Lucille Starr

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Lucille Starr
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Lucille Starr (1965)
Background information
Birth name Lucille Marie Raymonde Savoie
Born (1938-05-13) May 13, 1938 (age 76)
Origin St. Boniface, Manitoba, Canada
Genres Country
Occupation(s) Singer
Songwriter
Yodeler
Instruments Vocals, guitar, bass, mandolin
Years active 1958–present
Labels Almo International, A&M, Epic, Barry

Lucille Starr (born May 13, 1938) is a Franco-Manitoban / British Columbian singer, songwriter, and yodeler best known for her 1964 hit single, "Quand Le Soleil Dit Bonjour Aux Montagnes" ("The French Song").

Biography[edit]

Born Lucille Marie Raymonde Savoie in St. Boniface, Manitoba, Canada, Starr was a natural musician who could play guitar and bass as well as the mandolin. Although born in Manitoba, she was raised in Port Coquitlam and Coquitlam's Francophone community of Maillardville, British Columbia starting her musical career with the local group Les Hirondelles. Using the stage name of Lucille Starr, she eventually teamed up with band member Bob Regan both as his wife and to form their own country singing duo called "Bob & Lucille". Between 1958 and 1963 they released several 45 rpm records that were mainly covers of an eclectic mix of fashionable country, pop, rockabilly and folk songs of people such as Perry Como to Connie Francis. Their records met with modest success on the North American West Coast and in 1963 they were signed by A&M Records with which they began recording as "The Canadian Sweethearts".

At A&M Records in Los Angeles, California, Starr recorded a song called "The French Song" that was produced by Herb Alpert. It was recorded in both French and English. In 1964, at a time when The Beatles dominated the music charts, "The French Song" was an international success that made Starr the first Canadian artist to have a record sell over a million copies.[1] The song took her from near obscurity to the world stage, touring the United States and appearing on the Louisiana Hayride radio show and on Chicago radio station WLS (AM) popular National Barn Dance. Starr also sang on American television musical variety shows such as Shindig! and Hullabaloo, followed by tours of Pacific Rim countries, Australia, South Africa, and across Europe where she became a particular favorite in the Netherlands. Selling sold over one million copies, it was awarded a gold disc.[1]

In 1967, Starr and her Canadian Sweethearts duo signed a recording contract with Epic Records in Nashville, Tennessee. Divorced from her husband, their musical collaboration ended in 1977. Although she never again had a hit of the magnitude of "The French Song", Starr enjoyed a long and prosperous career recording primarily in English but also in French and Spanish. For the most part she sang country music, becoming the first female inducted into the Canadian Country Music Association’s "Hall of Honor" in 1987. A capable yodeler, she was hired to do the yodeling for the "Cousin Pearl" character on several segments of the hit TV series, The Beverly Hillbillies.

Back to You: the Life and Music of Lucille Starr, a jukebox musical with a script by Tracey Power, opened at the Prairie Theatre Exchange in Winnipeg on 10 November 2010 and is scheduled to run til 28 November 2010.[2]

In her honour, a street in the city of Coquitlam, British Columbia was named "Lucille Starr Way".

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Year Album Label
1965 The French Song A&M
1968 In South Africa
1969 Lonely Street Epic
1978 Back to You Quality
1981 The Sun Shines Again Starr
1991 Songs of Love Intersound
Chansons D'Amour
Mississppi Koch

Singles[edit]

Year Single Chart Positions Album
CAN Country CAN AC CAN US Country US
1964 "The French Song" 12 54 The French Song
"Jolie Jacqueline" 24
"Crazy Arms" 5
1967 "Too Far Gone" 1 72 Lonely Street
1968 "Is It Love?" 63 single only
1969 "Cajun Love" 1 Lonely Street
1970 "Dream Baby" (with Bob Regan) 28 50 singles only
"The French Song" (re-release) 39 14
1971 "Sock It to Satan" 42
1981 "Power in Your Love" 37 The Sun Shines Again
1988 "The First Time I've Been in Love" 26 Back to You
"Back to You" 63
1990 "Just the Way We Were" 99

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Murrells, Joseph (1978). The Book of Golden Discs (2nd ed.). London: Barrie and Jenkins Ltd. p. 183. ISBN 0-214-20512-6. 
  2. ^ [1][dead link]
  • Canadian Records: A Discography & Price Guide of Canadian 45's & LP's from 1955 to 1975, Andre Gibeault, 1987 (OOP)

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