The Singing Nun

1933 - 1985

The Singing Nun

Jeanne-Paule Marie "Jeannine" Deckers (17 October 1933 – 29 March 1985), better known as Sœur Sourire (French for ''Sister Smile'') and often called The Singing Nun in English-speaking countries, was a Belgian singer-songwriter and a member of the Dominican Order in Belgium as Sister Luc Gabriel. She acquired widespread fame in 1963 with the release of the Belgian French song "Dominique", which topped the US Billboard Hot 100 and other charts. Owing to confusion over the terms of the recording contract, she was reduced to poverty, and also experienced a crisis of faith, quitting the order, though still remaining a Catholic. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of The Singing Nun has received more than 570,580 page views. Her biography is available in 22 different languages on Wikipedia making her the 286th most popular singer.

Memorability Metrics

  • 570k

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  • 56.43

    Historical Popularity Index (HPI)

  • 22

    Languages Editions (L)

  • 4.99

    Effective Languages (L*)

  • 2.34

    Coefficient of Variation (CV)

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Among singers, The Singing Nun ranks 286 out of 3,001Before her are Tereza Kesovija, Dave Evans, Sammy Davis Jr., Mahalia Jackson, Christa Ludwig, and Victoria Beckham. After her are Joe Lynn Turner, Eartha Kitt, Elis Regina, Justin Bieber, John Lydon, and Vicente Fernández.

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Among people born in 1933, The Singing Nun ranks 96Before her are Egil Danielsen, Narriman Sadek, Tom Skerritt, Bata Živojinović, John Boorman, and Ilia II of Georgia. After her are Yuri Oganessian, Jean-Claude Brialy, Fred Haise, Yasukazu Tanaka, Joan Rivers, and Maurice André. Among people deceased in 1985, The Singing Nun ranks 46Before her are André Kertész, Donald O. Hebb, Macfarlane Burnet, Eric Voegelin, Kirill Moskalenko, and Alexander Pokryshkin. After her are Emílio Garrastazu Médici, Ruth Gordon, Herbert Bayer, David Byron, Ernst Öpik, and Denis de Rougemont.

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In Belgium

Among people born in Belgium, The Singing Nun ranks 191 out of 658Before her are Eugène Charles Catalan (1814), Charles Auguste de Bériot (1802), Lara Fabian (1970), Juan de Flandes (1450), Melchior Broederlam (1355), and Roelant Savery (1576). After her are Prince Leopold, Duke of Brabant (1859), Philippe Thys (1889), Jacques Feyder (1885), Ida of Lorraine (1040), Antoine Wiertz (1806), and Henry II, Duke of Brabant (1207).

Among SINGERS In Belgium

Among singers born in Belgium, The Singing Nun ranks 3Before her are Jacques Brel (1929) and Lara Fabian (1970). After her are Violetta Villas (1938), Stromae (1985), José van Dam (1940), Edgar P. Jacobs (1904), René Jacobs (1946), Kate Ryan (1980), Sandra Kim (1972), Bob Benny (1926), and Natacha Atlas (1964).