French singer Henri Salvador died Feb. 13 in Paris at the age of 90.
Born in 1917 in French Guyana, Salvador enjoyed a 70-year career as a musician, and a humorist. But he was best known as a singer, releasing a number of hits in jazz, light music and chanson française, such as “Syracuse”, “Zorro est arrivé,” and more recently, “Jardin d’Hiver”.
Salvador’s 2000 album release “Chambre avec Vue” brought him back to fame after a period out of the spotlight for almost 20 years. The album reached diamond sales status (750,000 units) and earned him two awards at the French Victoires de la Musique gala.
Salvador always kept a tight association with Brazil, a country he first toured in 1938 and where he recorded his last album “Révérence,” released in 2006 on V2.
Salvador, who was appointed Commandeur de la Légion d’Honneur, one of the highest decorations in France, performed his last show in December 2007 in Paris.