|Also known as||Boule Noire|
|Born||December 29, 1951|
|Origin||Bedford, Quebec, Canada|
|Died||June 18, 2007(aged 55)|
|Genres||Reggae, R&B, Dance|
|Labels||Magique, Zion Yant|
George Thurston (December 29, 1951 – June 18, 2007) was a Quebec singer, author and composer and radio show host. He was known as Boule Noire since 1975 and worked in the music industry as a solo artist for nearly 30 years and as part of musical groups for five years.
Born in Bedford, Quebec, Thurston later moved to Saint-Jerome, Quebec, where he formed his first band in 1965 called les Zinconnus and produced R&B music, his favorite musical genre. In 1969, he moved on to join the 25th Regiment band and remained with the group until the early 1970s.
In the 1970s, he worked with several other Quebec artists including Robert Charlebois, Claude Dubois, Tony Roman, Nanette Workman and Michel Pagliaro. He played the piano, bass and guitar. He would later be a composer for the group Toulouse. He is also featured as back up singer, on a 45RPM Hey Lord-Valentine (1972 release) by local singer-songwriter Robert Salagan.
Thurston's solo career started in 1976 when he released his first solo album titled Boule Noire. It included his first hit Aimes-tu la vie?. During his 30-year solo career, he produced at least 14 albums in both English and French. His first English album, entitled Premiere, was recorded in 1980.
Thurston was one of the prominent figures in dance and R&B music in Quebec during the 1970s and 1980s and covered songs by other artists including the Beatles hit Let it be in 1995. He also represented Canada at several international music festivals including Marseille in 1976 and UCLA in 1988.
Just prior to Thurston's death he released his autobiography called Aimes-tu la vie? after his first hit single. He revealed that he had often been disliked and mistreated. He also said that during his teenage years he nearly became a criminal, but that music helped him to survive through tough times.
Thurston died of colorectal cancer on June 18, 2007 in Montreal. He learned of his cancer in early 2006. He finished recording his last album later that year after extensive chemotherapy operations.
- Aimes-tu la vie? - autobiography (2007)
- Boule Noire (1976)
- Les années passent (1977)
- Aimer d'Amour (1978)
- Il me faut une femme (1979)
- Love me please love me (1980)
- Premiere (1980)
- Primitif (1980)
- Boule Noire Reggae (1982)
- Le tour des îles (1987)
- Résolution (1991)
- Soul Pleureur (1992)
- Let it be (1995)
- Réunion (2003)
- Last call (2006)