Francis Lai, Oscar-Winning 'Love Story' Composer, Dies at 86

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French composer Francis Lai, who received an Oscar for the long-lasting Love Story soundtrack, has died, France’s Culture Ministry stated Thursday. He was 86.

Nice Mayor Christian Estrosi, who led nationwide tributes to Lai, who died on Wednesday, stated he hopes to call “an emblematic place of our metropolis” after the self-taught music legend who was born within the metropolis in 1932.

Lai began as an accordionist, however shortly rose by means of the ranks as a composer, writing songs for singers together with Edith Piaf and Yves Montand.

It was after his assembly with French New Wave director Claude Lelouch within the 1960s that Lai turned to the silver display and produced his most well-known work.

“He was the person of my life, an angel disguised as an accordionist,” Lelouch stated in interview with RTL radio.

 “We made 35 movies collectively and we had a love story that lasted 50 years,” he added. 

Lai wrote “A Man and a Woman” for 1966′s Academy Award-winning film of the identical title. It featured the well-known musical jingle “dabadabada.”

Lai’s success culminated along with his 1970 Academy Award for the rating of Love Story, some of the enduring romantic motion pictures of all time. Its most important tune “Where Do I Begin?” boasts family recognition even amongst these unfamiliar with the film, due to fashionable vocal renditions by Andy Williams and Shirley Bassey.