French charts: 1963 - Disco Revue

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Postby CatoFur » Sat Feb 10, 2018 6:12 pm

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After a more or less regular release schedule in 1961-2, 1963 saw "Disco revue" beginning to struggle. Editor Jean-Claude Berthon had lost a bit of money on the failed weekly "France disques" in late 1962; in addition, the huge success of "Salut les copains" had knocked a huge whole in his readership. Though the magazine had appeared on shelves in January 1963 (issue 16), with a "year end" chart covering 1962, the next issue did not appear until April and the magazine's release schedule became increasingly erratic, a situation made worse when Berthon was called up for military service later in the year.

Issue 17 (April 1963)

As for the magazine's charts, the sales chart had disappeared altogether. The other chart, "Le goût des lecteurs", based on reader's votes, reappeared in the April edition, although as it was five months since this chart had last appeared, it is not clear what period was covered by the chart. As usual, where a song was a cover of a foreign recording, I have given the original title in parentheses. Inevitably, after a gap of 5 months, almost everything is a new entry, although where a song was present in the chart in issue 15, I have noted the previous position as well, although had there been charts in the intervening months, those songs coyld have gone anywhere - up, down, sideways, out of the chart and back in again, wherever - and a new entry here could have been on the market for several months already. This is not a sales chart, but based on votes from a rapidly declining number of readers, so it's value as a guide to what was actually popular in France is limited but it does have historical value as a guide to what rock 'n' roll fans were listening to in the first quarter of1963.

There are thirty-five new entries in this chart.

1. (NEW) "Elle est terrible" ("Something Else") - Johnny Hallyday
2. (10.) "I'm Going Home" - Gene Vincent with the Blue Caps
3. (NEW) "Be bop a lula '63" ("Be Bop A Lula '62") - Eddy Mitchell
4. (NEW) "Mais reviens-moi" ("The Night I Cried") - Eddy Mitchell
5. (NEW) "Return To Sender" - Elvis Presley
6. (NEW) "Say Mama" - Gene Vincent
7. (26.) "Be Bop A Lula '62" - Gene Vincent
8. (NEW) "Poupée brisée" - Les Champions
9. (NEW) "(Dance With The) Guitar Man" - Duane Eddy
10. (14.) "L'idole des jeunes" ("Teenage Idol") - Johnny Hallyday

11. (NEW) "Au cœur de la nuit" ("A Picture Of You") - Dick Rivers avec les Krewkats
12. (5.) "Parce que tu sais" - Les Chaussettes Noires
13. (NEW) "Bachelor Boy" - Cliff Richard and the Shadows
14. (NEW) "Diamonds" - Jet Harris and Tony Meehan
15. (28.) "It'll Be Me" - Cliff Richard and the Shadows
16. (NEW) "It's Up To You" - Rick Nelson
17. (NEW) "Little B" - The Shadows
18. (NEW) "Life's Too Short" - The Lafayettes
19. (NEW) "J'ai jeté mon cœur" - Françoise Hardy
20. (43.) "Night Rider" - Elvis Presley

21. (9.) "Tous les garçons et les filles" - Françoise Hardy
22. (NEW) "Love Of A Man" - Gene Vincent
23. (NEW) "Dance On" - The Shadows
24. (NEW) "Bien trop court" ("Life's Too Short") - Dick Rivers avec les Krewkats
25. (NEW) "Derniers baisers" ("Sealed With A Kiss") - Les Chats Sauvages
26. (40.) "Nervous Breakdown" - Eddie Cochran
27. (27.) "Baby John" - Dick Rivers
28. (NEW) "Nobody But You" - The Lafayettes
29. (NEW) "Orange Blossom Special" - The Spotnicks
30. (16.) "She's Not You" - Elvis Presley

31. (2.) "The Loco-Motion" - Little Eva
32. (NEW) "Belles! Belles! Belles!" ("(Girls, Girls, Girls) Made To Love") - Claude François
33. (15.) "Let's Dance" - Chris Montez
34. (6.) "Good Luck Charm" - Elvis Presley
35. (NEW) "Tous mes copains" - Sylvie Vartan
36. (NEW) "All Alone Am I" - Brenda Lee
37. (NEW) "Telstar" - The Tornadoes
38. (NEW) "La bagarre" ("Trouble") - Johnny Hallyday
39. (NEW) "Ton meilleur amie" - Françoise Hardy
40. (NEW) "Vénus en blue-jeans" ("Venus In Blue Jeans") - Claude François

41. (19.) "Dance To The Bop" - Gene Vincent
42. (49.) "Teenage Idol" - Rick Nelson
43. (NEW) "Il revient" ("Say Mama") - Sylvie Vartan
44. (NEW) "Boing boing" - Les Chaussettes Noires
45. (NEW) "Little Queenie" - Bobby Vee and the Crickets
46. (NEW) "Loin" ("Greensleeves") - Richard Anthony
47. (NEW) "À deux pas d'un ange" ("Next Door To An Angel") - Jacky Moulière
48. (NEW) "C'est à l'amour auquel je pense" - Françoise Hardy
49. (NEW) "Mustang" - The Shadows
50. (NEW) "Filles" ("Things") - Lucky Blondo et les Lucky Stars

Notes:

The original version of Johnny Hallyday's "Elle est terrible" (new at # 1) was "Something Else" by Eddie Cochran.

Eddy Mitchell's "Be bop a lula '62" (new at # 3) was a cover of Gene Vincent's "Be Bop A Lula '62" (sitting at # 7); both were derived from Vincent's 1956 hit, "Be Bop A Lula". The original version of "Mais reviens-moi" (new at # 4) was "The Night I Cried" by Brian Hyland.

The new entry at # 8 ("Poupée brisée" by Les Champions) was an instrumental. It was also on the market in a vocal version by Johnny Hallyday (on the same EP as "Elle est terrible") but it was the instrumental version listed here.

