Mon dieu! Not more singing nuns!

Here we go again. The Associated Press reports that the nuns of the Abbaye de Notre Dame de l’Annonciation in France have signed a record deal with Britain’s Decca Records.

How 20th-century can you get? In 1963, Sister Luc-Gabrielle (born Jeanne-Paul Marie Deckers), a Belgian nun who recorded as “Souer Sourire” (Sister Smile, but billed as “The Singing Nun” in the U.S.), held the No. 1 spot on the U.S. singles chart for four weeks with her ditty “Dominique.” The song was an inescapable blot on top 40 stations for more than three months. Debbie Reynolds played the good sister in a 1966 biopic.

La vrai Souer Sourire, who died tragically in 1985, appears above in the video for the bone-chilling 1982 disco version of her one and only hit.

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