Outside of Quebec he is perhaps best known for writing songs for Céline Dion. But Luc Plamondon’s career as a lyricist has spanned many decades, artists and countries.
Plamondon was born March 2, 1942, in St-Raymond-de-Portneuf, near Quebec City. As a child he studied piano and listened to the “turlutes” of La Bolduc, Canada’s first “chansonnière.” He wrote his first song at age 16 and discovered literature at the Collège des Jésuites, later studying it at the Université de Montréal. He also earned a Bachelor of Education at Laval University.
Plamondon spent six years travelling in the U.S. and Europe, learning not only English but also German and Italian. For a time he studied art history at the École du Louvre in Paris. It was in that city that he met future collaborator Diane Dufresne who would later become the fran...

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