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Henri Salvador

HOMETOWN

Cayenne, French Guyana

BORN

July 18, 1917

About Henri Salvador

Henri Salvador loved one of many longest careers of any French cabaret artist, debuting professionally within the mid-’30s and recording — with satisfying outcomes — all the best way into the brand new millennium. For a lot of his profession, Salvador was recognized for his jazzy guitar work, his comedian abilities, and novelty songs, and a definite Brazilian affect in his model of chanson. A star in France for the reason that finish of World Conflict II, Salvador shifted into youngsters’s music for a lot of the ’70s earlier than reclaiming his outdated viewers. He reinvented himself once more with 2000’s Chambre Avec Vue, a mild, nostalgic assortment of affection songs that, thanks partially to the Buena Vista Social Membership phenomenon, was reissued in America by the legendary jazz label Blue Notice.nnSalvador was born on July 18, 1917, in Cayenne, French Guiana. His father got here from Spanish inventory and his mom was descended from Caribbean natives, and each had been born on the island of Guadeloupe. The household moved to Paris when Salvador was seven, and at age 11, he found American jazz by way of Louis Armstrong and Duke Ellington. He began enjoying the guitar, influenced primarily by the nice gypsy jazzman Django Reinhardt, and at age 16 landed his first skilled gig with Paul Raiss’ orchestra. In 1935, he started performing with a jazz quartet at Jimmy’s Bar, a preferred cabaret. Along with establishing his abilities as a comic, this publicity led to a gig with American violinist Eddy South in 1936, and likewise a gathering along with his idol Django Reinhardt, for whom he served as accompanist for a quick interval.nnSalvador’s promising profession was interrupted by World Conflict II; he enlisted within the army in 1937 and served for 4 years. He rapidly discovered work with Bernard Hilda’s Cannes-based jazz orchestra, and from there was employed by orchestra chief Ray Ventura for his comedian presence. Ventura’s group spent a lot of the rest of World Conflict II touring South America, significantly Brazil, with an act highlighted by Salvador’s vocal impressions of Popeye. He carried out his first solo reveals in Brazil in 1942, and when he returned to France after the warfare in 1945, he determined to embark on a solo profession.nnSalvador’s time in Brazil helped him break free from his dominant Reinhardt affect, and he integrated parts of samba into a lot of his subsequent work. He began his personal group and, in 1947, reduce his first solo sides for Polydor, together with “Clopin Clopant,” “Maladie de l’Amour,” and “Ma Doudou.” The next yr, he appeared within the operetta Le Chevalier Bayard alongside Yves Montand. In 1949, Salvador was awarded the distinguished Grand Prix du Disque de l’Académie Charles Cros on the power of two hits, “Parce Que Ça Me Donne du Braveness” and “Le Portrait de Tante Caroline.” He adopted them with one in every of his all-time classics, “Le Loup, la Biche, et le Chevalier (Une Chanson Douce).”nnSalvador spent a lot of the early ’50s giving reside performances, each in France and overseas. He moved over to the Philips label in 1952 and issued the LP À Pleyel in 1955. Late the next yr, he made his first look in the USA, proper within the midst of the rock u0026 roll craze. After showing on The Ed Sullivan Present, Salvador returned to France and connected with songwriting associate Boris Vian. Adopting the pseudonym Henri Cording, Salvador started writing rock u0026 roll songs with Vian and recording them with a gaggle dubbed the Authentic Rock and Roll Boys. Oddly humorous novelty numbers like “Rock and Roll Mops” and “Le Blues du Dentiste” gave France a few of its earliest publicity to the brand new music. Salvador moved to the Barclay label in 1958, however sadly, Vian handed away the next yr, having collaborated on over 400 songs with Salvador of their transient however vastly productive partnership.nnSalvador soldiered on, culling one other reside album, Alhambra, from his performances on the titular venue in 1960. He launched into a profitable 12-week run on Italian tv in 1961, which inspired him to pay