Namesake: Juliette Jean
Before Francoise Hardy, Brigitte Bardot, or Jane Birkin, there was Juliette Gréco. la Muse de l'existentialisme (so called) was lover to Miles Davis, a friend of Jean-Paul Sartre’s, and a songwriter, political activist, actress and artist in her own right. The French chanson singer was born in 1927 in France — it was her music that began the wave of solo female French pop singers and songwriters, which carried on through the ‘60s as some of the most legendary and iconic French music (the genre is still going strong). But the real special thing about Gréco is that her career didn’t begin and end in a decade. She continued as a performer and chanson singer well into the 21st century, finally giving her farewell tour in 2017 at the ripe age of 90. She’s still got it. That’s Juliette Gréco.