Femme de rêve | Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame
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A tribute to the women of the world and to their freedom, hopes, and solidarity.
Femme de rêve
  • Year Inducted: 2008
  • Written In: 1973
Claude Dubois
Femme de rêve, a track from the 1973 album Touchez Dubois, is a tribute to the women of the world and to their freedom, hopes, and solidarity. The song was first recorded at the Universal Studio in L.A. with well-known studio musicians, and has since become a signature piece of Claude Dubois’ repertory.

Espousing the ideals of the eventful 1970s, when the only real hope lied in the future, Dubois affirmed that women’s quest for freedom represented a happy hope.

Paradoxically, Dubois was also asserting his own right to personal freedom and his yearning for closer contacts with women without losing his own independence.

With more accessible pieces and runaway hits, the album Touchez Dubois marked a commercial shift in Dubois’ career. The Femme de rêve single, backed with the song Bébé jajoue la toune, became a double chart success. At the time, the influential Barclay label boasted an impressive stable of Quebec artists that included Robert Charlebois, the group Offenbach and Diane Dufresne.

Readily recognizable from its first whistled notes, Femme de rêve, an integral part of the history of Quebec pop, became a SOCAN Classic in 1994 after reaching 25,000 airplays.

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