Os­car-win­ning `Love Story' com­poser Fran­cis Lai dies

Tulsa World - - Our Lives - By Thomas Adam­son

Wave di­rec­tor Claude Lelouch in the 1960s that Lai turned to the sil­ver screen and pro­duced his most fa­mous work.

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

“We made 35 films to­gether 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 movie of the same name. It fea­tured the well­known mu­si­cal jin­gle “dabad­abada.”

Lai's suc­cess cul­mi­nated with his 1970 Academy Award for the score of “Love Story,” one of the most en­dur­ing ro­man­tic movies of all time. Its main song “Where Do I Be­gin?” boasts house­hold recog­ni­tion even among those un­fa­mil­iar with the movie, thanks to pop­u­lar vo­cal ren­di­tions by Andy Wil­liams and Shirley Bassey.

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