The original version of Dick Rivers' "Au cœur de la nuit" (new at # 11) was "A Picture Of You" by Joe Brown and the Bruvvers. The original version of "Bien trop court" (new at # 24) was The Lafayettes' "Life's Too Short" (new at # 18).

The original version of Les Chats Sauvages' "Derniers baisers" (new at # 25) was "Sealed With A Kiss" by The Four Voices although the US hit that inspired the cover was by Brian Hyland. This was Les Chats Sauvages' first release with new singer Mike Shannon, who replaced the departed Dick Rivers.

The original version of Claude François' "Belles! Belles! Belles!" (new at # 32) was "(Girls, Girls, Girls) Made To Love" by The Everly Brothers, although the US hit version was by Eddie Hodges.

The original version of Johnny Hallyday's "La bagarre" (new at # 38) was "Trouble" by Elvis Presley.

Françoise Hardy later recorded the new entry at # 39 ("Ton meilleur amie") in English as only "Only Friends"; it failed to chart in the UK but did chart in other markets.

The original version of Claude François' "Vénus en blue-jeans" (new at # 40) was "Venus In Blue Jeans" by Jimmy Clanton.

The original version of Sylvie Vartan's "Say Mama" (new at # 43) was Gene Vincent's "Say Mama" (new at # 6).

The original version of Bobby Vee and the Crickets' "Little Queenie" (new at # 45) was by Chuck Berry.

Richard Anthony's "Loin" (new at # 46) was adapted from the Tudor folksong "Greensleeves", which had been a UK hit two years earlier for The Beverley Sisters.

The original version of Jacky Moulière's "À deux pas d'un ange" (new at # 47) was "Next Door To An Angel" by Neil Sedaka.

The original version of Lucky Blondo's "Filles" (new at # 50) was "Things" by Bobby Darin.

Coming up: issue 18

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Postby me » Sun Feb 11, 2018 7:07 am

Merci pour this and the other threads
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Postby CatoFur » Mon Feb 12, 2018 6:55 am

Issue 18 (June 1963)

There was not a magazine published in May so the next chart appeared in June, two months after the previous one. Again, it was based on readers' votes, not sales, and was again a top fifty. There are twenty-four new entries.

1. (7.) "Be Bop A Lula '62" - Gene Vincent
2. (6.) "Say Mama" - Gene Vincent
3. (3.) "Be bop a lula '63" ("Be Bop A Lula '62") - Eddy Mitchell
4. (2.) "I'm Going Home" - Gene Vincent
5. (NEW) "Les bras en croix" - Johnny Hallyday
6. (1.) "Elle est terrible" ("Something Else") - Johnny Hallyday
7. (5.) "Return To Sender" - Elvis Presley
8. (NEW) "Rhythm Of The Rain" - The Cascades
9. (NEW) "Rip It Up" - Gene Vincent
10. (NEW) "Tes tendres années" ("Tender Years") - Johnny Hallyday

11. (NEW) "Oui je t'aime" - Eddy Mitchell
12. (NEW) "L'école est finie" - Sheila
13. (26.) "Nervous Breakdown" - Eddie Cochran
14. (13.) "Bachelor Boy" - Cliff Richard and the Shadows
15. (43.) "Il revient" ("Say Mama") - Sylvie Vartan
16. (NEW) "Girls, Girls, Girls" - Elvis Presley
17. (4.) "Mais reviens-moi" ("The Night I Cried") - Eddy Mitchell
18. (NEW) "Je ne pense qu'à l'amour" ("Lovesick Blues") - Eddy Mitchell
19. (NEW) "King Of Fools" - Gene Vincent
20. (8.) "Poupée brisée" - Les Champions

21. (14.) "Diamonds" - Jet Harris and Tony Meehan
22. (32.) "Belles! Belles! Belles!" ("(Girls, Girls, Girls) Made To Love") - Claude François
23. (16.) "It's Up To You" - Rick Nelson
24. (10.) "L'idole des jeunes" ("Teenage Idol") - Johnny Hallyday
25. (NEW) "Ruby Baby" - Dion
26. (NEW) "En écoutant la pluie" ("Rhythm Of The Rain") - Sylvie Vartan
27. (NEW) "One Broken Heart For Sale" - Elvis Presley
28. (NEW) "Chance" ("Chains") - Sylvie Vartan
29. (24.) "Bien trop court" ("Life's Too Short") - Dick Rivers
30. (NEW) "À Séville" - Dick Rivers

31. (15.) "It'll Be Me" - Cliff Richard and the Shadows
32. (11.) "Au cœur de la nuit" ("A Picture Of You") - Dick Rivers
33. (17.) "Little B" - The Shadows
34. (30.) "She's Not You" - Elvis Presley
35. (NEW) "Dis-lui" ("Tell Him") - Claude François
36. (22.) "Love Of A Man" - Gene Vincent
37. (NEW) "J'ai choisi l'amour" ("For My Good Fortune") - Dick Rivers avec les Krewkats
38. (NEW) "Let's Turkey Trot" - Little Eva
39. (NEW) "Donne-moi ma chance" ("Too Late To Worry") - Richard Anthony
40. (NEW) "Loop de loop" - Les Fantômes

41. (NEW) "Little Town Flirt" - Del Shannon
42. (NEW) "Spaceship To Mars" - Gene Vincent
43. (12.) "Parce que tu sais" - Les Chaussettes Noires
44. (20.) "Night Rider" - Elvis Presley
45. (NEW) "John, c'est l'amour" ("Son, This Is She") - Les Chats Sauvages
46. (NEW) "Vous... les filles" ("Keep A-Walkin'") - Dany Logan
47. (NEW) "Je n'aime que Bobby" ("Bobby's Girl") - Arielle
48. (38.) "La bagarre" ("Trouble") - Johnny Hallyday
49. (19.) "J'ai jeté mon cœur" - Françoise Hardy
50. (27.) "Baby John" - Dick Rivers

Notes:

The original version of Gene Vincent's "Rip It Up" (new at # 9) was by Little Richard in 1956.

