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?”