Monday, October 13, 2008

Vicky Leandros

Sometimes you have to love the internet. I got this record by Biky in Toronto, because it looked interesting. It’s half sung in French, half in Greek and contained a cover of “The Letter” by the Box Tops. After taking it home and listening to it, I immediately thought to post some of it here, yet I could find no information on “Biky.” However, some relentless (and lucky) googling revealed to me that Biky is actually Vicky Leandros, who is well familiar to me from, uh, EVERY SINGLE THRIFT STORE IN MONTREAL… I figure without google it would have taken a good 3-4 years to have that Eureka moment on the identity of Biky.

Viky Leandros was a Ye Ye girl of sorts (hair over one eye, perky photo shoots, miniskirts, father produced her material, sometimes went by just her first name…), but with mostly middle of the road material, as demonstrated by her big hit, “L’Amour Est Bleu.” It’s known to most Americans through the instrumental version by Paul Mauriat, as “Love is Blue”, which hit number 1 here in 1968.
It is interesting how Greek singers like Vicky, Demis Roussos, and Nana Mouskouri also recorded in French and often ended up based out of Paris. I guess Paris was the center of continental pop music at that time. On the album I have by Biky the songs in French are upbeat and poppy and the ones sung in Greek are more traditional sounding ballads. I am not sure what the difference is between Biky or Vicky Leandros and if Biky is some sort of persona a la Sheila B. Devotion or a phonetization (“I am bery bery glad to see you, Bicky”)…

My favorite two songs on this record are French covers of English language material. There is the aforementioned cover of “The Letter” done with a slow, funky, horn driven arrangement that I have never heard before. I wonder if the arrangement is original or a cover of some down low American version I am unfamiliar with? The other cover is a fairly straight forward version of “The Question” by the Moody Blues, a definite late night FM standard.

Biky- La Lettre

Biky- Reponses


Blogger Vente de garage said...

Not bad at all!
Especially La Lettre!

October 15, 2008 at 10:23:00 AM PDT  
Blogger Simon said...

La lettre ?

Weird, I have a track called "the letter" AND its made by a french orchestra (A.J. Dervaux & Orchestre). It doesn't sound the same.

October 16, 2008 at 9:31:00 AM PDT  
Blogger petergunn said...

well, i imagine "the letter" is a pretty common title, regardless of language... in this case the writing credit is Wayne Carson Thompson...

October 17, 2008 at 3:06:00 AM PDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Indeed, Biky is the same person as Vicky Leandros. Vicky Leandros became very populair in Europe, after winning the Eurovision Songcontest in 1972, with the song 'Apres toi'. During the 70'ties she had a lot of hits, most in German. She still is very populair in the German spoken countries. That is also the base, from which she still works. At the end of the 70'ties she lived for three years in Paris. Now she lives in Berlin, Germany. In march she will release a new cd with Xavier Naidoo as producer.

January 1, 2009 at 4:09:00 AM PST  
Blogger Elijah said...

she looks hot as well

January 18, 2009 at 9:39:00 AM PST  
Blogger lululuga said...

Vicky Leandros was not a YeYe girl...To compare Vivky with Sjeila is an offense, a terrible offense...Sheila did not have a voice and was a bad singer...Vicy has a wonderful voice and knows how to sing...BIKY is her Greek name....

July 20, 2011 at 11:31:00 PM PDT  
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July 22, 2011 at 10:07:00 PM PDT  

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