The original version of Johnny Hallyday's "Tes tendres années" (new at # 10) was "Tender Years" by US country singer George Jones.

Sheila's "L'école est finie" (new at # 12) was later reworked into English as "School Is Over" by Billie Davis. It flopped in the UK but made the Danish top twenty.

The original version of Elvis Presley's "Girls, Girls, Girls" (new at # 16) was by The Coasters.

The original version of Eddy Mitchell's "Je ne pense qu'à l'amour" was Hank Williams' "Lovesick Blues" but Mitchell's arrangement is modelled on the 1962 version by Australian country pop singer Frank Ifield.

The original version of Dion's "Ruby Baby" was by The Drifters.

Slyvie Vartan's "En écoutant la pluie" (new at # 26) was a cover of The Cascades' "Rhythm Of The Rain" (new at # 8) . There was also a hit version by Richard Anthony, although his version was not listed in this chart.The original version of Sylvie Vartan's "Chance" (new at # 28) was "Chains" by The Cookies.

The original version of Claude François' "Dis-lui" (new at # 35) was "Tell Him" by The Exciters. It was also available on the market in a version by Danny Logan, the former lead singer of Les Pirates, on the same EP as "Vous... les filles" (new at # 46), although Logan's version was not listed in this chart.

The original version of Dick Rivers' "J'ai choisi l'amour" (new at # 37) was Pat Boone's "For My Good Fortune".

The original version of Richard Anthony's "Donne-moi ma chance" (new at # 39) was "Too Late To Worry" by Babs Tino. It was also on the market (in French) by Italian actress Sophia Loren, and by veteran chanteuse Gloria Lasso, although neither version made this chart. Anthony also recorded it in English for UK release, although it didn't chart.

The original version of Les Fantômes' "Loop de loop" (new at # 40) was "Loop De Loop" by Johnny Thunder. The UK version was by Frankie Vaughan. Les Fantômes' version was largely instrumental apart from the chorus; there were vocal versions on the market by Dalida and by Frank Alamo, although neither made this chart.

The original version of Les Chats Sauvages' "John, c'est l'amour" (new at # 45) was "Son, This Is She" by John Leyton.

The original version of Dany Logan's "Vous... les filles" (new at # 46) was Neil Sedaka's "Keep A-Walkin'".

The original version of Arielle's "Je n'aime que Bobby" was Marcie Blaine's "Bobby's Girl". The UK version was by Susan Maughan.

Coming up: issue 19

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Postby CatoFur » Wed Feb 14, 2018 7:23 am

Issue 19 (July 1963)

One month after the previous issue, issue 19 again carried "Le goût des lecteurs", which remained a top fifty. There were twenty-nine new entries.

1. (1.) "Be Bop A Lula '62" - Gene Vincent
2. (5.) "Les bras en croix" - Johnny Hallyday
3. (9.) "Rip It Up" - Gene Vincent
4. (NEW) "Il revient" ("Say Mama") - Les Chaussettes Noires
5. (2.) "Say Mama" - Gene Vincent
6. (NEW) "Avec moi" ("So Long Baby") - Sylvie Vartan
7. (4.) "I'm Going Home" - Gene Vincent
8. (NEW) "Long Tall Sally" - Eddie Cochran
9. (NEW) "Crazy Beat" - Gene Vincent
10. (NEW) "Blue Suede Shoes" - Eddie Cochran

11. (27.) "One Broken Heart For Sale" - Elvis Presley
12. (NEW) "Ne délaisse pas" ("Gonna Get Back Home Somehow") - Les Chaussettes Noires
13. (13.) "Nervous Breakdown" - Eddie Cochran
14. (NEW) "Galaxie" - Les Champions
15. (NEW) "Je ne peux pas l'oublier" ("Can't Get Used To Losing You") - Dick Rivers
16. (26.) "En écoutant la pluie" ("Rhythm Of The Rain") - Sylvie Vartan
17. (NEW) "Quand un air vous possède" ("When My Little Girl Is Smiling") - Johnny Hallyday
18. (NEW) "Relax" - Elvis Presley
19. (8.) "Rhythm Of The Rain" - The Cascades
20. (21.) "Diamonds" - Jet Harris and Tony Meehan

21. (25.) "Ruby Baby" - Dion
22. (NEW) "Quand un air vous possède" ("When My Little Girl Is Smiling") - Sophie
23. (3.) "Be bop a lula '63" ("Be Bop A Lula '62") - Eddy Mitchell
24. (7.) "Return To Sender" - Elvis Presley
25. (10.) "Tes tendres années" ("Tender Years") - Johnny Hallyday
26. (NEW) "Quitte-moi doucement" ("Break It To My Gently") - Johnny Hallyday
27. (15.) "Il revient" ("Say Mama") - Sylvie Vartan
28. (NEW) "Mon train de banlieue" - Alice Dona
29. (NEW) "Il a le truc" (He's Got The Power") - Les Gam's
30. (NEW) "Jézebel" - Les Chaussettes Noires

31. (NEW) "Que ton cœur me soit fidèle" ("Second Fiddle Girl") - Petula Clark
32. (NEW) "Je ne peux pas l'oublier" ("Can't Get Used To Losing You") - Vic Laurens
33. (41.) "Little Town Flirt" - Del Shannon
34. (NEW) "T'as seize ans demain" ("Sweet Little Sixteen") - Dick Rivers avec les Krewkats
35. (NEW) "Brand New Cadillac" - Vince Taylor and the Playboys
36. (NEW) "Let's Get Together" - Eddie Cochran
37. (NEW) "Quand ce jour viendra" ("That'll Be The Day") - Johnny Hallyday
38. (NEW) "Summertime Blues" - Bobby Vee
39. (NEW) "Mary-Lisa" - Larry Gréco avec les Mousquetaires
40. (NEW) "L'effet que tu me fais" ("How Do You Do It") - Dick Rivers avec les Krewkats

