Wilde World: Françoise Hardy

Kim Wilde’s first records were written and produced by her father and brother, Marty and Ricky. The three of them have had a great influence on the music world, as this regular series ‘Wilde World’ shows.

Marty Wilde had an impressive career, with his biggest hits being released between 1958 and 1962. Starting out as a performer of American rock ‘n’ roll hits, he quickly started to write his own songs. One of the earliest examples of this was ‘Bad boy’, released in 1959.

This song was covered by other artists during the Sixties, and one of the biggest names to record his songs was the French singer Françoise Hardy. She was born on January 17, 1944. Apparently, she heard Marty’s music along with songs by Cliff Richard, Everly Brothers and Paul Anka on the English-language radio station Radio Luxembourg during her teenage years. Soon after turning 18 she started her own career in music. Her version of ‘Bad boy’ appeared on the EP ‘Je n’attends plus personne’ in 1964. She translated the lyrics herself, and her version was called ‘Pas gentille’ (‘Not kind’). The song also appeared on her self-titled album, released in the same year.

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