Michel Pagliaro

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Michel Pagliaro
Michel Pagliaro.jpg
Background information
Born (1948-11-09) 9 November 1948 (age 68)
Montreal, Quebec
Occupation(s) Singer, songwriter and guitarist
Years active 1966 – present
Labels DCP International
(also Pye in the UK and US, and Columbia in US; French-language recordings bear the CBS brand)
Website pagliaro.ca

Michel Armand Guy Pagliaro (born 9 November 1948 in Montreal, Quebec) is a Canadian rock singer, songwriter and guitarist from Montreal.[1] Pagliaro was nominated for a 1975 Juno Award as male vocalist of the year. Although he writes and records predominantly in French, Pagliaro has released material in English.


Pagliaro's first nationally English-charted hit was his 1970 single "Give Us One More Chance".[2] Other significant hits in English include "Lovin' You Ain't Easy" (1971), "Rainshowers" (1972), "Some Sing Some Dance" (1972), and "What The Hell I Got" (1975). Pagliaro was the first Canadian artist to score top 40 hits on both the anglophone and francophone pop charts in Canada.[3]

Michel Pagliaro also produced[4] the first album of his son Roman's group, Les Fous de la Reine, which won both Musiqualité[5] and Diapason music contests in 2014. Their first two singles, La Guillotine and La face cachée de la neige were met with positive reception and played regularly on commercial radio stations, notably CKOI-FM.[6] He continued to perform.[7]


At the Juno Awards of 1975, Pagliaro was nominated for the Male Vocalist of the Year award.[8] Pagliaro received the Governor General's Performing Arts Award for Lifetime Artistic Achievement, Canada's highest honour in the performing arts, in 2008. [9] His song J'entends frapper, a major hit in Quebec, was inducted into the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2010.

In 2002, Pagliaro was the recipient of the National Achievement Award at the annual Francophone SOCAN Awards held in Montreal.[10]


Studio albums[edit]

Although several of Pagliaro's albums have the same title, releases listed are not reissues.

Year Album Label Notes
1968 Michel Pagliaro DSP International
1970 Pagliaro Spectrum
Première époque Spectrum Album featuring for the first time some singles recorded between 1966 and 1970.
1971 Pagliaro a.k.a. Rainshowers Much Reissued in 1976 on Amber Label
1972 PAG RCA Victor
1974 Rockers RCA Victor
Pagliaro a.k.a. Ça va brasser RCA Victor
1975 Pagliaro I Columbia
Pagliaro CBS
1976 Aujourd'hui CBS
1977 Time Race Columbia
1978 Rock'n roll Martin
1980 The Rockers RCA European release
1981 Bamboo Trans-Canada
1988 Sous peine d'amour Alert Music

Live albums[edit]

Year Album Label Notes
1973 Pagliaro Live RCA Victor
2005 Live à Québec Earth Born Entertainment


Year Single Language
1966 "Comme d'habitude" French
"Avec la tête" French
"Le p'tit poppy"
  • Second Helping
French /
1969 "J'ai marché pour une nation" French
"M'Lady" French
1970 "Give Us One More Chance" English
"We're Dancin'g 'Til It Blows Over" English
"I Wanna Turn You On"
  • Second Helping
1971 "Lovin' You Ain't Easy" UK #31[11] English
1972 "Rainshowers" English
"Some Sing, Some Dance" English
"J'entends frapper" French
1973 "Run Along Baby" English
1974 "Sure, Maybe" English
"Ça va brasser" French
1975 "What The Hell I Got"
  • "Get Down"
1976 "I Don't Believe It's You" English
1977 "Dock of the Bay" English
"Last Night" English
"Comme d'habitude" French
1981 "Le soleil pour des lunes"
  • "Travailler"
  • "Romantique"
1987 "Les Bombes"
  • "Dangereux"
1988 "L'espion" French
"Coup de coeur"
  • "Les Chancelliers"


Year Album Label Notes
1970 Rock 'n roll Citation
1971 Michel Pagliaro Trans-World
1972 M'Lady Trans-World
1973 21 disques d'or Les Archives du Disque Québécois
1975 17 grands succès Production Multi-Pop
1981 PAG Big Beat European release
1982 ROCK avec PAG K-Tel
1987 Avant Aquarius
1990 Sous peine d'amour Audiogram Reedition of the 1988 album, the title "It's love" has been replaced by "Les bombes" and "Rock somebody" by "Dangereux".
1995 Hit Parade Audiogram 2 CD
1997 Goodbye Rain Disques @
2000 Pag Mediarock
2011 Pag collection - Tonnes de flashs Musicor 13-CD boxset

Collaborations and performances as guest star[edit]

  • 1966 Les Chanceliers (MS Citation)
  • 1968 Reels Psychadeliques, vol. 1 (with Ouba) (Revolution)
  • 1968 Reels Psychadeliques, vol. 2 (with Ouba) (Revolution)
  • 1971 Pagliaro & Martel (with Renée Martel) (Trans-World, Compilation)
  • 1972 Michel Pagliaro et les Chanceliers (Tradition, Compilation)
  • 1993 Au nom de l'amour. Héros (new recording); Au nom de l'amour (with the group). (Other songs by various artists) (Au Nom de l'Amour)
  • 2001 Freak Out Total (with Ouba) (Gear Fab, Compilation)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "You Can Call Me Pag: Québec's Rebel Superstar Michel Pagliaro | FYIMusicNews". www.fyimusicnews.ca. Retrieved 2016-10-17. 
  2. ^ RPM (magazine). "Top Singles - Volume 38, No. 23, August 06 1983" (PDF). (Ottawa: Library and Archives Canada). OCLC 352936026. Archived from the original (PDF) on 31 March 2004. Retrieved 31 December 2011. 
  3. ^ Strombo.com. "NOD TO THE GODS: Michel Pagliaro, 'What The Hell I Got'". 
  4. ^ LeBlanc, Benoit (18 August 2014). "Des Fous de la Reine en pleine lancée". CourrierLaval (in French). TC Transcontinental. Retrieved 22 May 2015. 
  5. ^ "MusiQualité antérieur - Sodam". 
  6. ^ LeBlanc, Benoit (23 October 2014). "Les Fous de la Reine gagnent Diapason 2014". CourrierLaval (in French). TC Transcontinental. Retrieved 22 May 2015. 
  7. ^ "Michel Pagliaro, Montreal's rock 'n' roll cult hero, finally returns to Toronto". NOW Toronto Magazine - Think Free. 2016-09-28. Retrieved 2016-10-17. 
  8. ^ "Juno Awards Database". Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. Retrieved 31 December 2011. 
  9. ^ "Michel Pagliaro biography". Governor General's Performing Arts Awards Foundation. Retrieved 24 February 2014. 
  10. ^ SOCAN Awards (2002)
  11. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 415. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 

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Preceded by
The Guess Who
Grey Cup Halftime Show
with Sass Jordan
Succeeded by
Shania Twain