Monday, March 26, 2012

Fashion Flashback: Gillian Hills

Gillian Hills, the singer who made "Zou Bisou Bisou," a '60s hit.

Anyone who watched the premiere of Mad Men last night probably ended up Googling the song Megan serenaded Don with, the 1961 French pop tune "Zou Bisou Bisou," made famous by Gillian Hills.  There's a number of search results explaining the history of the song and the phenomenon of the yé-yé girl (for more about yé-yé girls, see Sylvie Vartan and Chantal Goya).  The song means "Ooh kiss kiss."

The Daily Beast even nabbed a quote from Hills:
"Zou Bisou Bisou was a summer smash for a 16-year-old, my first record, the summer of 1960,” Hills, who still records music and also works a visual artist, told The Daily Beast in an email. 

Hills said she had no idea the song would be performed on Mad Men (before The Daily Beast reached out after an early viewing), a show she calls “a very classy production." But she did offer a prediction: "My guess: with Mad Men the song will be sultry." (Source)




Aside from the catchy tune that brought her success, Hills was also an actress, appearing in such films as Beat Girl, Blowup and A Clockwork Orange.  Her look was very sultry sex kitten, a la famous French beauty, Brigitte Bardot.







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