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DEATH – French singer and song star Dani, who was also an actress, model or magazine leader, died on Monday July 18, at the age of 77, her manager Lambert Boudier told AFP on Tuesday.
The artist, whose career was relaunched in 2001 with the song like a boomerang that she sings with Étienne Daho, died of “following a malaise” in the region of Tours where she lived, we learned from the same source. She had just finished touring her latest album. Golden Horizonsreleased in 2020, and was working towards the end of the preparation of a new disc.
His title? Attention Departure. “We were warned, she had just forgotten to tell us that it would be imminent,” continues her manager in a message posted on her Facebook account.
“Booms and bangs, Dani lived it and made us live it, to meet her was to embark on a mad race where love was the key word. Nothing was more important to her than creating, singing, being surrounded by those she loves”, adds Lambert Boudier.
Originally from Castres in the Tarn, where she was born in 1944, Dani, whose real name is Danièle Graule, began her career in modeling in Paris, after studying at the Beaux-Arts in the capital. A great socialite, she is a regular at fashionable evenings. Quickly, she made a name for herself and met the greatest, like Jimi Hendrix.
queen of the night
It was in 1966 that she launched into music, when she recorded her first album, Tomboy. She caught the eye of the general public in 1968 with her title Dad just married the maid. Dani hits the mark: first part of Claude François, we also saw her on the poster for the show of Welsh singer Tom Jones.
And in 1974, she was chosen to be the representative of France at Eurovision. But now, Dani will not participate, French television having decided to withdraw his candidacy for the singing competition of April 6, day of national mourning for the late President Pompidou.
Queen of “Paris by night” in the 70s, the star was also at the helm of L’Aventure, a trendy nightclub on avenue Victor Hugo in Paris, the French version of the mythical Studio 54 in New York.
Apart from the studios or the dance floors, it is in the cinema and on television that we have seen her, as her role as Liliane in François Truffaut’s film reminds us. The American nightOscar 1974 for the best foreign film.
The return in 2001
In 1987, the former yéyé muse came out of silence and recounted her descent into hell in a book entitled Drugs, the galley. Shunned by record companies because of her frequentation of artificial paradises, she returned to the front of the stage thanks to Etienne Daho in 2001. The latter had offered her to sing in duet Like a Boomerangtitle composed for her by Serge Gainsbourg.
Since then, she had regained an iconic status, which embarrassed her. “There is a frozen side when I feel like I am in motion”, she confided to AFP in 2020.
His latest album, he was entirely written by women, informs his manager. It was composed by his sidekick, his artistic double Emilie Marsh. “Dani left us messages and kisses, concludes Lambert Boudier. She handed out so many. In one of these messages, as an epitaph, she sings ‘mark simply, I was right’.
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