Pussy Cat

French singer-songwriter Pussy Cat was part of girl group Les Petites Souris before recording a string of solo releases in the mid-to-late 1960s.

She was born Evelyne Courtois and began her musical career as a member of the five-piece girl group Les Petites Souris. The group released just one four-track EP, Ce n’est pas triste, on the RCA Victor label in 1964 before splitting up a year later.

Evelyne stuck with the label and launched herself as a solo singer, after taking the stage name Pussy Cat, from the Tom Jones song What’s new pussycat?

Her first EP, released in January 1966, comprised versions of four Anglophone hits: Ce n’est pas une vie (the Small Faces’ Sha-la-la-la-lee), Stop! (the Moody Blues song of the same name, which had also been covered Brit girl-style a year earlier by Julie Grant), Les temps ont changé (the Spokesmen’s Have courage, be careful) and Mais pourquoi (Dee Dee Warwick’s You’re no good).

For her second EP, issued in July the same year, she turned to French writers for three of the songs, La la lu (the lead track), Moi je préfère ma poupée and Je n’ai pas pleuré. However, it also failed to attract the attention of record buyers.

At the end of the year she released her third EP, which included Si vous avez déjà aimé (a version of the Hollies’ Have you ever loved somebody), Arrêt d’autobus (another Hollies cover, this time of Bus stop), J’avais juré (Herman’s Hermits’ Listen people) and the original Je te dirai.

When it failed, she took a break from recording.

For her comeback in 1968, she opted to record some of her own material. The first release, Dans ce monde de fou, proved that she could write as a catchy a tune as any she had covered.

She followed it with a single comprising two of her own compositions, On me dit and Chance, later the same year.

Her final EP, issued in 1969, featured three of her own compositions, Cette nuit (the lead track), Hymne au soleil and On joue, plus Te voilà, a version of the Zombies’ She’s not there.

When it failed, her contract with RCA was not renewed.

However, her disappointment was tempered by her marriage to her producer Gérard Hugé, the man behind many of Stella’s later releases.

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Mais pourquoi
Rita Hovink: 't Is voorbij

Viva la mariée
Caterina Caselli: Kicks

Stop!
Julie Grant: Stop

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