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Sacha Distel: Your tributes
Sacha Distel
French singer Sacha Distel has died after a long illness at the age of 71.

Distel, best known for a string of hits in the 1960s and 1970s, started out in music as a professional jazz guitarist at the age of 16.

He went on to become a household name across the world during a career which peaked with his cover version of Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head.

Thank you for your tributes to Sacha Distel. Read a selection of your e-mails below.


Your tributes:

A wonderful man with a beautiful voice
Fernando Sandford, Worthing, UK
He was many things. A wonderful man with a beautiful voice and as a guitarist (as my grandfather used to say) "He knew where all the notes were". His music is playing as I type. I'm very sad.
Fernando Sandford, Worthing, UK

I remember Morecambe and Wise gently ribbing him, by calling him "Slasher" Distel, he was a household name for years. Had no idea he was 71 though.
Bill, Reading, Berks

He had talent and charisma and the all important sense of humour that enabled him to laugh at himself. I was lucky enough to see him in Chicago. A real star.
Sue, London, UK

How sad that Sacha Distel has passed away. He was a wonderful entertainer and such a kind, gentle man. I have been a fan for over thirty years and loved his effortless singing and wonderful smile, and not to forget his unique talent for playing jazz guitar. God Bless Sacha, goodbye to a great man. Deepest sympathy to his family.
Christine Whitnall, Weston-super-Mare, England

Sorry to see Sacha has passed away. Was a pin-up off mine in my teens in the 70's. Must hang on to the single I have of 'Raindrops'. He will be dearly missed.
Diane, Aberdeen

Sacha was my hearthrob back in the early 70's. I once had the pleasure of meeting him when he appeared at 'Talk of the Midlands' here in Derby. I was 16, a moment I have always treasured. He will be very sadly missed by all.
Christina Leighton, Derby, UK

I've enjoyed his music over many years
Jan, Staines, England
So very sorry to hear of the death of dear Sacha . Such a shock. I last saw him on the Des and Mel programme in January this year. I've enjoyed his music over many years - a truly lovely man and I was so lucky to meet him. God Bless you Sacha...
Jan, Staines, England

My mother will be devastated; he was her number one hearthrob. Yes all us mere men/boys, were so envious of him. What a fantastic voice! A sad day indeed. RIP Sacha.
David Aston, Manchester, UK

His voice brought lovers together, and he will be sadly missed. Heaven has welcomed in an Angel.
Di , Croydon, UK

I first saw Sacha live at the London Palladium in 1970 when my mum took me. I was 14, my mum 51. I had a crush on him, it never left.... Sacha, may you continue to make music up above and say hi to Maurice Chevalier and Stephane Grappelli. Much love to all his family and friends.
Avril, Bordon, UK

Au revoir mon ami!
Larry Conley, Lansing, Illinois, USA

Monsieur Distel wore his talent as effortlessly as his charm and was a thoroughly nice guy. His recent appearance on Desert Island Discs was testimony to his humility and sweet nature. He will be missed.
Elaine Lennon, Cavan, Ireland

His voice remains recorded in our hearts
Andre, San Francisco

A voice with soul and passion; one of the few inspiring voice with which I grew up in Paris. His voice remains recorded in our hearts.
Andre, San Francisco, USA

Sacha was always my dear wife's heart throb, a truly Mr Nice Guy.
Barry, Kingston-upon-Hull, England

I bet there aren't many men of my generation who weren't a little jealous of Mr Distel. His public face and personality was as close to perfect as you can get, plus a wonderful voice. A very sad day.
Roger Betts, Sheerness, UK

A great entertainer much loved and admired in England. He made us love France and all things French.
Peter Chapman, Spalding, England

As a Frenchman in Belfast, Sacha's Toute la Puie tombe sur moi is always on my list of favourite tracks when I feel homesick. Very sad to lose a rare French musical export.
Regis, Belfast

I have always loved his music. It is indeed a shock to hear of his passing. We will miss you Sacha. May his soul rest in peace.
Robert Coker, Ottawa, Canada

A true gentleman and a great talent. I met him once: we were both on the Big Breakfast, and he was so nice to everyone. Sincere condolences to his family.
Beverley, Hertfordshire, UK

Au revoir Monsieur Distel. Thank you for Les scoubidous, a fresh, fun and simple song. It always makes me feel like a small child again - the best gift ever.
Valérie, London, UK

An icon of our age... I don't know if he was big everywhere¿ but he was Paris personified.
David Bell

Sad news.
Michael Edney, Norfolk

They invented the word suave for Mr Distel. Well, not quite - but they should have done. A great talent, a wonderful human being, sorely missed.
Steve Payne, Leicester, UK

Growing up in the UK, I remember Mr Distel's beautiful voice singing Raindrops keep falling on my head, and I remember I had a huge crush on him; he was so charming and good looking. Thank you for the memories, and may you rest in peace, Mr Distel. My condolences to his family and friends.
Debi, VA, USA

In his 70s? He never lost his sex appeal for me, and will be sadly missed.
Jane Jarvis, Hayling Island, UK

I remember a photo of him upon my aunt's TV
Michele, Le Grand Bourg, France

In France, Sacha was probably underrated. In fact, he was not only a charming singer, but he has a great talent as a guitarist. When I was young, I remember a photo of him upon my aunt's TV. We'll miss him.
Michele, Le Grand Bourg, France

Thank you for the 60s memories. Viva La France!
Neil Jacobs, Red Deer, Canada

Like millions around the world, I know Sacha Distel through the radio and TV. His songs were joyful and cheerful. What I remember most is that Sacha had always a smile on his face. He was a charming, generous and talented person. I will miss him so much though I never met him.
Chaouki Abinaklé, Toronto, Canada

The sad passing of Sacha Distel is a real loss to all who enjoyed his music and remember the impact he made on the UK entertainment scene in the 60s and 70s. He was a smooth but modest entertainer whose magic smile made millions smile with him. Rest in peace dear Sacha.
Mike, London, England

He was least known, probably, in his role as a jazz guitarist, but very accomplished, nonetheless. Most of all he always conveyed such a pleasant personality. A sad day.
Paul B, Oxford, UK






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