French jazz violinist Stephane Grappelli passed away on this day in 1997, aged 89.
After learning keyboard instruments, Grapelli took up the violin. Throughout his formative years, he played in dance bands in Paris and formed the Quintette du Hot Club de France.
Grapelli's rise to fame came during his sensational appearances at the 1973 UK Cambridge Folk Festival, led by Diz Disley and Denny Wright. Following those appearances, he embarked on countless tours, performing at the most prestigious venues in the UK, Europe, USA, among others.
He passed away in Paris after undergoing a hernia operation.
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