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French Singer Henri Salvador Dies

Henri Salvador, the French musician and singer credited with helping inspire both the bossa nova and the music video, has died in Paris aged 90.

Renowned for his booming laugh, elegant crooning and durability, he had planned to record a new album in 2008 and last performed on stage in December.

At the time, he said he was "the only one who can bow out while still alive".

In a statement, French President Nicolas Sarkozy said Salvador's death was a cause of "infinite sadness".

"For more than a half-century, with humour and elegance, Henri was the incarnation of the art of song 'a la Francaise,'" he added.

Influence

A legend in his native France, Salvador was also a star in Latin America - particularly in Brazil.

His 1957 song Dans Mon Ile was thought to have inspired Brazilian jazz musician Antonio Carlos Jobim to conceive bossa nova's distinctive rhythm.

"When I recorded that little tune, holed up in my apartment in Paris, I could never have imagined it would change musical history," said Salvador said.

And he was among the first performers to set his songs to televised images, prompting some in France to call him the father of the music video.

(Source : BBC News : [link])

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OBITUARY :

French singer of novelty records, jazz and early rock

Henri Salvador, who died on 13 February, 2008, aged 90, was a versatile French singer, most famous for eccentric and silly songs that became popular on French television and the Scopitone video jukeboxes of 1960s Europe.

For songs such as Le Blues du Dentiste (Dentist Blues), Mais Non, Mais Non (But No, But No), Minnie Petite Souris (Little Mouse) and Juanita Banana (Miss Banana), he would film early precursors to the music video, often dressed in ludicrous costumes and pulling silly faces.

Despite this, he was originally a jazz musician and had also played on early French rock ’n’ roll records. As well as his novelty songs, he recorded love songs and ballads and turned his velvety voice to many forms of music during his 70-year career.

Henri Gabriel Salvador was born on 18 July, 1917, in Cayenne, the capital of French Guyana. His family moved to France when he was seven and a few years later he discovered the music of Duke Ellington and Louis Armstrong.

From that moment on he was determined to be a jazz musician, taking up the guitar and learning to play along with Django Reinhardt records. At 16 he began performing in Parisian cabaret clubs, gaining plaudits for his playing and for his comic approach.

In 1935, his hero Django Reinhardt hired him as an accompanist and he also began working for American jazz violinist Eddy South. The Second World War interrupted his jazz career for several years until he was demobbed in 1941.

In occupied France he joined Bernard Hilda's jazz orchestra in Cannes before Ray Ventura spotted his talents as a novelty musician. They went on an English-language revue tour in South America where they entertained American GIs. On returning to France, M Salvador decided to branch out with his own show.

By 1949 he was playing at the most prestigious venues in Paris and won the Grand Prix du Disque for his record Le Loup, La Biche et Le Chevalier (The Wolf, the Deer and The Knight). During the 1950s he played to packed auditoriums in France and was interviewed by Ed Sullivan in America.

Towards the end of the decade he began to experiment with blues, rock and even Caribbean styles. But in 1959, Boris Vian, his songwriting partner on more than 400 compositions (including Rock and Roll-Mops, the first French rock ’n’ roll record), died from a sudden heart attack.

At the start of the ‘60s he concentrated on television presenting in France and Italy, but also founded his own record label. His releases during this decade were his biggest hits. They included Zorro Est Arrivé (Zorro Has Arrived), Syracuse, Le Travail c'est la Santé (Work is Health) and were generally accompanied by a video of M Salvador acting out various comic roles against a gaudy studio backdrop.

During the following decades he continued to release new material and present on television, where he was renowned for his sharp wit and rich laugh. He was also backed by the Walt Disney Corporation and recorded several numbers inspired by their feature films, taking advantage of his popularity with children.

During his later career he returned to his first love, jazz, giving recitals in Europe, North and South America. He was particularly popular among French-speaking communities in Canada and was also awarded the ‘Order of Cultural Merit’ by Brazil’s culture minister.

