Henri SALVADOR

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Singer & Musician

FrenchBorn Henri Gabriel SALVADOR

French Caribbean singer

Born on July 18, 1917 in Cayenne, Guyane

Died on February 13, 2008 in Paris, France

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Salvador was born in Cayenne, French Guiana. His father, Clovis, and his mother, Antonine Paterne, daughter of a native Indian from the Caribbean, were both from Guadeloupe, French West Indies. He had a brother, André, and a sister, Alice.



He began his musical career as a guitarist accompanying other singers. He had learned the guitar by imitating Django Reinhardt's recordings, and was to work alongside him in the 1940s. Salvador recorded several songs written by Boris Vian with Quincy Jones as arranger. He played many years with Ray Ventura et Ses Collégiens where he used to sing, dance and even play comedy on stage.

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He also appeared in movies such as "Nous irons à Monte-Carlo (1950) ", "Nous irons à Paris" (Jean Boyer's film of 1949 with the Peters Sisters) and "Mademoiselle s'amuse" (1948).



He is known to have recorded the first French rock and roll songs in 1957 written by Boris Vian and Michel Legrand "Rock'n Roll Mops", "Rock hoquet, Va t'faire cuire un oeuf, man" and "Dis-moi qu'tu m'aimes rock" under the artist name of Henry Cording (a play on the word "Recording"). Despite this historical aspect, he never ceased to claim that he disliked Rock and Roll and even refused to talk about this subject later on.



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