multi-instrumentalist from Los
who started out on piano at three years of age. One of his first “gigs”
was accompanying his father, violinist Jan Rubini.
In spite of
his classical training, Michel was drawn to rock and roll. He toured with Loggins
& Messina and Seals & Crofts, as well as recording with a host of
other artists and groups.
acumen garnered the interest of Hollywood
directors and he soon became a double threat as a composer and player of
A good example
of this was 1976’s Diggin’ It,
an album he co-wrote and recorded with Don Dunn, on which he played
clavinet, electric piano, harpsichord, organ, piano, and synthesizer.
joined by singer Chuck Smith on their next album, 1978’s Round One, on which they billed
themselves as Friendly Enemies.
In the 1980s,
Michel was busy on the small screen, performing in the house band on Face the Music and Name That Tune, and scoring TV shows
such as Capitol, The Hitchhiker, and Tales from the Crypt.
His solo album
in 1988, Secret Dreams, was
somewhat experimental, as all of the material was completely improvised.
succeeded by Band is Tight Tonight
in the ‘90s.
He even scored
an audio book in 1992, Merlin &
the Dragons by Jane Yolen, which was narrated
by Kevin Kline.
recordings on which he appears include Bad
by Michael Jackson, Closeup
by Frankie Valli, Foxy Lady by Cher, I
Believe: The Gospel Masters
by Elvis Presley, Look at Us by
Sonny & Cher, Strangers in the
Night by Frank Sinatra, That’s
What Friends Are For by Johnny Mathis & Deniece
Williams, and Too by Carole Bayer
His filmography is a mixed bag of films he either scored or
performed on, or in some cases, both.
It includes Abducted, Band of the Hand (on which he played
Hollywood Homicide, The Hunger, Indecent Behavior II, Manhunter, Nemesis,
The New Kids, Panic, Racquet, and What Waits
Johnny Mathis & Deniece
Emotion (Barry Gibb/Robin Gibb)
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