attention nearly completely on that medium for his reside performances. He and his spouse Jacqueline began their very own music publishing firm and label, Disques Salvador, and he rapidly boosted them with successful, “Le Lion Est Mort Ce Soir,” in 1962. He adopted that with the Monsieur Boum Boum LP in 1963, and subsequently began a brand new label, Rigolo, that might be the house of a sequence of hit singles from 1964-1968: “Syracuse,” “Zorro Est Arrivé” (an adaptation of the Coasters’ “Alongside Got here Jones”), “Le Travail C’est le Santé,” “Juanita Banana,” “Veunise,” “Quand Faut Y Aller, Faut Y Aller,” and “Mon Pote le Blues,” amongst a number of others. Salvador closed out the ’60s with a sequence of well-liked tv specials, in addition to the LP C’est Beau de Faire un Present in 1969.nnIn 1971, Salvador morphed right into a youngsters’s singer with an unique tune that recounted the plot of the Disney movie The Aristocats. The ensuing album, Henri Salvador Chante ‘Les Aristochats’ et le Monde Merveilleux de Disney, helped him win his second Grand Prix du Disque. Over the following 5 years, Salvador recorded 5 extra youngsters’s albums that relied closely on Disney movies, particularly tackling Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Robin Hood, and Pinocchio; he additionally made recordings of LaFontaine’s fables. Following his spouse’s loss of life in 1976, Salvador returned to grownup music, issuing two albums — Salvador 77 and Les Canotiers — over the following two years. In 1979, he recorded Salvador/Vian, a tribute album for Boris Vian that revisited 12 of their best-known works. Salvador en Fête adopted in 1980, recapping a few of his most celebrated moments on document.nnAfter this burst of exercise, Salvador slowed his tempo a bit, concentrating extra on tv performances and his return to the live performance stage in 1982. The latter was documented on the double-album Dwell du Spectacle de la Porte de Pantin. In 1984, Salvador retired his label — partially as a result of his spouse had all the time dealt with most of its on a regular basis operation — and signed with EMI/Pathé Marconi, for whom he debuted with 1985’s all-new Henri. The French songwriters union SACEM honored him with its Grand Prix de l’Humour in 1987, and the next yr he was knighted as a Chevalier within the Legion d’Honneur. A brand new album, Des Goûts et des Couleurs, appeared in 1989 and proved to be his final for EMI.nnSalvador kicked off the ’90s by returning to his roots in jazz and blues. He appeared on the Montreux Jazz Pageant in 1991, and two years later carried out with the nice French jazz pianist Michel Petrucciani. In 1994, he signed a brand new cope with Sony and traveled to New York to document the jazzy Monsieur Henri album; the reside On line casino de Paris adopted a yr later. In 1996, he acquired a particular lifetime achievement award on the Victoires de la Musique Awards, the place he carried out a duet with Ray Charles.nnAfter resting comfortably on his laurels for a number of years, Salvador returned to recording in 2000 with Chambre Avec Vue, a high-profile comeback that featured various promising younger songwriters, a duet with Françoise Hardy, and a few of Salvador’s first self-penned materials in fairly a while. A delicate, delicate, romantic fusion of French pop and bossa nova, Chambre Avec Vue was an enormous hit with the French public; it additionally gained him Greatest Male Artist and Album of the Yr awards on the Victoires de la Musique. The current success of the Buena Vista Social Membership album and documentary in America had abruptly made scorching commodities of older international musicians, and in 2002, Blue Notice reissued Salvador’s album beneath its English title, Room with a View. In the meantime, Salvador launched into a triumphant tour of France and, later, North America. He returned with a similar-sounding follow-up, Ma Chère et Tendre, in 2003, and three years later Révérence, an album that was recorded largely in Brazil and included duets with Caetano Veloso and Gilberto Gil, got here out. Henri Salvador died at age 90 from a ruptured aneurysm at his residence in Paris on February 13, 2008. ~ Steve Huey




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