La Belle Vie, Scoubidou, Le Soleil de ma vie… The ten golden songs of French crooner Sacha Distel

The most seductive of jazzmen sang refrains that still run the streets. Laurent Distel, presents ten titles which, according to him, summarize the career of his father.

Sacha Distel is to song what Jean-Paul Belmondo and Louis de Funès are to cinema: a symbol of the joie de vivre that programmers and advertisers around the world are bringing back from oblivion. For Laurent Distel, the son of the singer, the interpreter of The good life is still in perfect symbiosis with the times, eighteen years after his death. It offers an anthology of ten songs by the man Liza Minelli considered to be one of the greatest and most gifted charm singers of the 20th century. With a nugget: Sacha Distel accompanied by Ray Ventura in person!

1. The good life(1964 release)

The good life, it’s an essential song that looks like him. The serenade of a seducer who smiled at life and had a playboy physique. He nicknamed her “my visit card.” Composed by Sacha Distel in person, written by Jean Broussolle and by Jack Reardon in its Anglo-Saxon version (The Good Life), The good life is one of his great international hits. A title widely taken up by advertisers.

2. All the rain falls on me (1971)

“Distelian” optimism par excellence. Sacha Distel and his accomplice Maurice Tézé adapt Raindrops keep falling on my head composed by Burt F. Bacharah for the film Butch Cassidy and the Kid with Robert Redford and Paul Newman. When this western had its premiere at the cinema in London, it was the English version by Sacha Distel that appealed. She launched her career in England. The title is a nod to Singing in the rain immortalized by Gene Kelly. All the rain falls on me appears on the soundtracks of blockbusters like Forrest Gump and Spider-Man 2. Here Sacha in duet with the late Joëlle of the mythical group Once upon a time sings All the rain falls on me

3. the sun of my lifewith Brigitte Bardot

Brigitte Bardot and Sacha Distel had a great love story at the end of the 1950s. As with Gainsbourg and his Harley-Davidson, Bardot recorded a duet with her singing fiancé. Jean Brousolle adapted them You are the sunshine of my lifeStevie Wonder’s global hit in 1972. Laurent Distel, who manages his father’s posthumous career, recently found an English version of this legendary duo.

4. A love like ours

This cover of a standard by Lucienne Boyer, superstar between 1918 and 1939, illustrated the vaccination campaign against covid financed by the French State in May 2022.

5. My wife

After The good life, My wife is the must-have hit, the most listened to on the Internet. Laurent Distel carefully keeps the gold record in his living room. Released in 1982, this song is a tribute to his wife, Francine Distel, former ski champion and mother of his two sons. This title is a safe bet for wedding playlists.

5 . The Fire in Rio

In 1966, Distel makes us laugh at a fire. On a tune of carnival samba, the soldiers of fire are summoned dare-dare with their large ladder. Half a century later, the title is still popular among firefighters. In the barracks, the song is systematically broadcast at the time of the balls on July 14.

6. Scooby-Doo

At the end of the 1950s, Sacha Distel was a great jazz guitarist. He lives a great love story with Brigitte Bardot and refuses to be reduced to the role of “Mr BB“. He launches into the whimsical song. On the way to the Casino d’Alger where Sacha Distel is to give a recital, his accomplice Maurice Tézé notices that they lack a title. At the foot of the plane, he adapts the American hit song in two seconds Apples, Peaches and Cherries by Peggy Lee. Pranksters, the two Frenchmen add the word Scoubidou which they invent, inspired by a jazzman’s scat, “Shoo-bee-doo-be-doo“. Scooby-Doo definitively launched Sacha Distel’s singing career in 1959.

7. Rebecca and me

Rebecca and I, when you’re not there, we hang out, we dance, we drink, we play music… This naughty song, co-signed by Maurice Tézé and Gérard Gustin, amused cabaret lovers and all those who were turned on by night in 1966. A nugget to rediscover.

8. What are we waiting for to be happy

Sacha Distel’s uncle, Ray Ventura (1908-1979) was a renowned composer and conductor. In the 1930s, he played a very important role in promoting jazz in France. In 1938, Ray Ventura recorded with his orchestra, What are we waiting for to be happy. A resolutely optimistic text written as the world is about to fall into a planetary war. 40 years later, Sacha Distel resumes the hit of “uncle ray», in duet with Henri Salvador his master, the one who taught him the first guitar chords.

9. Scandal in the family

This classic with calypso, ska and reggae tunes comes from Trinidad in the Caribbean. It became a worldwide success in the 1960s. Maurice Tézé adapted it for France. Sacha Distel will sing it just like Dalida and the Creole Company.

1O. Blue waltz of pride

In his early days in the 1950s, Sacha Distel quickly established himself in Saint-Germain-des-Prés as a great jazz guitarist. Composed by Sacha Distel at the same time as Marina who will become La belle vie/the good life, this title is reminiscent of Soul Bossa Nova by Quincy Jones. Here, Sacha Distel is himself on the guitar accompanied by the greatest jazzmen of the time such as the pianist Raymond Le Sénéchal.

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