Gilbert Bécaud
French musician
Gilbert Bécaud
Gilbert Bécaud was a French singer, composer and actor, known as "Monsieur 100,000 Volts" for his energetic performances. His best-known hits are "Nathalie" and "Et Maintenant", a 1961 release that became an English language hit as "What Now My Love". He remained a popular artist for nearly fifty years, identifiable in his dark blue suits, with a white shirt and "lucky tie"; blue with white polka dots.
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Sur le divan avec Gregory Charles - Cyberpresse
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Je serais Je t'aimerai jusqu'à la fin du monde, de Gilbert Bécaud. La luxure. On dirait que le vice le plus acceptable est la gourmandise avec le nombre d'émissions de cuisine en ondes! Mais moi, ce qui m'intéresse, c'est l'expérience du plaisir
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Marché provençal d'Antibes-Juan-Les-Pins - viaFrance
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Les marchés provençaux ont su inspirer les plus grands, de Marcel Pagnol à Gilbert Bécaud. Plus qu'un symbole, ils sont une tradition, un lieu de transmission de connaissances, mais aussi le premier "journal télévisé" où courent les dernières
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Teatro Romano, in bianco e nero ma la «vita è in rosa» - L'Arena
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Gilbert Bécaud sarà interpretato da Denis Untila, mentre sarà interamente dedicata a Jacques Brel (interpretato da Breno Bittencourt) la seconda parte. Con loro saranno in scena il pianista Boris Gurevich ei danzatori Alenka Gorelcikova,
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Being Serge Gainsbourg - The Jewish Week
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Gainsbourg had one of those so-ugly-it's-beautiful faces and a voice that towards the end sounded like French singer and actor Gilbert Becaud gargling battery acid. In the context of his work, he created for himself a number of alternative personae and
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Port-Sainte-Marie. Martine et Joël chantent la variété française - LaDépêche.fr
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Ils présenteront des mélodies tirées du répertoire de Piaf, Aznavour, Brel, Ferré, Ferrat, Sylvie Vartan, Dalida, Sheila, Nougaro ou encore Gilbert Bécaud.Joël est l'un des chanteurs de Pamafloma, une association de chansons de variétés qui œuvre pour
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Le concert : Gilbert Bécaud, l'homme-orchestre - L'Alsace.fr
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Lorsque Gilbert Bécaud s'est produit en 1988 au festival de la Foire aux vins, il n'en était pas à son coup d'essai à Colmar. Il s'agissait là de son quatrième concert lors de la manifestation aoûtienne (il y avait déjà joué en 1966, 1968 et 1978)
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Amanda McBroom and Lee Lessack Set for CHANSON D'AMOUR at Ford Amphitheatre, 10/7 - Broadway World
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Led by two of the most illustrious cabaret singers ever to grace the stage, Amanda McBroom and Lee Lessack, Chanson d'amour explores the works of such French composers as Jacques Brel, Michael Legrand, Charles Aznavour and Gilbert Bécaud
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Singer/LML Music Founder, Lee Lessack, Releases "Chanteur," August 9 on LML Music - PR Web (press release)
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The recording, titled "Chanteur", includes music from Michel Legrand, Jacques Brel, Charles Aznavour, Gilbert Bécaud and more. "Chanteur" is Lessack's first studio recording since his critically lauded duets album, "In Good Company", was released in
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Nathalie de Gilbert Bécaud - Le Figaro
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Avec leur chanson, Gilbert Bécaud et Pierre Delanoë sont devenus les pères spirituels de milliers de Nathalie, dont l'auteur de cet article. «À l'époque, en France, il y avait trois radios et Bécaud avait deux tubes: Nathalie et Et maintenant,
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Réaliser le rêve d'une vie... - Journal Le Lac St-Jean
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L'interprète se fait plaisir en reprenant des chansons d'artistes de renom tels Charles Aznavour, Gilbert Bécaud, Alain Barrière, Michel Fugain, Claude François, Johnny Hallyday, Charles Dumont, Hugues Aufray et Jean-François Michael
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Les légendes de la chanson avec «les années Boum» - LaDépêche.fr
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... les légendes en ballade » ou les senteurs si typiques de Provence (avec entre autres, Gilbert Bécaud, Michèle Torr et Henri Salvador) ; « la surprise-partie des légendes » c'est le moment des premières surprises parties, des nouveaux sons font leur
