Georges Moustaki is gone. He was 79.
I tried to record him two years ago for a BBC documentary about Barbara, whose lover he had been, but he sent messages back to say he was not well enough. He had turned a little shy with the passing of years.
Egyptian born, to Greek-Jewish parents, Sarah and Nessim Moustaki, Georges made his way to Paris in 1951 and was soon writing songs for Edith Piaf and a host of other singers. His amours were as legion as his chansons.
The most celebrated and enduring of his creations is Ma Liberté.