At the age of 18 Lily Lian had a life-changing experience on the streets of her beloved Pigalle.

“In the middle of a crowd of onlookers,” she wrote in her 1981 memoir, “this girl was singing all the songs I loved. It was her voice which attracted me, a deep voice which came from the heart and from her guts!” She pushed through to the front of the crowd and found herself a few steps away from a petite young woman dressed in black. Passersby froze in their tracks, and “life stopped for the duration of a love song”.

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