1987 file photo - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA -
Fomer Plasmatics Jean Beauvoir during an outdoor concert,
Born of Haitian parents in Chicago, Illinois, Jean was destined to be a performer. He was the leader of the junior high school rock band at 13, which lead to playing dances and clubs throughout the New York area. Lying about his age, that summer he was recruited to be musical director for Gary US Bonds and went on to do shows throughout the US with Dick Clark, Bo Diddley, Chuck Berry and many others. Soon after this, he became the youngest lead singer of the group The Flamingos of I Only Have Eyes for You fame.
Having difficulty at home with his choice of profession, he moved out on his own and headed to the Big Apple at the tender age of 15. Before long, he found himself in contact with the New York punk scene. After seeing an ad in a local newspaper, he was recruited for what was the beginning of the group “The Plasmatics”. He changed his image to suit the part: the awakening of the blond mohawk.
The Plasmatics went on to take over the US and worldwide press within six months of his entry to the gang. Wendy O’Williams and the band’s exorbitant stage antics shocked millions and made them a household name as a highlight of the 6 o’clock news and Saturday morning cartoons. After three years of constant touring and recording, Jean decided it was time for him to move on. Little Steven was coincidentally introduced to Beauvoir by Gay U.S. Bonds manager. Recognizing his talent, Steven convinced him to participate on the Little Steven & Disciple of Soul albums Men without Women and Voice of America. This was the beginning of a long friendship and working relationship. These critically acclaimed albums and two years of worldwide touring gave Jean the credibility that he needed to be accepted as an artist of his own rank. He soon partnered up with Gary Kurfirst and Richard Branson and signed his first co-venture label deal with Virgin Records with Jean’s s