Saturday, February 16, 2008

TamTam Books' Tribute to the Late and Great HENRI SALVADOR

Henri Salvador was one of the last links to the Boris Vian era as well as the Saint Germain-des-Prés boho scene circ. late 1940's. A wonderful singer and a great guitarist, Salvador had the charm to become one of France's top entertainers as well as the first one (with the help of Boris Vian) to make a rock n' roll record in France. And with that in mind Vian and Salvador
had a close personal and working relationship. They wrote a ton of songs together and were very close friends.

Vian with Sartre and Vian with Salvador

For me personally I have become a huge fan of Salvador's music via the world of Vian. The following albums down below are some of my favorite recordings of his:

The first mighty recordings of Henri. He meets Vian during these years.

Henri before he enjoys the rock. More jazz and pop mood.

The first collection of Henri doing 'rock n' roll' with a few Vian/Salvador tunes plus Vian's A&R on this album.

An early EP by the great man.

This maybe my favorite Henri album. It is just him, his electric guitar, stand-up bass and light drumming. Kind of laid-back and very sexy. Vian A&R on this record as well.

Sort of a greatest hits collection but focusing on his jazz recordings.

A tribute album to his friend Boris Vian. Recorded sometime in the 60's. Essential of course.

Another cool single by Henri.

And now see Henri move and shout:

Juanita Banana

Le travail c'est la santé

Minnie Petite Souris

Pubblicita americana (pretty funny)

Henri Salvador, you shall be missed!
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