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En vers et contre vous
  FR 120 04/19/2003 (3 weeks)
Adios amigo
  DE 5 10/01/1962 (20 weeks)
We could be friends (two glasses of rum)
  DE 18th 05/01/1963 (12 weeks)
A couple of tears
  DE 19th 10/01/1963 (16 weeks)
The place next to me
  DE 6th 02/01/1964 (16 weeks)
Your voice on the phone
  DE 29 07/01/1964 (8 weeks)
A door slammed
  DE 24 11/01/1964 (10 weeks)
The woman with the lonely heart
  DE 15th 03/15/1965 (8 weeks)
Women and roses
  DE 25th 09/15/1965 (8 weeks)
A woman friend
  DE 28 03/15/1966 (4 weeks)
  DE 35 09/15/1966 (2 weeks)
Irene of Avignon
  DE 31 11/01/1967 (2 weeks)
Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head
  UK 10 01/10/1970 (27 weeks)

Alexandre Sacha Distel (born January 29, 1933 in Paris , † July 22, 2004 in Rayol-Canadel-sur-Mer , France ) was a French chansonnier , jazz guitarist and composer.

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Sacha Distel was born the son of a Russian-Jewish chemical engineer. His father Léon, a former tsarist officer, fled Russia to France in 1918. The mother Andrée Ventura, a pianist, came from a Jewish Parisian family. Distel began taking piano lessons at the age of five; his first piano teacher was his uncle Ray Ventura . In 1942 Sacha's Jewish mother was taken to a labor camp by the German occupiers and only found her son after the war. The father hid the nine-year-old Sacha in a priestly school in Laval , had him registered as Alexandre Ditel and went into hiding himself. At the age of 15, Sacha switched to the guitar; his guitar teacher was Henri Salvador . Sacha Distel's professional musical career began when he was 16 years old. Nevertheless, he studied philosophy, but at the same time established himself as a jazz guitarist and, under the impression of a concert by Dizzy Gillespie in 1948, switched to modern jazz .

With Mimi Perrin , Jean-Marie Ingrand and Jean-Louis Viale Distel founded his first band; then he worked in Paris jazz clubs with Art Simmons and Pierre Michelot . Since 1950 he has been part of Gérard Gustin's trio . During a stay in New York, Distel took lessons from Jimmy Raney and then worked in Paris with Barney Wilen and Bobby Jaspar . In 1953 he was named the best guitarist in France . In 1954 he accompanied Billie Holiday , Clifford Brown and Kenny Clarke . In the following years he recorded with Lionel Hampton ( Crazy Rhythm , 1955), Jean-Pierre Sasson ( Two Guitar Blues , 1956) and John Lewis ( Afternoon in Paris , 1958). He also worked with Henri Renaud , Stan Getz , Tony Bennett and the Modern Jazz Quartet and was also the musical accompanist of the chansonnière Juliette Gréco .

From 1958 he concentrated on the chanson. He became known to a wider audience with hits like Raindrops Keep Fallin 'on My Head (Toute la pluie tombe sur moi) and Scoubidou (Les scoubidous, 1958). Were also popular La belle vie and Le soleil de ma vie , which he in duet with Brigitte Bardot singing with which he a one-year love affair entertained. From 1962, songs such as Adios Amigo , The Place Next to Me , The Woman with the Lonely Heart , Women and Roses , A Woman 's Friend and Misunderstood top places in the hit parades of German-language radio stations. Distel also appeared with Adios Amigo in the 1963 hit film Sing, but don't play with me .

In 1968 Distel returned to jazz and recorded an album with Slide Hampton ( Bird ). At the Sanremo Festival in 1968 he took part with the song No amore on the side of Giusy Romeo . In the early 1970s, Sacha Distel still had some big hits such as Bonjour Barbara , What you love you hold tight , Sun and love , She stays with us, the old lady or The fair in Paris . In total, the singer, famous for his charm, recorded around two hundred tracks in several world languages ​​with his slightly smoky voice, as he published records in English, Italian, Spanish and German versions in addition to his mother tongue. Pieces composed by him were a. a. sung by Frank Sinatra , Petula Clark and Dionne Warwick . His title Le Sifflet ("Die Trillerpfeife") was translated into German by Hans Bradtke as Wie ein Tiger and published by Peggy March on her 1970 album Mein Lied for Peggy .

He published his album My Own Blues in 1983. He published his memoirs in 1985 under the title Les pendules à l'heure . In 1993 he put together a large orchestra to pay homage to the collégiens (students) of his uncle Ray Ventura, who was followed two years later by Swinguer la vie . In 2001 he appeared in the London production of the musical Chicago in the role of lawyer Billy Flynn.

In addition to his musical career, he also appeared in a few films in the 1960s and 1970s and hosted a variety show on French television from 1962 to 1972 . Distel had been married to the skier Francine Bréaud since 1963 .

Distel is mentioned in the song Where Do You Go To (My Lovely) by Peter Sarstedt from 1969.

He died of cancer on July 22, 2004 at the age of 71.

British rock singer Morrissey used a photo of Sacha Distel as a set on his Ringleader Of The Tormentors tour in Great Britain in 2006 .


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