Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Happy Birthday Luc Plamondon

French-Canadian lyricist Luc Plamondon—who turns 69 today—is the foremost lyricist of French-speaking Canada, who has composed some of the greatest French-language songs for such artists as Petula Clark, Ginette Reno, Garou, Johnny Halliday—oh, and Celine Dion—in addition to co-composing the musicals "Starmania" and "Notre-Dame de Paris."

Among his honors, Plamondon is a Knight of the National Order of Quebec, an Officer of the Order of Canada, a member of Canada's Walk of Fame and he's been inducted into the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame.

Celine devoted an entire album to his songs, 1991's "Dion chante Plamendon," which includes her classic "L'amour existe encore," as well as hit "Des mots qui sonnent" and the striking "Le monde est stone."

His songs have been sung in English by Tom Jones, Kim Carnes, Nina Hagen and Cyndi Lauper, who scored a British Top 10 hit with "The World Is Stone" ("Le monde est stone").