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Singer Renée Martel is very popular at the end of the 1960s. For her, it was the beginning of a long career
Renée Martel
Les Classels, a flagship group in Quebec during the Quiet Revolution
Les Classels
Feisty Tony Roman gives quite the show in the 1960s. In this photo, Roman is accompanied by Nanette Workman
Tony Roman
Michèle Richard, the queen of Ye-Ye in Quebec during the decade between 1960 and 1970
Michèle Richard

Stars of the Ye-Ye Movement

The ye-ye phenomenon led to the emergence of a great number of singers and groups, most of whose careers were short-lived. For others, however, the ye-ye period marked the beginning of a long adventure in the world of showbiz. Michèle Richard was among them. She was the female discovery of the year at the Gala des artistes in 1963, Miss Radio-Television in 1967 and a queen of ye-ye in the 1960s. Her success was due not only to her songs, but to an appearance that inspired teenage girls. Compared to Michèle Richard, Tony Roman was a shooting star in the world of pop music. A brilliant performer, Roman inspired crowds and young girls found him particularly attractive. After a few years, he left the stage for a career as producer.

Myriad groups emerged in the 1960s in Quebec. The best-known is undoubtedly the Classels. With their immaculately white hair, clothing and musical instruments and their unique voices and many original songs, this group was in a class of its own. Over the years, this group attracted both a youthful audience and their parents.

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