Song of the Day #1900

Song of the Day: One at a Time features the music of Michel Legrand and the lyrics of Alan Bergman and Marilyn Bergman. The theme here is from the 1969 film, “La Piscine,” which Legrand scored with his typical lush, jazzy flair. The soundtrack theme had no lyrics, though it features vocalizing by Michel Legrand and his sister, French soprano, Christiane Legrand of the original Swingle Singers, and a scintillating jazz violin solo by the great Stephane Grappelli. Check out the original soundtrack recording [YouTube link]. In 1971, the Bergmans added wonderful lyrics to the music, and it was Jack Jones who first recorded it [YouTube link], with Legrand’s orchestrations and arrangements. Yesterday, three-time Oscar winner Marilyn Bergman died at the age of 93. She and her husband combined to provide so many wonderful lyrics to some of the greatest songs of the twentieth century, many of them composed by Legrand. My very first “Favorite Song” in this ongoing series, which premiered on September 1, 2004, featured lyrics by the Bergmans set to Legrand’s music: “What are You Doing the Rest of Your Life?” [YouTube link]. My life has been enriched immeasurably by the romance Marilyn brought to the music. RIP, lovely songwriter.

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