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I Know What Love Is
by Celine Dion, managed by René Angélil
René Angélil (1942 to 2016) was a Canadian-American artist manager and singer. René Angélil was born in Montréal, Québec, Canada, on January 16th 1942. Of Syrian descent, he studied at College Saint-Viateur in Outremont and at College André-Grasset in Montreal. He himself started out as a pop singer in 1961 in Montreal, forming a group called 'Les Baronets', along with childhood friends Pierre Labelle and Jean Beaulne. They had some minor hits locally during the 1960s, mostly translations of English language pop hits from the UK or the USA, such as "C'est fou, mais c'est tout" in 1964 (a translation of "Hold Me Tight", by 'The Beatles'). However, after the disbanding of his group in 1972, Angélil and best friend Guy Cloutier began managing other musical artists. Together they steered the career of two successful Québec entertainers, René Simard and Ginette Reno, among many other pop stars at the time. They parted ways in 1981 to each become solo managers. In that same year, he heard the then 12-year-old Céline Dion's demo tape after being considered as a potential producer for her debut album. The twice-married music entrepreneur soon took over as her agent and then her manager, and (through chaperones) they began a relationship in 1987, getting engaged in 1991. They married on December 17th 1994 at Notre-Dame Basilica in Montreal, and in January 2000 renewed their vows in Las Vegas. In 2012, Angélil became one of several co-owners of Montreal's iconic "Schwartz's Deli". A holder of Canadian-American dual nationality (like Dion), he continued as her manager until June 2014, at which point he stepped down, due to a battle with throat cancer. René Angélil died from the disease at their home in Henderson, Nevada, on January 14th 2016, aged 73.
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Posted: 6th February 2016
Hundreds of very talented musicians pass away each year, some without much recognition at all. On "Rest In Peace", I aim to give them a fitting 'send-off', with a decent Tribute. I hope you will join me in marking their passing.....
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