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RIP Leslie David Reed, OBE (24 July 1935 – 15 April 2019) Composer, conductor, arranger

English songwriter, arranger, musician and light orchestra leader. His major songwriter partners were Gordon Mills, Barry Mason and Geoff Stephens, although he penned songs with many others such as Roger Greenaway, Roger Cook, and Johnny Worth. Allmusic noted that "Reed's sixty or more major hits have earned numerous gold discs, Ivor Novello Awards and, in 1982, the British Academy Gold Badge of Merit. In the mid-1960s, it was unusual for a British singles chart not to list a Les Reed song". WIKIPEDIA

RIP Claude Vasori aka Caravelli

Caravelli , pseudonym of Claude Vasori, born on September 12, 1930 in Paris and died on 1st April 2019 in Cannet. 


He was a composer , arranger and conductor of beautiful instrumentals. His real career began in 1959 when he directed his own orchestra and resumed in his own way the hits of the moment and the big successes. These first albums are recorded under the label Versailles , but it is with CBS Disqueshe will sell the greatest number of records in the company of other fashionable chefs of the sixties and seventies, such as Franck Pourcel , Paul Mauriat and Raymond Lefèvre .

RIP Andre Previn

André George Previn, KBE (/ˈprɛvɪn/; born Andreas Ludwig Priwin; April 6, 1929 – February 28, 2019) was a German-American pianist, conductor, and composer. Previn won four Academy Awards for his film work and ten Grammy Awards for his recordings (and one more for his Lifetime Achievement). Previn died on February 28, 2019 at home in Manhattan at the age of 89.


Michel Legrand (24 February 1932 – 26 January 2019)

MICHEL LEGRAND was a French musical composer, arranger, conductor, and jazz pianist. Legrand was a prolific composer, he wrote over 200 film and television scores, in addition to many memorable songs. He is best known for his often haunting, jazz-tinged film music. His celebrated scores for the films of French New Wave director Jacques Demy, The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (1964) and The Young Girls of Rochefort (1967), earned Legrand his first Academy Award nominations. Legrand won his first Oscar for the song "The Windmills of Your Mind" from The Thomas Crown Affair (1968). WIKIPEDIA

Francis Lai, Oscar-Winning 'Love Story' Composer, Dies at 86

French composer Francis Lai, who won an Oscar for his movie score in Love Story, has died aged 86. Lai, whose death was announced by France’s Culture Ministry, quickly rose through the ranks at the start of his career, composing songs for Edith Piaf and Yves Montand. He turned his attention to the silver screen in the 1960s after meeting director Claude Lelouch, and wrote the title track music for 1966’s Oscar-winning A Man And A Woman. Lai’s success culminated with his 1970 Academy Award for the score of Love Story. Its main song Where Do I Begin? is near-universally known thanks to popular renditions by Andy Williams and Shirley Bassey. The mayor of Nice, Lai’s birthplace, said he hopes to name “an emblematic place of our city” after Lai.

Beautiful Music Radio 1960 to 1970

Many Americans remember those stations that programmed beautiful music for many years. WDVR101FM...WWSH...WPBS in Philadelphia, WBAL...WRBS...WLYF in Baltimore, WJBR...WTUX in Wilmington, Delaware, WQMR...WGAY in Washington DC, WJIB in Boston, KBMS in Pasadena-Los Angeles, WPAT in New Jersey, WRFM in New York City, and way over to KUMU in Honolulu as well as hundreds of stations all over the USA. Now we invite you to tune in here to this blend of easy listening quality music. In the early 1960s, the Federal Communications Commission adopted a standard for transmitting and receiving stereo signals on a single channel of the FM band. In addition to delivering stereo sound, FM broadcasting provided clearer sound quality and better resistance to interference than AM, thus being ideal for broadcasting the beautiful music format. In Baltimore, Maryland, programmer Art Wander developed a beautiful music format for the 50,000 watt NBC affiliate WBAL/1090. The station format launched in the fall of 1960 featured music sweeps of lush instrumentals with subtle comments from their staff announcers. The format changed to sports and talk when competing FM stations broadcast beautiful music and easy listening. In 1963, Marlin Taylor created a custom-designed beautiful music format at Philadelphia's WDVR. Within four months, WDVR became the #1 rated FM station in the Philadelphia market. This was one of the first big successes in FM broadcasting, and was instrumental in establishing the viability of FM.Our tribute to those that pioneered the format such as Marlin R Taylor, Art Wander, Ed Winton, Bob Chandler, Dave Shayer, Rich Franklin, John Weiser, Colin Sharp, George Rudolph, Ed Hunt and John B Reynolds, Jr...among many others.


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