Soeur Sourire (translated that would be "Sister Smile", but she became
known in the English speaking world as The Singing Nun) is the only Belgian Artist
who has succeeded getting to number 1 record on the American Billboard charts
(Jacques Brel also managed to get there, but not in his
own voice). Not only that, her song "Dominique" was the song that held
"Louie Louie" by the Kingsmen from getting to number one !
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song: Soeur Sourire
Produced : unknown.
Year : 1963
Record co. : Philips
The recording career of Sister Luc-Gabrielle started when the fellow nuns from
her convent at Fichermont wanted her to record a few of her songs to be given
away as gifts. Recording Company Philips first had them pay to record some songs,
but they soon saw the potential, got her an artist name and pressed the songs
Because of its success throughout Europe, Philips also released the album in
America. Only after the song "Dominique" was released as a single, it
did get some reaction. The song, which is an ode to the founder of the Domenican
order, was written by sister Luc-Gabrielle for her Mother Superior's Saint's Day.
This Mother Superior told Newsweek that the song treated St. Dominic "with
familiarity and a touch of impertinence".
In 1964 Soeur Sourire even appeared on the Ed Sullivan show from the convent,
but only after the Archdiocese convinced the Mother Superior of Sullivan's good
In 1966, Debbie Reynolds starred in an American movie ("The Singing Nun")
which was based upon Sister Luc-Gabrielle's life.
Shortly afterwards, Sister Luc-Gabrielle left the convent and became a secular
missionary under her real name, Jeanine Deckers. She commited suicide together
with her (female) friend Annie Pescher in March of 1985.
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