'We were old souls': Rene Angelil's friend and musical collaborator says

MONTREAL -- A longtime friend and collaborator of the late Rene Angelil says he felt a strong bond with Celine Dion's husband from the moment they met.

See Full Article

Vito Luprano signed Dion to what was then known as CBS Records in 1986. He recalled forming an instant connection with Angelil as they worked towards a common goal: catapaulting the Quebec chanteuse to international stardom.

"Rene came in to see me in the office in 1986, and the first day I met him I thought like we were old souls, as if we knew each other for so long," Luprano said in a phone interview from Montreal Thursday.

"The first (hand)shake I had with him I thought we decided we were going to be partners in the venture of taking Celine to the top.... Then of course, there's so much that happened. We made so many albums together so there's a long list of memories."

Luprano first teamed with Angelil and Dion on the 1987 French-language album "Incognito." He was responsible for organizing and overseeing the production team that worked on more than 20 albums wih Dion.

Dion and Angelil, who were 26 years apart, tied the knot in a lavish Montreal ceremony in 1994. But Luprano said he "felt their love a lot longer than before they announced it."

"We were making a record, and Celine kept telling me: 'Should this one be the one that I'll announce my love for him?"' he recalled.

"I said, 'for "The Colour of My Love" that this should be the one,"' he added, referencing her third English-language album released in 1993 -- the year before their nuptials.

While Angelil had children from previous marriages, Luprano said he didn't have the chance to raise them due to his commitments on the road.

"He was trying to create a career. He worked day and night like we all did," he recalled. "So (with) Celine's children, he had a chance to be more of a father at the get-go."

Angelil is survived by Dion and their son Rene-Charles, 14, and three-year-old twins Eddy and Nelson. He also has three children from his previous two marriages.

By Lauren La Rose in Toronto



Advertisements

Latest Entertainment News

  • Cyberattack on Sundance film fest briefly shuts down box office

    Entertainment CBC News
    Representatives for the Sundance Film Festival say that their network systems were subject to a cyberattack that caused its box offices to shut down briefly Saturday afternoon. The Festival issued updates to attendees via their official account and say that online ticketing for future shows is currently back up and running. Source
  • Celebrities out in full force for Women's Marches

    Entertainment CBC News
    If you wondered where many of Hollywood's A-list celebrities had gone during U.S. President Donald Trump's inauguration, you didn't have to wonder any longer on Saturday, when scores of them showed up at huge women's marches in Washington and other cities to send the new president a pointed message that he was in for a fight. Source
  • Ryan Gosling and Denis Villeneuve make waves ahead of Oscar nominations

    Entertainment CTV News
    TORONTO -- When this year's Oscar nominations are announced on Tuesday there's a good chance some Canadians will be prominently in the mix, most notably Quebec director Denis Villeneuve and London, Ont.-born actor Ryan Gosling. Source
  • 'Cardinal', 'Mary Kills People', 'Scandal' and 'Suits' top this week's TV must-sees

    Entertainment Toronto Sun
    Bill Harris' TV must-sees for the week of Jan. 22 1. Cardinal Debut When the body of a missing girl is found in a wintry Northern Canadian town, detectives John Cardinal (Billy Campbell) and Lise Delorme (Karine Vanasse) investigate. Source
  • Oliver Hudson pokes fun at sister Kate Hudson and Brad Pitt dating rumours

    Entertainment Toronto Sun
    Oliver Hudson made fun of rumours his sister Kate Hudson is dating Brad Pitt. On Friday, Oliver came across a Star magazine cover that claimed Brad was moving into Kate’s house, just a few months after his split from wife Angelina Jolie. Source
  • With Oscars in sight, Amazon, Netflix look to Sundance to secure streaming rights

    Entertainment CBC News
    After revolutionizing television with bold, award-winning original content, streaming networks are on the cusp of their first potential Oscar wins, and are back at the Sundance film festival looking for more awards-worthy fare. Amazon.com Inc raised eyebrows when it paid $10 million US for the North American distribution rights to Sundance drama Manchester By the Sea last year. Source
  • From Cher to Madonna, celebs out in force for women's marches

    Entertainment CTV News
    WASHINGTON -- If you wondered where many of Hollywood's A-list celebrities had gone during President Donald Trump's inauguration, you didn't have to wonder any longer on Saturday, when scores of them showed up at women's marches in Washington and other cities to send the new president a pointed message that he was in for a fight -- and that, as so many signs said, women's rights are human rights. Source
  • String theory + a capella = A Montrealer's formula for online fame

    Entertainment CBC News
    This story is part of CBC Homerun's series on Montrealers who have made it big on YouTube. When Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield covered Space Oddity from space, he may have created a new genre of music: science rock. Source
  • String theory + a capella = 3 million YouTube views: A Montrealer's formula for online fame

    Entertainment CBC News
    This story is part of CBC Homerun's series on Montrealers who have made it big on YouTube. When Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield covered Space Oddity from space, he may have created a new genre of music: science rock. Source
  • Maggie Roche of The Roches sister vocal trio dies at 65

    Entertainment CTV News
    NEW YORK -- Maggie Roche, the folk-rock singer-songwriter who since the mid-1970s had performed and recorded as a trio and in pairs with her two sisters, has died. Roche died of cancer, according to a statement posted online Saturday by her sister and bandmate Suzzy Roche. Source