Ron Ron (When He Walked Me Home)") - Frank Alamo
                17. (NEW) "Les beaux jours" ("Wildwood Days") - Richard Anthony
                18. (22.) "Il revient" ("Say Mama") - Les Chaussettes Noires
                19. (7.) "Loop de loop" - Les Fantômes
                20. (NEW) "Atlantis" - The Shadows

                21. (NEW) "Hey, hey, hey" - Jamy Olivier
                22. (13.) "Les bras en croix" - Johnny Hallyday
                23. (20.) "Pow wow" - Les Chaussettes Noires
                24. (NEW) "Vous souvenez-vous" ("I Remember You") - Lucky Blondo
                25. (NEW) "Il a le truc" ("He's Got The Power") - Les Gam's
                26. (16.) "Let's Turkey Trot" - Little Eva
                27. (34.) "Out Of This World" - Les Players
                28. (26.) " Tell Him" - The Exciters
                29. (17.) "Be bop a lula '63" - Eddy Mitchell
                30. (18.) "Le temps de l'amour" ("Fort Chabrol") - Françoise Hardy

                31. (19.) "Tais-toi petite folle" ("Foolish Little Girl") - Tiny Yong
                32. (31.) "Emmène-moi" - Les Chats Sauvages
                33. (NEW) "Watermelon Man" - Mongo Santamaria
                34. (21.) "Moi je voudrais bien me marier" ("Bachelor Boy") - Claude François
                35. (23.) "Elle est terrible" ("Somethin' Else") - Johnny Hallyday
                36. (24.) "Demain j'ai 17 ans" - Alice Dona
                37. (25.) "Ain't That A Shame" - The 4 Seasons
                38. (27.) "Oui je t'aime" - Eddy Mitchell
                39. (37.) "(The Night Time Is) The Right Time" - Ray Charles
                40. (36.) "Lovesick Blues" - The Ventures

                Notes:

                The new entry at #5 (“Qui aime-t-il vraiment” by Françoise Hardy) was a cover of Johnny Crawford’s “Your Nose Is Gonna Grow”.

                Claude François’ “Des bises de moi pour toi” (new at #10) was a cover of The Beatles’ “From Me To You”. This was the first time that a Beatles song showed up in the charts in Bonjour les Amis. It would not be the last!

                Françoise Hardy’s “On dit de lui” (new at #14) was a cover of Connie Francis’s “It’s Gonna Take Me Some Time”

                Frank Alamo’s “Da dou ron ron” (new at #16) was, like the version by Johnny Hallyday at #1, a cover of the Crystals’ “Da Doo Ron Ron (When He Walked me Home)”.

                The original version of Richard Anthony’s “les beaux jours” (new at #17) was “Wildwood Days” by Bobby Rydell.

                Lucky Blondo’s “Vous souvenez-vous” (new at #24) was a cover of Frank Ifield’s “I Remember You”, although Ifield’s version was itself a revival of a song first recorded in 1941 by Jimmy Dorsey and His Orchestra.

                “Il a le truc” by Les Gam’s (new at #25) was a cover of the Exciters’ “He’s Got the Power”. The French version was also recorded by Harold Nicholas, but his version did not make this chart. Les Gam’s really did spell their name with an apostrophe in the misguided belief that it looked “more English”.

                The original version of Mongo Santamaria’s “Watermelon Man” (new at #33) was by Herbie Hancock. There was a French language cover (“Marchand de melons” by Les Bretel’s (yep, another daft apostrophe)) but that version did not chart.

                There was once again no chart for Spécial Blue Jeans in this issue

                Coming up: Issue 15

                Cato


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                • #9
                  By the way, if any members here are interested in the French pop music of this period, you could check out my new book. "French Pop: From Music Hall To Yé-Yé"...

                  https://books.google.co.uk/books/abo...on&redir_esc=y

                  Cato.

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                  • #10
                    Issue 15

                    Published: 15 September 1963

                    Chart appears to cover the fortnight ending no later than 15 August 1963. Previous positions in parentheses. There are eleven new entries.

                    1. (1.) "Da dou ron ron" ("Da Roo Ron Ron (When He Walked Me Home)") - Johnny Hallyday
                    2. (3.) "Première surprise-partie" - Sheila
                    3. (2.) "Si tu veux être heureux" ("If You Wanna Be Happy") - Claude François
                    4. (5.) "Qui aime-t-il vraiment?" ("Your Nose Is Gonna Grow") - Françoise Hardy
                    5. (17.) "Les beaux jours" ("Wildwood Days") - Richard Anthony
                    6. (4.) "T'as qu'seize ans" ("You're Sixteen") - Johnny Hallyday
                    7. (NEW) "Que ton cœur me soit fidèle" ("Second Fiddle Girl") - Les Fantômes
                    8. (8.) "Lucky Lips" - Cliff Richard and the Shadows
                    9. (7.) "L'autre nuit" ("Late Last Night') - Lucky Blondo
                    10. (11.) "Return To Sender" - Elvis Presley

                    11. (15.) "La longue marche" - Eddy Mitchell
                    12. (9.) "En écoutant la pluie" ("Rhythm Of The Rain") - Sylvie Vartan
                    13. (10.) "Des bises de moi pour toi" ("From Me To You") - Claude François
                    14. (NEW) "La longue marche" - Les Champions
                    15. (NEW) "Rêver d'un garçon" - Claudine Coppin
                    16. (12.) "Tu te reconnaîtras" - Leny Escudero
                    17. (NEW) "Honky Tonk Trumpet" - Dave Bartholomew
                    18. (NEW) "My Block" - The Four Pennies
                    19. (NEW) "Spécial blue-jeans" - Dany Logan
                    20. (19.) "Loop de loop" - Les Fantômes

                    21. (NEW) "Big Noise From Winnetka" - Cozy Cole
                    22. (20.) "Atlantis" - The Shadows
                    23. (16.) "Da dou ron ron" ("Da Roo Ron Ron (When He Walked Me Home)") - Frank Alamo
                    24. (21.) "Hey, hey, hey" - Jamy Olivier
                    25. (13.) "Ruby, Baby" - Dion
                    26. (14.) "On dit de lui" - Françoise Hardy
                    27. (NEW) "I'm Watching (Every Little Move You Make)" - Sylvie Vartan
                    28. (NEW) "Just A Gigolo / I Ain't Got Nobody" - Louis Prima
                    29. (18.) "Il revient" ("Say Mama") - Les Chaussettes Noires
                    30. (24.) "Vous souvenez-vous" ("I Remember You") - Lucky Blondo

                    31. (27.) "Out Of This World" - Les Players
                    32. (6.) "L'école est finie" - Sheila
                    33. (32.) "Emmène-moi" - Les Chats Sauvages
                    34. (29.) "Be bop a lula '63" - Eddy Mitchell
                    35. (NEW) "Hey, hey, hey" - Franck et Johnny
                    36. (33.) "Watermelon Man" - Mongo Santamaria
                    37. (38.) "Oui je t'aime" - Eddy Mitchell
                    38. (34.) "Moi je voudrais bien me marier" ("Bachelor Boy") - Claude François
                    39. (30.) "Le temps de l'amour" ("Fort Chabrol") - Françoise Hardy
                    40. (NEW) "Da dou ron ron" ("Da Roo Ron Ron (When He Walked Me Home)") - Laura Villa

                    Notes:

                    Les Fantômes’ “Que ton coeur me soit fidèle” (new at #7) was an instrumental cover of Petula Clark’s recent hit (as featured in the Spécial Blue Jeans chart a few months earlier), which was itself a cover of Barbara Lynn’s “Second Fiddle Girl”.

                    Les Champions’ “La longue marche” (new at #14) was an instrumental cover of the Eddy Mitchell hit (currently at #11)

                    The Four Pennies’ “My Block” (new at #18) was actuallyrecorded by The Chiffons in disguise. The French EP issue (and this chart) actually credited The Chiffons, but the international release was credited to the Four Pennies, so I have used that credit here.

                    Dany Logan’s “Spécial blue jeans” (new at #19) was, as might have been expected, the theme tune to the Radio Andorra programme of the same name.

                    Cozy Cole’s “Big Noise From Winnetka” (new at #21) was a revival of an old jazz hit by Bob Crosby and His Orchestra.

