Louis Gaste

Louis Gaste, the French composer whose song was plagiarized into the English-language hit “Feelings,” died Jan. 8 of cancer in Paris. He was 88.

He co-wrote “Pour Toi (For You)” with his wife, singer-actress Line Renaud, in 1956. It was a flop, but in 1975 Morris Albert adapted it as “Feelings” and it became a staple of lounge-style crooners.

Gaste sued the Brazilian singer-composer in a U.S. court and won $500,000 in damages in 1987.

Gaste, who began his career in the 1930s as a guitarist with the Ray Ventura orchestra, went on to compose more than 1,000 songs including “How Much Is That Doggy in the Window?”

Want to read more articles like this one? SUBSCRIBE TO VARIETY TODAY.
Post A Comment 0

Leave a Reply

No Comments

Comments are moderated. They may be edited for clarity and reprinting in whole or in part in Variety publications.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

More Scene News from Variety