Raymond Lévesque


  • Date Of Birth: October 7, 1928
  • Date Of Death: February 15, 2021
  • Occupation: Singer and songwriter
  • City: Montreal
  • State: Quebec

Raymond Lévesque (October 7, 1928 – February 15, 2021) was a Canadian singer-songwriter and poet from Quebec. One of the pioneers of the chansonnier tradition in Quebec, he was best known for writing “Quand les hommes vivront d’amour”, one of the most famous pop standards in French-language popular music.

Lévesque received a lifetime achievement award from the Prix Félix in 1980. By the mid-1980s, Lévesque had suffered profound hearing loss and was diagnosed as deaf. He abandoned music but continued to write, publishing several further works of poetry, fiction and political satire.

Lévesque was awarded the Prix Denise-Pelletier in 1997. He was named a winner of the Governor General’s Performing Arts Award in 2005, but declined the honour due to his sovereignist views.

In 2016, a new song written by Lévesque, titled “Les jours d’amour”, was recorded and released by singer Marie-Josée Longchamps. He died on February 15, 2021, in Montreal. He was 92, and had been diagnosed with COVID-19 during the COVID-19 pandemic in Quebec in the time leading up to his death. – Available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License from Wikipedia.