Sacha Distel

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Sacha Distel


Image used as a tour backdrop in 2006 (source). From Guillaume: Invited by Morrissey who liked him very much for the Meltdown 2004, Distel who was ill had not come. Born in 1933 he died in the south of France on july 22nd. He was 71.

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French singer and jazz guitarist. Born 29 January 1933 in Paris, France. Died 22 July 2004 in Rayol-Canadel, France. Nephew of big band leader Ray Ventura. As a singer, his cover version of "Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head" in 1970 reached #10 in the U.K. charts. As a songwriter, he charted once in the U.S. with "The Good Life" by Tony Bennett. The song, "La Belle Vie", which Distel had originally composed with French lyrics by Jean Broussolle, had English lyrics added by Jack Reardon. The song hit #18 in the U.S. (#7 adult contemporary) and #27 in the U.K. in 1963. In 1997 France's highest civilian award "The Legion of Honor" was bestowed on him. He was voted "best guitarist" by Jazz Hot magazine and by several critics in the 1950s.

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Alexandre "Sacha" Distel (29 January 1933 – 22 July 2004) was a French singer, guitarist, songwriter and actor who had hits with a cover version of "Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head" in 1970, which reached No 10 in the UK Charts, "Scoubidou", and "The Good Life". He was made Chevalier (Knight) of the Légion d'honneur in 1997. He had also scored a hit as a songwriter when Tony Bennett recorded Sacha's song for The Good Life in 1963. It peaked at #18 on Billboard's Hot 100 chart and Top 10 on the Easy Listening chart.