Today in France: Henri Salvador dies at the age of 90

It’s a sad day here in France with the loss yesterday of Henri Salvador, crooner à la française.

M. Salvador has been a figure of the French musical and entertainment scene since the 40s, and up to the very end he kept his sharp spirit and good humor.

Radio France Internationale has a good biography of Salvador’s career as well as this adieu article, both in English.

I discovered Monsieur Henri with the release of “Chambre avec vue”, officially released in France in 2000. The album skyrocketed, becoming gold within weeks and earning Salvador the ‘Best Male Artist of the Year’ and the ‘Best Variety Album of the Year’ awards in the 2001 edition of the French Victoires de la Musique. I cannot more highly recommend this album, but try to find an original French edition.

The French magazine Le Point has put a few of Salvador’s songs online. Be sure to listen to “Jardin d’hiver”, which is the first title on “Chambre avec vue”, and will leave you breathless with it’s mesmerizing proof that simplicity is at the heart of beauty.

Adieu Henri. Merci pour la musique et ton rire inimitable.

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