Tex Lecor (born Joseph Henri Paul Cyrille Lecorre), a Québécois singer, painter, animator, and comedian, died on Sept. 9, at age 84, as a result of pulmonary complications related to Legionnaires' disease.
Born in Saint-Michel-de-Wentworth, in the Laurentians, Lecor had a long and fruitful career in radio and television and as a hugely popular singer and songwriter.
As a songwriter in the 1960s, his work reached a broad audience. His 1969 song "Le Patriote" was adopted by Quebec's independence movement, and he had a major hit in 1971 with his version of Georges Langford's tune "Le Frigidaire." In 1978 he had another hit with a French version of Kenny Rogers' "Lucille."
During this period he also hosted Under My Roof, a popular variety show broadcast on the TVA network. Lecor also participated in the humorous weekly magazine Le Festival de l'humor , with Louis-Paul Allard, Roger Joubert, and Pierre Labelle, on Montreal station CKAC. Lecor also hosted the Sous mon toît program on Télé-Métropole for four years, starting in 1970.
Lecor then devoted himself to his great passion, painting. He also became a bush pilot and a great traveler.
He was represented for 43 years by the agency Multi Art. Co-owner Natalie Beauchamp told QMI Agency in a short telephone interview Saturday afternoon that "[Tex Lecor was] a man larger than life, passionate about everything he touched. Tex has listened to and understood the people and the country, and he gives voice to those who speak softly to trees and birds. "
In 2010, Lecor received the insignia of the Order of the Pleiades from Quebec's National Assembly.
Sources: Le Journal de Montreal, Wikipedia