British press mourns Sacha Distel

23rd July 2004, Comments 0 comments

LONDON, July 23 (AFP) - Sacha Distel was a housewives' heartthrob who embodied Gallic charm, newspapers in Britain said Friday after the death of the French singer and jazz guitarist at the age of 71.

LONDON, July 23 (AFP) - Sacha Distel was a housewives' heartthrob who embodied Gallic charm, newspapers in Britain said Friday after the death of the French singer and jazz guitarist at the age of 71.

"Britain's favourite Frenchman dies," read the headline in the Times which dedicated a whole front page to Distel.

"Men may not have seen his appeal, but many women of a certain age would still swoon at the mention of his name," said the Daily Express.

The Daily Mail dubbed him "the housewives' heartthrob", while the Independent said Distel had "won the hearts of the British public" with his1971 hit "Raindrops keep fallin' on my head" which stayed in Britain's charts for 33 weeks.

"God created woman, and that woman created Sacha Distel," said the Daily Mail, mimicking the words of Paris Match magazine when he first came to their attention in 1956.

"Lithe, tanned and oozing a silky, twinkling charm, he sashayed into the charts with a string of hits," it said. "He might have been the epitome of the cheery French schmoozer, but at least he did it with grace and style."

Distel "came to symbolise the smooth-talking French charmer" and was "one of the last of the old school of silver-tongued seducers," according to the Daily Express.

For the Guardian, Distel was the "quintessential Gallic crooner" for whom Britain always had a soft spot.

Distel, who died on Thursday near the fashionable French Riviera resort of Saint-Tropez after a long illness, continued to enjoy success in Britain long after his popularity wanted at home.

© AFP

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