Michelle Torr in 2006
|Birth name||Michelle Cléberte Tort|
|Born||7 April 1947|
|Years active||1962 – Present|
Michèle Torr (born Michelle Cléberte Tort), 7 April 1947 in Pertuis, Vaucluse, is a French singer and author, best known in non-Francophone countries for her participation in the Eurovision Song Contests of 1966 and 1977.
Michèle won her first singing contest at age fifteen, in 1962, winning the first year's On Chante dans mon Quartier contest in Avignon. Michèle was a tall beautiful woman with actress-like expression, and easily wins the audience over by singing the Édith Piaf song Exodus. Mireille Mathieu was runner-up that year with Les cloches de Lisbonne by Maria Candido. Then in 1963, at age sixteen, Michèle won a recording contract with the Mercury label, and opened for Jacques Brel at the Paris Olympia. She released three EPs (four songs each) throughout 1964, which were aimed at radio and juke-box play. Torr's release of Dans mes bras, oublie ta peine in 1964 was a big hit. Further releases of both original French material, and French covers of British and American hits, proved to be hit and miss. This setting the tone for Torr's career throughout the 60's, as she tried to find her niche. The Mercury contract ended in 1972.
Eurovision Song Contest appearances
In 1966, Torr was invited to perform the Luxembourgian entry, Ce soir je t'attendais, at the eleventh Eurovision Song Contest. This was permitted as there has never been a requirement at Eurovision for the singer to be native to the country they represent; indeed Luxembourg only very rarely chose a Luxembourgian as their performer. As Luxembourg had won the 1965 contest, the 1966 contest was held in Luxembourg City on 5 March.
Ce soir je t'attendais was a very contemporary-sounding song, but could only manage a surprisingly low tenth place of the eighteen entrants. The performance shows her actress-like facial expressions; however, she stumbles with the lyrics mispronouncing "clos" in the second verse. Her voice then breaks in several places, and sadly turns into a monotone yelling at the end. Overall, the performance at age 19 shows her star quality.
Eleven years later, in 1977, Torr again took part in Eurovision, this time representing Monaco with the song Une petite française. The 1977 contest took place in London on 7 May, and Torr improved on her previous result, finishing fourth of eighteen participants.
In between her two Eurovision appearances, Torr had also taken part in the French Eurovision pre-selection in 1970 with two songs, but had not progressed beyond the semi-final stage.
Torr had continued to record and release singles during the early and mid 1970s like Une vague bleue, a big hit, but she achieved the biggest successes of her career at the end of the decade with Emmène-moi danser ce soir, La séparation and Discomotion. Through the 1980s she continued to release successful singles and albums and was a regular on television. Her career stalled in the 1990s, with much less new material being released, although compilations of earlier work kept her in the public eye.
She continues to tour heavily on the French nostalgia circuit, with almost a concert a month.
On 3 March 2008 she released her album Ces années-là.
On 12 November 2012 she released an album of religious songs Chanter c'est Prier.
|This section requires expansion with: discography. (November 2012)|
- 1964: Dans mes bras oublie ta peine
- 1965: Dis-moi maintenant
- 1966: Ce soir je t'attendais
- 2012: Chanter c'est prier
- 1999 – La Cuisine (provençale) de ma mère by Michèle Torr
- 2005 – la Couleur des mots (autobiography) by Michèle Torr, and Laurent Fialaix
- Official website
- Discography and cover art at Encyclopédisque.fr
- Officier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres 2002
|Luxembourg in the Eurovision Song Contest
|Monaco in the Eurovision Song Contest
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