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Sous-titre : Bip, bip, bip (1955-1957) - Toutelatele.com
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Des «petits nouveaux «arrivent : Gilbert Bécaud, Georges Brassens, Jacques Brel... Pierre Dac et Francis Blanche, Poiret et Serrault font les belles nuits des cabarets, Jean Richard également, il n'a pas encore endossé le costume du fameux commissaire
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Monsieur Cent Mille Bolt - NZZ Online
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Rod Ackermann, Paris ⋅ Seiner elektrisierenden Präsenz und seiner tönenden Stimme verdankte der französische Chansonnier Gilbert Bécaud (1927 bis 2001) den Übernamen Monsieur Cent Mille Volt. Höchste Spannung erzeugt in den Gefilden der Leichtathletik
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PARIS-QUÉBEC SOUS LES ÉTOILES Ode à la chanson francophone - Canoë
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Bonne idée également que de rendre hommage à Gilbert Bécaud décédé il ya 10 ans en chantant quelques-uns de ses succès (C'est en septembre, Nathalie, La solitude, L'Orange...). La soirée a connu de moins bons coups. Coeur de Pirate qui participe à Je
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Radio 1: Gilbert Bécaud op 1 in Tour Top 100 - RadioVisie.eu
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Gilbert Bécaud staat bovenaan in de lijst. Julien Clerc is met zes chansons het populairst, op de voet gevolgd door onze landgenoot Adamo met liefst vijf hits. Deze publieke nieuws- en sportzender draait tijdens de drie weken van de Tour de France elke
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Le temple de la cesta - Sud Ouest
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Johnny Hallyday et Gilbert Bécaud s'y sont produits. Aujourd'hui, ce sont les stars de la pelote qui font vibrer le jai alai luzien. photo dr «Oui je viens dans son temple adorer l'Eternel », disait Abner à Joad dans l' « Athalie » de Racine
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Lee Lessack's Chanteur CD to Be Released August 9 - TheaterMania.com
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The recording includes music from Michel Legrand, Jacques Brel, Charles Aznavour, and Gilbert Bécaud, among others. Lessack premiered the repertoire on the album, sung in English and French, in concerts in London and Paris in 2010
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Giant of Quebec music wrote songs for Edith Piaf - Edmonton Journal
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Later, at the Universite de Montreal, performing some Gilbert Becaud and Liberace songs, he decided to go pro. He wrote his first song, Tes reves, in 1955, entered a music contest, and got a break playing some of his compositions on a TV show called
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Timeline
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    THIRTIES
  • 2001
    On December 18, 2001, he died from cancer, aged 74, on his houseboat on the Seine and was interred in Père Lachaise Cemetery in Paris.
    More Details Hide Details Bécaud's song catalogue, running to around 450 songs, is published by BMG Music Publishing. Bécaud's song "L'Orange" was also the featured track in one of the trailers of the movie Léon (aka The Professional) by Luc Besson. Studio albums Live albums Plus rarities: Operas, musical comedies, compositions Soundtracks Compilations Emblematic songs and compositions: ;1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s His song "Je t'appartiens" became a signature tune sung worldwide as "Let It Be Me" (in the United States). He was also famous for "Am Tag als der Regen kam" in Germany, for "A Little Love and Understanding" in the United Kingdom Bécaud has collaborated with Neil Diamond co-writing "Love on the Rocks" and "September Morn". His songs have been adapted and sung by Elvis Presley, Bob Dylan, Nina Simone, George Harrison, Marlene Dietrich, Julio Iglesias, Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra, James Brown and others. In France, his songs have been interpreted by Édith Piaf, Johnny Hallyday, Dalida, Patricia Kaas just to name a few.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1982
    In 1982, he recorded the duet "L'Amour est mort" with Québécoise singer Martine St. Clair at the start of her career.
    More Details Hide Details The 1980s and 1990s saw a slowdown of Bécaud's activity. He released various compilations and toured occasionally.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1974
    In 1974, he was named Chevalier in the Légion d'honneur.
    More Details Hide Details The following year, he scored his one and only entry on the UK Singles Chart with "A Little Love and Understanding" which reached number 10 in the Spring. Later in the century, he began writing with Pierre Grosz and then Neil Diamond, also penning the Broadway musical Roza with Julian More.
  • 1973
    He followed this with some acting work and at last finally took time off in 1973, citing exhaustion.
