Gilbert Bécaud was and incredibly important figure in the history of French chanson. His nickname Monsieur 100 000 volts was due to his electric presence on stage – specially in his favorite venue: the Olympia, in Paris – the singer remained popular for 50 years and was responsible for great immortal songs that were know worldwide.
Bécaud had some of his songs translated into English and was recorded by people from the first rank, like t Frank Sinatra, Nina Simone, Bob Dylan, Willie Nelson, Elvis Presley, Neil Diamond, Sonny and Cher, and James Brown. Not bad, right?
His most famous songs were probably Let it be me, that became a big hit in the voice of the Everly Brothers (originally called Je t’appartiens) and What now my love (I chose the Elvis version, but a lot of other great people recorded this one). You can listen them on the players below:
Because of the 10th anniversary of his death, an album will be released with French artists singing his biggest hits. You can see below the track list of this very promising release.
Luz Casal – Je reviens te chercher
Alain Souchon – Alors raconte
Ayo – The day the rains came down
Olivia Ruiz – Les tantes Jeanne
Julien Clerc – C’est en septembre
Alex Beaupain – L’Absent
Renan Luce – Dimanche à Orly
Serge Lama – La rivière
Lynda Lemay – Nos Mains
Anggun – Let it be me
Bénabar et Gérard Darmon – L’indifférence
Patrick Bruel – Nathalie
Eddy Mitchell – Je t’appartiens
Johnny Hallyday – Et maintenant
Peter Cincotti – What now my love