French singer France Gall, who shot to fame in the 1960s with a series of hits and a sexually suggestive song about lollipops written by Serge Gainsbourg, died Sunday aged 70, her spokeswoman announced.
Gall, who became a star in 1965 when she won the Eurovision song contest as a strikingly blonde and slightly awkward teenager, had been battling cancer for two years and died in a hospital west of Paris.
During the peak of her career in the 1960s and 70s she formed partnerships with some of the most famed French musicians of the era, notably Gainsbourg, but also Claude Francois and Michel Berger.
She was the original inspiration behind the 1968 hit “Comme d Habitude” made famous in its English rendition as “My Way” by American crooner Frank Sinatra.
Glam-rocker Francois wrote “Comme d Habitude” about his split-up with Gall.
Later reworked as “My Way” by English performer Paul Anka, the song went on to become the Sinatra classic.