However calling up a Hit Chart for 1964 reminded me that we also had Cilla Black. In her early career she worked in the Cavern Club and was considered part of the Merseybeat scene before her career moved into light entertainment and eventually Blind Date. I do have a soft spot for Cilla Black, a decent family woman.
why so many British singers seem to pronounce lyrics in "American"
That was always a big bone of contention among band members and fans. Even in the early 80s when I was part of the road crew for a small band arguments raged between the local accent brigade and those who were American influenced.
It was because the
The local accents came in a bit later.? The Small Faces were one of the first to emphasis a Cockney accent on Lazy Sunday Afternoon and later stuff from the Kinks like Dedicated Follower of Fashion did become terribly British.
Francoise Hardy's Ce Petit Coeur is a little more syncopated than "...Garcons et la Filles" (which was apparently released in 1962 -- the video seems to be from 1964). Hardy is more similar to Petula Clark then Janis Joplin.
Please don't take this in a wrong way, but: Why does Cilla Black seem to sing with a general American English accent.? I have never understood why so many British singers seem to pronounce lyrics in "American" . Even Ray Davies sounds more American, than English, to my amateurish ear.