French crooner Henri Salvador, Feb. 13 Henri Salvador, a French crooner who first went on stage in the cabarets of prewar Paris, played guitar with Django Reinhardt and helped introduce rock n roll to France, died at his home in Paris on Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2008. He was 90. Salvador sang jazz, blues, rock n roll and chanson Française, traditional French pop. He also had a large following in Brazil and was credited with being an inspiration for the bossa nova sound. In 1956 he crossed the Atlantic to perform twice on Ed Sullivans television variety show. Inspired by the new sounds sweeping the United States, he teamed up with the French songwriter Boris Vian to make some of Frances first rock n roll hits, including Rock and Roll Mops.
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