Patsy Gallant

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Patsy Gallant
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Patsy Gallant (left) with Gregory Charles in concert
Background information
Born (1948-08-15) August 15, 1948 (age 66)
Origin Campbellton, New Brunswick, Canada
Genres Rock, Blues, Disco
Occupations Singer/Songwriter, Actress
Years active 1965–present
Labels Columbia, Attic, Trilogie Musique

Patsy Gallant (born August 15, 1948, Campbellton, New Brunswick, Canada) is a Canadian pop singer and musical theater actress. Of Acadian ancestry, she has recorded and performed in both English and French.

Career[edit]

Successful beginnings in French[edit]

Gallant released her first single in 1967, which earned her appearances on a number of television variety shows. She later performed at Montreal's Place des Arts with Charles Aznavour[1] and shortly after, she assembled a team of young and talented creators including Yves Lapierre, Judi Richards, Denis Forcier, Jean-Guy Chapados and Ken Owen who composed and wrote for her in English.[2] In 1971, Gallant co-starred on the weekly television variety show Smash presented by Télévision de Radio-Canada (the French arm of CBC Television).[3] During the show, Gallant teamed up with singer-songwriter Christine Charbonneau who wrote most of the lyrics for her two major French albums that were produced by Columbia Records,[4] Patsy Gallant (Tout va trop vite) in 1972 followed by Toi l'enfant in 1974.[5] Several of the songs including Tout va trop vite, Un jour comme les autres, Le lit qui craque, and Thank You Come Again (French version) climb the Quebec charts.[6] Also found on the latter album is the original song Les femmes, a hit song which was covered in 1976 by Sheila in France. Towards the end of 1972, Gallant released Upon My Own, her first English album. Although her two French albums were hits in French Canada, the only song from this album to score a minor hit was Get That Ball.

With her eye on the American market, Gallant recorded her 1974 album Power in Nashville, Tennessee. Although the album spawned four moderately popular singles with Save the Last Dance For Me, Make My Living, Doctor's Orders and the title song Upon My Own, they were not a commercial breakthrough.

Disco Diva[edit]

Gallant's greatest pop success came when she teamed up with producer and manager Ian Robertson for the 1976 album Are You Ready For Love.

From New York to L.A. was Gallant's only recording to attract notice outside Canada; it became a hit in many other countries such as the UK (#6), Ireland (#5), Australia (#10), the Netherlands (#15), Norway (#7), South Africa (#5) and Sweden (#17).[7] Sugar Daddy and the album's title song Are You Ready for Love are also Top 20 Canadian hits that helped Gallant to win Juno Awards for Best Female Vocalist in 1976 and 1977. Although overlooked by radio in the U.S., From New York to L.A. and Sugar Daddy were played in American discos. Gallant followed up in 1977 with her French album Besoin d'amour, which includes a French rendition of Sugar Daddy. On the strength of her disco success, Gallant hosted her own variety show, The Patsy Gallant Show, which was produced and broadcast on CTV in 1978 and 1979.

Gallant released the English album Will You Give Me Your Love and the French album Patsy Gallant et Star, both in 1978 on Attic Records,[8] and has a hit with Stay a While With Me (Aime-moi in French); she also released the English album Patsy! which contains the disco hit O Michel. Gallant then released a bilingual greatest hits package in early 1979, which included a rendition of the original Mon Pays.

Achievement through musicals[edit]

With the decline of disco, Gallant's subsequent albums did not sell well. After her 1984 album Take Another Look, she retreated from the music business, and in the late 1980s began taking roles in musical theatre. She has appeared in productions of Cats, Nunsense, a stage biography of Édith Piaf, and played the role of Stella Spotlight in the French hit musical, Starmania in Paris France which ran for eight years in the 1990s. Ironically, Luc Plamondon, the creator of Starmania, wanted Gallant to play Stella in the original stage production in the 1970s; but owing to Gallant's busy schedule at the time, her managers did not even tell her about Starmania, and the role of Stella Spotlight in the original production went to Diane Dufresne. She also had a brief stint as the stepmother in Cindy, a musical based on Cinderella, also written by Plamondon.

