Country music queen Renée Martel dies at 74

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His songs Liverpool, I’m Going to London and Johnny Angel were hits in the late 1960s.

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Quebec country singer Renée Martel died on Saturday, her agent announced.

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The Drummondville-born music star, dubbed the queen of Quebec country music, died in a hospital in St-Hyacinthe from severe pneumonia unrelated to COVID-19, Les Productions Martin Leclerc said. She was 74 years old.

Quoting a song by Martel, Prime Minister François Legault posted on Twitter: “My condolences to the loved ones of a great star of our youth. I have a love that does not want to die…”

Martel, the daughter of singers Noëlla Therrien and Marcel Martel, was introduced to music at a young age.

His songs Liverpool, I’m Going to London and Johnny Angel were hits in the late 1960s.

In 2019, she launched what she said was her last tour, which she had to put on hold due to breast cancer. The following year, she announced that she was in remission.

In October, Martel released the album Contre vents et tides with fellow countryman Paul Daraîche. They were to launch a tour in the spring.

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