JOHNNY HALLIDAY - 'N'Y Crois Pas' EP (Philips 437.191 BE) 1966
60s French pop is very inconsistant and most of it sounds terrible to my ears, however, some of it is underrated especially when the sound rises above mediocrity. Some would say it usually doesn't even reach that level.

I take chances on many EPs by lots of French artists hoping to find a jewel. Take this EP by Johnny Halliday for instance. It's from 1966 and contains 3 pedestrian cover versions of the hits of the day (ie) 'In The Midnight Hour', 'Girl' and 'If You Gotta Go, Go Now' but the original fourth song 'N'Y Crois Pas' (on Circles - Volume 2) written by Blackburds member Mickey Jones is a minor key moody winner with great Hallyday vocals.

The cover sleeve is also rather GREAT with Johnny still looking like a rocker.



  1. Merry Christmas man ! ! !
    all the best

    Pablo from Argentina

  2. Last I heard, which was about a week to two weeks ago, Halliday had been removed from the medically induced coma his Los Angeles doctors had placed him in. I'm still not clear on the reasons myself, only that he was in LA to begin with, to work with Quentin Tarantino.

    Doesn't it feel like this song you've posted is about half the length it needed to be? Maybe on some full B side rather than just half of one?
    Silly 4-track EPs!

  3. Yes, I heard Johnny Halliday was in an induced coma to aid his recovery from surgery that went wrong in France.

    And a Merry Christmas to you Bomber. Thanks for reading my blog.

  4. Oh that's right! Botched surgery, performed by a PRIVATE physician.

  5. I'm not so sure this is an original - a British band recorded this same song as "There She Goes" I believe. I wish I could remember which band and which compilation I have that on... great song though!

    If I find it or recall I'll repost here - I think it was one of the "Hen's Teeth" compilations but I could be wrong.

    Great blog, thanks!

  6. Hats off to QuizMaster Chris....

    I've did a little diggin' and have found 'There She Goes' on Fading Yellow - Volume 4.
    According to the liners of my CD the record was released by J & B on Polydor in 1966.

    J & B were no other than Micky Jones and Tommy Brown. It was their first release. Later releases adopted the moniker The State of Micky and Tommy.

  7. This is boss. Love Circles Vol 2 - The Polnareff track is a long time favourite of mine and this is almost as good. Brilliant stuff.



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