French crooner Henri Salvador dies

Henri Salvador is credited with bringing American rock 'n' roll to France and helping to create the music video.

Henri Salvador 88 (photo credit:)
Henri Salvador 88
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Henri Salvador, the velvet-voiced French musician credited with inspiring the bossa nova, bringing American rock 'n' roll to France and helping to create the music video, died Wednesday, his record label said. He was 90. Salvador died at his Paris home of a ruptured aneurysm, said Carine Herve, of the Polydor label. He was known for his claps of booming laughter, raucous sense of humor, silken singing and incredible staying power. He worked past his 90th birthday last year and Polydor said he had planned to record a new album in 2008. President Nicolas Sarkozy said Salvador existed "at the crossroads of jazz, song and bossa nova, of Europe and the Americas," and that his death was a cause of "infinite sadness." "For more than a half-century, with humor and elegance, Henri Salvador was the incarnation of the art of song 'a la francaise,'" Sarkozy said.