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His biggest success as a solo artist came in the 70s, with such hits as Denim And Lace (1975) and his co-composition Mean Pair Of Jeans (1977). See also Every Minute Of You (1966) and his minor hit She’s Coming Home (1968).
Further reading: 1. Howlspace’s Marty Rhone & The Soul Agents page [archived].
2. The still-active Marty Rhone’s website at MartyRhone.com. 3. Marty’s YouTube channel – MartyRhoneDotCom – has videos of his recent work.
There are two variations of the English lyrics for this song, both of which seem to be credited to Geoff Stephens. Here are the opening sections of each one:
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Michel Polnareff: French singer-songwriter with a countercultural image (b.1944).
La Poupée Qui Fait Non = The doll who goes, No.
La Poupée Qui Fait Non was recorded in London at Southern Studios, arranged and conducted by Jean Bouchéty, with Jimmy Page (guitar), Big Jim Sullivan (rhythm guitar), Reg Guest (piano), John Paul Jones (bass), and Bobby Graham (drums). Polnareff’s vocals were recorded again back in Paris at Europa Sonor studios.
Polnareff’s original demo was in imperfect English, before the French lyricist worked on it. See International Lyrics Playground for the French lyrics.
Polnareff’s 1967 record Âme Câline YouTube (= cuddly soul) became known as an instrumental by Raymond Lefèvre And His Orchestra with the title Ame Caline (Soul Coaxing) YouTube (1968, #37 USA, #36 UK, #7 Adelaide, #8 Brisbane).
Notes: For session details see this page at MusicBrainz. There are Polnareff entries at French Wikipedia and English Wikipedia. The French have a separate and superior discography page. Chart positions from lescharts.com and French Wikipedia.
Further reading: Behind The Shades: Michel Polnareff by Andy Murray at We Are Cult (2018).
*The title is in French, and the disc credits Polnaroff alone, but this is the English version with lyrics by Geoff Stephens, also recorded by Polnareff as No No No No No (La Poupée Qui Fait Non) and by Saint Etienne as La Poupée Qui Fait Non.
The Birds were a well-regarded but commercially unsuccessful London beat band formed in 1964, first known as The Thunderbirds, later as Bird’s Birds.
La Poupée Qui Fait Non was unreleased at the time, but later appeared on the 1999 CD The Collector’s Guide To Rare British Birds.
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These UK Birds included Kim Gardner, later of Ashton, Gardner & Dyke, and Ronnie Wood, now famous as a Rolling Stone. Australian band The Birds is said to have been formed by two later members of a UK Birds touring line-up. See I Can’t Let Maggie Go.
Single on Epic by former folkie, an associate of The Mamas & The Papas who joined a latterday touring version of that band. John Phillips of The Mamas & The Papas wrote Scott McKenzie’s 1967 hit San Francisco (Be Sure To Wear Flowers In Your Hair) (#4 USA, #1 UK). Phillips co-produced No No No No No.
*In spite of the French title, this is an English version by British group formed late 80s, a track on the various artists album Tribute To Polnareff. English lyrics are by Geoff Stephens, as recorded by Polnareff himself as No No No No No (La Poupée Qui Fait Non), and by British band The Birds.
The track on the Tribute album credits French lyricist Franck Gerald, but the live version on Saint Etienne’s 1994 CD single Hug My Soul credits Polnareff and Stephens.
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Single on Vogue (UK) #VRS 7013, October 1966. French label distributed in UK by Pye.
English version of Polnareff’s European hit La Poupée Qui Fait Non.
The English lyrics are by notable British songwriter Geoff Stephens. They differ from the English lyrics on versions by Marty Rhone and by Scott McKenzie, also credited to Stephens (see above under Marty Rhone).
No No No No No on Kapp (USA) #786 is the French version, in spite of the English title.
See Knock Knock Who’s There for more about Geoff Stephens and his collaborators, and a list of some of his numerous songwriting credits.
SIMILAR TITLE BUT NOT THE SAME SONG AS ‘NO NO NO NO NO’ BY MARTY RHONE.
Solo single by Tony Barber, formerly with Billy Thorpe’s Aztecs 1963-65. He had a national hit with his own composition Someday (1965-66).
Not to be confused with: This is not the quiz compere Tony Barber.
Some other variations on the theme:
Crispian St Peters – No No No (Robert Peter Smith [Crispian St
UK 1966 #18 Melbourne #29 Brisbane
Richard Wright Group – No No No No (Don Fardon [Maughn] – Philip ‘Pip’ Whitcher)
Australia 1966 #28 Perth [More here]
The Sorrows – No No No No (Don Fardon [Maughn] – Philip ‘Pip’ Whitcher)
Bulldog – No (Billy Hocher – John Turi)
USA 1972 #2 Melbourne #7 Adelaide #13 Brisbane #5 Perth #17 NZ [More here]
Single on Disques Vogue July 1966, also on Disc’AZ, distributed by Disques Vogue.
Single on Disc’AZ August 1966.
Track on early-2000s bootleg album The Studio Out-Takes….1966-1970. Its provenance is unclear to me, but some comments at YouTube and Amazon add some dimensions to the story, including the suggestion that Hendrix is on bass with Noel Redding on guitar.
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Live version on CD single recorded on tour in 1996 by Canadian-born French singer Mylène Farmer (b.1961) and Khaled (b.1960), an Algerian singer-songwriter in the folk genre räi.
On Polydor EP Love Me Please Love Me.
Note the slight difference between this title and the other Spanish version by Las Chic’s: hace (does, makes) vs dice (says).
On RCA Camden album Alto… Somos Las Chic’s…!.
Spanish lyrics by Homero González using his seudónimo Omero. La Muñeca Dice No = the doll says no. YouTube
❝Legendary lyricist and translator of North American hits, known as Mr. Muévanse Todos…❞ (Second Hand Songs). This refers to Omero’s Spanish adaptation of Twist And Shout as Muévanse todos (everybody move).
SIMILAR TITLE BUT NOT THE SAME SONG AS ‘LA POUPÉE QUI FAIT NON’ BY MICHEL POLNAREFF.
Track on album Vu De L’Extérieur by major singer-songwriter-producer on the French pop scene of the 60s.
Gainsbourg is possibly (and unfairly) best known in English-speaking countries for his association with Brigitte Bardot and Jane Birkin, especially as manifested in the hit Je t’aime moi non plus (1969, #1 UK). It was remade in Australia by TV soapie star Abigail on a single that somehow charted Top 10 (1973).
Further reading: Dave Thompson’s review of Vu De L’Extérieur at All Music. (The French have a word for it: scatologique. OK, so do the English.)
B-side of 7″ 33⅓ single on Mocambo by Brazilian singer (Roberto Caldeira dos Santos, b.1945), also on album Bobby De Carlo (1967). The A-side Tijolinho was a hit for De Carlo, also known as Bobby Di Carlo. He was part of Jovem Guarda, Brazil’s late-60s youth movement that fused Anglo rock’n’roll culture with local Portuguese styles.
Portuguese lyrics by Marcelo Santos. YouTube
Also recorded by José Luiz on 1979 album.
Track on album Prijatelji, zdravo! by Serbian pop singer Đorđe Marjanović (1931-2021), a big star in 60s Yugoslavia. Serbo-Croation lyrics by the artist. Lutka koja kaže ne = the doll that says no. YouTube