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Jane Birkin

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Di doo dah Jane Birkin 03:36
Je t'aime moi non plus Serge Gainsbourg, Jane Birkin 04:21
Ex-fan des sixties Jane Birkin, Bon Entendeur 03:22
Toast to Freedom Levon Helm, Kris Kristofferson, Donald Fagen, Rosanne Cash 06:14
Ballade de Melody Nelson Serge Gainsbourg, Jane Birkin 02:00
Je t'aime moi non plus Serge Gainsbourg, Jane Birkin 04:20
Ex-fan des sixties Jane Birkin 03:01
Pour un flirt avec toi Jane Birkin, Miossec 03:12
Les jeux interdits Jane Birkin 03:12
Quoi Jane Birkin 04:33

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It would be unfair to class the actress and singer Jane Birkin – born December 14, 1946 in Marylebone, London - as a one hit wonder but she will forever be associated with just one song : “Je t'aime... moi non plus”, a track which upon its release in 1969 achieved a fame and notoriety which far exceeded expectations. The track was a collaboration between Birkin, by then a successful actress, and her mentor and partner Serge Gainsbourg who was a French singer and actor. “Je t'aime…” was considered to be too sexually explicit even for the swinging ‘60s and it was banned by many radio stations across Europe, including the BBC. Fontana, the original distributor, panicked and withdrew the track from sale and the song was immediately picked up and released again on the Major Minor label. This led to the bizarre situation of the same song simultaneously occupying two chart positions, one reflecting Fontana's sales and the other Major Minor's. It eventually went on to sell over four million copies, was the highest selling foreign language record ever sold in the UK and the first time a Number 1 record had been banned by the BBC. Birkin has always considered herself an actress rather than a singer and has released just 13 studio albums in a career spanning almost 50 years. Her catalog of albums includes Di Doo Dah (1973), Lolita Go Home (1975), Rendez-Vous (2004), and Enfants d’Hiver (2008). In 2017, she released Birkin/Gainsbourg: Le Symphonique, a collection of songs Gainsbourg wrote for her during their relationship. Jane Birkin returned in October 2020 with the album Oh! Pardon Tu Dormais…