François Silly, 24 October 1927, Toulon, France, d. 18 December 2001, Paris, France. A popular singer-songwriter in France in the 50s and 60s, rivalling other popular balladeers such as Charles Trenet and Charles Aznavour, Bécaud studied music at the Conservatoire de Nice and started writing songs in his early teens. His first collaborator was lyricist Pierre Delanoé, and one of their first successes was Je Tai Dans La Peau for Edith Piaf in 1950. He served as an accompanist for Piaf, and other artists such as Jacques Pills. Later he sang in cabaret, and made his first stage appearance in 1952 at Versailles. Two years later a dramatic performance at the Olympia Music Hall gained him the title of Monsieur 100, 000 Volts, and elevated him to national stardom.
In the early 50s Bécaud had hit records with Les Croix, Quand Tu Danses and Mes Mains....
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