Era Inducted To: Modern Era
For a songwriter, being born in a small village (population 300) facing the endless sea and carved on the edge of a forest that spreads throughout the Northern region can be an inspiration to write songs in which the “big blue sea” is a recurring presence. Vigneault’s Pendant que is one such ballad.
Written in 1962, this song was included in Vigneault’s second album a year later. It became an instant hit with the Quebec public and can be found on many of the prolific singersongwriter’s recordings. More than 40 years later, this song is an integral part of the public’s collective memory. Beside Vigneault himself, Pendant que was most importantly covered by the great Monique Leyrac who, along with Pauline Julien and Catherine Sauvage, brought to life many of the Natashquan poet’s creations.
With Pendant que, Vigneault reveals the true nature of Quebec music and manages to make it universal.
SONG COVERED BY: Louise Portal, Fabienne Thibault, Christine Chartrand, Renée Claude, Les Compagnons de la Chanson, Danièle Darrieux, André Gagnon, Jacques Marchais, Cornéliu, Nicole Croisille, Moniqe Leyrac and MarieClaire Séguin.