Sacha Distel

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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 and died 22 July 2004 in Rayol-Canadel, France. He recorded more than 750 songs in his career, including "Scoubidou", his first hit-in 1958, "Oh quelle nuit," "Le soleil de ma vie" (a version of Stevie Wonder's "You Are the Sunshine of My Life") and "Mon beau chapeau". He hosted a 1960's show in France that discovered many young new musical talents, and sang with such greats as Liza Minnelli, Quincy Jones and Dionne Warwick.

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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.