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Marie-France Gaîté (born 17 July 1941 in Lyon, France – died 18 January 1968), better known as Gribouille, was a singer and song writer.[1]

As a teenager, she suffered from mental disorder and for a time was confined against her will to a psychiatric hospital in Lyon.[1] With medication, she was able to function well enough to leave her hometown and moved on to Paris. There, she met Jean Cocteau who got her work singing in a cabaret.[1] In 1963 she joined the roster of Pathé Records.[2] She was hailed as the new Édith Piaf, and compared with Barbara, and had Charles Dumont, who wrote many of Piaf's hits, also wrote for her.[3] Composer Michel Breuzard wrote songs for her, and in 1966 she recorded several 45 rpm records and an album.

She died in Paris, France, of mixing alcohol and medications, at the age of 26.[1] She was buried in the Cimetière de Bagneux in Montrouge, near Paris.



  • Mathias (1998), EMI France
  • Mourir De Joie (2010), EMI France


  • Si J'Ai Le Coeur En Berne (1964), EMI
"Si J'Ai Le Coeur En Berne" / "Chagrin" / "Si Tu Ne Rentres" / "J'Irai Danser Quand Meme"
  • Les Corbeaux (1965), EMI
"Les Roses Barbelees" / "Les Corbeaux" / "Mourir Demain" / "Pauvre Camille"
  • Viens Danser, Marie (1965), EMI
"Elle T'Attend" / "Viens Danser, Marie" / "A Courte Paille" / "C'Est Toi Qui Me L'As Dit"
  • Gueule De Bois (1965), EMI
"Mathias" / "Gueule De Bois" / "Grenoble" / "Le Temps Qui Vient"


  1. ^ a b c d True, Chris "Gribouille Biography", Allmusic. Retrieved 23 December 2012
  2. ^ Adams, Eddie (1964) "Music as Written: Paris", Billboard, 4 January 1964, p. 23. Retrieved 23 December 2012
  3. ^ Hennessey, Mike (1965) "International News Reports: Paris", Billboard, 3 April 1965, p. 22. Retrieved 23 December 2012