Gilbert Bécaud

Gilbert Bécaud (French pronunciation: ​[ʒil.bɛːʁ be.ko], 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.

Birth and Death Data: Born October 24, 1927 (Toulon), Died December 18, 2001 (Boulogne-Billancourt)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1952 - 1953

Roles Represented in DAHR: composer

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Recordings

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Columbia (U.K.) CL9240 10-in. 6/28/1952 Je t'ai dans la peau Robert Chauvigny ; Edith Piaf Female vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Columbia (U.K.) CL9243 10-in. 6/8/1952 Viens Robert Chauvigny ; Jacques Pills Male vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Columbia (U.K.) CL9244 10-in. 9/3/1952 Ça gueule, ça, madame Robert Chauvigny ; Jacques Pills Female-male vocal duet, with orchestra composer  
Columbia (U.K.) CL9247 10-in. 9/3/1952 Vol de nuit Robert Chauvigny ; Jacques Pills Male vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Columbia (U.K.) CL9250 10-in. 9/3/1952 Elle a dit Robert Chauvigny ; Edith Piaf Female vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Columbia (U.K.) CL9251 10-in. 9/3/1952 Formidable Robert Chauvigny ; Jacques Pills Male vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Columbia (U.K.) CL9391 10-in. approximately 1952 T'es une belle petite môme Jean Bretonniere ; Jacques-Henry Rys Male vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble composer  
Columbia (U.K.) CL9393 10-in. approximately 1952 Mes mains Jean Bretonniere ; Jacques-Henry Rys Male vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble composer  
Columbia (U.K.) CL9514 10-in. 7/15/1953 Les croix Robert Chauvigny ; Edith Piaf Female vocal solo, with orchestra composer  

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Bécaud, Gilbert," accessed July 15, 2024, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/362253.

Bécaud, Gilbert. (2024). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved July 15, 2024, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/362253.

"Bécaud, Gilbert." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2024. Web. 15 July 2024.

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URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/362253

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