Michel Colombier

"Here's a man who has broad and deep roots: Paris Conservatory trained, with a background in appreciating, everything from Bach to Lennon-McCartney. He's taken all these tools and brought everything up to date,"Herb Alpert told Leonard Feather.

Signed with A&M Records in November 1970.

Wingsbegan as a suggestion by Herb Alpert. Alpert said, "It all began when [Petula Clark] sang on one of my TV Specials. He did some writing for strings and woodwinds that appealed to me. I asked him whether he'd like to try an ambitious work someday, using a jazz-ensemble, full symphony orchestra and soloists. "Alpert continued, "When I first heard what Michel had written [for Wings], I was on his melodic frequency immediately; but he was then working with a lyricist in Paris who was a little too esoteric. I recommended Paul [Williams], who had to do it the hard way, fitting words to pre-determined melodies."

Two of the working titles for the symphony Wings were "Freedom and Fear" and "Porquoi Pas?"which were two songs within the symphony.

  1. 'Wings' Colombier's Chef D'Oeuvre? Leonard Feather. Los Angeles Times, May 9, 1971.
Recording Years / Label
1971-1973 -  A&M Records