photo by Pratibha Dixit
One of Québec’s most influential and popular rock bands, the progressive blues-rock group Offenbach — and more specifically lead singer and keyboardist Gerry Boulet, who emerged as the band’s creative force — have been credited with successfully adapting the French language to the hard rhythms of American rock. Offenbach won multiple Félix Awards and was the first Québec band to headline a concert at the Montréal Forum. Their best-known songs include “Mes blues passent pu dans porte,” “Ayoye,” “Promenade sur Mars,” “J’ai l’rock ‘n’ roll pis toé,” and “Câline de blues,” which was inducted into the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2015. The group disbanded in 1985 and reunited in 1996, following Boulet’s death in 1990.
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