Les Jaguars

Les Jaguars were a mainly instrumental group formed in the Saguenay area of Quebec in 1962. They quickly became the kings of the French Canadian rock 'n roll scene due to the creative and experimental style of their lead guitar player Arthur Cossette, whose real name is actually Jean Guy. He pierced his speakers to create his own distortion and fuzz, which he blended with sweeter sounds, prefering the melodic tones of the Shadows to the gnarly toughness of Link Wray. Like most Quebecoise groups, Les Jaguars have remained a "local" group, becoming popular only in their region and prefering to play dances and hotels (in many of the smaller towns in Quebec, the only nightclubs were found in hotels) in the outlying areas of the province. At first, the Jaguars mixed their twang with horns and trumpets, due to the popularity of dance bands. But they soon gained a great following, and were able to continue playing in a pure rock 'n roll style. Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply.