Michel Colombier has passed away
Music From The Movies | November 16 2004
by Mikael Carlsson
French composer Michel Colombier died yesterday after a six month battle with cancer. He was 65.
Colombier was one of the most prolific and versatile French musicians of his generation. Besides
his career as a film composer, scoring over 100 feature, cable and television films since the
early 1960's, Colombier was a prolific song writer and arranger who worked with artists such as
Madonna, Prince, The Beach Boys, Paul Anka, Barbra Streisand and Earth Wind and Fire.
As a film composer, Michel Colombier scored a lot of French and American films, including The
Golden Child, Ruthless People, New Jack City, How Stella Got Her Groove Back and The Money Pit.
His background in jazz was evident in the majority of his film scores, and his ability to compose
original score music that merged seamlessly with pop songs made him the perfect composer for
1980's films with song-heavy soundtracks, including White Nights, Against All Odds and Purple
Rain (which won a Grammy Award as well as an Academy Award for Best Song Score).
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