Marianne Faithfull and the chanteuses of ’65

Marianne Faithfull’s 1965 singles were an enchanting mix of folk and pop: “Come Stay With Me,” “This Little Bird,” “Summer Nights,” and “Go Away from My World.”

Singer-songwriter Jackie DeShannon wrote “Come Stay with Me” for Faithfull, in which she promises that her man can remain free if he stays with her, hinting at premarital cohabitation, a concept still edgy at the time. According to Faithfull’s manager Tony Caldwell, DeShannon wrote it during an affair she had with guitarist Jimmy Page. Page joined DeShannon to co-write another song for Faithfull, “In My Time of Sorrow.”

DeShannon herself made it to No. 7 with Burt Bacharach and Hal David’s idealistic anthem “What the World Needs Now Is Love.”

Faithfull’s original manager, the Stones’ manager Andrew Oldham, tried to recreate the success he had with Faithfull by pairing Vashti Bunyan with Jagger-Richards’ “Some Things Just Stick in Your Mind,” in which they tried to combine “As Tears Go By” with “Blowin’ in the Wind.”

When model/actress Nico (La Dolce Vita) hooked up with the Stones’ Brian Jones, Oldham took her on as a client and gave her the same treatment. In late May he produced her cover of folk singer Gordon Lightfoot’s “I’m Not Sayin’,” with Jones and Jimmy Page on guitar.

Oldham and Page wrote the atmospheric B side “The Last Mile,” which mourns lost childhood like the singles by Faithfull and Vashti.

Both Jagger and Dylan considered Françoise Hardy the ideal woman. In ’65, she recorded Françoise Hardy in English and performed its songs in an English special, The Piccadilly Show.

The winsome beauty of “Ce Petit Coeur” and the epic orchestration of “Non, Ce n’est Pas un Rêve” are stirring even if you can’t understand French.

In November she had a part in French New Wave director Jean-Luc Godard’s Masculin Féminin, which concerns the relationship between a tempestuous radical and a pop singer. Godard had the actors improvise based on notes he wrote each night before the shoot, in order the capture his vision of “The Children of Marx and Coca-Cola.”

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