                    Sylvie Vartan’s “Watching You” (new at 27) was written by Paul Anka, although Vartan’s version was released ahead of Anka’s own recording. It was later recorded as “Every Little Move You Maske” by Little Peggy March.

                    Louis Prima’s medley of “Just A Gigolo” and “I Ain’t Got Nobody” was a reissue of a recording Prima had first issued in the fifties. “Just A Gigolo” was adapted from the Austrian song “Schöner Gigolo”, as recorded by Dajos Béla’s Tango-Orchester in 1929. Prima’s arrangement would be discofied by French producers Jacques Morali and Henri Belolo for The Village People in 1978.

                    Franck et Johnny’s “Hey. hey. hey” (new at #35) was incorrectly listed as “Hey, hey” in the printed chart. I have corrected it here.

                    Laura Villa’s “Da dou ron ron” (new at #40) was, like the versions by Johnny Hallyday (#1) and Frank Alamo (#23), a cover of the Crystals’ “Da Doo Ron Ron (When He Walked Me Home)”.

                    There was once again no chart for Spécial Blue Jeans in this issue

                    Coming up: Issue 16

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                    • #11
                      Issue 16

                      Published: 1 October 1963

                      Once again, the published chart is slightly odd. As published, the rankings in the "previous fortnight" column bear no resemblance to the chart as published in the previous issue. However, again, the rankings for the "previous month" column match exactly. It appears therefore that, for the second time, two charts were compiled, and the more recent one was published. However, as on this occasion there were several new entries in the more recent of the two charts, it is not possible to compile the missing chart in its entirety. I therefore list both charts below, although the first one will have several gaps.

                      Chart (1) appears to cover the fortnight ending no later than 31 August 1963. Previous positions in parentheses. There are fourteen new entries but there are also five missing titles, so nineteen titles have fallen out since the previous chart; it is likely that some, if not all of the missing titles come from among these nineteen. The most likely candidates are Sheila's "L'école est finie" and Eddy Mitchell's "Be bop a lula '63", both of which would re-enter the chart in the following issue.

                      1. (1.) "Da dou ron ron" ("Da Roo Ron Ron (When He Walked Me Home)") - Johnny Hallyday
                      2. (3.) "Si tu veux être heureux" ("If You Wanna Be Happy") - Claude François
                      3. (2.) "Première surprise-partie" - Sheila
                      4. (8.) "Lucky Lips" - Cliff Richard and the Shadows
                      5. (27.) "I'm Watching (Every Little Move You Make)" - Sylvie Vartan
                      6. (5.) "Les beaux jours" ("Wildwood Days") - Richard Anthony
                      7. (13.) "Des bises de moi pour toi" ("From Me To You") - Claude François
                      8. (9.) "L'autre nuit" ("Late Last Night') - Lucky Blondo
                      9. (4.) "Qui aime-t-il vraiment?" ("Your Nose Is Gonna Grow") - Françoise Hardy
                      10. (7.) "Que ton cœur me soit fidèle" ("Second Fiddle Girl") - Les Fantômes

                      11. (NEW) "Quand une fille me plaît" ("Big Noise From Winnetka") - Eddy Mitchell
                      12. (29.) "Il revient" ("Say Mama") - Les Chaussettes Noires
                      13. (NEW) "Allons, reviens danser" ("Dancing Shoes") - Les Chats Sauvages
                      14. (6.) "T'as qu'seize ans" ("You're Sixteen") - Johnny Hallyday
                      15. (22.) "Atlantis" - The Shadows
                      16. (NEW) "Si tu penses" ("Little Town Flirt") - Eddy Mitchell
                      17. (NEW) "Les clous d'or" - Sylvie Vartan
                      18. (10.) "Return To Sender" - Elvis Presley
                      19. (24.) "Hey, hey, hey" - Jamy Olivier
                      20. (14.) "La longue marche" - Les Champions

                      21. (15.) "Rêver d'un garçon" - Claudine Coppin
                      22. (19.) "Spécial blue-jeans" - Dany Logan
                      23. (NEW) "C'est elle" - Les Pirates
                      24. (16.) "Tu te reconnaîtras" - Leny Escudero
                      25.
                      26.
                      27. (NEW) "Maman m'a dit" (“Mama Didn’t Lie”) - Nathalie Degand
                      28. (NEW) "Sideral" - Dave Wilson
                      29. (23.) "Da dou ron ron" ("Da Roo Ron Ron (When He Walked Me Home)") - Frank Alamo
                      30. (NEW) "Never More" - The Furys

                      31. (NEW) "Une fille comme toi" (“The Shape I’m In”) - Les Chats Sauvages
                      32. (NEW) "Misirlou" - Dick Dale and the Deltones
                      33.
                      34. (RE.) "Il a le truc" ("He's Got The Power") - Les Gam's
                      35. (NEW) "Jézebel" - Les Chaussettes Noires
                      36. (NEW) "Do The Bird" - Dee Dee Sharp
                      37. (NEW) "One Fine Day" - The Chiffons
                      38.
                      39. (31.) "Out Of This World" - Les Players
                      40.

                      Notes:

                      Eddy Mitchell’s “Quand une fille me plaît” (new at # 11) was a cover of Cozy Cole’s revival of “Big Noise From Winnetka”, which had just left the chart. The original version of “Si tu penses” (new at # 16)was “Little Town Flirt” by Del Shannon.

                      Les Chats Sauvages’ “Allons, reviens danser” (new at # 13) was a cover of Cliff Richard and the Shadows’ Dancing Shoes”. “Une fille comme toi” (new at # 31) was a cover of Johnny Restivo’s “The Shape I’m In”

                      Les Pirates’ “C’est elle” (new at # 23) was from the band’s first (and as it turned out, only) EP release since frontman Dany Logan had quit for a solo career. The new vocalist was Tony Morgan.

                      The original version of Natalie Degand’s “Maman m’a dit” (new at #27) was “Mama Didn’t Lie”, written by Curtis Mayfield and recorded by Jan Bradley.

                      Dave Wilson’s “Sideral” (new at # 28) was a surf-styled guitar instrumental.

                      “Jézebel” by Les Chaussettes Noires (new at # 35) was a revival of the old Frankie Laine hit from the fifties, using the same Charles Aznavour-penned lyric as the earlier French version by Édith Piaf.

                      Chart (2) appears to cover the fortnight ending no later than 15 September 1963. Previous positions in parentheses. There are four new entries but there is also one missing title as the number 40 position was left blank, presumably in error. As whatever it was did not feature in the following issue's chart, its identity is lost forever.

                      1. (1.) "Da dou ron ron" ("Da Roo Ron Ron (When He Walked Me Home)") - Johnny Hallyday
                      2. (2.) "Si tu veux être heureux" ("If You Wanna Be Happy") - Claude François
                      3. (3.) "Première surprise-partie" - Sheila
                      4. (5.) "I'm Watching (Every Little Move You Make)" - Sylvie Vartan
                      5. (4.) "Lucky Lips" - Cliff Richard and the Shadows
                      6. (16.) "Si tu penses" ("Little Town Flirt") - Eddy Mitchell
                      7. (6.) "Les beaux jours" ("Wildwood Days") - Richard Anthony
                      8. (10.) "Que ton cœur me soit fidèle" ("Second Fiddle Girl") - Les Fantômes
                      9. (12.) "Il revient" ("Say Mama") - Les Chaussettes Noires
                      10. (8.) "L'autre nuit" ("Late Last Night') - Lucky Blondo

                      11. (21.) "Rêver d'un garçon" - Claudine Coppin
                      12. (9.) "Qui aime-t-il vraiment?" ("Your Nose Is Gonna Grow") - Françoise Hardy
                      13. (11.) "Quand une fille me plaît" ("Big Noise From Winnetka") - Eddy Mitchell
                      14. (13.) "Allons, reviens danser" ("Dancing Shoes") - Les Chats Sauvages
                      15. (15.) "Atlantis" - The Shadows
                      16. (22.) "Spécial blue-jeans" - Dany Logan
                      17. (7.) "Des bises de moi pour toi" ("From Me To You") - Claude François
                      18. (17.) "Les clous d'or" - Sylvie Vartan
                      19. (18.) "Return To Sender" - Elvis Presley
                      20. (14.) "T'as qu'seize ans" ("You're Sixteen") - Johnny Hallyday

