Georgette Plana, who died today at the ripe old age of 95.
We bumped into a her a few times on the circuit. During the Sixties she made a comeback and topped the French charts with 'Riquita', performed in the retro-chanson style.
I last saw her Chez Manouche--another tremendous character who is in my new book. Georgette was totally bombed out, but still able to stagger to the jukebox and put on her own recording of 'Riquita' and belt out the words before hitting the deck. She reminded me of Fréhel in 'Pepe le Moko', when she sang 'Ou sont-ils' to Jean Gabin.
Fantastic lady who has left us with a wealth of happy memories! RIP, Georgette!