41. (NEW) "Milk Cow Blues" - Eddie Cochran
42. (42.) "Spaceship To Mars" - Gene Vincent
43. (30.) "À Séville" - Dick Rivers
44. (44.) "Night Rider" - Elvis Presley
45. (NEW) "Comme je t'aime" - Les Play Boys
46. (NEW) "It's Been Nice" - Gene Vincent
47. (12.) "L'école est finie" - Sheila
48. (34.) "She's Not You" - Elvis Presley
49. (NEW) "Loop De Loop" - Johnny Thunder
50. (NEW) "He's Got The Power" - The Exciters

Notes:

As this chart shows, the readership of "Disco revue" was fast reducing to a mass of devout rock 'n' roll fans for whom the yé-yé stars favoured in "Salut les Copains" were of little interest. There is nothing in this chart by Richard Anthony or Claude François, two of the biggest yé-yé stars; conversely there is a plethora of hits by Eddie Cochran and Gene Vincent, two rockers par excellence. This divergence would only increase over the coming year.

The original version of Les Chaussettes Noires' "Il revient" (new at # 4) was Gene Vincent's "Say Mama" (dropping down to # 6); Les Chaussettes used the same lyric as Sylvie Vartan on her version (down to # 25). The original version of "Ne délaisse pas" (new at #12) was Elvis Presley's "Gonna Get Back Home Somehow"; "Jézebel" (new at #30) was a cover of Frankie Laine's "Jezebel", using the same lyric (penned by Charles Aznavour) as on Édith Piaf's version a decade earlier. The inspiration for the cover probably came from Gene Vincent's version, although the band had covered Piaf before (1961's "Madam', Madam'" being a cover of her "Padam... padam"). These all featured on the first EP issued by Les Chaussettes since Eddy Mitchell returned from military service; as it turned out, it would also be the last to feature Mitchell, who went solo later in the year. They were incorrectly listed as solo releases by Mitchell in this chart.

The original version of Sylvie Vartan's "Avec moi" (new at # 6) was "So Long Baby" by Del Shannon.

The original version of Eddie Cochran's "Long Tally Sally" (new at # 8) was by Little Richard. Cochran's "Blue Suede Shoes" (new at # 10) was originally written and recorded by Carl Perkins.

The original version of "Je ne peux pas t'oublier" (new in at # 15 for Dick Rivers and at # 32 for Vic Laurens) was "Can't Get Used To Losing You" by Andy Williams. Laurens had previously fronted the now defunct rock 'n' roll band, Les Vautours.

The original version of "Quand un air vous possède" (new at # 17 for Johnny Hallyday and at # 22 for Sophie) was "When My Little Girl Is Smiling" by the Drifters. The UK hit version was by Jimmy Justice.
The original version of Johnny Hallyday's "Quitte-moi doucement" (new at # 26) was Brenda Lee's "Break It To Me Gently". "Quand ce jour viendra" (new at # 37) was a cover of the 1957 hit "That'll Be The Day" by The Crickets.

The original version of Les Gam's' "Il a le truc" (new at # 29) was "He's Got The Power" by The Exciters (new at # 50).

The original version of Petula Clark's "Que ton cœur me soit fidèle" (new at # 31) was "Second Fiddle Girl" by Barbara Lynn.

The original version of Dick Rivers' "T'as seize ans demain" (new at # 34) was Chuck Berry's "Sweet Little Sixteen", which had recently been reworked by The Beach Boys as "Surfin' U.S.A.". There was also another version on the market (or about to hit the market) by Johnny Hallyday, titled "Douces filles de seize ans". The original version of "L'effet que tu me fais" (new at # 40) was "How Do You Do It" by Gerry and the Pacemakers. This was also available in a different version by Claude François titled "Comment fais-tu?", although that version did not make this chart.

The original version of Bobby Vee's "Summertime Blues" (new at # 38) was by Eddie Cochran.

Coming up: issue 20

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Postby CatoFur » Sat Feb 17, 2018 7:03 am

Issue 20 (October 1963)

After a two month break attributed to the summer holidays, Disco revue returned in October. The sales chart was still absent, and responding to reuqests from his readers, editor Jean-Claude Berthon opted to split "Le goût des lecteurs" into two separate top 25 charts, one apiece for French-language and foreign-language recordings.In doing so, he was following the lead of Salut Les Copains although in giving equal prominence to the "foreign" recordings, he was also reflecting the growing trend among his readers (if not those of the French public as a whole). He would also struggle with the problem of classifying instrumentals and English-language songs by French performers, and did not always come to the same conclusion as his rivals as SLC.

Foreign language chart

There are eleven new entries. Previous positions (in parenthesis) should refer to the combined chart in issue 19 but don't; instead, Berthon has used a hypothetical chart compiled by simply omitting the French-language recordings from the July chart and shuffling everything upward to fill the gaps. As this was not a published chart, I have not included it here, although I have included Berthon's "previous" positions for the sake of historical accuracy. Anyone seeking the "real" previous position should refer to the previous chart.

