dinsdag 12 mei 2009

Sacha Distel

Sky wrote an addendum to this post:

Before Sacha Distel went to Planet Cheese, he was a highly versatile jazz guitar man. His teacher had been Henri Salvador who used to play with Django Reinhardt, Boris Vian, and Sacha’s uncle Ray Ventura. During the Fifties, Sacha became a household name in the Tabou in the Rue Dauphine and other clubs of the St. Germain de Près jazz scene, and from 1956-62 he was voted best guitarist in the polls of Jazz Hot magazine – seven years in a row!
Avec ces yeux-lá dates from May 1956, an accomplished bebop tune written by Michel Legrand and performed by a quintet featuring Distel, Billy Byers, Gene Di Novi, George Duvivier, and Charles Saudrais – a real all-star band for jazz aficionados. Marina, composed by Distel for the Roger Vadim segment of the 1961 omnibus movie Les sept péchés capitaux (The Seven Deadly Sins), sounds highly familiar – for good reasons. When Distel’s music publisher sold the tune to the US, it returned the following year under the title The Good Life – a huge hit for Tony Bennett, and recorded also by Bobby Darin, Duke Ellington, Frank Sinatra, Sarah Vaughan and countless other showroom giants.

Sacha Distel - Avec ces yeux-lá
Sacha Distel - Marina
Ann-Margret - The Good Life

5 opmerkingen:

  1. You might want to fix the link to 'Marina'. Thanks!

  2. Here you go Paul:


  3. I think there are many of us who feel the same about Sacha Distel, Natacha. Still, he did occasionally cut some cool pop records. But then again French cheese can be quite savoury. My favourite is "Bateau blanc". Mix this song with the trashy sing-along disco of Rika Zarai, Annie Cordy and the likes and it's a full glorious menu. Honestly :)