Francis Lopez

French composer Francis Lopez, who wrote songs for Maurice Chevalier and Josephine Baker as well as operettas, died Jan. 12 of a heart attack in Paris. He was 78.

Lopez was a dentist until World War II and came into his own after the war, composing popular songs and operettas for Luis Mariano, Tino Rossi and Georges Guetary, among others.

“La Belle de Cadiz” (The Cadiz Beauty), “Le Chanteur de Mexico” (Mexico Singer) and other Lopez operettas boasted songs that became household tunes in France and made him a millionaire.

Some of his operettas are still being performed.

Lopez married for a fourth time four years ago.

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