                      21. (20.) "La longue marche" - Les Champions
                      22. (34.) "Il a le truc" ("He's Got The Power") - Les Gam's
                      23. (NEW) "Da Roo Ron Ron (When He Walked Me Home)" - The Crystals
                      24. (24.) "Tu te reconnaîtras" - Leny Escudero
                      25. (23.) "C'est elle" - Les Pirates
                      26. (27.) "Maman m'a dit" - Nathalie Degand
                      27. (29.) "Da dou ron ron" ("Da Roo Ron Ron (When He Walked Me Home)") - Frank Alamo
                      28. (35.) "Jézebel" - Les Chaussettes Noires
                      29. (NEW) "N'oublie pas" - Sophie
                      30. (NEW) "Le five" - Les Célibataires

                      31. (37.) "One Fine Day" - The Chiffons
                      32. (31.) "Une fille comme toi" - Les Chats Sauvages
                      33. (36.) "Do The Bird" - Dee Dee Sharp
                      34. (30.) "Never More" - The Furys
                      35. (NEW) "Dam dam" - Michèle et ses Wouaps
                      36. (32.) "Misirlou" - Dick Dale and the Deltones
                      37. (19.) "Hey, hey, hey" - Jamy Olivier
                      38. (39.) "Out Of This World" - Les Players
                      39. (28.) "Sideral" - Dave Wilson
                      40.

                      Notes:

                      "Da Roo Ron Ron (When He Walked Me Home)" by The Crystals (new at # 23) finally joins the French version by Johnny Hallyday (holidng at # 1) in the chart.

                      There was once again no chart for Spécial Blue Jeans in this issue

                      Coming up: Issue 17

                      Cato

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                      • #12
                        Issue 17

                        Published: 30 September 1963

                        Chart appears to cover the fortnight ending just before publication. Previous positions in parentheses. There are twenty-two new entries and three re-entries.

                        1. (2.) "Si tu veux être heureux" ("If You Wanna Be Happy") - Claude François
                        2. (NEW) "Baby Blue" - Gene Vincent and His Blue Caps
                        3. (RE.) "La longue marche" - Eddy Mitchell
                        4. (4.) "I'm Watching (Every Little Move You Make)" - Sylvie Vartan
                        5. (3.) "Première surprise-partie" - Sheila
                        6. (1.) "Da dou ron ron" ("Da Roo Ron Ron (When He Walked Me Home)") - Johnny Hallyday
                        7. (NEW) "File, file, file" ("My Little Girl") - Frank Alamo
                        8. (NEW) "(You're The) Devil In Disguise" - Elvis Presley
                        9. (7.) "Les beaux jours" ("Wildwood Days") - Richard Anthony
                        10. (NEW) "Demain tu te maries (arrête, arrête, ne me touches pas)" - Patricia Carli

                        11. (NEW) "Elle est trop loin" - Danyel Gérard avec les Champions
                        12. (5.) "Lucky Lips" - Cliff Richard and the Shadows
                        13. (NEW) "Fingertips (Part Two)" - Little Stevie Wonder
                        14. (NEW) "Je reviendrai" (I’m Going Home (To See My Baby)”) - Eddy Mitchell
                        15. (NEW) "Elle était si jolie" - Alain Barrière
                        16. (15.) "Atlantis" - The Shadows
                        17. (24.) "Tu te reconnaîtras" - Leny Escudero
                        18. (10.) "L'autre nuit" ("Late Last Night') - Lucky Blondo
                        19. (NEW) "Somethin' Else" - Eddy Cochran
                        20. (NEW) "Nous on est dans le vent" - Michel Paje

                        21. (NEW) "String Along" - Rick Nelson
                        22. (RE.) "L'école est finie" - Sheila
                        23. (NEW) "Losing You" ("Connais-tu?") - Brenda Lee
                        24. (NEW) "When I'm Walking (Let Me Walk)" - Fats Domino
                        25. (19.) "Return To Sender" - Elvis Presley
                        26. (NEW) "Panorama" - Les Aiglons
                        27. (13.) "Quand une fille me plaît" ("Big Noise From Winnetka") - Eddy Mitchell
                        28. (12.) "Qui aime-t-il vraiment?" ("Your Nose Is Gonna Grow") - Françoise Hardy
                        29. (17.) "Des bises de moi pour toi" ("From Me To You") - Claude François
                        30. (21.) "La longue marche" - Les Champions

                        31. (NEW) "Twenty Flight Rock" - Eddie Cochran
                        32. (NEW) "La plaza des Toros" ("The Lonely Bull") - Petula Clark
                        33. (9.) "Il revient" ("Say Mama") - Les Chaussettes Noires
                        34. (NEW) "Les fenêtres" - Jacques Brel
                        35. (NEW) "Sortez sans moi" - Danyel Gérard avec les Champions
                        36. (NEW) "Spécial blue-jeans" - Les Fingers
                        37. (NEW) "Le ciel est si beau ce soir" ("A Song For Young Love") - Richard Anthony
                        38. (NEW) "Laisse parler ton cœur" ("Let's Make A Memory") - Dick Rivers
                        39. (NEW) "Hully Bach" - Les Fantômes
                        40. (RE.) "Be bop a lula '63" - Eddy Mitchell

                        Notes:

                        Frank Alamo’s “Fle, file, file” (new at # 7) was a cover of The Crickets’ “My Little Girl”.

                        Elvis Presley’s “(You’re The) Devil In Disguise” (new at # 8) would subsequently be covered by both Eddy Mitchell and Johnny Hallyday as “Tu nas rien de tout ça”.

                        Danyel Gérard’s “Elle est trop loin” (new at #11) was later recorded, with an appropriate gender change, as “Il est trop loin” by Françoise Hardy.

                        The original version of Eddy Mitchell’s “Je reviendrai” (new at # 14) was “I’m Going Home (To See My Baby) by Gene Vincent with Sounds Incorporated.

                        Alain Barrière’s “Elle était si jolie” (new at # 15) was the French entry in the 1963 Eurovision Song Contest. He didn’t win but his song was a minor US hit as “Sara Darling” for George Maharis.

                        Brenda Lee’s “Losing You” (new at # 23) was a revival of a 1960 recording by John Renard, “Connais-tu?”, better known in the 1961 recording by Tino Rossi.

                        The original version of Petula Clark’s “Plaza des Toros” (new at # 32) was “The Lonely Bull” by The Tijuana Brass, although that version also carried a faux-Spanish title, “El solo toro” to create the impression that it was a Mexican tune.

                        “Spécial blue jeans” by Les Fingers (new at # 36) was, unsurprisingly, the theme tune to Radio Andorra’s teenage programme of the same name. The vocal version by Dany Logan had been a hit earlier in the year.

                        Richard Anthony’s “Le ciel est si beau ce soir” (new at #37) was a cover of The Lettermen’s “A Song For Young Love”.

                        The original version of Dick Rivers’ “Laisse parler ton coeur” (new at # 38) was “Let’s Make A Memory” by Cliff Richard.

                        There was once again no chart for Spécial Blue Jeans in this issue, although it would return in the next one.

                        Coming up: Issue 18

                        Cato
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                        • #13
                          Suddenly your posts arrive more quickly, which is great, but I'm slowly catching up.
                          I'm sure you are right about the two listings for issue #13.
                          I had found some discrepancies between the fortnightly charts in May and June, and the one from August 15.
                          So this fills up the gap. Thank You !

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                          • #14
                            Issue 18

                            Published: 15 October 1963

                            Chart appears to cover the fortnight ending just before publication. Previous positions in parentheses. There are twelve new entries and one re-entry.