1. (NEW) "I'm Watching You (Every Little Move You Make)" - Sylvie Vartan
2. (5.) "Long Tall Sally" - Eddie Cochran
3. (1.) "Be Bop A Lula '62" - Gene Vincent
4. (NEW) "(You're The) Devil In Disguise" - Elvis Presley
5. (NEW) "Lucky Lips" - Cliff Richard and the Shadows
6. (2.) "Rip It Up" - Gene Vincent
7. (7.) "Blue Suede Shoes" - Eddie Cochran
8. (NEW) "String Along" - Rick Nelson
9. (16.) "Brand New Cadillac" - Vince Taylor and the Playboys
10. (3.) "Say Mama" - Gene Vincent

11. (NEW) "Day Train" - The Sunlights
12. (10.) "Relax" - Elvis Presley
13. (NEW) "From Me To You" - The Beatles
14. (11.) "One Broken Heart For Sale" - Elvis Presley
15. (NEW) "Something Else" - Eddie Cochran
16. (14.) "Return To Sender" - Elvis Presley
17. (NEW) "Da Doo Ron Ron (When He Walked Me Home)" - The Crystals
18. (NEW) "Twist And Shout" - The Beatles
19. (18.) "Summertime Blues" - Bobby Vee
20. (19.) "Milk Cow Blues" - Eddie Cochran

21. (12.) "Diamonds" - Jet Harris and Tony Meehan
22. (NEW) "There Goes My Heart Again" - Fats Domino
23. (NEW) "Gypsy Woman" - Rick Nelson
24. (9.) "Nervous Breakdown" - Eddie Cochran
25. (15.) "Little Town Flirt" - Del Shannon

Notes:

Although this chart is supposedly for "foreign recordings", the new entry at # 1 is by French chanteuse Sylvie Vartan. "I'm Watching You (Every Little Move You Make)" was written by Paul Anka and gifted to Vartan, although he would later record it himself. It would also be recorded by Little Peggy March as "Every Little Move You Make" for a minor American hit and a bigger one in Japan. Vartan's version also topped the chart in Salut Les Copains, although there it headed the French-language chart on grounds of Vartan's status as a French singer (although she was Bulgarian by birth).

Cliff Richard's "Lucky Lips" (new at # 5) was a revival of a fifties hit by Ruth Brown. Cliff also recorded it in German (as "Rote Lippen soll mann küssen") for a chart topper across the Rhine. The French version, "Sans amour", was by Ria Bartok, but this did not chart in "Disco revue".

The Sunlights, whose "Day Train" was new in at # 11, were a Belgian band. Their record - which was an instrumental - presumably featured here, rather than in the French chart because it had an English title.

The original version of The Beatles' "Twist And Shout" (new at # 18) was by The Top Notes although the Fab Four learned it from the version by The Isley Brothers. The Beatles' version was not actually available in France at the time this chart was compiled, other than as an import from the UK.

French language chart

This chart, as published, is a mess. While the number one is correct, due to a printing error, the remaining positions listed were all incorrect: instead of the French chart, the printer repeated the titles from the foreign chart. Whoops! Fortunately, thirteen of the titles in question were still on the chart the following month, and all of those (except one) which fell out were listed below in what appears to be the order in which they had previously been listed, so the chart can be almost fully reconstructed, while I have done below.

1. (15.) "Il a le truc" (He's Got The Power") - Les Gam's
2. (NEW) "Da dou ron ron " ("Da Doo Ron Ron (When He Walked Me Home)") - Johnny Hallyday
3. (NEW) "Chain gang" - Eddy Mitchell
4. (3.) "Avec moi" ("So Long Baby") - Sylvie Vartan
5. (NEW) "Je ne danserai plus jamais" ("I'll Never Dance Again") - Johnny Hallyday
6. (2.) "Il revient" ("Say Mama") - Les Chaussettes Noires
7. (NEW) "C'est ma fête" ("It's My Party") - Richard Anthony
8. (1.) "Les bras en croix" - Johnny Hallyday
9. (NEW) "Pendant les vacances" ("All I Have To Do Is Dream") Sheila
10. (NEW) "Ne t'en vas pas" ("Coming Home Baby") - Sylvie Vartan

11. (6.) "Je ne peux pas l'oublier" ("Can't Get Used To Losing You") - Dick Rivers
12. (NEW) "Comme une ombre sur moi" ("Black Cloud") - Johnny Hallyday
13. (NEW) "Si tu veux être heureux" ("If You Want To Be Happy") - Claude François
14. (NEW) "Da dou ron ron " ("Da Doo Ron Ron (When He Walked Me Home)") - Frank Alamo
15. (13.) "Il revient" ("Say Mama") - Sylvie Vartan
16. (NEW) "J'ai un secret à te dire" ("Do You Want To Know A Secret") - Lucky Blondo
17. (10.) "Be bop a lula '63" ("Be Bop A Lula '62") - Eddy Mitchell
18. (8.) "Quand un air vous possède" ("When My Little Girl Is Smiling") - Johnny Hallyday
19. (NEW) "Il faut choisir" ("It's Up To You") - Bob Asklöf

20. (19.) "T'as seize ans demain" ("Sweet Little Sixteen") - Dick Rivers avec les Krewkats
21. (NEW) "Comm' tu es fou" ("I Got It") - Sylvie Vartan
22. (NEW) "Quand une fille me plaît" ("Big Noise From Winnetka") - Eddy Mitchell
23. (9.) "Quand un air vous possède" ("When My Little Girl Is Smiling") - Sophie
24.
25. (NEW) "Stalactite" - Les Aiglons

Notes:

The original version of "Da dou ron ron" (in at # 2 for Johnny Hallyday and at # 14 for Frank Alamo) was "Da Doo Ron Ron (When He Walked Me Home)" by the Crystals (on the foreign chart at # 17). Of Hallyday's other new entries, "Je ne danserai plus jamais" (in at # 5) was a cover of Bobby Rydell's "I'll Never Dance Again" and "Comme un ombre sur moi" (in at # 12) was a cover of Chubby Checker's "Black Cloud".

Eddy Mitchell's "Chain gang" (in at # 3) was a cover of Sam Cooke's 1960 hit of the same name. "quand une fille me plaît" was a revival of Bob Crosby's jazz hit "Big Noise From Winnetka" inspired by the recent US hit by Cozy Cole. It was also on them market in a gender-reversed version by Nancy Holloway as "Quand un garçon me plaît", but her version did not make this chart.

