Michel Legrand Backing Tracks – How Do You Keep The Music Playing … I Will Wait For You … Summer Knows … What Are You Doing The Rest Of Your Life … Windmills Of Your Mind …
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Michel Legrand (born 24 February 1932 – 25 January 2019) was a French musical composer, arranger, conductor, and jazz pianist who wrote over 200 film and television scores.
He won three Oscars (the first of which was for ‘Windmills of Your Mind‘) and five Grammys and has been nominated for an Emmy. He was 22 when his first album, I Love Paris, became one of the best-selling instrumental albums ever released. He was a virtuoso jazz and classical pianist and an accomplished arranger and conductor who performed with orchestras all over the world.
In 1954 Legrand became an overnight star after his album “I Love Paris” became a hit, it went on selling over 8 million copies. He followed the success with such albums as “Holiday in Rome” (1955) and “Michel Legrand Plays Cole Porter” (1957).
In the late 1950s and 1960s Legrand was caught up in the French New Wave. He scored seven films for jean-Luc Godard, he also made ten films with Jacques Demy, and became responsible for creating the genre of musical in the French Cinema. In 1963 Legrand did The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (1964), the first film musical that was entirely sung. For that film score he received three Oscar nominations. His melody, “I Will Wait For You”, received nomination for Best Original Song.
In 1966 Legrand moved to Los Angeles and in 1969 he won his first Oscar for Best Music, Original Song for “The Windmills of Your Mind” and was also nominated for Best Music, Original score for a Motion Picture for The Thomas Crown Affair (1968). Eventually Legrand went on to become a star in the US, he received twelve nominations for Academy Awards, and won two more Oscars. He was also nominated for a Grammy 27 times and received 5 Grammys in the 1970s.
In the 1980s and 1990s Legrand continued giving live concerts with his own jazz trio. He also led his big band which he took on several international tours, accompanying such stars as Ray Charles, Diana Ross and Björk. He also recorded several classical albums. During the 2000s Legrand worked mainly in the studio, and also made several international tours.
In 2005 a compilation of Legrand’s best known film soundtracks was released under the title “Le Cinema de Michel Legrand”, featuring 90 songs composed in the course of his career.
Michel Legrand Backing Tracks
How Do You Keep The Music Playing … I Will Wait For You … Summer Knows … What Are You Doing The Rest Of Your Life … Windmills Of Your Mind …