Michel Magne

Michel Magne (20 March 1930 in Lisieux, Calvados, France – 19 December 1984 in Cergy-Pontoise, Val-d'Oise[1]) was a French film and experimental music composer. He was nominated in 1962 for an Academy Award and Golden Globe Award for adapting the Jackie Gleason score to film Gigot. He also scored Barbarella and a series of OSS 117 films.

Magne wrote some songs with lyrics by Françoise Sagan for Juliette Gréco and provided orchestral accompaniment.

In 1962, he purchased the Château d'Hérouville, near Pontoise, and converted it into a residential recording studio in 1969, known as Studio d'enregistrement Michel Magne, which through the 1970s was used by a series of artists such as Elton John (at his Honky Château), Pink Floyd, David Bowie, Jethro Tull, Cat Stevens, and the Bee Gees among many others.[2]

In 1972, he married Marie-Claude, née Calvet, having met her in 1970, near Hérouville while she was hitch-hiking as a schoolgirl.[3] The couple moved to the south of France in 1974.[3]

Magne committed suicide in 1984, in a hotel room.[3]

Film scoresEdit


  1. ^ p. 141 Cooper, Kim & Smay, David Lost in the Grooves: Scram's Capricious Guide to the Music You Misse 2005 Routledge
  2. ^ p.37 Wilcken, Hugo Low 2005 Continuum International Publishing Group
  3. ^ a b c Schofield, Hugh (27 December 2015). "The return of the Honky Chateau - BBC News". BBC Online. Retrieved 27 December 2015.

External linksEdit

  • [French] Michel Magne, un destin foudroyé, Daniel Bastié, Ed. Grand Angle, 2014
  • Michel Magne, Space Age Pop
  • [1], Magne biography in English
  • Michel Magne at IMDb