In 2006, aged 89, he finally retired after the release of his final album, Révérence (Bowing Out). He died of a ruptured aneurysm at his home in Paris. He had been married four times and had one son.

(Source : Lastingtribute : [link])
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JIMENOPOLIX Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
I first thought this was Pee Wee Herman.
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Such a beautiful tribute :)
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nice , what did you use on this chalk?
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Eye-Freeze Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wonderful work ...I like some of his music :D
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Funny pic ^_^
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SleepDepJoel Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2008
Nice work as always, Ben. I thought you had dropped off the face of the Earth for a while.
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BenHeine Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2008  Professional General Artist
me? nooooo
thx!
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:rose: :heart:
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cool
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tiamat9 Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2008   Traditional Artist
Beautiful details and fine style. I love the form and expression. Great linework.
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BenHeine Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2008  Professional General Artist
thx. He was a great man that will be missed
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tiamat9 Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2008   Traditional Artist
You're welcome.
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Thebuild Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2008
Greta piece and info, I like the way you have portrayed him here, especially with that smile on his face that was meantioned.
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BenHeine Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2008  Professional General Artist
:)
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great work!:D
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BenHeine Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2008  Professional General Artist
thx
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great !
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BenHeine Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2008  Professional General Artist
thx dude
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emey Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Its Wonderful, Ben.....;-)Nice and neat and very sharp treatment.....Love it.
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BenHeine Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2008  Professional General Artist
thx my friend
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emey Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
NO problem....:-) dear Brother Ben.
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ready2freeze Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2008
i didnt know he was a vampire, lol.

GREAT job.
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BenHeine Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2008  Professional General Artist
A vampire?
nooooo !
but it's true he had funny teeth,
lol
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daliscar Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2008
Excellent work :winner:
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BenHeine Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2008  Professional General Artist
cheers
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daliscar Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2008
Great Art is worthy of praise :-)
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dandelucca Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2008
Great =DD
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BenHeine Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2008  Professional General Artist
:)
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floriaiglenoir Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
...wonderful "hommage"for this great artist,with hallucinating talent...thank you...the day I heard,that he was dead,I felt very sorry,and wrote some phrases on journal in DA..,so much I was touched...Great also your drawing of Henry!!Magnifique!!
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BenHeine Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2008  Professional General Artist
Thx a lot.He was a great man and artist
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floriaiglenoir Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
...I agree with you-someone "unforgettable".And you-did -"Great work",as usual...
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Simounet Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
Quel hommage pour un grand homme qui est allé retrouver ses vieux potes au paradis ! J'suis sûr qu'en tendant l'oreille, on peut entendre son rire d'ici ! Un de mes chanteurs préférés sans aucun doute... C'est marrant mais malgré son âge avancé, je ne m'attendais vraiment pas à le voir mourir...
Paix à ton âme Henri !
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BenHeine Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2008  Professional General Artist
C'est joliment dit, Simon.
C'est clair, il va nous manquer, le filou.
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JohnnySix Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2008  Professional Artist
Great image, great music. He'll be missed but not forgotten. :)
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BenHeine Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2008  Professional General Artist
definitely
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goth-bird Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome dedication~
I love it.
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BenHeine Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2008  Professional General Artist
thx, dear
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You're welcome!
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StruckByEros Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2008  Student General Artist
Hmm, I love Paris.
But who doesn't. And I find you a very kind and remarkable person to post this, obviously he inspired you, and his music, and persona still do through all the work he has done! I am overjoyed at your newest phenomenon!

Yours,
MG
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BenHeine Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2008  Professional General Artist
thx,
he did inspired me.
I love his smile, lol
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StruckByEros Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2008  Student General Artist
Infectious! ^^
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TibodinJay Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2008
Jazz, Latin music and the music world have lost a great soul. But, thankfully the legend lives on :D Thanks for posting this
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BenHeine Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2008  Professional General Artist
Yeah, he will be missed
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