Composer Francis Lai, from the South of france, Nice, on Wednesday at the age of 86 died. The husband worked along with several French celebrities and wrote the music of more than one hundred films, including ‘Love story’ and ‘Un homme et une femme’.
Lai taught a very young age playing the accordion and began his career in a balorkest. In the fifties he travelled to Paris, where he was the music scene of paris came to know and facilitator of Edith Piaf. In the French capital he also met Bernard Dimey, with whom he has a lot of songs.
Lai has worked with many French celebrities, such as Mireille Mathieu, Juliette Gréco, Dalida, Brigitte Bardot and Yves Montand. For the latter, he wrote the well-known ‘La bicyclette’.
But really famous was Francis Lai especially with his film scores, including for the movie ‘Un homme et une femme’. Lai was nominated for a Golden Globe award for Best Film music. In the early seventies, he was effectively the Oscar for Best Music for the film ‘Love story’.
Francis Lai received a few years ago at the film festival of Ghent, the ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’ for his impressive body of work. The mayor of Nice announced immediately after the death of Francis Lai, that a place in the city named after him, as a tribute.