Era Inducted To: Modern Era
Composer(s):Michel Pagliaro, Montreal, Quebec, November 9, 1948
A recipient of the Governor General’s Performing Arts Award in 2008, Michel Pagliaro – or “Pag” as many of his fans call him – is the undisputed face of Quebec rock. An authentic rocker, he was the first Canadian artist to receive a Gold Record for both his English and French hit songs. He enjoyed his first phenomenal hit in 1974 in Quebec, with the song J’entends frapper. By then, Pagliaro had already achieved many impressive musical feats, including an album recorded at Abbey Road, and an appearance on BBC’s Top of the Pops. He also enjoyed a string of minor hits in Canada with Loving You Ain’t so Easy and Rainshowers.
Inspired by traditional Rock and Roll in the style of Chuck Berry, J’entends frapper quickly became his swan song and a perfect example of the Pagliaro sound. The song instantly became Quebec’s best selling single in history upon its release. In 1972, Pagliaro won a Gold Leaf Award (later the “Juno Awards”) for “Best Male Singer,” for which he was also nominated for in 1975. The success of this song brought Pagliaro to tour all over Canada and Europe.
Cover artists include: DJ Champion, Sylvain Cossette, Roch Voisine, Martin Deschamps and Stéphanie Biddle.