Montréal, October 22, 2018— The Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame and Coup de cœur francophone are delighted to announce that the song Québécois by La Révolution Française will be inducted to the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame on November 3 during the 32nd edition of the Coup de cœur francophone music festival.
On this occasion, lyricist François Guy and composers Richard Tate and Angelo Finaldi will share the stage with Montréal group Clay and Friends to play a reimagined version of their hit song that will stay true to its original spirit.
The trio, founded in 1969 as a mutation of the Sinners, shot to the top of the charts with their song Québécois that became at the time the unofficial national anthem of the province. It was one of the first rock songs to sing about Québec’s independence, a theme that up until then, had been reserved to folk singers.
The era’s zeitgeist combined with the song’s powerful nature was the key to its success and Québécois became the best-selling single of 1970 with over 100,000 copies sold in Québec.
Michèle Richard and Tony Roman covered the song and it’s also featured on many compilation albums including “L’histoire des groupes des années 60”,“Les meilleures chansons pop-rock des groupes des années 60,” and “Le meilleur de Jeunesse”.
“The Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame has teamed up with the country’s most vibrant festivals and events—from coast to coast to coast—to celebrate songwriters and their songs that are emblematic of their regions,” said Vanessa Thomas, Executive Director of the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame. “We are really excited and proud to celebrate the induction of such a legendary song alongside our friends from Coup de cœur francophone and the song’s three songwriters,” she concluded.