Call 'm sweet nothings: the meaningless hummings, almost babylike noises singers sometimes make instead of singing actual words. It might be to imitate an instrument, it might be filler. It's what the compilation Dou da dou is all about, featuring mostly songs with titles like Dou da dou, Zoïzoï and Hum! Hum! Those three examples are posted here, together with the liner notes:
Michèle Richard - Dou da dou.
Daughter of the French Canadian musician Ti-Blanc Richard, singer, TV hostess, actress Michèle Richard started taking ballet and piano classes at the age of four. By the age of sixteen, she had already appeared in more than 450 TV shows. Hers would then be one of the most impressive careers in the Canadian pop music industry. with the release of over 70 singles and 30 albums. Virtually unknown on this side of the Atlantic, she sang Dou da dou in 1970. A splendid song with a killer melody, it was taken from the original soundtrack of the movie L'explosion, and had been penned by Henri Salvador.
France Gall - ZoïZoï
A meager footnote in France Gall's extensive career, happening right after her productive collaboration with Serge Gainsbourg and just before the new start with Michel Berger would provide. Zoïzoï was released in 1970 and has, amazingly, never met the slightest succes. It remains however the most sought-after recording in France Gall's discography: this extremely rare single now generally commands over 200 euros among collectors.
Françoise - Hum! Hum!
Françoise Deldick (pictured) started her career as an actress in the late fifties, and played in numerous films, including Le President, La Derobade and Le Bar du telephone. She made the headlines by climbing the stairs of the Cannes Festival of 1960...riding a horse. Alongside her acting career, she recorded half a dozen singles in the sixties. Released in 1968, the very sexy Hum! Hum! is a cover from Mickey & Sylvia's 1957 Love is strange.