1933 - 2004 (71 years)
Has 3 ancestors but no descendants in this family tree.
||Sacha Distel |
||28 Jan 1933
||Paris, Île-de-France, Fr
||22 Jul 2004
||15 Mar 2013 |
- 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.
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.