Richard Anthony's "C'est ma fête" (in at # 7)was a cover of Lesley Gore's "It's My Party".

The original version of Sheila's "Pendant les vacances" (in at # 9) was "All I Have To Do Is Dream" by The Everly Brothers. This was the second French version of the song, the first being the previous year's "Line" by Les Chaussettes Noires.

The original version of Sylvie Vartan's "Ne t'en vas pas" (in at # 10) was "Coming Home Baby" by Mel Torme. "Comm' tu es fou" (in at # 21) was a cover of Gene Vincent's "I Got It".

Claude François' "Si tu veux être heureux" (in at # 13) was a cover of Jimmy Soul's "If You Want To Be Happy".

The original version of Lucky Blondo's "J'ai un secret à te dire" (in at # 16) was "Do You Want To Know A Secret" by The Beatles, although Blondo's version probably takes its inspiration from the UK hit version by Billy J. Kramer with the Dakotas.

Bob Asklöf was a Swedish singer who had moved to France to further his career. "Il faut choisir" (in at # 19) was also recorded both by Sylvie Vartan and by Les Jumelles and was a cover of Rick Nelson's "It's Up To You".

The song at # 24 is unknown. It may have been a leftover from the previous month (the most likely candidates being Les Chaussettes Noires' "Ne délaisse pas", "Galaxie" by Les Champions and Sylvie Vartan's "En écoutant la pluie") or it may have been a new entey that is now lost to history.

Les Aiglons were a Swiss instrumental group. "Stalactite" (in at # 25) presumably made this chart on account of its title being in French (I know, it's the same word in English, but the other titles on the EP were in French, so this one must have been too...)

Copinorama

This month's issue also featured a four page supplement called Copinorama, aimed at female readers. This also contained a hit parade featuring eight titles, which bears no resemblance to either of the charts in the main magazine, or to any other chart. Indeed, none of the eight recordings are known to have charted anywhere else so it is probable that this so-called chart was either a list of personal faves (unlikely, given the presence of some of the choices) or the places were sold to advertisers - or perhaps Berthon just thought that girls might like them. Who knows? There was a voting slip at the bottom, suggesting that future charts would be based on votes, like "Le goût des lecteurs", but as the supplement never appeared in subsequent issues, there is no way of knowing what Berthon's female readers might have preferred. Anyway, for the record, here is that Copinorama chart.

1. L'embouteillage" - Les Jumelles
2. "Something Else" - Hector et les Médiators
3. "Saint-Trop' express" ("Nachtexpreß nach St. Tropez") - Claudine Coppin
4. "En écoutant la pluie" ("Rhythm Of The Rain") - Matt Collins
5. "Viens danser le twist" ("Let's Twist Again") - Les Sœurs Rosio
6. "Je pleure aussi" ("Cry Myself To Sleep") - Les Pirates
7. "L'idole des jeunes" ("Teenage Idol") - Les Sœurs Rosio
8. "L'amour qui ne vient pas" - Les Jumelles

Notes:

Les Jumelles were twin sisters; their debut E.P. contained both tracks featured here (at # 1 and # 8) as well as their version of Rick Nelson's "It's Up To You", using the same lyric and title as Bob Asklöf's version, "Il faut choisir" (at # 19 in the "French" chart).

The original version of Hector's "Something Else" (# 2) was by Eddie Cochran (in the "foreign" chart at # 15).

Claudine Coppin's "Saint-Trop' express" (# 3) was a cover of German singer Teddy Parker's "Nachtexpreß nach St. Tropez".

The original version of Matt Collins' "En écoutant la pluie" (# 4) was "Rhythm Of The Rain" by The Cascades. Collins was a Yugoslav singer once tipped to replace Eddy Mitchell in Les Chaussettes Noires, although that never happened (the band continued without a frontman).

Les Sœurs Rosio's "Viens danser le twist" (# 5) was a cover of Chubby Checker's "Let's Twist Again"; "L'idole des jeunes" (# 7) was a cover of Rick Nelson's "Teenage Idol". Both had been hits for Johnny Hallyday over the preceding two years. Les Sœurs Rosio were a paid of middle-aged women whose teen appeal was questionable; the EP featuring these appears to have been a novelty record.

The original version of Les Pirates' "Je pleure aussi" (# 6) was "Cry Myself To Sleep" by Del Shannon. This was the first - and as it turns out, only - release by the band with new singer Tony Morgan, following the departure of former frontman Dan Logan for a solo career.

Coming up: Issue 21

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Issue 21 (November 1963)

Once again, there was no sales chart, and the "readers' vote" chart ("Le goût des lecteurs") was again split into French and foreign recordings.

Foreign language chart

There are nine new entries. Previous positions are given in parenthesis.

1. (4.) "(You're The) Devil In Disguise" - Elvis Presley
2. (1.) "I'm Watching You (Every Little Move You Make)" - Sylvie Vartan
3. (NEW) "Baby Blue" - Gene Vincent
4. (9.) "Brand New Cadillac" - Vince Taylor and the Playboys
5. (3.) "Be Bop A Lula '62" - Gene Vincent
6. (2.) "Long Tall Sally" - Eddie Cochran
7. (15.) "Something Else" - Eddie Cochran
8. (10.) "Say Mama" - Gene Vincent
9. (5.) "Lucky Lips" - Cliff Richard and the Shadows
10. (7.) "Blue Suede Shoes" - Eddie Cochran

