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Christine Charbonneau (18 October 1943 – 29 May 2014) was a French Canadian singer and songwriter.[1]

Christine Charbonneau
Christine Charbonneau.jpg
Charbonneau in 2008
Background information
Birth nameChristine Charbonneau
Born(1943-10-18)18 October 1943
Montreal, Quebec
Died29 May 2014(2014-05-29) (aged 70)
GenresPop, French songs
Occupation(s)Singer, songwriter, composer, poet, author
InstrumentsGuitar, piano, vocals
Years active1963–2005
LabelsMérite, Polydor (labeled as Polydor/Pléiade), Gamma, Triomphe, Select


Most popular songsEdit

Du fil des aiguilles et du coton recorded by France Castel in 1972 [2] and sung by Céline Dion in 1973,[3] on her first public appearance at the age of five, at the wedding of her brother Michel.[4] Tout va trop vite [5] recorded by Patsy Gallant in 1972.[6] Les femmes (Qu'y a-t-il dans le coeur des femmes) recorded by Patsy Gallant in 1974 and covered by Sheila in France in 1976.[7] Donne l'amour recorded by Ginette Reno in 1974.[8] Censuré recorded by Christine Charboneau in 1975.[9] Cécile Tremblay-Matte, musicologist, recognizes Christine Charbonneau in her book La chanson écrite au féminin, as the French Canadian female songwriter who had the most songs recorded by different artists in Québec during the period of 1960 to 1980.[10][11]

Early careerEdit

Born in Montreal, Quebec in 1943, Charbonneau wrote her first song at the age of twelve.[12] She began singing professionally at La Butte à Mathieu in Val-David, Québec in 1959.[13] She accompanied herself with a guitar like her mentor Felix Leclerc[14] and was considered to be one of the icons of Québec song.[15] Charbonneau was referred to as a chansonnier.[16] She toured for several years in the Québec coffee houses called "les boites à chansons," which were proliferating at the time.

Charbonneau started giving songs to different singers, such as Ginette Ravel, one of the major artists of this epoch.[17] She recorded Charbonneau's song L'amour, on her album "L'amour c'est comme un jour," released in 1963 on RCA Victor Records.[18] Her song Je te chercherai was recorded by Renée Claude on (Renée Claude Volume 2), Select Records.[19] Charbonneau made her first album with Sélect Records in 1963 : The title was "Les insolences d'une jeune femme".[20]

On 24 June 1965, Charbonneau was invited to participate at the Saint-John-Baptiste Celebration Day,[21] (today the National Holiday) in Québec.[22] That year it was held exceptionally at Jarry Park in the north of Montréal. Surrounded by other artists, Charbonneau performed in front of more than forty thousand people.[23]

Around 1967, as the "boites à chansons" were facing decline,[24] Charbonneau continued her career at CBC Radio and CBC Television. She was invited several times on the Coast to Coast CBC Television series Chansons (TV series) produced by Anton Van de Water, where she was singing in company of many other artists including Joni Mitchell[25] Jacques Blanchet, Margo McKinnon,[26] Pauline Julien and Gordon Lightfoot, the Travelers [27] In 1968, she made a third album entitled Christine with Gamma Records,[28] and François Dompierre was her orchestra director. Later he composed a few songs for her.[29]

In 1968, Charbonneau had her first Télévision Summer Series at CBC SRC and co-hosted with Jacques Blanchet the musical show "Tête heureuse". In 1969, she co-hosted with Blanchet a chanson radio show at CBC Radio : "Tour à tour".[30] In August 1969, Charbonneau represented Canada at the Spa Festival in Belgium[31] but lost the contest.

