André Popp, 90, French composer of ‘Love Is Blue’

NEW YORK — André Popp, a French composer whose instrumental “Love is Blue” became a 1960s standard and an easy listening hit in the United States, died May 10 at his home in Puteaux, France. He was 90.

Widely regarded as a master of light orchestral music, Mr. Popp was known for “The Portuguese Washerwomen” (1954) when he composed “Love is Blue” in 1967. Pierre Cour wrote lyrics, and Greek singer Vicky Leandros sang it at that year’s Eurovision song contest.

An instrumental arrangement by French conductor Paul Mauriat reached No. 1 on the Billboard Pop chart in 1968.

Artists as diverse as Andy Williams, Johnny Mathis, Marty Robbins, the Dells, and Lawrence Welk performed or recorded English versions of the tune, which still crops up on television shows like “The Simpsons” and “Mad Men.”


Mr. Popp was born in Fontenay-le-Comte, France. After World War II he moved to Paris to write music with singer and lyricist Jean Broussolle. They became frequent collaborators on records like “Piccolo, Sax & Co.” (1957).

Mr. Popp also scored films.