Singer Dani, queen of “Paris by night” in the 70s, died at 77

Singer Dani, queen of “Paris by night” of the 70s, is dead at 77


The French singer Dani, who was also an actress, model or headliner, died Monday at the age of 77, her manager Lambert Boudier told AFP on Tuesday.

The artist died of “following a malaise” in the region of Tours (center) where she lived, we learned from the same source. She had just finished the tour of her last album “Horizons Dorés” and she was already finishing the preparation of a new album.

Dani had chosen to call this new album “Attention Départ”. “We were warned, she had just forgotten to tell us that it would be imminent”, wrote in a Facebook message her professional entourage. 

“Nothing was more important to her than creating, singing, being surrounded by those she loves,” we can still read. “If Dani inspired so many artists – photographers, filmmakers, lyricists, composers, directors – it's because she was a powerful breath of life, an entire nature, overflowing with love and energy”, adds its management again.

Dani was the queen of “Paris by night” in the 1970s, at the helm of L'Aventure, a trendy nightclub, the French version of the mythical Studio 54 in New York.

François Truffaut chose her for the role of Liliane in “The American Night”, Oscar 1974 for the best foreign film.

In 1987, the former yéyé muse had told of her descent into hell in “Drogue la galère”. 

Shunned by record companies because of her frequentation of artificial paradises, she returned to the front of the stage thanks to the singer Étienne Daho in 2001. The latter had offered her to sing in a duet “Like a Boomerang “, title composed for her by Serge Gainsbourg but failed for Eurovision and forgotten. 

Since then, she had regained an icon status, which embarrassed her. “There is a frozen side when I feel like I am in motion”, she confided to AFP in 2020. She preferred to speak of an “atypical career” – model, singer, actress, magazine leader, florist…