Composing for othersEdit

The 1970s are the most intensive years of her songwriter career, being marked by the recording of many of her songs with different artists. Du fil des aiguilles et du coton, Je le vois dans ma soupe, Ça m'fait du bien recorded by France Castel[32] on Profil Records and Trans-World Records, reached the Top Twenty Charts in Quebec[33] and her 1973, 1974, 1975 albums are mostly Charbonneau's songs. Patsy Gallant made the charts with Tout va trop vite, Thank you come again (in French), Un jour comme les autres, Le lit qui craque,[34] songs that gave a start to Gallant's French-language career in Quebec.[35][36] In 1974 Charbonneau gave to Patsy Gallant her original song Les femmes (Qu'y a-t-il dans le cœur des femmes) which was recorded on her 1974 album "Toi l'enfant," released by Columbia Records. Les femmes was covered by the popular French singer Sheila, who released the single Les femmes [37] in 1976 with Carrere Records and topped the French Top Twenty.[38] It could be found also on the album L'amour qui brûle en moi.

In 1974, Charbonneau wrote a first song for Ginette Reno, Donne l'amour, which was recorded on her album "Aimons-nous".[39] Also in 1979, Reno recorded Oublie-moi on her album "Je ne suis qu'une chanson," produced by Melon-Miel Records,[40] In 1980, she received 3 awards (Félix), including the bestseller album of the year (350,000 copies), and in a few months sold 350,000 albums.

Michel Louvain[41] and Claude Valade were back on the Quebec charts with songs written by Charbonneau. La dame en bleu on Mirabel Records [42] was for Louvain one of the greatest hits of his career.[43] Viens t'étendre aux creux de mes bras,[44] Aide-moi à passer la nuit,[45] J'ai dit non, Quand tes yeux, C'est parce que je t'aime , Est-ce si facile , Le chemin de tes rêves - all songs who have featured in the Top Ten on the Quebec charts and were among Claude Valade's hits [46][47] · [48] that became standards on Quebec radio airplay. Charbonneau's biggest hit as a singer was her disco song of 1975, Censuré.

En 2008, the song Les femmes sung by Sheila was one of the chosen song for the musical background of the film Stella, by Sylvie Verheyder.[49]

Charbonneau died of cancer on 29 May 2014.[1]


