Crying in the rain | The tears that saved Mario Pelchat


In 1992, despite the resounding success of his two most recent albums, Mario Pelchat had little faith in the future. A bankruptcy that occurred a year earlier and a legal soap opera pitting him against his former agents sapped his morale.

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“I blindly trusted them and I never should have,” he recalls. Tested by the media hype caused by these events, the singer doubts that his career can one day recover.

However, his new agents, Rocky and Suzanne Colello, contact Sony Music. “And contrary to my apprehensions, Sony thought, ‘After such an ordeal, this guy can just bounce back. If he has the right songs, it should work.” »

A single song will be enough, proof that it happens to us when we believe in it, but also, sometimes, when we really don’t believe in it anymore. With crying in the rainMario Pelchat revealed in March 1993 a chorus he could never escape again, 5 minutes and 47 seconds of downpour noises, tear mist, thunderous drums and sweet vocal embellishments.

But before appearing in French on his album Pelchat in an adaptation by Eddy Marnay, the powerful ballad was recorded in 1989 in its original version, tears in the rain, by the American Robin Beck. The Earworm is one of the rare collaborations between two chart-topping subscribers: Desmond Child (I was made to love you, living on a prayer, Livin’ the crazy life) and Diane Warren (Nothing is going to stop us now, because you loved me, I do not wanna Miss a Thing).


The album Pelchatpublished in 1993

On the occasion of the tour celebrating his 40 years of music, Mario Pelchat recounts the strange fate of his star theme, with composers Desmond Child and Diane Warren, director Aldo Nova, former Sony artistic director Vito Luprano and chorister Alain Couture.

La tension essentielle

Mario Pelchat : « Durant cette période-là où tout allait mal, je me souviens d’avoir rencontré René Angélil. Céline était à Dolbeau pour un spectacle et je m’y trouvais pour l’été. René m’avait dit : “N’oublie jamais que ce sont les chansons qui font les carrières.” »

Desmond Child : « Je vous jure qu’avant que vous m’appeliez, je n’avais aucune idée qu’il existait une version française de Tears in the Rain. Mais je suis enchanté. J’ai toujours cru en cette chanson. Ce n’est pas pour rien que je l’ai enregistrée avec Robin Beck, puis avec Jennifer Rush [en 1995]. »


Child Desmond

mario pechat “He didn’t know there was a French version? Oh come on! »

Child Desmond “When I heard the song don’t lose sleep [de John Waite, en 1987], I immediately asked: who wrote that? I have to meet her, we are soul mates. It was Diane Warren. I called her and called her and she still ignored my calls. When You give love a bad name [de Bon Jovi, que Desmond Child a cosignée] I got to number one, the same day, he called me: “I’m sorry I didn’t answer your calls sooner. Welcome to the number 1 club.” We immediately had great chemistry. »

Diane Warren “You know, it’s been over 30 years, all of that. I can’t remember what I did two weeks ago, so I certainly can’t remember when we wrote this song. What I remember is that I adored him. It should have been a bigger hit. »


Diane Warren

Child Desmond “I don’t remember exactly who came up with the title, but hey, let’s just say it was me! [Rires] My mentor, Bob Crewe [qui a pondu plusieurs tubes pour The Four Seasons] He always told me: “A good song contains irony”. that’s what i did with You give love a bad name, I hate myself for loving you, The sky is on fire, Tears in the rain. It is necessary to create a tension by contrasting opposites: the tears, which flow one by one, and the rain, which is infinite. This tension is essential to any form of art. »