Gallant married (and later divorced) composer pianist Dwayne Ford, who has appeared on many of Gallant's records, and who produced her Take Another Look album. The couple had a son together, Jason.

After living in Paris for eight years, Gallant returned to Canada in 2005 and released the compilation album Tout va trop vite. The album contained a number of her biggest French hits, early recordings from the 1960s, lost disco-era songs such as It's Got to Be You, and a new re-recording of Sugar Daddy. Gallant has more recently recorded a duet with the French rap group, Treizième Étage, called Faut pas lâcher. The song appeared on the group's album L'Asphalte dans mon district (2006). Her most recent single Coeur de velours was released in July 2010.

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

  • Patsy Gallant (Tout va trop vite) (1972)
  • Upon My Own (1972)
  • Power (1973)
  • Toi l'enfant (1974)
  • Are You Ready For Love (1976)
  • Besoin D'Amour (1977)
  • Will You Give Me Your Love? (1977)
  • Patsy! (1978)
  • Et Star (1978)
  • Greatest Hits / Ses Plus Grands Succès (1979)
  • Stranger in the Mirror (1980)
  • Amoureuse (1981)
  • Take Another Look (1984)
  • Tout va Trop Vite (2005)

Singles[edit]

Year Song CAN CAN AC UK[7]
1972 "Get That Ball" 32 27 -
1973 "I Don't Know Why" - 47 -
1974 "Save the Last Dance for Me" - 97 -
"Raconte" - 42 -
1975 "Doctor's Orders" 83 - -
"Makin' Love in My Mind" 66 - -
1976 "From New York to L.A." 6 1 6
1977 "Are You Ready for Love?" 16 4 -
"Sugar Daddy" 9 6 -
1978 "Back to the City" 69 - -
"Stay Awhile with Me" 77 28 -
"Best of The Woman In Me" 77 28 -
"Every Step of the Way" - 26 -
1979 "O Michel" - 22 -
"We'll Find a Way" <w/ Dwayne Ford> 94 - -
1980 "How Many Lonely Nights" - 27 -
"Ce matin-la"  ? - -
1981 "Don't Forget About Me" - 24 -

JUNO Awards[edit]

  • 1975 Female Vocalist of the Year (Nomination)
  • 1977 Best Selling Single: "From New York to LA" (Nomination)
  • 1977 Female Vocalist of the Year (Win)
  • 1977 Producer of the Year: "From New York to LA" (Nomination)
  • 1978 Best Selling Single: "Sugar Daddy" (Win)
  • 1978 Female Vocalist of the Year (Win)
  • 1978 Producer of the Year: "Sugar Daddy" (Nomination)
  • 1979 Female Vocalist of the Year (Nomination)
  • Carlisle Miller nominated for Composer of the Year (1978) for "Sugar Daddy"
  • Gilles Vigneault nominated for Composer of the Year and Gene Williams for lyrics (1977) for "From New York to L.A."

References[edit]

  1. ^ patsygallant: Patsy Gallant plays the first part of Charles Aznavour 1967 Show in Montréal, at the Place des Arts,
  2. ^ .qim.com: Gallant attracts a team of talented creators to write songs for her, Yves Lapierre, Christine Charbonneau, Judi Richards, Denis Forcier, Jean-Guy Chapados, and Ken Owen
  3. ^ Myspace: Patsy Gallant co-star on the weekly variety show Smash,(SRC) meets Charbonneau who will write songs for her
  4. ^ Myspace: Patsy Gallant songs, written by Charbonneau, Tout va trop vite, Thank you come again (French Version), Toi l'enfant, Le lit qui craque, Un monde en voie de naître, Un jour comme les autres"
  5. ^ leparolier: Patsy Gallant discography
  6. ^ banq.qc. Patsy Gallant hits, written by Charbonneau, Tout va trop vite, Le lit qui craque, Thank you come again (French version), Un jour comme les autres
  7. ^ a b Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 221. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  8. ^ "Patsy Gallant recordings,1978 on Attic Records",http://www.leparolier.org/quebecois/classartistes/p/patsygallant.htm

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