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  • 1971
    An example was his live performance at the festival The Golden Orpheus in June 1971 in Communist Bulgaria.
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  • OTHER
  • 1968
    On 19 June 1968, the American Broadcasting Company aired a half-hour color special starring Bécaud that had been taped in Saarbrücken.
    More Details Hide Details Bécaud performed "Nathalie", "Mademoiselle Lise" and "The Day the Rains Came" and sang a duet with Inge Brück, "Sand and Sea". The program also featured performances by João Gilberto, Lill Lindfors and Hans Koller. Bécaud turned his focus more toward touring than recording into the 1970s.
  • 1967
    His song "Seul sur son étoile" became "It Must Be Him" (with English lyrics by Mack David), a hit in 1967 for the American singer Vikki Carr, and the following year another Bécaud song, "L'important c'est la rose" was given an English lyric (by Norman Newell) and became a hit for the British singer Vince Hill under the title "Importance of Your Love".
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  • 1964
    He wrote the song Nathalie to the text by Pierre Delanoë about a Moscow female guide in 1964. Becaud visited Moscow in 1965 allegedly invited by students.
    More Details Hide Details The Czech writer Bohumil Doležal commented the song describing the guide as a KGB officer. A Russian blogger believes that guides reported to KGB officers. The song has been used to soften the image of the Soviet Union, even if Pierre Delanoë was anti-Soviet.
  • 1962
    In 1962, he completed his largest composition, the 2-act opera L'Opéra d'Aran, which was premiered at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées on 25 October 1962.
    More Details Hide Details The plot of the opera takes place on the Aran Islands, off the west coast of Ireland, although Bécaud up to that point had never been to Ireland. After the opera's performances, Bécaud toured Europe and continued recording a string of pop music hits, including "Crois-moi ça durera" and "Tu le regretteras". He also co-wrote "Love on the Rocks" with Neil Diamond, which was featured on the soundtrack of The Jazz Singer and was an international hit. In addition, he co-wrote "September Morn" with Neil Diamond. Marlene Dietrich recorded his "Marie, Marie" and performed it in her stage shows.
  • 1961
    In 1961, Bécaud wrote and recorded "Et Maintenant", one of the biggest selling singles in French history.
    More Details Hide Details Translated as "What Now My Love", the song became a hit by Shirley Bassey, Sonny & Cher, Elvis Presley, Judy Garland, Andy Williams, Herb Alpert and Frank Sinatra.
  • 1960
    In 1960, he won a Grand Prix du Disque and composed L'enfant à L'étoile, a Christmas cantata.
    More Details Hide Details That same year, Let It Be Me, an English version of his Je t'appartiens, became a hit for the Everly Brothers, followed, over the years, by Bob Dylan, Nina Simone, Elvis Presley, Willie Nelson, Jerry Butler, Sam & Dave and James Brown.
  • 1958
    His first hit in the English-speaking world was Jane Morgan's cover version of "Le Jour où la Pluie Viendra" (as "The Days the Rains Came", with English lyrics by Carl Sigman) in 1958.
    More Details Hide Details He began acting in the same period, starting with "Le Pays D'où Je Viens" (1956).
  • 1954
    He debuted there in 1954 and headlined in 1955, attracting 6,000 on his first night, three times the capacity.
    More Details Hide Details On November 13, 1997, Bécaud was present for the re-opening of the venue after its reconstruction.
  • 1953
    While touring with Jacques Pills as a pianist, Bécaud met Édith Piaf, the wife of Jacques Pills at the time. He began singing at her suggestion in 1953, with "Mes Mains" and "Les Croix".
    More Details Hide Details His first performance came the year after. His hits in the later part of the decade included La Corrida (1956), Le Jour où la Pluie Viendra (1957) and C'est Merveilleux L'amour (1958).
  • 1950
    He began writing for Marie Bizet; Bizet, Bécaud and Vidalin became a successful trio, and their partnership lasted until 1950.
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  • 1948
    He began songwriting in 1948, after meeting Maurice Vidalin, who inspired him to write his early compositions.
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  • 1942
    Born François Gilbert Léopold Silly in Toulon, Bécaud learned to play the piano at a young age, and then went to the Conservatoire de Nice. In 1942, he left school to join the French Resistance during World War II.
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  • 1927
    Born on October 24, 1927.
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