Gilbert Bécaud Poster


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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 24 October 1927Toulon, France
Date of Death 18 December 2001Paris, France  (lung cancer)
Nickname Mr. 100,000 Volts

Mini Bio (1)

Born in Toulon on 24 October 1927, Gilbert Bécaud was introduced to music at a very early age and started playing the piano well before attending the Nice conservatoire at age nine. Accepted by the Sacem at the age of 20, Gilbert Bécaud composed film scores on several occasions before only gradually taking an interest in songs (the French lyricist Pierre Delanoé wrote his first song "Mes mains"). He also composed music for Edith Piaf, such as "Je t'ai dans la peau". A meeting in 1952 with the poet Louis Amade gave birth to the song "Les Croix". Bécaud's singing career took off with his first super-45 featuring three tracks, "Mes mains","Viens","Quand tu danses". These songs were recorded under the His Master Voice label (now EMI), a record company that has supported Bécaud since the beginning.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Ernst Corel / corele@chello.at

Spouse (2)

Kitty St John (1976 - 18 December 2001) (his death) (2 children)
Monique Nicolas (1952 - 1976) (divorced) (3 children)

Trivia (10)

He had three children with Monique : Gaya Bécaud, Philippe (b. 1957) and Anne (b. 1966)
He had a natural daughter with Janet Woollacoot, Jennifer, in the end of 60s
Kitty and he had a daughter before they married: Emily (b. 1972)
Before his own breakthrough as a singer in 1953, he composed several songs for Dalida, Marlene Dietrich and Édith Piaf.
Was a chain smoker.
Interred in the Père Lachaise Cemetery in Paris, France.
His song "Et maintenant" (1961) became one of the most successful singles in French music history. The English version "What Now My Love?" was a hit by Shirley Bassey, Frank Sinatra, Sonny & Cher, Judy Garland, Elvis Presley and Andy Williams.
Spoke six languages fluently.
He had a top 10 hit single in Australia in 1975, with "A Little Love And Understanding".
In 1959, he became the artistic godfather of the vocal group Les Djinns conducted by Paul Bonneau.

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