French singer Henri Salvador, who performed with Django Reinhardt and is credited with inspiring the bossa nova, died in Paris Wednesday, at the age of 90.
Officials of his recording company say Salvador died in his home of an aneurysm.
Salvador was born in French Guiana and moved to Paris, where he began playing the guitar. Renowned guitarist Django Reinhardt discovered him in the 1930s. He later played with band leader Ray Ventura before going on to a solo career.
Salvador's song "Dans mon Isle" inspired the Brazilian musician Antonio Carlos Jobim, who borrowed the song's innovative sense of timing and used it to create the bossa nova style.
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