THE 1000 BEST SONGS IN THE WORLD EVER.
680-Gilbert Becaud-A Little Love and Understanding.
1975-Number 10 single.
Best Bit-At 2.57.Bon Chanson.
Gilbert Becaud was born Francois Gilbert Leopold Silly on 24th October, 1927, in Toulon, France, he died 18th December, 2001.Gilbert Becaud is one of France’s most celebrate artists, during his 53 year career he was a singer, composer, pianist, and actor, because of his energetic on stage performances, he earned the nickname ‘Monsieur 100,000 Volts.’While touring in 1953 as a pianist with the singer and actor Jacques Pills (1906-1970,) he was introduced to Edith Piaf (1915-1963) (see also best songs 178) the then wife of Pills, and on her recommendation he took up singing. Between 1953-1999 he recorded 23 studio Albums, and 15 live Albums, which were all recorded at his favourite venue, the Paris Olympia.He also wrote musicals, and film soundtracks, and as an actor appeared in seven films, and a French television series in 1995.
Gilbert Becaud had great success as a songwriter, his first hit in the English speaking world was Jane Morgan’s cover of ‘Le Jour la Pluie Viendra,’ as ‘The Days the Rain Came,’ (1958 UK Number 1 single) with English lyrics by Carl Sigman. Other notable songs Becaud wrote include,one of the biggest selling singles in French history,’Et Maintenant, which when given English lyrics once again by Carl Sigman has become one of the most covered songs in Pop music history. He also co-wrote with Neil Diamond, two of his best known songs, ‘Love on the Rocks,’ from ‘The Jazz Singer,’ and ‘September Morn.’
‘A Little Love and Understanding’ is Gilbert Becaud’s only international hit as a singer, as well as going top 10 in the UK, it spent three weeks at Number 1 in Australia.
‘Each night my voice happens to sneak through your transistor radio, I’m just a secret you can keep, and no one ever needs to know.