Lucille Starr, born May 13, 1938, is a Franco-Manitoban singer, songwriter, and yodeler best known for her 1964 hit single, "The French Song."
Born Lucille Marie Raymonde Savoie in St. Boniface, Manitoba, Canada, she was a natural musician who could play guitar, bass, as well as the mandolin. She began her singing career while living in a suburb of Vancouver, British Columbia where she was part of a local band. Using the stage name, Lucille Starr, she eventually teamed up with band member Bob Regan both as his wife and to form their own country singing duo called "Bob & Lucille." Between 1958 and 1963 they released several 45 rpm records that were mainly covers of an eclectic mix of fashionable country, pop, rockabilly and folk songs of everyone from Perry Como to Connie Francis.
Their records met with modest success on the North American West Coast and in 1963 they were signed by A&M Records with whom they began recording as "The Canadian Sweethearts." At A&M Records in Los Angeles, California, Lucille Starr recorded a 45 rpm called "The French Song" that was produced by Herb Alpert with his "Tijuana Brass" playing backup. A hauntingly beautiful ballad of lost love sung in both French and English, the song struck a chord with both country and pop music fans alike.
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