11. (6.) "Rip It Up" - Gene Vincent
12. (NEW) "I Got A Baby" - Gene Vincent
13. (24.) "Nervous Breakdown" - Eddie Cochran
14. (18.) "Twist And Shout" - The Beatles
15. (12.) "Relax" - Elvis Presley
16. (NEW) "Fingertips (Part Two)" - Little Stevie Wonder
17. (14.) "One Broken Heart For Sale" - Elvis Presley
18. (NEW) "Bo Diddley" - Buddy Holly
19. (16.) "Return To Sender" - Elvis Presley
20. (NEW) "What'cha Gonna Do" - Vince Taylor and the Playboys

21. (NEW) "Summertime Blues" - Eddie Cochran
22. (NEW) "Brown Eyed Handsome Man" - Buddy Holly
23. (13.) "From Me To You" - The Beatles
24. (NEW) "Please Don't Drag That String Around" - Elvis Presley
25. (NEW) "Mean Woman Blues" - Roy Orbison

Notes

An interesting set of choices. There are five songs apiece from Gene Vincent and Eddie Cochran, including three apiece in the top ten. Elvis Presley also has five songs, leaving only ten to split among the others, which include two apiece from The Beatles, Vince Taylor and Buddy Holly, and one apiece fron Sylvie Vartan, Roy Orbison, Cliff Richard and Stevie Wonder.

The original version of Buddy Holly's "Bo Diddley" (new at # 18) was by Bo Diddley. The original version of "Brown Eyed Handsome Man" (new at # 22) was by Chuck Berry.

As Bobby Vee's "Summertime Blues" departs the chart, it is replaced by the original version by Eddie Cochran (new at # 21).

The original version of Roy Orbison's "Mean Woman Blues" was by Elvis Presley.

French language chart

There are twelve new entries. The previous months' positions are listed in parenthesis.

1. (3.) "Chain gang" - Eddy Mitchell
2. (NEW) "Je reviendrai" - Eddy Mitchell
3. (NEW) "Ça ne s'oublie pas" ("That's What Love Will Do") - Dick Rivers avec les Krewkats
4. (5.) "Je ne danserai plus jamais" ("I'll Never Dance Again") - Johnny Hallyday
5. (22.) "Quand une fille me plaît" ("Big Noise From Winnetka") - Eddy Mitchell
6. (NEW) "Mais oui, baby ("Maybe Baby") - Dick Rivers avec les Krewkats
7. (NEW) "Ma guitare" - Johnny Hallyday
8. (6.) "Il revient" ("Say Mama") - Les Chaussettes Noires
9. (NEW) "Mes ennuis" ("Misery") - Dick Rivers
10. (1.) "Il a le truc" (He's Got The Power") - Les Gam's

11. (2.) "Da dou ron ron " ("Da Doo Ron Ron (When He Walked Me Home)") - Johnny Hallyday
12. (NEW) "Laisse parler ton cœur" ("Let's Make A Memory") - Dick Rivers
13. (7.) "C'est ma fête" ("It's My Party") - Richard Anthony
14. (20.) "T'as seize ans demain" ("Sweet Little Sixteen") - Dick Rivers avec les Krewkats
15. (4.) "Avec moi" ("So Long Baby") - Sylvie Vartan
16. (25.) "Stalactite" - Les Aiglons
17. (10.) "Ne t'en vas pas" ("Coming Home Baby") - Sylvie Vartan
18. (12.) "Comme une ombre sur moi" ("Black Cloud") - Johnny Hallyday
19. (NEW) "Pour moi la vie va commencer" - Johnny Hallyday
20. (NEW) "Si tu penses" ("Little Town Flirt") - Eddy Mitchell

21. (NEW) "Tu mens" - Gillian Hills
22. (NEW) "C'est pas prudent" - Alice Dona
23. (21.) "Comm' tu es fou" ("I Got It") - Sylvie Vartan
24. (NEW) "Une fille si belle" - Eddy Mitchell
25. (NEW) "Le pantin" - Michel Laurent

Notes:

Dick Rivers' "Ça ne s'oublie pas" (new at # 3) was a cover of "That's What Love Will Do" by Joe Brown and His Bruvvers. The original version of "Mais oui, baby" (new at # 6) was The Crickets' "Maybe Baby". The first recorded version of "Mes ennuis" (new at # 9) was "Misery" by Kenny Lynch; the song was written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney, who subsequently recorded it with The Beatles. "Laisse parler ton cœur" (new at # 12) was a cover of Shane Fenton and the Fentones' "Let's Make A Memory".

Johnny Hallyday's "Ma guitare" (new at # 7) and "Pour moi la vie va commencer" (new at # 19) were from the soundtrack to the film D'où viens-tu, Johnny?. The latter song would also be released the following year in a version by its composer, Jean-Jacques Debout.

The original version of Eddy Mitchell's "Si tu penses" (new at # 20) was Del Shannon's "Little Town Flirt", which had just left the foreign chart.

Coming up: issue 22

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Issue 22 (December 1963)

Once again, there was no sales chart, and the "readers' vote" chart ("Le goût des lecteurs") was again split into French and foreign recordings.

Foreign language chart

There are seven new entries. Previous positions are given in parenthesis.

1. (3.) "Baby Blue" - Gene Vincent
2. (1.) "(You're The) Devil In Disguise" - Elvis Presley
3. (7.) "Something Else" - Eddie Cochran
4. (4.) "Brand New Cadillac" - Vince Taylor and the Playboys
5. (NEW) "Bossa Nova Baby" - Elvis Presley
6. (6.) "Long Tall Sally" - Eddie Cochran
7. (5.) "Be Bop A Lula '62" - Gene Vincent
8. (2.) "I'm Watching You (Every Little Move You Make)" - Sylvie Vartan
9. (12.) "I Got A Baby" - Gene Vincent
10. (14.) "Twist And Shout" - The Beatles

