Warning, the first video is a bit risqué for its time.
I wonder how many men over the years have fallen hopelessly for Francoise? Scary numbers.
Her voice alone. Uniquely sweet, which is something else, considering the number of girl singers in the world. And then her face, especially French-beautiful.
Ah, I just knew there was something unique about her voice. Bert tells us:
She was indeed incredibly beautiful, and almost as popular for a while. I do recall a summer when Tous les garçons was playing non-stop on the radio. Those were fun years, music-wise - perhaps not the best music or songs ever, but all about having light-hearted fun, t'was nice.
Her distinctive voice is what the French call une voix de gorge, or a throat voice, if you wish.
You may have noticed how, as a language, French is mostly spoken in the front of the mouth. If you curl the middle of your tongue upward (e.g. form an arch with your tongue) -- almost all of the sounds that compose the language originate ahead of said arch, very far forward compared to most languages. Now, listen carefully to her singing and you might be able to hear two distinct voices: the one I just described, coming from the front of the mouth, and another one from her throat.
While this is not all that uncommon for singers, what sets Françoise apart is how she retains her crystal-clear elocution, that's somewhat uncommon for voices like hers. And what's even more rare is how she manages this without the least appearance of effort -- this tells me that it is really her natural voice, not a learned technique. And she speaks with the loveliest accent too (or absence thereof, depending on one's point of view, I suppose).