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Evokes the TV series from his childhood, his anxiety after a film where he relives the events of the sessions, and some significant events of the 20th century such as the conquest of space.
Fu Man Chu
  • Year Inducted: 2010
  • Written In: 1971
Songwriters
Robert Charlebois Songwriter
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Claude Gagnon Lyricist
Marcel Sabourin Lyricist
Artists
Marie-Denise Pelletier
Yann Perreault
Mara Tremblay
Pierre Flynn
Fu Man Chu is a grandiose and epic 10 minute piece that conjures up images of both black and white Fu Man Chu adventure movies and Gene Autry Western movies. By bringing us back to a time when these movies were presented in Montreal Church Halls in the 1950s, Charlebois thrusts us back to his childhood memories, under the cold sheets of his bed. In Fu Man Chu, Charlebois relives scenes from his childhood adventures, between exciting movie presentations and his father’s pleas for him to go back to bed.

Title track of Charlebois’ 5th album released in 1972, Fu Man Chu differs from all other Charlebois songs, with its musical ingenuity and its lyrics filled with fantasies and puns. The song is divided into three sections, a musical concept that was unheard of at the time in Quebec. With Fu Man Chu, Charlebois transports us into a fascinating imaginary universe that awakens childhood memories and plunges the listener in adventures of heroes Lady Trenton and Bill Inquiétude, along with Apollo 16 astronauts entering the Milky Way.

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Fu Man Chu (Robert Charlebois) - performed by Pierre Flynn and Mara Tremblay
"Fu Man Chu" performed by Québécois singer-songwriters Pierre Flynn and Mara Tremblay at the 2010 CSHF Induction Ceremony.
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