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Virtuoso jazz pianist


Michel Legrand, native and resident of Paris, is one of the most successful foreign-born composers ever to grace the American best-seller lists. From his very first success in the United States with the memorable, "I Love Paris," in 1954, his productivity has continued unabated and to prove it, he currently owns three Oscar Awards, three Grammy Awards and an Emmy nomination, which he has garnered along the way.

His most unforgettable work is the classic 1964 film, "The Umbrellas of Cherbourg," which marked his first recognition from the Motion Picture Academy. He won his first Academy Award for Best Song for "The Windmills of Your Mind," which appeared in the 1968 film, "The Thomas Crown Affair." He later picked up the Oscar for Best Original Dramatic Score, for the movie "The Summer of '42," and years later, in 1984, he won for Best Original Song Score for the Barbra Streisand movie, "Yentl," a work which Time Magazine called, "the most romantic, coherent and sophisticated movie score since "Gigi" a quarter century ago."

But Legrand is remembered almost as well for a number of songs that didn't win Oscar awards (although some were nominated). Among the more notable are "Pieces of Dreams," "Brian's Song," "What Are You Doing the Rest of Your Life," "I Will Wait for You," "Watch What Happens" (both from "Umbrellas") and from the movie "The Young Girls of Rochefort," the well-remembered "You Must Believe in Spring." One of Legrand's most recent hit songs is the melodic "How Do You Keep the Music Playing," from "Best Friends."

In addition to his prodigious writing skills,…

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Discography Highlights

PIECES OF DREAMS Alan Bergman, Marilyn Bergman, Michel Legrand
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WINDMILLS OF YOUR MIND, THE Alan Bergman, Marilyn Bergman, Michel Legrand
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