                            1. (NEW) "Ma guitare" - Johnny Hallyday
                            2. (4.) "I'm Watching (Every Little Move You Make)" - Sylvie Vartan
                            3. (1.) "Si tu veux être heureux" ("If You Wanna Be Happy") - Claude François
                            4. (2.) "Baby Blue" - Gene Vincent and His Blue Caps
                            5. (8.) "(You're The) Devil In Disguise" - Elvis Presley
                            6. (14.) "Je reviendrai" - Eddy Mitchell
                            7. (9.) "Les beaux jours" ("Wildwood Days") - Richard Anthony
                            8. (5.) "Première surprise-partie" - Sheila
                            9. (6.) "Da dou ron ron" ("Da Roo Ron Ron (When He Walked Me Home)") - Johnny Hallyday
                            10. (NEW) "T'en vas pas comme ça" ("Don't Make Me Over") - Nancy Holloway

                            11. (11.) "Elle est trop loin" - Danyel Gérard avec les Champions
                            12. (38.) "Laisse parler ton cœur" ("Let's Make A Memory") - Dick Rivers
                            13. (18.) "L'autre nuit" ("Late Last Night') - Lucky Blondo
                            14. (7.) "File, file, file" ("My Little Girl") - Frank Alamo
                            15. (13.) "Fingertips (Part Two)" - Little Stevie Wonder
                            16. (21.) "String Along" - Rick Nelson
                            17. (NEW) "Je ne danserai plus jamais" ("I'll Never Dance Again") - Johnny Hallyday
                            18. (26.) "Panorama" - Les Aiglons
                            19. (16.) "Atlantis" - The Shadows
                            20. (NEW) "Say Mama" - Gene Vincent and His Blue Caps

                            21. (25.) "Return To Sender" - Elvis Presley
                            22. (NEW) "C'est pas prudent" - Alice Dona
                            23. (NEW) "J'ai tout oublié" - Petula Clark
                            24. (NEW) "C'est ma fête" ("It's My Party") - Richard Anthony
                            25. (23.) "Losing You" ("Connais-tu?") - Brenda Lee
                            26. (RE.) "Les bras en croix" - Johnny Hallyday
                            27. (29.) "Des bises de moi pour toi" ("From Me To You") - Claude François
                            28. (NEW) "Stalactite" - Les Aiglons
                            29. (NEW) "I Can’t Go On (Rosalie)" – Dion and thre Belmonts
                            30. (27.) "Quand une fille me plaît" ("Big Noise From Winnetka") - Eddy Mitchell

                            31. (NEW) "Mais oui, baby" ("Maybe Baby") - Dick Rivers
                            32. (15.) "Elle était si jolie" - Alain Barrière
                            33. (NEW) "No One" - Ray Charles
                            34. (32.) "La plaza des toros" ("El toro solo") - Petula Clark
                            35. (37.) "Le ciel est si beau ce soir" ("A Song For Young Lovers") - Richard Anthony
                            36. (20.) "Nous on est dans le vent" - Michel Paje
                            37. (30.) "La longue marche" - Les Champions
                            38. (NEW) "J'ai un secret à te dire" ("Do You Want To Know A Secret") - Lucky Blondo
                            39. (28.) "Qui aime-t-il vraiment?" ("Your Nose Is Gonna Grow") - Françoise Hardy
                            40. (36.) "Spécial blue-jeans" - Les Fingers

                            Notes:

                            The new entry at # 1 for Johnny Hallyday., “Ma guitare”, was from the soundtrack to his box office hit D’ou viens-tu, Johnny?. “Je ne danserai plus jamais2 (new at #17) was a cover of Bobby Rydell’s “I’ll Never Dance Again” and was on the same EP as his chart topping “Da dou ron ron”; with the latter now in decline, the chart switched over to this track.

                            Nancy Holloway’s “T’en vas pas comme ça” (new at # 10) was a cover of Dionne Warwick’s “Don’t Make Me Over”.

                            Gene Vincent’s “Say Mama” (new at # 20) had already been a chart hit in French covers (as “Il revient”) by both Sylvie Vartan and Les Chaussettes Noires.

                            Petula Clark’s “J’ai tout oublié” (new at # 23) was actually on the same EP as her “Plaza des Toros” (still charting at # 34), even though this was supposed to be a record chart. Oops….

                            Richard Anthony’s “C’est ma fête” (new at # 24) was a cover of Lesley Gore’s “It’s My Party”.

                            “Stalactite” (new at # 8) was actually Les Aiglons’ first release, and had been a significant hit during the summer on Salut Les Copains. It finally joined the band’s second release “Panorama” (rising to # 18) in this chart.

                            Dion and the Belmonts’ “I Can’t Go On (Rosalie)” (new at #29) was incorrectly listed as “Rosalie” in the chart (it was listed as “Rosalie (I Can’t Go On)” on the French EP sleeve). It was also incorrectly credited as a Dion solo release, both on the record sleeve and in the chart. I have corrected both the artist credit and title in the chart above.

                            The original version of Dick Rivers’ “Mais oui, baby” (new at # 31) was “Maybe Baby” by The Crickets.

                            The original version of Lucky Blondo’s “J’ai un secret à te dire” (new at # 38) was “Do You Want To Know A Secret” by The Beatles, although Blondo most probably picked it up via the UK hit version by Billy J. Kramer with the Dakotas.

                            This issue also saw the return of the Spécial Blue Jeans chart, drawn from votes by listeners to the Radio Andorra programme of that name. The chart noted that these were the most requested titles during September, and was a top twelve. The were however a further fourteen songs listed below the chart as “very well placed”; as these are not in alphabetical order, it seems that these continue on from the top twelve to make twenty-six places in all, so I have numbered them accordingly. Rival versions of the same song were listed together (alphabetically by artist) in the chart, so I have shown them as such below. Unlike the magazine’s main chart, the Spécial Blue Jeans chart was overwhelmingly dominated by French recordings – only three foreign acts make the listing.

                            =1. “Da dou ron ron” (“Da Doo Ron Ron (When He Walked Me Home)” – Frank Alamo
                            =1. “Da dou ron ron” (“Da Doo Ron Ron (When He Walked Me Home)” – Johnny Hallyday
                            2. “Pendant les vacances” (“All I Have To Do Is Dream”) – Sheila
                            3. “Si tu veux être heureux” (“if You Want To Be Happy”) – Claude François
                            =4. “Spécial blue jeans” – Les Fingers
                            =4. “Spécial blue jeans” – Dany Logan
                            5. “I’m Watching” – Sylvie Vartan
                            6. “L’autre nuit” (“Late last Night”) – Lucky Blondo
                            7. “Les beaux jours” (“Wildwood Days”) – Richard Anthony
                            8. “Si tu penses” (“Little Town Flirt”) – Eddy Mitchell
                            9. “Lucky Lips” – Cliff Richard and the Shadows
                            10. “Plaza des Toros” (“The Lonely Bull (El solo toro)”) – Petula Clark

                            11. “Qui aime-t-il vraiment” (“Your Nose Is Gonna Grow”) – Françoise Hardy
                            12. Rêver d’un garçon – Claudine Coppin
                            13. “La vie est belle” (“Killer Joe”) - Sheila
                            14. “Je ne danserai plus jamais” (“I’ll Never Dance Again”) – Johnny Hallyday
                            15. “Première surprise partie” - Sheila
                            16. “C’est ma fête” (“It’s my Party”) – Richard Anthony
                            17. “Pauvre petite fille riche” – Claude François
                            18. “Il y a tellement de filles” – Petula Clark
                            19. “L’école est finie” – Sheila
                            20. “Ne perds pas la tête” – Nicole Legendre

                            21. “Quand une fille me plaît” (“Big Noise From Winnetka”) – Eddy Mitchell
                            22. C’est toi mon chou-chou” - Sophie
                            23. “Tu te reconnaîtras” – Leny Escudero
                            =24. “Il a le truc” (“He’s Got The Power”) – “Les Gam’s
                            =24. “He’s Got The Power” – The Exciters
                            25. “J’ai rendez-vous avec lui” – Natalie Degand
                            26. “Atlantis” – The Shadows

                            Notes:

                            Sheila’s “Pendant les vacances” (at # 2) was a revival of The Everly Brothers’ “All I Have To Do Is Dream” and was on the same EP as “La vie est belle” (at # 13) and “Première surprise-partie” (at # 15). The original version of “La vie est belle” was “Killer Joe” by The Rocky Fellers.

                            Claude François’ “Pauvre petite fille riche” (at # 17) was on the same EP as “Si tu veux être heureux” (at # 3).

                            “Il y a tellement de filles” by Petula Clark (at # 18) was on the same EP as her “Plaza des Toros” (at # 10).

                            Nicole Legendre, who was at # 20 with “Ne perds pas la tête”, was formerly one-half of vocal duo Les Ruby Baby.

                            “Il a le truc” by Les Gam’s (at # 24) was a cover of The Exciters’ “He’s Got the Power”, which shared the same position. It was also recorded by Harold Nicholas, although his version did not chart.

                            There were also two further listings in the Spécial Blue Jeans section of the magazine: a list of the most popular singers and a list of the most popular instrumental groups, as voted by listeners to the programme.

