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Elle était si jolie

France "Elle était si jolie"
Eurovision Song Contest 1963 entry
Country France
Artist(s) Alain Barrière
Language French
Composer(s) Alain Barrière, A. Migiani
Lyricist(s) Alain Barrière, A. Migiani
Conductor Franck Pourcel
Finals performance
Final result 5th
Final points 25
Appearance chronology
◄ "Un premier amour" (1962)   
"Le chant de Mallory" (1964) ►

"Elle était si jolie" (English translation: "She Was So Pretty") was the French entry in the Eurovision Song Contest 1963, performed in French by Alain Barrière.

The song was performed eleventh on the night (following Switzerland's Esther Ofarim with "T'en va pas" and preceding Spain's José Guardiola with "Algo prodigioso"). At the close of voting, it had received 25 points, placing 5th in a field of 16.

The song is a ballad, with Barrière reminiscing about a girl he used to know and how pretty she was. Her beauty was apparently so much that he could not love her. Barrière also recorded the song in German and Italian, as "Du gingst fort ohne Abschied" and "Era troppo carina" respectively. The song was well received in Latin America, particularly in Chile.[1]

It was succeeded as French representative at the 1964 Contest by Rachel with "Le chant de Mallory".


  • Dragan Stojnić, a Yugoslavian chanson singer, released a cover version of the song in 1965 with lyrics in Serbocroatian language, entitled "Bila je tako lijepa". This version was a great hit in all former Yugoslavia. The version was later famously covered by Pekinška Patka.
  • Croatian punk rock band Hladno Pivo recorded a cover version of the song, mainly relying on the Pekinška Patka version.
  • German punk rock band Autozynik recorded in 2000 a cover version of the Pekinška Patka 1980 version.[2]
  • In Vietnamese, the song is known as "Em Đẹp Như Mơ".[3]

Pekinška Patka version

"Bila je tako lijepa"
B-side "Bumba, rumba"
Released 1980
Format 7" vinyl single
Recorded 1980
Meta sound studio, Novi Sad
Genre Punk rock
Length 3:24
Label Jugoton
SY 23756
Writer(s) A. Barrière, B. Stojadinović, N. Čonkić
Producer Pekinška Patka
Pekinška Patka singles chronology

"Bolje da nosim kratku kosu"
Bila je tako lijepa

"Bila je tako lijepa", a cover version of the Dragan Stojnić version of the Alain Barrière song "Elle était si jolie", is the third and last single by the Serbian punk rock band Pekinška Patka, released in 1980.

  1. "Bila je tako lijepa" (A. Barrière, B. Stojadinović, N. Čonkić) (3:24)
  2. "Bumba, rumba" (N. Čonkić, S. Kovačević) (2:24)


  • Official Eurovision Song Contest site, history by year, 1963
  • Detailed info & lyrics, The Diggiloo Thrush, "Elle était si jolie".
  • Discogs
  • EX YU ROCK enciklopedija 1960-2006, Janjatović Petar; ISBN 978-86-905317-1-4

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