Francis Lai, composer of the music of "A man and a woman", is dead

In 1970, Francis Lai also won the Oscar for best film music for the soundtrack of Arthur Hiller's film Love Story.

Who has not hummed "Chabadabada" the most famous French cinema? The composer and musician Francis Lai, behind this leading film Claude Lelouch, A man and a woman, who died at the age of 86, announced the mayor of Nice on Wednesday 7 November.

Born in Nice, this accordion and amateur piano took its first steps with the poet and singer Bernard Dimey, with whom he wrote songs for the gratin of the time. He has signed some of the greatest hits of the French song, composing just as much for Edith Piaf (The man from Berlin), Dalida or Juliette Greco, for Philippe Léotard, Yves Montant (The bike) and Nicole Martin (Good evening Tristesse)

Oscar for best film music

But it is above all his collaboration with the director Claude Lelouch that made him enter the legend. First of all with the success of A man and a woman, crowned with a Gold Palm in 1966. The mythical theme of the film, sung by Nicole Croisille, was taken more than 200 times. The collaboration between the two men continues. In 1970, Francis Lai won the Oscar for best film for his work Love Story from Arthur Hiller. The theme Where do I start played by Andy Williams is immediately detected by Mireille Mathieu (A story of love).

Faithful, the composer continued to work with Claude Lelouch throughout his career, planchait also on the soundtrack of his latest film scheduled for theaters in 2019, The most beautiful years – following the cult movie A man and a woman Edith and Marcel (1982, with I was waiting for you by Charles Aznavour), A man and a woman: already twenty years old (1986) Itinerary of a spoiled child (1988) which earned him his first Caesar, e There are days … and moons (1990).

Francis Lai will write all the music of over 100 films and sign more than 600 songs. He has also worked several times with Claude Zidi, whose series of Ripoux (1984) Ripoux against Ripoux (1989) e Ripoux 3 (2003).

Less known but equally popular, Francis Lai also worked on the sound of the FR3 at the time of ORTF. He composed the credits for the show "Les Etoiles du cinéma".

"His melodies had a crazy charm"

"It is with immense sadness that I learn of the death of Francis Lai, this great composer of Nice", writes Christian Estrosi, stating that the city of Nice would pay him homage: "Soon I will propose to his family to give his name to an emblematic place of our city."

On Twitter, the former president of the Cannes Film Festival Gilles Jacob greeted him:

"Hi sadness: it's better to say it, it will not write other scores, its melodies have a crazy charm, and him!"