OK....Back to the real world...Remember "The Ed Sullivan Show? If you would have tuned in on a particular night in 1963, you would have seen a peculiar sight; A Belgian Nun in full habit, playing a guitar and singing a song called "Dominique". The nuns name was Sister Luc-Gabrielle, but she was better known as Soeur Souire(Sister Smile) , and her song was becoming a huge hit all over the world.
The funny thing was, hardly anyone knew what the hell she was singing about because the words were entirely in French. But the tune was catchy and the song soon went to #1 on the U.S. pop music charts, and sold 1.5 Million copies. It also won a Grammy for the best religious song. The Singing Nun also became a star in her own right, and even Debbie Reynolds played her in a Movie..
Soeur Sourire got her start singing religios songs at retreats..In the evenings the Nuns would sing songs by Sister Luc-Gabrielle, and the songs were such a hit that the other nuns and the young girls wanted her to record them..One of her catchiest tunes was "Dominique". A song that honors St. Dominic Guzman founder of Sister Smiles Dominican order..He was also the man credited with introducing Rosary Beads to the Roman Catholic faith!!
Soeur Sourire seemed to adjust to her celebrity status quite well at first...But that didn't last long. She left the convent in 1966 before taking her final vows. She said she wanted to do Missionary work while persuing a musical career..(She did in fact turn all of her royalties over to the religios order that she left.)..Sadly, she lived to regret that decision.. The Belgian Government hounded her for back taxes for the next 20 years, and the Center for Autistic Children that she and another ex-nun founded, had to close in 1983 due to lack of funds..
Her life ended tragically in 1985 when she and the friend were found dead, the apparent victims of a double suicide pact, brought on by their financial woes, she was 51...
Wow!! Theres a real up-beat Musical Monday eh?.... Peace