Louise Cordet

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Louise Cordet
Birth name Louise Boisot
Born (1945-02-08) 8 February 1945 (age 69)
Wraysbury, Berkshire, England
Genres Pop
Occupations Singer, actress, publicist
Instruments Vocals
Years active 1962–1965
Labels Decca

Louise Cordet (born Louise Boisot,[1] 8 February 1945, England)[2] was an English pop singer who also sang in French, best known as a one-hit wonder for her 1962 single, "I'm Just a Baby".[3]

Early life[edit]

Louise Cordet is the daughter of Captain[4] Marcel Boisot of the Free French Air Force and the French-born Greek actress Helene Cordet.

In 1940, as a trainee cadet pilot with no more than twenty hours flying time, her father flew a Morane 315 training aircraft without navigation equipment or maps from Meknès in Morocco to Gibraltar in response to Charles de Gaulle's appeal of 18 June.[5][6]

Her mother's parents helped Prince Andrew and Princess Alice of Greece after their exile in 1922, resulting in a lasting friendship between the two families.[7][8][9]

Cordet is a goddaughter of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh,[10][11] and was educated firstly at the French Lycée in Kensington, London,[citation needed] and then at a convent school.[3]

Music career[edit]

When she began singing she took her stage name from her mother, Hélène Cordet, who had adopted the surname early in her own professional career, as an actress and TV hostess.[2]

After signing to Decca Records, she released "I'm Just a Baby" in 1962, which hit No. 13 on the UK Singles Chart. The song was composed by Jerry Lordan and produced by the former Shadows drummer Tony Meehan.[1][3]

She appeared in the films Just for You and Just for Fun in 1963.[11]

Cordet undertook tours with The Beatles and Gerry and the Pacemakers. Gerry Marsden is said to have initially written the song "Don't Let the Sun Catch You Crying" for Cordet,[3] though the Gerry and the Pacemakers recording was released almost simultaneously, in April 1964.[12] She recorded a four-track EP for French Decca - three tracks in French (including a French-language version of the English song, "Around and Around", plus her version of the Beatles' song, "From Me to You").[12] Her final single was a cover version of the Motown tune, "Two Lovers".[3][12] "Two Lovers", originally composed by Smokey Robinson, featured Jimmy Page on guitar on Cordet's version. She also toured in 1963 with Paul & Paula, Tony Meehan and Jet Harris, with the concert promoter Arthur Howes,[13] but by 1965 she had stopped recording.

She served as French pronunciation advisor at Marianne Faithfull's 11 May 1965 Decca Records recording session.[3]

Personal life[edit]

She is married to a Greek national and has three children: the eldest son is the singer Alexi Murdoch. She now lives in Greece with a home also in London. Her brother Max Boisot was a professor of economics.

Discography[edit]

Singles[edit]

  • Decca F11476 (1962): "I'm Just a Baby"/"In a Matter of Moments" UK No. 13[1]
  • Decca F11524 (1962): "Sweet Enough"/"Someone Else's Fool"
  • Decca F11673 (1963): "Around and Around"/"Which Way the Wind Blows"
  • Decca F11824 (1964): "Don't Let the Sun Catch You Crying"/"Loving Baby"
  • Decca F11875 (1964): "Don't Make Me Over"/"Two Lovers"
  • Decca (France) EP 454.089 (1962): "I'm Just a Baby", "In a Matter of Moments", "Sweet Enough", "Someone Else's Fool"
  • Decca EP DFE 8515 (1962) and 454.096 (1963, France): The Sweet Beat of Louise Cordet: "She's Got You", "We Know Why", "Everytime", "Crazy Kind of Love"
  • Decca (France) EP 454.100 (1963): Louise Cordet: "Faire le Grand Voyage", "Que m'a-t-il-Fait?", "From Me To You", "L'amour Tourne en Rond"[2]
  • Decca (France) EP 457.022 (1964): "Pour Toi", "Laisse le Soleil Sécher tes Larmes", "J’Aime Trop Johnny", "Dix Mille Fois"

Compilation albums[edit]

  • Harkit HRKCD 8358 (2010): I'm Just a Baby[14]
  • RPM Retro 890 (2011): The Sweet Beat of Louise Cordet: Complete UK Decca Recordings[12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 121. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  2. ^ a b c "Louise Cordet". 45-rpm.org.uk. 1945-02-08. Retrieved 2014-01-27. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f "Biography by Bruce Eder". Allmusic.com. Retrieved 17 January 2009. 
  4. ^ "Conférence sur le capitaine Jean MARIDOR à l'Aéro-Club du Havre". Jean-maridor.org. Retrieved 2014-01-27. 
  5. ^ Henri Lafont. "Naissance des Forces aériennes françaises libres". La Fondation Charles de Gaulle. Retrieved 2014-01-27. 
  6. ^ Vital Ferry (2005). "Annexe 1 Evasions aériennes depuis et vers lAfrique". Croix de Lorraine et Croix du sud, 1940-1942: aviateurs belges et de la France libre en Afrique. Paris: Éditions du Gerfaut. 
  7. ^ Daily Mail. 1 May 1996. 
  8. ^ Daily Mail. 2 May 1996. 
  9. ^ Daily Mail. 29 May 2001. 
  10. ^ Madame Anna Foufounis (6 April 1954). "The Boy Who Married the Queen". Look. 
  11. ^ a b "Louise Cordet". IMDb.com. Retrieved 2014-01-27. 
  12. ^ a b c d "The Sweet Beat of Louise Cordet: Complete UK Decca Recordings". Allmusic. Retrieved 2012-09-08. 
  13. ^ Tim Sendra (2003-06-03). "This Guitar Kills: More 60s Groups & Sessions - Jimmy Page | Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 2014-01-27. 
  14. ^ "I'm Just a Baby". Allmusic. Retrieved 2012-09-08. 

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