Song: “The Power Of Love” by Céline Dion
Reached #1: February 12, 1994 (her first, 4 weeks)
There’s some irony, I think, that I was working on this piece when the word came of Whitney Houston’s death.
Not that there were that many similarities between Houston and Céline Dion… more that they were, for a while at the same time, perhaps the biggest stars in their countries. Dion, of course, is the woman I laughingly call “The Evil Wind From The North”, but she is absolutely one of Canada’s – and specifically French Canada’s – most beloved artists. And, of course, Whitney will always be loved on this side of the border for her epic rendition of “The Star Spangled Banner” in 1991.
The difference between them… well, one of them, and the biggest, I think… was in their reaction to their fame. While Dion became a bit eccentric, with the occasional odd public pronouncement or interview, and an endearingly flaky attitude… Houston found refuge in drugs and alcohol. It’ll certainly turn out that’s what killed her, just as she was about to restart her career.
Today, though, is about the early Céline Dion – the one who arrived from Canada with a powerful voice, a soundtrack single, and then this cover of a Jennifer Rush hit… and who, before long, sang a titanic, and Titanic, theme song. So hit “Play” on the video above, and take yourself back in time. Enjoy.
Tomorrow, Utah’s favorite family.
Other songs that reached #1 on February 12:
1955 – “Sincerely” by the McGuire Sisters (their first, 10 weeks, Best Seller and DJ charts)
1972 – “Let’s Stay Together” by Al Green (his first, 1 week)