One of the giants of mood music, the composer-arranger-conductor was born on August 5, 1911 at Rouen, Normandy, in France, and Roger Roger was indeed his
real name. Both of his parents came from the world of opera, and Roger’s first job after leaving school was teaching light opera at the Rouen Arts Theatre. His influences included American popular
songwriters like Irving Berlin, Cole Porter, and George Gershwin, as well as Chabrier, Handel, Ravel, Stravinsky, and Wagner.
He became a professional conductor at age 18, was composing for French films by the late 1930s, he worked for a number of European
radio stations, and he was involved with early French television. After WWII he played piano and conducted a 35-piece orchestra as part of a radio series, working with such artists as Maurice Chevalier and
Edith Piaf. He did much of his composing for the background music library of Chappell & Company, and his music was soon heard on radio, television, and in films around the world. He passed away in
Paris on June 12, 1995.