Monsieur Tranquille

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Monsieur Tranquille
Patof raconte
Patof voyage
Monsieur Tranquille
Le monde de Monsieur Tranquille
character
Tranquille.jpg
Monsieur Tranquille
First appearance September 1976
Created by Éric Mérinat,
Daniel Tremblay (design),
Mérinat Marionettes[1]
Portrayed by Roger Giguère
Voiced by Roger Giguère
Nickname(s) Tranquille
Aliases Lesley Tranquille
Spouse(s) Farnande

Monsieur Tranquille is a character in the Canadian children's television series Patof voyage. He is well known for the 1977 disco hit Ma'm Thibault. He was portrayed by actor-comedian Roger Giguère.

Children's TV shows[edit]

Mr. Tranquille is first mentioned in the television series Patof raconte (CFTM-TV, 1975). Played by the soundman Roger Giguère, it's an invisible character and he interacts with the clown Patof by means of sound and music effects. It's only in the series Patof voyage (CFTM-TV, 1976) that Roger Giguère embodies him as a puppet.[2]

Lesley Tranquille (a play on words that says Let-him Quiet) quickly wins the heart of the children. A single recorded in January 1977, Madame Thibault becomes a number one in Quebec.[3] A disco version, mostly instrumental except for the phrase "Ma'm Thibault", is created and becomes a club hit. The single is even issued in France and Australia, where it becomes very popular. The song credited to "Tranquille", to dissociate from the TV character, is also issued on a K-tel double-LP compilation called Disco Fever (1978).

In September 1977, Mr. Tranquille get his own television series called Monsieur Tranquille (CFTM-TV, 1977). To increase the popularity of the character, two LPs, several coloring books and posters, as well as a series of eight comic books illustrated by Henri Desclez are published.

The following season, a new series called Le monde de Monsieur Tranquille (CFTM-TV, 1978) was created to be more educational. However, the series was canceled mid-season.

In spite of a short career, Mr. Tranquille fired the imagination of a generation of Québécois. Songs like Faut pas me chercher (a duet with Patof, 1976), Madame Thibault (1977), Ça va pas dans l'soulier? (1977), Les monstres (1977), Farnande (1977) and Pepperoni are among his greatest hits.

Filmography[edit]

Television Series[edit]

  • 1975-1976 Patof raconte
  • 1976-1977 Patof voyage
  • 1977-1978 Monsieur Tranquille
  • 1978 Le monde de Monsieur Tranquille)

DVD[edit]

  • 2011 Bonjour Patof (Musicor Produits Spéciaux)

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Year Album Label Qc chart[4] Notes
1977 Monsieur Tranquille – Faut pas m'chercher Les disques P.A.X. N°3
1977 Monsieur Tranquille – Superstar Les disques P.A.X.
1977 Eugène – Les chansons d'Eugène T.M./P.A.X. Eugène Album (performed by Jacques Desrosiers)

Singles[edit]

Year Single Label Qc chart[4] Notes
1976 Faut pas me chercher (Monsieur Tranquille and Patof) –
Mon ami Pierrot
Campus
Patof Single
1977 Madame Thibault –
Faut pas m'chercher
Les Disques P.A.X. inc. N°1
1977 Madame Thibault (version disco) –
Madame Thibault (version disco)
Les Disques P.A.X. inc.
12 in. single; Time : 6:47; Tempo : 112 BPM; Mixed by Mike Delaney at Studio Six Montréal
1977 Pepperoni –
La chanson des martiens
Les Disques P.A.X. inc. N°21
1978 Le monde de M. Tranquille –
Il a réponse à tout
TMPX

European release[edit]

Year Single Label Chart Notes
1977 Ma'm Thibault (version disco) –
Ma'm Thibault (vocal)
Vogue
Short disco version (±3 min.)
1977 Ma'm Thibault (version disco) –
Dracula Disco (Gerry Bribosia)
Vogue
12 in. single, promo, "Ma'm Thibault" disco version of 6:47 min.

Australian release[edit]

Year Single Label Chart Notes
1977 Ma'm Thibault (Tranquille) –
Dracula Disco (Gerry Bribosia)
Miracle
12 in. single, "Ma'm Thibault" disco version of 6:47 min.

Compilations[edit]

Year Album Label Chart Notes
1979 Les super grands succès de Mr Tranquille + ses trois nouvelles productions Totem

Collaborations and performances as guest star[edit]

Year Album Collaborator Notes
1976 Super Patof Patof Contains "Faut pas me chercher" by Patof with Monsieur Tranquille (Campus, PA 49312)

Charts[edit]

Reconstituted chart[4][edit]

Songs[edit]

Title / Date / Best rank / Weeks on chart

  • 1977 Madame Thibault / 1977-01-29 / #1 / 19 weeks on chart
  • 1978 Pepperoni / 1978-02-18 / #21 / 3 weeks on chart
Albums[edit]

Title / Date / Best rank / Weeks on Top 30

  • 1977 Monsieur Tranquille – Faut pas m'chercher / 1977-03-05 / #3 / 12 weeks in Top 30

Bibliography[edit]

Comics[edit]

  • 1977 Monsieur Tranquille – N° 1 (illustrated by Henri Desclez; text by Claude Leclerc), Éditions Héritage
  • 1977 Monsieur Tranquille – N° 2 (illustrated by Henri Desclez; text by Claude Leclerc), Éditions Héritage
  • 1977 Monsieur Tranquille – N° 3 : Super-diva (illustrated by Henri Desclez; text by Claude Leclerc), Éditions Héritage
  • 1977 Monsieur Tranquille – N° 4 : Un numéro super explosif! (avec Junior Tranquille et Minibus) (illustrated by Henri Desclez; text by Claude Leclerc), Éditions Héritage
  • 1977 Monsieur Tranquille – N° 5 : Un numéro spatial (avec Junior Tranquille et Minibus) (illustrated by Henri Desclez; text by Claude Leclerc), Éditions Héritage
  • 1977 Monsieur Tranquille – N° 6 : Un numéro fumeux!... (11 pages de jeux et d'activités) (illustrated by Henri Desclez; text by Claude Leclerc), Éditions Héritage
  • 1978 Monsieur Tranquille – N° 7 (illustrated by Henri Desclez; text by Claude Leclerc), Éditions Héritage
  • 1978 Monsieur Tranquille – N° 8 (illustrated by Henri Desclez; text by Claude Leclerc), Éditions Héritage

Awards and Recognitions[edit]

  • 1977 Golden record for the single Madame Thibault [5]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

External links[edit]