Record Cover of the Week

April 19, 2008

Les Classels: en spectacle

The 60s were a golden age of gimmicky bands in Québec: Les Classels dressed all in white (including their hair), César et les Romains wore togas and sandals, Les Excentriques wore metalic pink tuxedos. These groups mostly recorded French cover versions of American and British hits of the day. Les Classels also recorded some songs in English, as well as original songs (in French) by their guitar player Jean Clément Drouin and their manager Ben Kaye. Then the 70s came along and singer/songwriters like Robert Charlebois ruined everything.

Les Classels on YouTube:

While researching this post, I came across this:

René Angélil (on the left) in a band called Les Baronets. Just think: if they’d had the enduring success of The Beatles or the Stones, today Céline might be a lounge singer in Chicoutimi.

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