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Sacha Distel: You think you know ol'Sacha? Think Again - The Audiophile Man
Title: Madam Madam/From Paris With Love Label: Jackpot For many UK music fans, Distel is often derided or ignored. He was seen as nothing more than a sort of French version of Des O’Conner. A smoothie who made the grannies swoon and who appeared on TV variety shows like The Val Doonican Show where he would mooch around the stage, oozing some middle of the road song that even The Carpenters would think twice about singing. Anyone who does hold such an image in their heads should be ashamed of themselves. Sacha Distel was a major artist. Sacha was, in fact, and let me pause for a measure of effect here…The Man. Quite apart from the many films he appeared in (yes, he was an actor on the big screen and on TV in France) he was the nephew of Ray Ventura, a major composer and bandleader and he recorded his own songs. In fact, Distel wrote over 200 of the things. Good? Goodness, yes. So good that the likes of Bobby Darin, Archie Shepp, Billy Eckstine, Bobby Hackett and Shirley Horn scrambled to record them. BJ Thomas forged a career out of one Distel song, Raindrops Keep Falling on …