11. (NEW) "Sugar Shack" - Jimmy Gilmer and the Fireballs
12. (NEW) "If I Had A Hammer" - Trini Lopez
13. (11.) "Rip It Up" - Gene Vincent
14. (18.) "Bo Diddley" - Buddy Holly
15. (NEW) "She Loves You" - The Beatles
16. (21.) "Summertime Blues" - Eddie Cochran
17. (NEW) "Rock-a-Bye Rock" - Buddy Holly
18. (8.) "Say Mama" - Gene Vincent
19. (20.) "What'cha Gonna Do" - Vince Taylor and the Playboys
20. (22.) "Brown Eyed Handsome Man" - Buddy Holly

21. (10.) "Blue Suede Shoes" - Eddie Cochran
22. (15.) "Relax" - Elvis Presley
23. (16.) "Fingertips (Part Two)" - Little Stevie Wonder
24. (NEW) "Witchcraft" - Elvis Presley
25. (NEW) "Shazam" - The Shadows

Notes

The original version of Elvis Presley's "Bossa Nova Baby" (new at # 5) was by Tippie and the Clovers. The original version of "Witchcraft" (new at # 24) was by The Spiders.

Trini Lopez's "If I Had A Hammer" (new at # 12) was a revival of a fifties hit by The Weavers. It had been covered by Peter, Paul and Mary the previous year.

The original version of The Shadows' "Shazam" (new at # 25) was by Duane Eddy and the Rebels.

French language chart

There are ten new entries. The previous months' positions are listed in parenthesis.

1. (1.) "Chain gang" - Eddy Mitchell
2. (2.) "Je reviendrai" - Eddy Mitchell
3. (NEW) "Te voici" ("Mean Woman Blues") - Eddy Mitchell
4. (3.) "Ça ne s'oublie pas" ("That's What Love Will Do") - Dick Rivers avec les Krewkats
5. (6.) "Mais oui, baby ("Maybe Baby") - Dick Rivers avec les Krewkats
6. (7.) "Ma guitare" - Johnny Hallyday
7. (NEW) "Tu n'es plus là" ("Blue Bayou") - Dick Rivers avec les Gladiators
8. (NEW) "J'en suis fou" ("Love Me Do") - Dick Rivers avec les Gladiators
9. (NEW) "Je suis comme ça" ("My Way") - Moustique
10. (NEW) "Blue-jean bop" - Eddy Mitchell

11. (NEW) "Sentimentale" ("(You're So Square) Baby I Don't Care") - Eddy Mitchell
12. (NEW) "Comment vas-tu mentir?" ("C'mon Everybody") - Eddy Mitchell
13. (8.) "Il revient" ("Say Mama") - Les Chaussettes Noires
14. (20.) "Si tu penses" ("Little Town Flirt") - Eddy Mitchell
15. (4.) "Je ne danserai plus jamais" ("I'll Never Dance Again") - Johnny Hallyday
16. (12.) "Laisse parler ton cœur" ("Let's Make A Memory") - Dick Rivers
17. (25.) "Le pantin" - Michel Laurent
18. (NEW) "Sacré dollar" ("Greenback Dollar") - Les Missiles
19. (NEW) "Jolie Miss Molly" ("Good Golly Miss Molly") - Eddy Mitchell
20. (9.) "Mes ennuis" ("Misery") - Dick Rivers

21. (13.) "C'est ma fête" ("It's My Party") - Richard Anthony
22. (14.) "T'as seize ans demain" ("Sweet Little Sixteen") - Dick Rivers avec les Krewkats
23. (19.) "Pour moi la vie va commencer" - Johnny Hallyday
24. (16.) "Stalactite" - Les Aiglons
25. (NEW) "Et je m'en vais" ("Then He Kissed Me") - Richard Anthony

Notes:

Johnny Hallyday may have been dominating the chart in Salut Les Copains but with nine tracks out of twenty-five (eight solo; one with Les Chaussettes Noires), Eddy Mitchell was clearly the choice among the those who read Disco Revue. Dick Rivers (seven titles) was not far behind - between them, the pair occupied 64% of the French-language chart.

The original version of Eddy Mitchell's "Te voici" (new at # 3) was Elvis Presley's "Mean Woman Blues", although Mitchell's inspiration was the recent revival by Roy Orbison, which had just left the foreign chart. "Te voici" was also on the market in a version by Vic Laurens, while a third version was on Sylvie Vartan's end of year LP Sylvie à Nashville. The original version of "Blue Jean Bop" (new at # 10) was by Gene Vincent; it was also recorded (in English) by Vince Taylor in 1962 but Mitchell - a rampant Gene Vincent fan - got it from the source. Mitchell's "Sentimentale" (new at # 11) was a cover of Elvis Presley's "(You're So Square) Baby I Don't Care", although Mitchell may also have learned it from the 1961 hit version by Buddy Holly. With the same French title and lyric, it had also been recorded by Johnny Hallyday in 1961. "Comment vas-tu mentir?" (new at # 12) was a cover of Eddy Cochran's "C'mon Everybody"; it had also appeared (in English) on Vince Taylor's first French EP IN 1961. "Jolie Miss Molly" (new at # 19) was a cover of Little Richard's "Good Golly Miss Molly".

Dick Rivers' "Tu n'est plus là" (new at # 7) was a cover of Roy Orbison's "Blue Bayou". "J'en suis fou" (new at # 8) was a cover of The Beatles' "Love Me Do". This was Rivers's second Beatles cover - there would be more to come.

The original version of Moustique's "Je suis comme ça" (new at # 9) was "My Way" by Eddie Cochran.

Les Missiles' "Sacré Dollar" (new at # 18) was a cover of The Kingston Trio's "Greenback Dollar".

The original version of Richard Anthony's "Et je m'en vais" (new at # 25) was "Then He Kissed Me" by The Crystals.

This brings the 1963 charts to a close. 1964 would see a return of the sales chart before the magazine underwent a relaunch with a very different style - and a very different set of charts. I'll post those once I've assembled them all.

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