was known as one of the world's premier fingerstyle guitarists
termed "the Chet Atkins of France."
He performed and recorded with Steve Morris, Albert Lee,
Larry Coryell, and many others. During his career he released nearly
20 albums and was the organizer of the European equivalent of Nashville's
Chet Atkins Appreciation Society. He was an expert on the guitar styles
of Merle Travis, Doc Watson, Jerry Reed and Chet Atkins.
His personal fingerpicking style incorporated influences from all four
of these great guitarists.
Marcel was born in Tunisia and grew up in Paris. He played on stage for
the first time at age 12 and was influenced by the English rock scene
of the '60s. Bernard Photzer introduced Dadi to country licks,
the rudiments of rock, and the repertoire of Elvis. At the age of
13 a neighbor, Bernard Laux, introduced Marcel to the music of
Chet Atkins. Marcel took to Chet's music with a passion and
learned many of his songs from recordings. Performing at the age of
19, Dadi introduced the fingerpicking style to appreciative French
audiences. He began writing columns for popular music magazines and
was a champion of Chet Atkins' music. In 1973 Dadi met Chet Atkins
and they performed together in 1977 at the Olympia theater in Paris.
Through his broad influence Marcel furthered the cause of fingerstyle
guitar throughout the world.
His tragic death left his wife, two sons, and a daughter.
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