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Composer and Pianist Michel Legrand Dead at 86

The multiple Oscar and Grammy winner worked with many classic jazz artists over a 60-year career

Michel Legrand
Michel Legrand at the 2015 Cabourg Film Festival (photo: Georges Biard)

Michel Legrand, the French composer, pianist, conductor, and arranger best known for scoring an estimated 200-plus films, died Saturday (Jan. 26) in Paris. The cause of death has not yet been revealed. Five-time Grammy winner Legrand—whose credits include the Oscar-winning hit song “The Windmills of Your Mind” from the 1968 film The Thomas Crown Affair, as well as several high-profile titles of the French New Wave—was 86.

Among those paying tribute to Legrand was Tony Bennett, who tweeted, “Michel Legrand wrote the music for one of my most treasured songs to perform, ‘How Do You Keep the Music Playing?’ His music will last forever and we will keep singing it. He was a wonderful composer and beautiful human being and he will be missed.”

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