                            Singers:

                            1. Sheila
                            2. Johnny Hallyday
                            3. Claude François
                            4. Petula Clark
                            5. Richard Anthony
                            6. Eddy Mitchell
                            7. Frank Alamo
                            8. Françoise Hardy
                            9. Sylvie Vartan
                            10. Dany Logan

                            11. Lucky Blondo
                            12. Leny Escudero
                            13. Claudine Coppin
                            14. Sophie

                            Groups:

                            1. Les Fingers
                            2. The Shadows
                            3. The Spotnicks
                            4. Les Fantômes
                            5. Les Champions
                            6. Les Players
                            7. Les Aiglons

                            Coming up: Issue 19

                            Cato

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                            • #15
                              Published: 31 October 1963
                              Chart appears to cover the fortnight ending just before publication. Previous positions in parentheses. There are twelve new entries and one re-entry.

                              1. (1.) "Ma guitare" - Johnny Hallyday
                              2. (RE.) "On dit de lui" - Françoise Hardy
                              3. (NEW) "Le sifflet des copains" - Sheila
                              4. (5.) "(You're The) Devil In Disguise" - Elvis Presley
                              5. (NEW) "Ma biche" ('Sweets For My Sweet") - Frank Alamo
                              6. (3.) "Si tu veux être heureux" ("If You Wanna Be Happy") - Claude François
                              7. (NEW) "À plein cœur" - Johnny Hallyday
                              8. (4.) "Baby Blue" - Gene Vincent
                              9. (NEW) "Shazam" - The Shadows
                              10. (6.) "Je reviendrai" - Eddy Mitchell

                              11. (2.) "I'm Watching (Every Little Move You Make)" - Sylvie Vartan
                              12. (NEW) "Ol' Man River" - Ray Charles
                              13. (10.) "T'en vas pas comme ça" ("Don't Make Me Over") - Nancy Holloway
                              14. (18.) "Panorama" - Les Aiglons
                              15. (9.) "Da dou ron ron" ("Da Roo Ron Ron (When He Walked Me Home)") - Johnny Hallyday
                              16. (NEW) "Skinny Jim" - Eddie Cochran
                              17. (11.) "Elle est trop loin" - Danyel Gérard avec les Champions
                              18. (7.) "Les beaux jours" ("Wildwood Days") - Richard Anthony
                              19. (8.) "Première surprise-partie" - Sheila
                              20. (21.) "Return To Sender" - Elvis Presley

                              21. (14.) "File, file, file" ("My Little Girl") - Frank Alamo
                              22. (12.) "Laisse parler ton cœur" ("Let's Make A Memory") - Dick Rivers
                              23. (NEW) "Ouki kouki" ("Kookie Ookie") - Sheila
                              24. (NEW) "Attention! Accident!" ("Shut Down") - Les Gam's
                              25. (25.) "Losing You" ("Connais-tu?") - Brenda Lee
                              26. (NEW) "Sweets For My Sweet" - The Searchers
                              27. (26.) "Les bras en croix" - Johnny Hallyday
                              28. (31.) "Mais oui, baby" ("Maybe Baby") - Dick Rivers
                              29. (NEW) "Les malheurs de Sylvie" - The Sunlights
                              30. (19.) "Atlantis" - The Shadows

                              31. (28.) "Stalactite" - Les Aiglons
                              32. (16.) "String Along" - Rick Nelson
                              33. (15.) "Fingertips (Part Two)" - Little Stevie Wonder
                              34. (30.) "Quand une fille me plaît" ("Big Noise From Winnetka") - Eddy Mitchell
                              35. (27.) "Des bises de moi pour toi" ("From Me To You") - Claude François
                              36. (34.) "La plaza des toros" ("El toro solo") - Petula Clark
                              37. (NEW) "La mer" - Cliff Richard
                              38. (37.) "La longue marche" - Les Champions
                              39. (39.) "Qui aime-t-il vraiment?" ("Your Nose Is Gonna Grow") - Françoise Hardy
                              40. (NEW) "Western Guitar" - The Spotnicks

                              Notes:

                              The original version of Frank Alamo’s “Ma biche” (new at #5) was The Drifters’ “Sweets For My Sweet”, although Alamo’s version was modelled on the arrangement by The Searchers (new at #26).

                              The original version of The Shadows’ “Shazam” (new at # 9) was by Duane Eddy. It was also available in a version by French instrumental outfit Les Fantômes.

                              Ray Charles’ “Ol’ Man River” (new at #12) was a revival of the famous song from the musical Showboat. It is best remembered in the version by Paul Robeson.

                              Sheila’s “Ouki kouki” (new at #23) was a cover of “Kookie Ookie” by The Sinceres.

                              The original version of Les Gam’s’ “Attention! Accident” (new at #24) was The Beach Boys’ “Shut Down”.

                              The Sunlights’ “Les malheurs de Sylvie” (new at #29) was the theme from a radio series loosely built around Sylvie Vartan.

                              Cliff Richard’s “La mer” (new at #37) was indeed sung in French. It was a revival of Charles Trenet’s classic from the forties, first recorded by Roland Gerbeau. It is best known in the English-speaking world as “Beyond The Sea”, a big hit for Bobby Darin a couple of years earlier.

                              This issue again featured the Spécial Blue Jeans chart, drawn from votes by listeners to the Radio Andorra programme of that name. The chart noted that these were the most requested titles between 1st and 15th October, and was again top twelve. The were however a further fifteen songs listed below the chart as “very well placed”; as these are not in alphabetical order, it seems that these continue on from the top twelve to make twenty-seven places in all, so I have numbered them accordingly. I have also noted gthe positions from the previous chart in parentheses. Rival versions of the same song were again listed together (alphabetically by artist) in the chart, so I have shown them as such below. The Spécial Blue Jeans chart for this issue was entirely comprised of French recordings - no foreign acts made the listing.

                              1. (NEW) “Ma guitare” – Johnnhy Hallyday
                              =2. (1.)“Da dou ron ron” (“Da Doo Ron Ron (When He Walked Me Home)” – Frank Alamo
                              =2 (1.) “Da dou ron ron” (“Da Doo Ron Ron (When He Walked Me Home)” – Johnny Hallyday
                              3. (5.) “I’m Watching” – Sylvie Vartan
                              4. (NEW) “Le sifflet des copains” - Sheila
                              =5 (4.) “Spécial blue jeans” – Les Fingers
                              =5. (4.) “Spécial blue jeans” – Dany Logan
                              6. (17.) “Pauvre petite fille riche” – Claude François
                              7. (6.) “L’autre nuit” (“Late last Night”) – Lucky Blondo
                              8. (NEW) “Le ciel est si beau ce soir” (“A Song For Young Love”) – Richard Anthony
                              9. (21.) “Quand une fille me plaît” (“Big Noise From Winnetka”) – Eddy Mitchell
                              10. (18.) “Il y a tellement de filles” – Petula Clark

                              11. (11.) “Qui aime-t-il vraiment” (“Your Nose Is Gonna Grow”) – Françoise Hardy
                              12. (12.) “Rêver d’un garçon” – Claudine Coppin
                              13. (25.) “J’ai rendez-vous avec lui” – Natalie Degand
                              14. (20.) “Ne perds pas la tête” – Nicole Legendre
                              15. (23.) “Tu te reconnaîtras” – Leny Escudero
                              16. (NEW) “File, file, file” (“My Little Girl”) – Frank Alamo
                              17. (2.) “Pendant les vacances” (“All I Have To Do Is Dream”) – Sheila
                              18. (14.) “Je ne danserai plus jamais” (“I’ll Never Dance Again”) – Johnny Hallyday
                              19. (3.) “Si tu veux être heureux” (“if You Want To Be Happy”) – Claude François
                              20. (16.) “C’est ma fête” (“It’s my Party”) – Richard Anthony

                              21. (NEW) “Tu dis n’importe quoi” – Michel Paje
                              22. (NEW) “Des bises de moi pour toi” (“From Me To You”) – Claude François
                              23. (10.) “Plaza des Toros” (“The Lonely Bull (Elo solo toro)”) – Petula Clark
                              24. (NEW) “Quand un air vous possède” (“When My Little Girl Is Smiling”) – Johnny Hallyday
                              25. (13.) “La vie est belle” (“Killer Joe”) - Sheila
                              26. (19.) “L’école est finie” – Sheila
                              27. (22.) C’est toi mon chou-chou” - Sophie

                              Notes:

                              The original version of Johnny Hallyday’s “Quand un air vous possède” was The Drifters’ “When My Little Girl Is Smiling”, although he may have picked it up via one of the two UK hit versions, either by Jimmy Justice or by Craig Douglas. The French version was also recorded by Sophie on her debut EP (the one before that housing her current hit in this chart, “C’est toi mon chou chou”, at #27); her version shared chart honours with Hallyday in Salut les copains but did not chart on Spécial blue-jeans.

