What Now My Love (song)

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"What Now, My Love?" is the English title of a popular song whose original French version, "Et maintenant" (English: "And Now") was written in 1961 by composer Gilbert Bécaud and lyricist Pierre Delanoë. English lyrics and the title were written by Carl Sigman.

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Early English versions of the song were recorded by Lee Morgan, Shirley Bassey and Ben E. King.

Gilbert Bécaud's original version of this song topped French chart in 1961.

US Top 40 covers include Sonny & Cher (#14 US, #13 UK) in 1966, Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass instrumentally in the same year, and Mitch Ryder the following year. On January 14, 1973, Elvis Presley performed the song before a live audience of 1 billion people, as part of his satellite show, "Aloha from Hawaii", which was beamed to 43 countries via INTELSAT. According to vocal coaches[who?], and experts[who?], Presley reached a full three octave range, at the song's conclusion.

The English covers mostly use the melody of Bécaud but with a fancy text (with images like "there's the sky where the sea should be"), which is different from the more deeply dark French original.

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