Sacha Distel

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The singer-songwriter Sacha Distel was born in 1933 with the luck of having a family member ready to show him the path to good music. Thanks to Uncle Ray Ventura, Distel was in touch, since his childhood, with a world of avant-garde musicians, lovers of the Swing and the Jazz.

People like Dizzy Gillespie, Django Reinhardt, Stan Getz and Henri Salvador were present in his life very early, and although he established a reputation as a French crooner, Sacha Distel was certainly a strong name in the hall of fame of French jazz musicians and his extensive discography clearly shows his love for of jazz.

In 1962, he wrote the song La Belle Vie, that was recorded in the next year by Distel’s close friend Tony Bennett. The song soon became a big hit and it was afterwards recorded by giants like Frank Sinatra and Julie London).

In the end of the 50’s, he had a relationship with Brigitte Bardot, but the affair ended because, rumor has it, he refused her proposal (oh la la!).

In the beginning of the 70’s he went back to the top of the charts with a great French version of Raindrops keep falling on my head.

He remained popular in France until his death, in 2004.

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I’m Gabriela Mudado, a Brazilian girl who has been in love with French tunes since… well, ever! I started a blog about French music (in Portuguese) in 2008 and recently decided to create an English version of it.

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