                              Coming up: Issue 20

                              Cato

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                              • #16
                                Issue 20

                                Published: 15 November 1963

                                Chart appears to cover the fortnight ending just before publication. Previous positions in parentheses. There are thirteen new entries.

                                1. (NEW) "Si j'avais un marteau" ("If I Had A Hammer") - Claude François
                                2. (1.) "Ma guitare" - Johnny Hallyday
                                3. (NEW) "Rose (parmi les roses)" ("Sally Go 'Round The Roses") - Richard Anthony
                                4. (3.) "Le sifflet des copains" - Sheila
                                5 (4.) "(You're The) Devil In Disguise" - Elvis Presley
                                6. (5.) "Ma biche" ('Sweets For My Sweet") - Frank Alamo
                                7. (NEW) "La malvenue" - Leny Escudero
                                8. (16.) "Skinny Jim" - Eddie Cochran
                                9. (8.) "Baby Blue" - Gene Vincent
                                10. (NEW) "Reviens vite et oublie" ("Be My Baby") - Les Surfs

                                11. (NEW) "Then He Kissed Me" - The Crystals
                                12. (10.) "Je reviendrai" - Eddy Mitchell
                                13. (9.) "Shazam" - The Shadows
                                14. (NEW) "Et je m'en vais" ("Then He Kissed Me") - Richard Anthony
                                15. (13.) "T'en vas pas comme ça" ("Don't Make Me Over") - Nancy Holloway
                                16. (14.) "Panorama" - Les Aiglons
                                17. (11.) "I'm Watching (Every Little Move You Make)" - Sylvie Vartan
                                18. (NEW) "Blowin' In The Wind" - Marie Laforêt
                                19. (20.) "Return To Sender" - Elvis Presley
                                20. (6.) "Si tu veux être heureux" ("If You Wanna Be Happy") - Claude François

                                21. (12.) "Ol' Man River" - Ray Charles
                                22. (15.) "Da dou ron ron" ("Da Roo Ron Ron (When He Walked Me Home)") - Johnny Hallyday
                                23. (NEW) "Shake It Baby" - John Lee Hooker
                                24. (18.) "Les beaux jours" ("Wildwood Days") - Richard Anthony
                                25. (NEW) "Surfin'" - Les Célibataires
                                26. (22.) "Laisse parler ton cœur" ("Let's Make A Memory") - Dick Rivers
                                27. (NEW) "Le pantin" - Michel Laurent
                                28. (25.) "Losing You" ("Connais-tu?") - Brenda Lee
                                29. (19.) "Première surprise-partie" - Sheila
                                30. (30.) "Atlantis" - The Shadows

                                31. (NEW) "On est heureux à 16 ans" ("Happy Birthday Sweet Sixteen") - Billy Bridge
                                32. (17.) "Elle est trop loin" - Danyel Gérard avec les Champions
                                33. (NEW) "Sally Go 'Round The Roses" - The Jaynetts
                                34. (36.) "La plaza des toros" ("El toro solo") - Petula Clark
                                35. (32.) "String Along" - Rick Nelson
                                36. (NEW) "C'est bien fait pour toi" ("Judy's Turn To Cry") - Les Gam's
                                37. (29.) "Les malheurs de Sylvie" - The Sunlights
                                38. (38.) "La longue marche" - Les Champions
                                39. (33.) "Fingertips (Part Two)" - Little Stevie Wonder
                                40. (21.) "File, file, file" ("My Little Girl") - Frank Alamo

                                Notes:

                                Claude François’ “Si j’avais un marteau” (new at #1) was a cover of the Pete Seeger song “If I Had A Hammer”, as made famous by Peter, Paul and Mary, although François cribbed his arrangement from the contemporary version by Trini Lopez.

                                Richard Anthony’s “Rose (Parmi les roses)” (new at #3) was a cover of The Jaynetts’ “Sally Go Round The Roses” (new at #33). The French version was also recorded by Nana Mouskouri, but that version did not chart.

                                The original version of Les Surfs’ “Reviens vite et oublie” (new at #10) was “Be My Baby” by The Ronettes. The French version was also recorded by Frank Alamo on the same EP as “Ma biche” (dropping to #6).

                                The Crystals’ “Then He Kissed Me” (new at #11) was recorded in French by Richard Anthony as “Et je m’en vais” (new at #14), which appeared on the same EP as “Rose (parmi les roses)”. Despite both being on the same disc, the songs charted separately in Bonjour les amis, suggesting that this was now a song, rather than a record chart.

                                Marie Laforêt’s recording of “Blowin’ In The Wind” (new at #18) was an English-language cover of the Bob Dylan song, as made famous by Peter, Paul and Mary. The French language version “Écoute dans le vent” would be recorded by RIchard Anthony a few months later.

                                “Surfin’” by Les Célibataires (new at #25) was a cover of The Beach Boys’ song of the same name.

                                Billy Bridge’s “On est heureux à seize ans” (new at #31) was a cover of Neil Sedaka’s “Happy Birthday Sweet Sixteen”.

                                Rhe original version of Les Gam’s’ “C’est bien fait pour toi” (new at #36) was “Judy’s Turn To Cry” by Lesley Gore.

                                This issue again featured the Spécial Blue Jeans chart, drawn from votes by listeners to the Radio Andorra programme of that name. The chart noted that these were the most requested titles between 15th and 31st October, and was once again a top twelve. There were however a further sixteen songs listed below the chart as “very well placed”; as these are not in alphabetical order, it seems that these continue on from the top twelve to make twenty-eight places in all, so I have numbered them accordingly. I have also noted the positions from the previous chart in parentheses. Rival versions of the same song were again listed together (alphabetically by artist) in the chart, so I have shown them as such below. There are sixteen news entries. The Spécial Blue Jeans chart for this issue was entirely comprised of French recordings - no foreign acts made the listing.

                                1. (1.) “Ma guitare” – Johnnhy Hallyday
                                2. (NEW) “Ouki kouki” (“Kookie Ookie”) – Sheila
                                3. (NEW) "Si j'avais un marteau" ("If I Had A Hammer") - Claude François
                                4. (4.) “Le sifflet des copains” - Sheila
                                5. (3.) “I’m Watching” – Sylvie Vartan
                                =6 (5.) “Spécial blue jeans” – Les Fingers
                                =6. (5.) “Spécial blue jeans” – Dany Logan
                                7. (NEW) “Le premier bonheur du jour” – Françoise Hardy
                                8. (NEW) “Ma biche” (“Sweets For My Sweet”) – Frank Alamo
                                9. (6.) “Pauvre petite fille riche” – Claude François
                                10. (7.) “L’autre nuit” (“Late last Night”) – Lucky Blondo

                                11. (9.) “Quand une fille me plaît” (“Big Noise From Winnetka”) – Eddy Mitchell
                                12. (10.) “Il y a tellement de filles” – Petula Clark
                                13. (NEW) "On est heureux à 16 ans" ("Happy Birthday Sweet Sixteen") - Billy Bridge
                                =14. (2.) “Da dou ron ron” (“Da Doo Ron Ron (When He Walked Me Home)” – Frank Alamo
                                =14 (2.) “Da dou ron ron” (“Da Doo Ron Ron (When He Walked Me Home)” – Johnny Hallyday
                                15. (8.) “Le ciel est si beau ce soir” (“A Song For Young Love”) – Richard Anthony
                                16. (NEW) “Nous on est dans le vent” – Michel Paje
                                17. (NEW) “Ne vas pas prendre un tambour” – Françoise Hardy
                                18. (14.) “Ne perds pas la tête” – Nicole Legendre
                                19. (15.) “Tu te reconnaîtras” – Leny Escudero
                                20. (NEW) “Chante, chante, chante” (“Sing (And Tell The Blues So Long)”) – Sheila

                                21. (NEW) “Reviens vite et oublie” (“Be My Baby”) – Frank Alamo
                                22. (NEW) “Diggedle boeing” – Ria Bartok
                                23. (NEW) “Mon copain, mon amour” – Anne Kern
                                24. (NEW) “Je suis comme ça” (“My Way”) - Moustique
                                25. (NEW) “Vous les garçons” (“The Boys”) – Claudine Coppin
                                26. (NEW) “Il faut dire” _Jean-Jacques Debout
                                27. (NEW) “Toujours cette guitare” – Danyel Gérard avec les Champions
                                28. (NEW) “Je veux t’aimer encore” (“Let’s Go Steady Again”) – Les Mitoufle

                                Notes:

                                Sheila’s “Chante, chante, chante” (new at #20) was a cover of Al Kasha’s “Sing”, although she most likely got it via the 1962 revival by Jackie Wilson.

