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Death of Distel

by: SJ Reporter - Last updated: 2004-07-22

Sacha Distel

Sacha Distel

French singer Sacha Distel best known for a string of hits during the 1960s and 1970s has died at the age on 71.

The Paris-born entertainer whose mother was interned at a Nazi camp during the Second World War started out in music as a jazz guitarist when he was 16.

Over a career spanning more than 50 years, Distel was a sex symbol to women all across the world and worked with a diverse range of performers including including Liza Minelli and Dionne Warwick.

He recorded more than 200 songs with a cover of Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head being his most famous hit.

Earlier this year, Distel took part in the Radio 4 show Desert Island Discs in which he revealed details of surviving as a Jew during World War Two and the impact the war had on him and his family.

According to his record company, Distel will be buried at a private funeral in France.