“He was a lovely man, a genius. He called me Regina,” shared the Asia’s Songbird in the wake of the French musical composer’s death last Saturday.
Singer Regine Velasquez paid homage to the late French musical composer Michel Legrand in the wake of his death last Saturday, January 26.
Regine was personally acquainted with Michel, having been his muse in an exclusive party way back in 2002 during which they performed a duet to his piece ‘No Matter What Happens.’ They reunited the following year for the Asia’s Songbird’s Songbird Sings Legrand concert held at the PICC Plenary Hall in time for Valentine’s Day.
“It was such a blessing being able to work with you, Sir. Thank you so much, Michel Legrand. RIP,” she wrote on Instagram.
It’s no secret that Regine and Michel were supposed to produce an album during the height of their respective careers.
“We went to see him in his home in France. We were working on an album together, but unfortunately, it didn’t push through. But I still got to work with him.
“He was a lovely man, a genius. He called me Regina. Thank you again, Sir, for the opportunity to work with you. It was so nice knowing you,” she said.
News of Michel’s sudden death was confirmed by Rolling Stone, which stated in their report that, “He died early Saturday at his Paris home with his wife, French actress Macha Meril, by his side.” He was 86.
In his lifetime, Michel was a celebrated composer in Hollywood, having won five Grammy awards for his jazz record and compositions such as ‘The Summer Knows’ (1971) and ‘Brian’s Song’ (1970). Moreover, he was also an Oscar favorite, having scored 13 nominations and three awards from the award-giving body for his song ‘The Windmills of Your Mind’, as well as his musical scores for comedy films Summer of ‘42 (1971) and Yentl (1983).