Henri Salvador Gabriel was born on July 18, 1917 in Sinnamary
in Guyana. In 1924 the family moved to Paris Salvador. In 1933,
Henri discovers music: a cousin he played Louis Armstrong and
Duke Ellington: it is an eye-opening experience. The profession
of lawyer or doctor that his father wanted to see him learn
goes definitely gone into limbo. In the same year 1933, he obtained
his first guitar and spent hours to learn.
A labor force, he landed his first professional contract in
an orchestra and participates in the creation of a jazz quartet
for the opening of Jimmy's Bar.
At the time when
it is on the point of becoming a true professional, the Second
World War bursts. It is mobilized in 1939 then demobilized thanks
to forged identity paperss in 1940. Henri passes then in free
He plays in various formations and finished by being located
by the leader more à.la.mode at that time: Raymond (Ray)
Ventura. He will turn to France with him and his orchestra "the
Schoolboys", then will leave in round to South America
In 1944-1945, Henri begins even a career in solo in Brazil.
1945 mark its return in France. It continues to turn in all
Europe with the schoolboys and in parall records its first discs
solo at Polydor (Disease of love - clopant Clopin).
1950 are the year of the great event of its life. Whereas it
plays the ABC Paris has fun, Henri notices in the forefront
one charming woman equipped very with white. She is every evening
there but does not decide to come to knock on the door of its
cabin... In despair of cause, it accoquine with the gatekeeper
so that he brings it to his next appearance. Control manu militari
to the cabin of the artist, they were not going any more to
be left one minute. Henri and Jacquine Garabedian marry a few
weeks later, January 24, 1950. The destiny had just put close
to him a partner who will be at the same time his wife, her
"man" of businesses, his artistic director, his business
manager, the P.D.G. of its house of discs.
Salvador, that whose laughter returns to you happy, will work
during more than twenty years with sizes: Maurice Knight, Boris
Vian with whom it will write more than 400 songs or even Quincy
Jones, the American giant. Henri excs on scene, with te, the
radio... composing also for Walt Disney, Blanche Snow and the
seven dwarves, Aristochats.
In 1976, Jacquine dies, begins then a long period during which
Henri work to preserve his fans more that to acquire some again.
But on February 13, 1996, at the time of the Victories of the
Music, Henri SALVADOR receives a price of special honor for
the whole of its career. It is the great return of the man in
white on the front of the scene. Great return which is confirmed
with the success of its album "Room with sight", new
a opus époustouflant. It gains a Victoire of the Music
for her round in 2002. In 2006, Henri El Salvador east left
to record his new album "Reverence" in Brazil. More
crooner that never, the grandpa of the French song delivers
all the extent of his talent to us. The title of this album
announces the latest round of which Mr Henri bowing out to the
scene on Dec. 21, 2007. On Feb. 13, 2008, Henri Salvador finally
draws its reverence due to a break aneurysm. With her death,
France loses a monument of the song and an outstanding ambassador.
Goodbye, Mr Salvador.