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Death of the composer of the worldwide hit “It’s a plane for me”

Death of the composer of the worldwide hit “It’s a plane for me” Belgian singer and songwriter Lou Deprijck, who claimed authorship of Plastic Bertrand’s hit “ça plane pour moi,” has died at the age of 77, his partner announced Tuesday.

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This punk-sounding song has been covered many times, notably by American rock groups Sonic Youth and Red Hot Chili Peppers. In 2006 the Coca-Cola brand chose him for an advertising campaign in Southeast Asia.

“Honey, man… I accompanied you until your last breath as you wanted… You will be my only and last love,” Vanessa Vanderkimpen, an artist, who specialized in Michael Jackson imitations, wrote on Facebook.

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Lou Deprijck, born in 1946 in Lessines (west), in French-speaking Belgium, was a figure in Brussels nightlife and parties in the 1970s and 1980s.

He was a particular friend of Grand Jojo, who sang “On a soil”, and the filmmaker Jan Bucquoy (“The Sexual Life of the Belgians”), willingly provocative artists like him, presenting themselves as heirs of surrealism.

Lou Deprijck took over his “underpants museum”, originally inaugurated in the center of Brussels, from Jan Bucquoy to install his underwear collections that belonged to celebrities in his house in Lessines.

Singer, songwriter, and producer (he produced Viktor Lazlo in the late 1980s), Deprijck’s name is still associated above all with the legal saga surrounding “That’s Great for Me”, a hit released at the end of 1977 and quickly It became a global phenomenon.

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In 2010, based on an expert report requested by a Belgian court, Lou Deprijck claimed to be the performer of the song (which he composed) and not Plastic Bertrand.

The report, Deprijck stressed, “reveals that, according to the endings of the sentences noted on the tapes, we can only attribute the voice to a Ch’ti or a Picard.”

For his part, Plastic Bertrand, whose real name is Roger Jouret, who is now 69 years old, has always opposed this in two Brussels rulings, in the first instance and on appeal in 2006, designating him as the legal interpreter of the song.

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In his repertoire of works, Sacem (French Society of Authors, composers, and music publishers) presents him as the “interpreter” of the song, Francis “Lou” Deprijck being the composer and Yves Lacomblez the author.

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