                                Frank Alamo’s “Reviens vite et oublie” (new at #21) was overlooked on the main chart in favour of the version by Les Surfs, which is oddly absent here.

                                “Je suis comme ça” by Moustique (new at #24) was a cover of Eddie Cochran’s “My Way”.

                                Claudine Coppin’s “Vous les garçons” (new at #25) was a vocal version of The Shadows’ “The Boys”.

                                “Je veux t’aimer encore” by Les MItoufle (new at #28) was a cover of Neil Sedaka’s “Let’s Go Steady Again”.

                                Coming up: Issue 21

                                Cato

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                                • #17
                                  Thanks a lot once again!
                                  Jean-Jacques Debout's EP proved difficult to trace. The full song title is "Il Faut Dire Ce Que L'On Pense".
                                  It appeared on the Barclay label, while the singer was actually contracted to Vogue Records.
                                  Of course, Vogue objected and the hit "Les Feux Rouges" reappeared on the following Vogue EP, but without the three other tracks.
                                  Which means this record, with his cover of "Ne T'En Va Pas" (Comin' Home Baby) became his rarest disc.
                                  Cheers.

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                                  • #18
                                    Issue 21

                                    Published: 30 November 1963

                                    The final issue of Bonjour Les Amis for 1963 was marketed as a "Spécial Formations"; the contents were given over to groups rather than solo singers. As a result, the usual top forty readers' vote chart disappeared, to be replaced by a special top thirty devoted to records by (mostly instrumental) groups (although three solo instrumentalists snuck into the list). This does not appear to be linked to the previous chart, but it is nevertheless assumed that the chart covers the fortnight ending just before publication. I have given the positions from the previous chart in parentheses for reference only. Perhaps inevitably, there are twenty-one new entries and five re-entries

                                    1. (13.) "Shazam" - The Shadows
                                    2. (NEW) "Martian Hop" - Les Champions
                                    3. (NEW) "She Loves You" - The Beatles
                                    4. (NEW) "Sacré dollar" ("Greenback Dollar") - Les Missiles
                                    5. (16.) "Panorama" - Les Aiglons
                                    6. (NEW) "Memphis" - Lonnie Mack
                                    7. (NEW) "Take Five" - The Spotnicks
                                    8. (NEW) "Foot Tapper" - The Shadows
                                    9. (RE.) "Hully Bach" - Les Fantômes
                                    10. (RE.) "Spécial blue-jeans" - Les Fingers

                                    11. (NEW) "If I Had A Hammer" - Les Champions
                                    12. (NEW) "Wipe Out' - The Surfaris
                                    13. (30.) "Atlantis" - The Shadows
                                    14. (RE.) "Big Noise From Winnetka" - Cozy Cole
                                    15. (NEW) "Sheiba" - Les Players
                                    16. (RE.) " Stalactite" - Les Aiglons
                                    17. (NEW) "Wildwood Flower" - Duane Eddy
                                    18. (38.) "La longue marche" - Les Champions
                                    19. (NEW) "Big Train" - Booker T. and the M.G.s
                                    20. (NEW) "Day Train" - The Sunlights

                                    21. (NEW) "Green Onions" - The Ventures
                                    22. (RE.) "Western Guitar" - The Spotnicks
                                    23. (NEW) "Dance On" - The Shadows
                                    24. (NEW) "Pipeline" - The Chantays
                                    25. (NEW) "Happy Cowboy" - Billy Vaughn and His Orchestra
                                    26. (NEW) "Robot" - The Tornados
                                    27. (NEW) "Les cavaliers du ciel" - The Sunlights
                                    28. (NEW) "Cavalcade sidérale" - Les Guitares
                                    29. (NEW) "1647 m. G.O." - Les Champions
                                    30. (RE.) "Johnny Guitar" - The Spotnicks

                                    Notes:

                                    The original version of Les Champions’ “Martian Hop” (in at #2) was the song of the same name by the Ran Dells. “If I Had A Hammer” (in at #11) was lifted from Trini Lopez’ arrangement of the Peter, Paul and Mary hit of the same name.

                                    “Sacré dollar” by Les Missiles (in at #4) was a cover of Hoyt Axton’s “Greenback Dollar”, although the band too their lead from the US hit version by The Kingston Trio.

                                    “Memphis” by Lonnie Mack (in at #6) was an instrumental version of Chuck Berry’s “Memphis, Tennessee”. This arrangement would inspire a French cover in 1964 by Joey and the Showmen.

                                    The Spotnicks’ “Take Five” (in at #7) was a cover of the Dave Brubeck Quartet’s jazz hit of the same name, a nig hit in France during 1962.

                                    The Shadows’ “Foot Tapper” (in at #8) had already been a French hit in a vocal version by Petula Clark (“Mon bonheur danse”).

                                    “Les cavaliers du ciel” by The Sunlights (in at #27) was an instrumental version of the old country hit “(Ghost) Riders In The Sky”, first released in 1949 by Burl Ives and a US hit that year for Vaughn Monroe. It was also available in a version by The Spotnicks.

                                    There was no chart from Spécial Blue Jeans in this issue.

                                    Coming up:

                                    Issue 22


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                                    • #19
                                      I happen to have an issue of "Bonjour les amis" n°21, dated 15 déc. 1963.
                                      It does have the same chart, but also a Spécial Blue-Jeans on pages 28-29.
                                      I tried to attach a scan of the pages, but the answer was: not allowed.
                                      So here is a hand-written listing of this "HIT PARADE":

                                      SBJ Spécial Blue Jeans n°21 (15 Déc 63)

                                      Titres les plus demandé du 1er au 15 novembre:

                                      1 Ouki-Kouki Sheila 2
                                      2 Si j'avais un marteau Claude François 3
                                      3 Ma guitare Johnny Hallyday 1
                                      4 Tchin-tchin Richard Anthony –
                                      5 Ma biche Frank Alamo 8
                                      6 Le sifflet des copains Sheila 4
                                      7 Spécial Blue-Jeans Les Fingers 6
                                      7 Spécial Blue-Jeans Dany Logan 6
                                      8 Le premier bonheur du jour Françoise Hardy 7
                                      9 On est heureux à 16 ans Billy Bridge 13
                                      10 Te voici Vic Laurens –
                                      10 Te voici Eddy Mitchell –
                                      11 Quand une fille me plaît Eddy Mitchell 11
                                      12 L'autre nuit Lucky Blondo 10

                                      No position listed for the following 17:

                                      Sont très bien placés:

                                      (13) Pauvre petite fille riche Claude François 9
                                      (14) I'm Watching Sylvie Vartan 5
                                      (15) Il y a tellement de filles Petula Clark 12
                                      (16) Nous on est dans le vent Michel Paje 16
                                      (17) Da Dou Ron Ron Frank Alamo 14
                                      (17) Da Dou Ron Ron Johnny Hallyday 14
                                      (18) Mon bonheur danse Petula Clark –
                                      (19) Ne perds pas la tête Nicole Legendre 18
                                      (20) Tu te reconnaîtras Leny Escudero 19
                                      (21) Chante chante chante Sheila 20
                                      (22) Les feux rouges Jean-Jacques Debout –
                                      (23) Toujours cette guitare Danyel Gérard 27
                                      (24) Reviens vite et oublie Frank Alamo 21
                                      (25) Vous les garçons Claudine Coppin 25
                                      (26) Le ciel est si beau ce soir Richard Anthony 15
                                      (27) Mon copain mon amour Anne Kern 23
                                      (28) Diggedle Boeing Ria Bartok 22
                                      (29) Je veux t'aimer encore Les Mitoufle 28

                                      (the "last week positions" are mine, not featured in the hit parade)

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                                      • #20
                                        Thanks Paul - you are quite correct. I do have that chart in my collection but it was misfiled. Thanks for sharing.

