Popular French singer Gilbert Becaud, known as "Mr 100,000 Volts" for his electrifying stage performances, died on Tuesday aged 74. Becaud, whose real name was Francois Silly, rose to fame during the 1950s golden era of French chanson as part of a generation of composer-performers including Georges Brassens, Charles Aznavour and Jacques Brel. An English version of "Et maintenant" entitled "What Now My Love?" became a 20th century classic recorded by scores of artists including Shirley Bassey and Elvis Presley. Gilbert Becaud also wrote Je t'appartiens, or "Let It Be Me" in English as Elvis recorded it.
Source: Reuters / Updated: Dec 18, 2001