  1. ^ a b La Presse Canadienne (CP/PC), "La chanteuse et auteure Christine Charbonneau est décédée" (in French). 31 May 2014. Retrieved 2014-06-02.
  2. ^ France Castel, Discography, hit song by Christine Charbonneau Du fil des aiguilles et du coton, (1973, Profil, PRO. 6063),France Castel Archived 2012-04-26 at the Wayback Machine:
  3. ^ Céline Dion , Biographie Enfance, Céline sings in 1973 "Du fil des aiguilles et du coton" by Christine Charbonneau "
  4. ^ Du fil des aiguilles et du coton, Céline sang this song at the wedding of her brother Michel in 1973,Céline Dion web site:
  5. ^ "Patsy Gallant, Québec Info Music, Biography",
  6. ^ Gallant Discography',
  7. ^ "Sheila, Les femmes, une chanson très moderne et style pop très variété", 'Les femmes by Christine Charbonneau',
  8. ^ " Ginette Reno, Trans World Records, 1974, album "Aimons-nous" on YouTube, music and lyrics Christine Charbonneau, diaporama Nathalie Dubois, 17-04-2012"
  9. ^ '"It was the beginning of Disco and with Censuré, Charbonneau has done one of the best in the style..."'
  10. ^ Cécile Tremblay-Matte, Musicologist, La chanson écrite au féminin, is quoting Charbonneau page 103, 391 pages, "...who had the most songs recorded from 1960–1980", Pub.(Éditions) TROIS, 1990, (ISBN 2-920887-16-5),
  11. ^ La chanson écrite au féminin by Cécile-Tremblay Matte, Christine Charbonneau page 103,
  12. ^ La chanson écrite au féminin, (ISBN 2-920887-16-5),
  13. ^ "La Butte à Mathieu", Christine Charbonneau was invited often to the Mecca of Québec song, La Butte à Mathieu, "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-12-23. Retrieved 2011-08-06.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  14. ^ Paragraph Félix Leclerc, (le père de la chanson québécoise), the father of Quebec song,,_p%C3%A8re_de_la_chanson_qu%C3%A9b%C3%A9coise.html#.UOOa5nfeG_I¯#
  15. ^ "Marc-Antoine Lapierre, Montréal University, Master's Degree in Anthropology (Anthropology Department), «Le mythe de la chanson québécois» (The myth of Québec song): (Some artists like Christine Charbonneau become icons...)"Certains artistes deviennent des icônes du milieu...dont Christine Charbonneau", page 20",
  16. ^ "Christine Charbonneau, Discographie, Enregistrements canadiens, Les chansonnières au Québec,(Les Cahiers de l'ARMuQ, avril 1990), ouvrage de C. T.-Matte qui procède à l'examen des chansons et enregistrements de... ",
  17. ^ "Ginette Ravel, The Canadian Encyclopedia,"
  18. ^ "Ginette Ravel, L'amour, Album "L'amour, c'est comme un jour" 1963,
  19. ^ "Renée Claude, Volume deux (Second Album), Sélect Records, Je te chercherai",
  20. ^ Christine Charbonneau, Les insolences d'une jeune femme",
  21. ^ "(Saint-John-Baptiste Day and its History) Fête de la Saint-Jean Baptiste et son histoire",
  22. ^ "National Holiday Québec", "Fête nationale du Québec",
  23. ^ "24 of June (1965),(Celebration of Saint-John's Day), Fête de la Saint-Jean, Parc Jarry, Montréal, Christine Charbonneau et autres artistes invités, dans les notes de Gilles (From Gilles Vigneault Note Book),èmes&source=bl&ots=4pCmjn1mXK&sig
  24. ^ "Peak and Decline of les Boites à chansons", M. A. Lapierre, (Le mythe de la chanson québécoise), page 19"...L'apogée du mouvement (des boîtes à chansons) vers 1967...",
  25. ^ "A chronology of appearances". Retrieved 2014-06-02.
  26. ^ Jacques Blanchet and others,
  27. ^ Pauline Julien, Gordon Lightfoot, "Chansons (TV series)" (Mon Pays mes chansons), TV archives.,
  28. ^ "Gamma Records Ltd.". The Canadian Encyclopedia.
  29. ^ "François Dompierre, Orchestra Director and music composer,
  30. ^ Télevision show, Christine Charbonneau and Jacques Blanchet, "Tête heureuse, and in 1969, Radio show, Tour à tour, page 241,"
  31. ^ Christine Charbonneau,
  32. ^ "France Castel, Officiel Site, Discography : France Castel 1973, 1973, 1974, and Compilation Double Album 1975" (most of them written by Charbonneau), "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-08-27. Retrieved 2013-01-07.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  33. ^ "France Castel, Du fil des aiguilles et du coton, Je le vois dans ma soupe et Ça m'fait du bien 1973-02-17", "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2012-04-25. Retrieved 2012-08-05.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  34. ^ "Patsy Gallant, Québec Info Musique, Biographie",
  35. ^ "Patsy Gallant" Franco charts :Tout va trop vite, Le lit qui craque, Un jour comme les autres, Thank you come again, brought Gallant at the top of Quebec Charts", "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2012-04-25. Retrieved 2012-08-05.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  36. ^ Patsy Gallant Biography and songs,
  37. ^ Les femmes
  38. ^
  39. ^ "Ginette Reno, Official Site, Biographie",
  40. ^ Ginette Reno, Album «Je ne suis qu'une chanson», (Oublie-moi in 5th )
  41. ^ "Michel Louvain. La dame en bleu,
  42. ^ Michel Louvain, La dame en bleu, 1976-02-14, "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2012-04-25. Retrieved 2012-08-05.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  43. ^ "La dame en bleu, Christine Charbonneau, 1976",
  44. ^ "Claude Valade, Viens t'étendre aux creux de mes bras", written by Charbonneau, "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2012-04-25. Retrieved 2012-08-05.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  45. ^ "Claude Valade, Aide-moi à passer la nuit, 1975-03-29, "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2012-04-25. Retrieved 2012-08-05.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  46. ^ Hits for Claude Valade written by Charbonneau, "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2012-04-25. Retrieved 2012-08-05.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  47. ^ 'Claude Valade, Discography, Le Parolier, 1975 London Deram,
  48. ^ "Claude Valade, J'ai dit non, 1976-06-26", "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2012-04-25. Retrieved 2012-08-05.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  49. ^ «Stella» dossier pédagogique, Internet