Gilbert Bécaud Age, Birthday, Biography, Wiki, Movies & More

Gilbert Bécaud (24 October 1927 – 18 December 2001) was a French singer, composer, pianist 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. When asked to explain his gift he said, “A flower doesn’t understand botany.” His favourite venue was the Paris Olympia under the management of Bruno Coquatrix. He debuted there in 1954 and headlined in 1955, attracting 6,000 on his first night, three times the capacity. On 13 November 1997, Bécaud was present for the re-opening of the venue after its reconstruction.

Born François Gilbert Léopold Silly in Toulon, France, 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. He began songwriting in 1948, after meeting Maurice Vidalin, who inspired him to write his early compositions. He began writing for Marie Bizet; Bizet, Bécaud and Vidalin became a successful trio, and their partnership lasted until 1950.

In 1952, he married Monique Nicholas. They had three children.

While touring with Jacques Pills as a pianist, Bécaud met Édith Piaf, Pills’ wife at the time. He began singing at her suggestion in 1953, with “Mes Mains” and “Les Croix”. 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).

His first hit in the English-speaking world was Jane Morgan’s cover version of “Le jour où la pluie viendra” (as “The Day the Rains Came”, with English lyrics by Carl Sigman) in 1958. He began acting in the same period, starting with “Le Pays D’où Je Viens” (1956). In 1960, he won a Grand Prix du Disque and composed “L’enfant à L’étoile,” a Christmas cantata. 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.

In 1973 he married Kitty Saint-John, with whom he had two children. He died of cancer at the age of 74.

In 1961, Bécaud wrote and recorded “Et Maintenant”, one of the biggest selling singles in French history. 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.

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 (Georges Prêtre conductor). The plot of the opera takes place on the Aran Islands, off the west coast of Ireland, although Bécaud had never been to Ireland before. …

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Gilbert Bécaud

Gilbert Bécaud Biography / Wiki

Name Gilbert Bécaud
Also Know Gilbert François Léopold Bécaud, Gilbert Bécaud und Ballett, Gilbert Becaud, François Silly, François Bécaud
Gender Male
Known For Acting
Place of Birth Toulon, Var, France
Date of Birth 1927-10-24
Age(as in 2022) 74
Deathday 2001-12-18

Gilbert Bécaud Acting Movies

Movie Name Character Release Date Overview
The Country I Come From Julien Barrère / Éric Perceval 1956-10-19 One Christmas Eve, a carefree young man, Eric, arrives in a small provincial town. Here, he meets Julien, a bar pianist who is his exact double. Jul…
38-24-36 Self 1963-03-31 The film is a rundown of the songs sung by the stars of the time, chained to various shows such as strip and comic caricatures….
A Free Man Henri Lefèvre 1973-05-03 Henri’s wife has divorced him. While Henri is not excessively upset about the divorce, he is sad, hates to be alone, and dislikes the sorts of wrenchi…
Hitch-Hike le pilote d’Air France 1962-03-16 “Les petits matins” is a story of eighteen-year old Agathe (Agathe Aëms) with a firm independence of men even if she uses them to get to the côte d’…
Alexandra – die Legende einer Sängerin Self 1999-12-19
Les Enfoirés 1995 – Les Enfoirés à l’Opéra-Comique 1995-03-08
Paris Casino Jacques Marval 1957-10-31
And Now My Love Self 1974-05-15 The movie follows the lives of a woman and a man starting from several generations earlier. The story spans a whole century and several continents….
Les Enfoirés – 15 ans d’Enfoirés 2005-11-25
The Scarlet Bazaar Pianist (uncredited) 1947-04-23 Agnès Bonnardet leaves her parents to marry Claude Sironi, a painter who becomes famous but loses his talent. Meanwhile Agnes acquires a style of her…


Movie Name Job Release Date Overview
Paris Casino Original Music Composer 1957-10-31
Circasia Musician 1976-04-08 Happenings in a small Irish traveling circus….
Babette Goes to War Original Music Composer 1959-09-18 Comedy about a naive French country girl in London who helps the war effort by parachuting into German-occupied France to help kidnap an important Ger…
The Deadly Trap Original Music Composer 1971-06-09 An industrial-espionage group calls on a retired spy living with his wife and children in Paris….

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