2003   JANUARY 9   #009

Mme St. Onge - Il (Help)

I received a copy of this album in the mail from Brian Karasick in Canada in early 2002. For the past few years Dana Countryman and I (with the help of the Miller family) have been collecting Mrs. Miller rarities for a compilation we plan to release in some form in the future. This is a grand take-off on Mrs. Miller, but in French. The album is very scarce (only other copy I've seen is up on Show and Tell Music) and up until 2 years ago we had no clue this even existed.

- Otis Fodder

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from the LP, "Les 10 Plus Grands Succes De Mme St. Onge" (ACM, 701)

Brian Karasick writes:
This one came highly recommended by the most knowledgeable person I know in all of the Montreal record stores as THE strangest Quebec recording made. It took several years until I found one though. Like any place, Quebec had its share of musical oddities, but with its unique linguistic and cultural position in North America, the musical offerings are equally unique.

Mimi writes:
Mme St-Onge, you can hear her practically every week on a wonderful French Canadian radio show here in Montreal called "Les Grands Brilis" (The Great Burned, I guess would be a literal translation). Mme St-Onge is their hero, and they play a weekly dose of rare French Canadian country, western or strange recordings of this province from the 50s, 60s and 70s. I thought perhaps this could be of interest. I know of only two people in Quebec who have Mme St-Onge's record. One is a record store owner and the other is one of this show's host. You can hear it every Friday 8:30 pm E.S.T. at http://www.cibl.cam.org/. You can also hear my show every Saturdays, at 11 PM, but I mostly play 60s garage and freakbeat... ; )