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.

RIP Stelvio Cipriani



Stelvio Cipriani (20 August 1937 – 1 October 2018) was an Italian composer, mostly of motion picture soundtracks. Cipriani became prolific in the Italian film world and was awarded a Nastro d'Argento for Best Score for The Anonymous Venetian (1970).
One of Cipriani's most famous scores is from the 1973 film La polizia sta a guardare (The Great Kidnapping). The main theme was recycled by Cipriani in 1977 for the score to Tentacoli, and was brought to the public's attention again in 2007 when it was featured in Quentin Tarantino's Death Proof.
Cipriani's scores for the films of the "La Polizia..." series were different arrangements over the same theme. Some of those themes were used in the soundtrack of the couple Hélène Cattet & Bruno Forzani's first feature Amer


beautiful instrumentals of autumn

Autumn, also known as fall in North American English, is one of the four temperate seasons. Autumn marks the transition from summer to winter, in September (Northern Hemisphere) or March (Southern Hemisphere), when the duration of daylight becomes noticeably shorter and the temperature cools down considerably. One of its main features is the shedding of leaves from deciduous trees. Some cultures regard the autumnal equinox as "mid-autumn", while others with a longer temperature lag treat it as the start of autumn. Meteorologists and most of the temperate countries in the southern hemisphere use a definition based on Gregorian calendar months, with autumn being September, October, and November in the northern hemisphere, and March, April, and May in the southern hemisphere. wiki In North America, traditionally autumn starts September 21 and ends December 21st. Listen for our music of autumn from beautifulinstrumentals.com along with our regular playlist.

September songs along with beautifulinstrumentals

 September, from the Très Riches Heures du Duc de Berry

 School starts in September in many countries

 Sapphire, September birthstone

 Forget-me-not, September birth flower

September is the ninth month of the year in the Julian and Gregorian calendars, the third of four months to have a length of 30 days, and the fourth of five months to have a length of less than 31 days. In the Northern Hemisphere September is the seasonal equivalent of March in the Southern Hemisphere. In the Northern hemisphere, the beginning of the meteorological autumn is on 1 September. In the Southern hemisphere, the beginning of the meteorological spring is on 1 September. September marks the beginning of the ecclesiastical year in the Eastern Orthodox Church. It is the start of the academic year in many countries, in which children go back to school after the summer break, sometimes on the first day of the month.
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 How many songs can you think of about September. We will play many of them during the month here on BeautifulInstrumentals.com

Bavaria, Southern Germany

(Listeners in Germany say they are)   receiving you loud and clear via Internet in the South of Germany (Wolfratshausen). We (67 & 70 years old) tune in between 0800 and 1900 GMT. Thank you for your 24/7 music - we really appreciate your work.

January 6th: The Feast of Epiphany...Spain's main festive holiday celebrated with light music from Spain through the weekend.

The Feast of Epiphany is traditionally Spain and Latin America's main festive holiday, when children receive their presents brought not by Santa Claus, but by the Three Kings. On "El Día de los Reyes" Spain and Latin American countries celebrate the biblical adoration of baby Jesus by the three Kings, also known as the three Wise Men or Magi. MORE

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