Marcel Dadi

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Marcel Dadi (20 August 1951 – 17 July 1996) was a Tunisian-born Jewish French guitarist known for his finger-picking style which faithfully recreated the instrumental styles of American guitarists such as Chet Atkins, Merle Travis and Jerry Reed. He became a personal friend of country star Chet Atkins.

Born in Sousse, Dadi released several LPs and some instructional videos before his early death. His recordings featured a mix of compositions by his American heroes and original compositions of his own in a similar style. A feature of his early LPs was that they included a tablature booklet, allowing guitarists to learn the tunes for themselves. Dadi often recorded tunes dedicated to his friends, such as "Roger Chesterfield," dedicated to Roger C. Field with whom he first went to Nashville in 1975 to visit Chet Atkins.

Marcel Dadi immigrated to Eilat (Israel) on the Red Sea, in 1983, and lived there with his wife and newborn son for several years before moving back to France. In 1988, Eric Clapton, his longtime family friend, came to Eilat to visit Marcel Dadi.

En route from NYC to Paris (with TWA), in order to continue to Munich (with Lufthansa), Marcel Dadi died when N93119, the Boeing 747 on TWA Flight 800, exploded off the coast of Long Island.[1] He was returning from the United States to France after being honored at Nashville's Country Music Hall of Fame.

Marcel Dadi’s body was recovered with all the other victims. He is buried on the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem, Israel.

The reconstructed wreckage of TWA Flight 800. Dadi was killed in 1996 when the contents of this aircraft's centre wing fuel tank exploded as a result of a short circuit, causing the aircraft to disintegrate and crash into the Atlantic Ocean.

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