His real name was Daniel Théron. His music career was brief and he recorded under the names Melmoth and Dashiell Hedayat (a tribute to Dashiell Hammett, an American author of hard-boiled detective novels and short stories, a screenplay writer, and political activist, and Sadegh Hedayat, an Iranian writer, translator and intellectual). Daniel was also an author and he used the "Dashiel Hedayat" pseudonym for his first books, before taking on the name Jack-Alain Léger in 1974. His best seller was "Monsignore". He also used the names Eve Saint-Roch and Paul Smaïl.
"Long Song for Zelda" is a painful track about love from his album "Obsolete" in 1971. He had "Gong" to back him for this album, his second and last one.
He was French. He was born 5 June 1947 and died 17 July 2013.