If the last 20 years are any indication, “My Heart Will Go On” will truly go on and on. Celebrating two-decades of success in December, Celine Dion’s iconic smash hit will be remembered for the indelible mark it left on film history, and for giving rise to one of the most recognizable – and lucrative – performance spectacles in the entertainment world.
But the song that would become an international sensation almost never was. Created by James Horner for the film, Titanic, “My Heart Will Go On” began as a instrumental motif, and when it was finally given lyrics by Will Jennings, the track was rejected by Director James Cameron. Even Dion, who already had a major film theme song under her belt in “Beauty and the Beast,” was hesitant to be associated with the track.
However, Dion finally relented and agreed to record a demo of the track. According to “My Heart Will Go On” legend, the Canadian vocalist nailed the recording in one take, and that one-take demo was all the convincing Cameron needed to reverse his position on including the track in his film.