Diane Warren “It is very possible that it was Desmond who found the title. If he says so, I believe him. We bring out the best in each other. I’m glad to know that it was a success somewhere in the world. »

the good song

aldo new “Maybe I shouldn’t say that, but Mario, before this album, was making songs for the aunts. Vito wanted to change the sound of Mario, so that he could reach more people. »


aldo new

vito luprano : “I really wanted to break into the Quebec market and I needed a good song. the good song was Crying in the rain. »

mario pechat “I, at the time, had no idea it existed in English. Not at all. Céline was beginning her English-speaking career. There were a lot of composers creating for her that Vito had access to. When she told me, “I have a song written for you,” why would she doubt that? »

vito luprano “Just because a song has already been released doesn’t mean it can’t have a new life. I’ve always had an ear for that. Diane had sent me several songs for Céline and I didn’t think one would be good for her, but it was perfect for Mario. »


vito luprano

Mario Pechat: “I heard the song and thought it was wonderful. At the time, I was just breaking up, it had just happened. Nathalie, in my head, was the woman of my life. I found it very, very difficult. “It’s a rainy afternoon, we split up”, that was what was happening. »

A paid hideout

aldo new :: “I had studied Mario a lot to try to remove his accentuated vibrato. It was difficult. I didn’t remove the Mario in Mario, but I did make it more modern. This album sounds world class. »

mario pechat “Aldo was very reassuring, but didn’t bother to ask me what I wanted. Sometimes it was a bit difficult, but he allowed me to keep going. But when he talks about vibrato, he talks about sustained notes. He’s not talking about the Wo, Ouh, Oh that people do when he imitates me. That’s luxury. Celine did so many beautiful flourishes that everyone wanted to do them. Was when. »

Alain Haute Couture :: “Aldo is very intense. He made me work, it didn’t make sense. It was dinner time, he had been in a small cubicle for six hours piling up voices and he wouldn’t let me out. When he had an idea in his head, he would sometimes work without sleeping for two or three days. »


Alain Couture (right), with his colleague from the Mercedez Band, Réjean Lachance, in 2006

aldo new “People think we hear rain at first because the song is called crying in the rain, but that’s because there’s an electrical buzz in my vocoder. I liked the take I had recorded, so I said to myself: I’m going to put some rain on it, it’s going to cover up the commotion. »

mario pechat “Years later, I am in the Francos, the song was a great success. I give an interview to a Lebanese journalist and he asks me: “Why did you choose to cover the song? tears in the rain by Robin Beck? And there, I quickly make the link, Papineau’s head is not needed to translate. I said yes, I really liked the song, but inside I was fuming. »

vito luprano “I didn’t tell Mario that there was another version, because if you tell an artist that someone already recorded the song and it didn’t work, he’ll immediately get it into his head that it won’t work. he neither. »

mario pechat “I have to give the style that Vito had, but I wish I hadn’t learned it from someone else. This album is almost entirely covers, but I was told that they were songs written for me. It’s a little velvety to think that Diane Warren, or Desmond Child, or Michael Bolton, who came to see me perform shortly before, wrote for you. In fact, they had no idea that I was singing their songs. »

vito luprano “On one hand, it’s flat that I didn’t tell him, but imagine if he missed a hit like that. »

the correct constellation

mario pechat “At one point, I got tired of crying in the rain. I was enjoying writing and there was more of me in my new songs. I had no choice but to put it aside. Now when I do it, it obviously makes people happy, as soon as the song starts. There is a whole generation that was a child when she came out. I often see videos on Facebook of young people partying and singing. crying in the rain. He is pretty screwed. »


Mario Pelchat on stage in 2019

Alain Haute Couture : “There is a richness in Mario’s voice: he has a good bass, but at the same time, he is able to go high. But above all, he has a lot of emotion. That’s what I say when I teach: you can sing perfectly, if you don’t show emotion, the world won’t love you. You have to go find them. It is not easy for everyone. Mario, he has that. »

Child Desmond “A success is like a constellation. You have to have the right artist, the right song, the right director, the record company has to do enough promotion. There is also the moment of the launch, the invitations to television. There are so many elements that need to line up. And when it lines up, you look up at the sky and you don’t see all the stars. You just see a big trail of light. »

Mario Pelchat must resume his tour on April 15 and 16 at the Théâtre St-Denis.


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