Liz Brady (not her real name) was born on January 5th 1940 in a small suburb of Cairo known as Raymonde Fleurat in Heliopolis, Egypt. Her father was French and her mother was half Greek as well as half Italian. I have done research in order to find the name Liz Brady had been given when she was born but to no avail. Her name remains a mystery to many Yé-yé fans and To everyone else Liz and her career remains a mystery, period.
Egyptian-born singer Liz Brady’s image was a complete fabrication. In a bid to lend her a cool Carnaby Street edge, her French record label gave her an English-sounding stage name and a false British heritage. Despite this and the consistently high quality of her records, things didn’t really work out for her in France and she ended up moving to Quebec, where she enjoyed great success as half of duo Les Scarabées.
She grew up a very well educated young lady and learned to speak multiple languages. She spoke fluent Arabic, French, Greek and Italian. As a teenager, her family moved to a British colony in Kenya where she learned to speak English fluently. She was obviously a very fast learner, especially when it came to linguistics.
She arrived in Paris In 1964 and was immediately offered a recording contract with the Pathé record label. London was the the epicenter of all things cool and given that fact that she already held a British passport and spoke French with a very distinct English accent, it was decided, by the powers that be, she should be perceived to be English. She was given the stage name Liz Brady and an English father was invented for publicity. They also trimmed a very generous Six years off of Liz's age.