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Georges Dor (March 10, 1931 – July 24, 2001) was a Québécois author, composer, playwright, singer, poet, translator, and theatrical producer and director.

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Early lifeEdit

Dor was born Georges-Henri Dore in Drummondville into a large family. As a young man he worked in a factory, and studied at the École du Théâtre du Nouveau Monde in Montréal.[1]

CareerEdit

Dor undertook a career in radio as a disk jockey and news director. In the 1950s he worked at CHLN in Trois-Rivières.[2] Beginning in 1957, he worked for Radio-Canada where he became a director for the Evening News.[3]

Dor wrote poems for many years; in 1964 he was encouraged by friends to compete in an amateur singing competition. He began singing professionally in early 1965, and released his first album in 1966.[3] One of the songs from this album, his composition "La Manic", whose lyrics were a love letter written by a construction worker on the Manicouagan power project,[4] became the most popular recording ever by a Quebec chansonnier,[5] winning the Felix Leclerc award at the 1968 Festival du Disques.[6] He wrote another well-known song, "Une boîte à chanson" (A Music Box).[7]

He continued to perform as a singer until 1972, and to record until 1978. After that he worked mainly in the theatre and in television, producing and writing plays and téléromans.[7] He also wrote two novels and published several collections of poetry.[8]

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ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Georges Dor". The Canadian Encyclopedia, by Christian Rioux and Andrew Mcintosh, July 26, 2007
  2. ^ "Décès de l’animateur et journaliste André Payette". Le Devoir, Jean-François Nadeau, May 8, 2018
  3. ^ a b "Georges Dor n'est plus". TVA Nouvelles, 24 July 2001
  4. ^ "Télévision - Là où le Québec s'inventait". Le Devoir, Paul Cauchon, 19 April 2003
  5. ^ "Another Kind of Explosion in Quebec Talent". McLeans, Jon Ruddy, June 1 1969
  6. ^ Kit Morgan (June 1, 1968). "Festival de Disque ends on Award-winning Note". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. p. 50. ISSN 0006-2510.
  7. ^ a b "Georges Dor ". biography by Claude Morin, Musée des Grands Québécois website
  8. ^ "L'angle mort du français québécois". La Presse, March 24, 2015. by Gérard Bouchard