Guylaine Guy

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Guylaine Guy (born Guylaine Chailler; April 6, 1929) is a Canadian singer and painter from Montreal, Quebec.[1][2]

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Guy debuted in Montreal in the animated world of cabarets. She initially sang at the Faisan Doré in 1950 and in 1952 was elected Miss Radio-TV by Radiomonde. She worked in Montreal cabarets for several years, often alongside Jacques Normand and Gilles Pellerin.

In 1955 Charles Trenet discovered Guylaine in Montreal and began writing songs for her. She made a grand entrance at the Olympia with Charles Trenet and Louis Armstrong. Settling permanently in Paris in 1956, she released on record several Trenet songs and performed at the Bobino Theater. After touring Europe, North Africa and the Middle East, Guylaine Guy returned temporarily to Quebec. She performed in Montreal at the opening of the Queen Elizabeth Hotel in April 1958, made several television appearances, and played the title role in Irma La Douce with the Theater of the New World. In 1963, she had a big hit on the charts with the song Salvame Dios. Shortly after, she turned to painting and left her singing career.

Guylaine Guy is the daughter of Quebec singer and actress Lise Bonheur (born Leontine Laurendeau); and sister to singer Colette Bonheur, painter Lise Chailler, and singer and artist Monique Chailler. She is also the niece of John Philip Sousa's first oboeist, Alexander Laurendeau.

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