Wednesday, December 1, 2010

My Life's Soundtrack Part 21 - Dominique by The Singing Nun (Soeur Sourire)

Pop music in the 1960's was FAR more diverse than it is today. Here's proof. In the same year the Beatles performed on Ed Sullivan's show, so did Soeur Sourire (Sister Smile). Known in America as the Singing Nun, Jeanine Deckers lived a very strange life. Philips Records took advantage of her. She opened a school for autistic kids, but was forced into poverty by the Belgian government over back taxes. She, along with her 10-year companion, Anna Pécher, overdosed on barbiturates and alcohol in an apparent suicide pact in March 1985. She was only 51.

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