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Les Charlots was a group of French musicians, singers, comedians and film actors, who were popular in the 1960s, 1970s, and early 1980s.

The group was active first from 1965 to 1966 as "Les Problèmes", under which name they made an album with the French singer Antoine. They renamed themselves Les Charlots and remained active from 1966 to 1997, then again briefly from 2008 to 2011 (as a duo). Les Charlots means "the clowns" or "the idiots" rather than being a direct reference to Charlie Chaplin, who was generally called Charlot in France.

Their light-hearted comedy style was influenced by the style of popular Italian group Brutos and by the anarchist humor of the Marx Brothers.

The five members were Gérard Rinaldi (vocals / saxophone / accordion), Jean Sarrus (bass / backing vocals), Gérard Filipe...

Les Charlots dans les années 70.
Photos © Tony Frank
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