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                                        • #21
                                          Issue 22

                                          The normal top forty chart reappeared in this issue. The “previous month” column maps perfectly onto the chart in issue 20, making it clear that the “Spécial Formations” chart in the previous issue was indeed a one-off. I have however used that chart for the previous position in this survey, as that is how it would have appeared to readers at the time. As a result, there are 19 new entries and 16 reentries in the list. The chart appears to pertain to the period ending about 15 December 1963.

                                          1. (Re.) "Si j'avais un marteau" ("If I Had A Hammer") - Claude François
                                          2. (NEW) “Te voici” (“Mean Woman Blues”) – Eddy Mitchell
                                          3. (NEW) “Tchin tchin” – Richard Anthony
                                          4. (NEW) “Bossa Nova Baby” – Elvis Presley
                                          5. (Re.) "Ma guitare" - Johnny Hallyday
                                          6. (Re.) "Le sifflet des copains" - Sheila
                                          7. (NEW) "Si j'avais un marteau" ("If I Had A Hammer") – Les Surfs
                                          8. (Re.) "Rose (parmi les roses)" ("Sally Go 'Round The Roses") - Richard Anthony
                                          9. (NEW) “Tous les jeunes” – Michel Paje
                                          10. (NEW) “Sugar shake” (“Sugar Shack”) – Danyel Gérard avec les Champions

                                          11. (Re.) "Ma biche" ('Sweets For My Sweet") - Frank Alamo
                                          12. (NEW) “J’aurai voulu” – Françoise Hardy
                                          13. (Re.) "Baby Blue" - Gene Vincent
                                          14. (NEW) “Tu n’es plus là” (“Blue Bayou”) – Dick Rivers
                                          15. (1.) “Shazam” – The Shadows
                                          16. (NEW) “Et je m’en vais” (“Then He Kissed Me”) – Richard Anthony
                                          17. (Re.) "(You're The) Devil In Disguise" - Elvis Presley
                                          18. (Re.) "La malvenue" - Leny Escudero
                                          19. (NEW) “Va pas prendre un tambour” - Françoise Hardy
                                          20. (NEW) “America” - – Danyel Gérard avec les Champions

                                          21. (Re.) "I'm Watching (Every Little Move You Make)" - Sylvie Vartan
                                          22. (NEW) “C’est bien joli d’être copains” – Le Petit Prince
                                          23. (Re.) "Shake It Baby" - John Lee Hooker
                                          24. (NEW) “Busted” – Ray Charles
                                          25. (2.) “Martian Hop” – Les Champions
                                          26. (NEW) “If I Had A Hammer” – Trini Lopez
                                          27. (Re.) "Then He Kissed Me" - The Crystals
                                          28. (Re.) "T'en vas pas comme ça" ("Don't Make Me Over") - Nancy Holloway
                                          29. (Re.) "Le pantin" - Michel Laurent
                                          30. (NEW) “Watusi Stomp” – Les Players

                                          31. (7.) “Take Five” – The Spotnicks
                                          32. (Re.) "Première surprise-partie" – Sheila
                                          33. (3.) “She Loves You” – The Beatles
                                          34. (NEW) “Entre nous il est fou” (She’s A Fool”) – Petula Clark
                                          35. (NEW) “Fever” – Dion
                                          36. (NEW) “J’en suis fou” (“Love Me Do”) – Dick Rivers
                                          37. (Re.) “La plaza des Toros” (“The Lonely Bull”) – Petula Clark
                                          38. (13.) “Atlantis” – The Shadows
                                          39. (NEW) “Don’t Make Me Over” – Dionne Warwick
                                          40. (Re.) “Reviens vite et oublie” (“Be My Baby”) – Les Surfs

                                          Notes:

                                          This issue also included the Spécial Blue Jeans chart, drawn from votes by listeners to the Radio Andorra programme of that name. The chart noted that these were the most requested titles between 15th and 31st November, and was once again a top twelve. There were however a further eighteen songs listed below the chart as “very well placed”; as these are not in alphabetical order, it seems that these continue on from the top twelve to make thirty places in all, so I have numbered them accordingly. I have also noted the positions from the previous chart in parentheses. Rival versions of the same song were again listed together (alphabetically by artist) in the chart, so I have shown them as such below. There are sixteen news entries. The Spécial Blue Jeans chart for this issue was mostly comprised of French recordings although unlike the previous chart, a few foreign acts did make the listing.

                                          =1. (2.) "Si j'avais un marteau" ("If I Had A Hammer") - Claude François
                                          =1. (NEW) “If I Had A Hammer” – Trini Lopez
                                          2. (1.) “Ouki kouki” (“Kookie Ookie”) – Sheila
                                          3. (3.) “Ma guitare” – Johnny Hallyday
                                          4. (5.) “Ma biche” (“Sweets For My Sweet”) – Frank Alamo
                                          5. (4.) “Tchin tchin” – Richard Anthony
                                          6. (6.) “Le sifflet des copains” – Sheila
                                          7. (NEW) “En rêvant à Noël” (“In Summer”) - Claude François
                                          8. (8.) “Le premier bonheur du jour” – Françoise Hardy
                                          =9 (7.) “Spécial blue jeans” – Les Fingers
                                          =9. (7.) “Spécial blue jeans” – Dany Logan
                                          10. (NEW) “Entre nous il est fou” (“She’s A Fool”) – Petula Clark

                                          11. (NEW) “Blue jean bop” – Eddy Mitchell
                                          12. (NEW) “America” - – Danyel Gérard avec les Champions
                                          13. (NEW) “Amor de verano” – Duo Dinamico
                                          14. (NEW) “Et je m’en vais” (“Then He Kissed Me”) – Richard Anthony
                                          =15. (NEW) “Je tremble” (“I Like It”) – Vic Laurens
                                          =15. (NEW) “Je tremble” (“I Like It”) – Orlando
                                          16. (11.) "Quand une fille me plaît" ("Big Noise From Winnetka") - Eddy Mitchell
                                          17. (NEW) “Sugar shake” (“Sugar Shack”) – Danyel Gérard avec les Champions
                                          18 (12.) “L’autre nuit” (“Late last Night”) – Lucky Blondo
                                          19. (13.) “Pauvre petite fille riche” – Claude François
                                          20. (9.) "On est heureux à 16 ans" ("Happy Birthday Sweet Sixteen") - Billy Bridge

                                          21. (14.) “I’m Watching” – Sylvie Vartan
                                          22. (15.) “Il y a tellement de filles” – Petula Clark
                                          23. (NEW) “Tous les jeunes” – Michel Paje
                                          =24. (17.) “Da dou ron ron” (“Da Doo Ron Ron (When He Walked Me Home)” – Frank Alamo
                                          =24. (17.) “Da dou ron ron” (“Da Doo Ron Ron (When He Walked Me Home)” – Johnny Hallyday
                                          25. (16.) “Nous on est dans le vent” – Michel Paje
                                          26. (NEW) “Parce qu’elle m’a dit” – Leny Escudero
                                          27. (23.) “Toujours cette guitare” – Danyel Gérard avec les Champions
                                          =28. (24.) “Reviens vite et oublie” (“Be My Baby”) – Frank Alamo
                                          =28. (NEW) “Reviens vite et oublie” (“Be My Baby”) – Les Surfs
                                          29. (26) “Il faut dire ce que l’on pense” Jean-Jacques Debout
                                          30 (19.) “Ne perds pas la tête” – Nicole Legendre
                                          Notes:

                                          Claude François’ Christmas-themed “En rêvant à Noël” (new at #7) was, oddly enough, a cover of Billy Fury’s decidedly non-seasonal “In Summer”.

                                          Eddy Mitchell’s “Blue Jean Bop” (new at #11) was a French-language cover of Gene Vincent’s song of the same name.

                                          “Je tremble” (new at #15), as sung by both Vic Laurens and Orlando, was a cover of Gerry and the Pacemakers’ “I Like It”.

                                          Coming up: Issue 23

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