Je m’appelle Barbara

Actually, her name was Monique Andrée Serf; she got “Barbara” from her grandmother in old Odessa. She was born 9 June 1930 in Paris, and went into hiding when the Germans came to town. Eventually she built a reputation as an interpreter of songs by Jacques Brel and Georges Brassens, but stardom eluded her until she began writing her own material.

Barbara in black, as usual

Barbara in black, as usual

Barbara in black, as usual

Cover of Barbara's 1990 album

I am at a loss to explain that last picture, the cover art from Barbara’s 1990 album Gauguin.

One of her early originals was “Dis, quand reviendras-tu?” (“Tell me, when are you coming back?”) from 1962:

Perhaps Barbara’s biggest hit was “L’aigle noir” (“The black eagle”) from 1970. I tend to think of it as a sequel to that earlier song:

She died in 1997 from a respiratory ailment.

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