Sacha  Distel

Sacha Distel

Male 1933 - 2004  (71 years)    Has 3 ancestors but no descendants in this family tree.

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  • Name Sacha Distel 
    Relationshipwith Adam
    Born 28 Jan 1933  Paris, Île-de-France, Fr Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 22 Jul 2004  Rayol-Canadel-sur-Mer Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I372293  Geneagraphie
    Last Modified 15 Mar 2013 

    Father Léo Distel,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Mother Andrée Ventura,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Family ID F192287  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Living 
    Last Modified 4 Apr 2002 
    Family ID F147419  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Living 
    Last Modified 15 Mar 2013 
    Family ID F1301516  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 3 Francine Bréaud,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Married 1963 
    • 2 sons
    Last Modified 23 Jul 2004 
    Family ID F192286  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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    Link to Google MapsBorn - 28 Jan 1933 - Paris, Île-de-France, Fr Link to Google Earth
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  • Notes 
    • neveu de Ray Ventura

      The epitome of the suave, sophisticated Frenchman, Distel enjoyed a career stretching over almost half a century during which he sang, danced and played jazz guitar with some of the biggest names in showbusiness.
      Among the stars he worked with were Liza Minelli, Dizzy Gillespie, Quincy Jones (news) and Dionne Warwick.
      In Britain, his television shows were such a hit he performed for Queen Elizabeth on three occasions.
      CHART-TOPPER
      Distel was a composer of note too, penning "The Good Life," a standard that was swiftly recorded by Tony Bennett (news) and Distel's own hero -- Frank Sinatra.
      Distel enjoyed his biggest hit in Britain, where "Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head" topped the charts for 34 weeks, his record company Universal Music France said on its Web site.
      Best known for his songs, Distel was also an outstanding jazz guitarist, winning the title best guitarist of the year from the respected Jazz Hot and Jazz Magazine.
      "It's a terrible blow for music," said French singer Henri Salvador, credited with importing rock 'n' roll into France.
      "I taught him his first chords, which he learned very quickly. He became an excellent guitarist, and excellent musician and a marvelous composer."
      In his native France, where his "Sacha Show" launched a new generation of stars, Distel was awarded one of the country's highest honors, the Legion of Honor, in 1997.
      He was married for more than 40 years to former French ski champion Francine Breaud. The couple had two sons.


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