Ce n'était qu'un rêve

"Ce n'était qu'un rêve" (meaning "Nothing But a Dream" or "It Was Only a Dream") is a French-language song by Canadian singer Celine Dion. It is her debut single, released on 11 June 1981 in Quebec, Canada and included on her first album, La voix du bon Dieu (1981). "Ce n'était qu'un rêve" was written by Dion, her mother Thérèse and brother Jacques, and produced by Daniel Hétu and René Angélil. The single reached number eight in Quebec. In 2005, "Ce n'était qu'un rêve" was featured on Dion's greatest hits compilation, On ne change pas.

"Ce n'était qu'un rêve"
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Single by Celine Dion
from the album La voix du bon Dieu
Released11 June 1981 (1981-06-11)
Recorded1980
GenrePop
Length3:46
LabelLes Disques Showbizz
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
Celine Dion singles chronology
"Ce n'était qu'un rêve"
(1981)
"La voix du bon Dieu"
(1981)

BackgroundEdit

At age 12, Dion collaborated with her mother Thérèse and brother Jacques to write and compose her first song, "Ce n'était qu'un rêve".[1] Dion's brother Michel sent the recording to music manager René Angélil, whose name he discovered on the back of a Ginette Reno album.[1] Angélil was moved by Dion's voice and decided to help her.[1] On 19 June 1981, she made her first broadcast appearance.[2] Dion performed "Ce n'était qu'un rêve" in a popular talk show in Quebec, Canada hosted by Michel Jasmin.[2] After releasing the single in Quebec by Les Disques Showbizz in 1981, it was also issued in France by Pathé Records in 1982.

Commercial performanceEdit

On 29 August 1981, the song entered the chart in Quebec, spending six weeks on it and peaking at number eight.[3]

Live performancesEdit

Dion performed "Ce n'était qu'un rêve" live many times during her career. It was included on The Colour of My Love Concert VHS/DVD (1995). A short version was featured on Au cœur du stade CD (1999), Au cœur du stade DVD (1999), and Céline une seule fois / Live 2013 CD/DVD (2014).

Track listings and formatsEdit

  • Canadian 7" single[4]
  1. "Ce n'était qu'un rêve" – 3:46
  2. "Ce n'était qu'un rêve" (Instrumental Version) – 3:46
  • French 7" single[5]
  1. "Ce n'était qu'un rêve" – 3:46
  2. "L'amour viendra" – 4:20

ChartsEdit

Chart (1981) Peak
position
Quebec (ADISQ)[6] 8

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c Jenna Glatzer (2005). Céline Dion: For Keeps. Andrews McMeel Publishing. ISBN 0-7407-5559-5.
  2. ^ a b "La voix du bon Dieu". celinedion.com. Retrieved 16 July 2016.
  3. ^ "Compilation des succès par ordre alphabétique d'interprètes" (PDF) (in French). BAnQ. Retrieved 14 March 2019.
  4. ^ Ce n'était qu'un rêve (Canadian 7" single liner notes). Celine Dion. Les Disques Showbizz. 1981. C-334.{{cite AV media notes}}: CS1 maint: others in cite AV media (notes) (link)
  5. ^ Ce n'était qu'un rêve (French 7" single liner notes). Celine Dion. Pathé Marconi EMI. 1982. 2C 008 72466.{{cite AV media notes}}: CS1 maint: others in cite AV media (notes) (link)
  6. ^ "Palmarès de la chanson francophone au Québec" (in French). BAnQ. Retrieved 14 March 2019.