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The stage name "Boule Noire" appeared when a TV host mistakingly introduced Thurston by his first album "Boule Noire".
Aimes-tu la vie comme moi?
  • Year Inducted: 2008
  • Written In: 1975
Georges Thurston Lyricist
Billy Clements Composer
Phillip Mitchell Composer
Boule Noire
After playing in a variety of soul/R&B groups in the 1960s, Georges Thurston took a gig as the on-stage percussionist to Quebec singer Claude Dubois and began working as a record producer with Tony Roman.

Equally at home on keyboards, guitar and drums, Thurston wrote and performed with many artists including Robert Charlebois, Nanette Workman and François Guy.

A true French-language soul, disco and funk music pioneer, Georges Thurston first came to prominence with Aimes-tu la vie comme moi ?, a hit song that helped him top Quebec and European charts. His popularity was confirmed with his performance in front of an audience of 300,000 in Marseille, France, where he shared the stage with such prominent artists as Joe Cocker and Weather Report.

Thurston released his first album in 1975 under the title of Boule Noire, a reference to the shape and colour of the fashionable Afro hairstyle he was currently sporting. Incorrectly introduced as ‘Boule Noire’ on a television show by host Pierre Lalonde, the name stuck, and the persona of ‘Boule Noire’ was born.

With its life affirming lyrics and contagious energy, Aimes-tu la vie comme moi ? became a huge hit and earned Thurston a Gold Record in Quebec in 1976. Loto Québec also used it in one of their commercials.

In 1995, Georges Thurston received a SOCAN Classic Award for Aimes-tu la vie comme moi ? for reaching 25,000 radio plays.

In 2006, Georges Thurston learned that he had incurable and inoperable cancer. He donated the song Aimes-tu la vie comme moi ? to the Colorectal Cancer Association of Canada. Thurston recorded a moving acapella version of the song for a television commercial to be used as part of a prevention blitz, which garnered two awards of excellence for Cossette advertising agency. Aimes-tu la vie ? is also the title of an autobiographical book that was released days before the musician’s death.

Georges Thurston unfortunately passed away on Monday, June 18, 2007.

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Aimes-tu la vie comme moi? - performed by Toulouse
"Aimes-tu la vie comme moi?", written and composed by Georges Thurston, Billy Clements and Phillip Mitchell, performed by Montreal trio Toulouse at the 2008 CSHF Induction Ceremony.
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