Canadian singer and songwriter who was made Order of Canada in 1996 and was made a Knight of the National Order of Quebec in 2003.
He worked as an accountant with Radio-Canada in 1956 before taking guitar lessons and writing his first songs.
He had a stroke on October 12, 2006, which caused him to cancel his final concert at the Ball Centre on October 13, 2006.
He grew up with family in Montreal, Quebec.
He performed with Celine Dion on the plains of Abraham in August 2008.