FROM THE ARCHIVE 263 -1962-

What Now My Love: (Original French lyrics by Pierre Delanoë.)

recorded: July 4, 1962
released:
UK: July, 1962 on Columbia single DB 4882
US: August 10, 1962 on United Artists single UA 503
charted: single UK: #5, August 30, 1962

In 1962 released on the album Let’s Face The Music and on some singles. The single reached position number five in the UK singles charts and stayed in the charts for 17 weeks.
The song is available on CD on a digitally remastered album. A new studio recording with the London Symphony Orchestra was released in 1984 on the album I Am What I Am. A live recording is available for example on the 1997 The Birthday Concert and on the video Shirley Bassey Live In Cardiff.

This was originally the French song “Et Maintenant” by Gilbert Bécaud 1961.

Other songs of Gilbert Bécaud recorded by Shirley Bassey are Love On The Rocks, and It Must Be Him.

“Et Maintenant” has been re-recorded more than 150 times. With the English lyrics by Carl Sigman as “What Now My Love” it became famous all around the world.
1966 Sonny and Cher reached position number 14 in the US Billboard with this song.

In the album sleeve note Kenneth Hume wrote:

“One of the last arrangements being What Now My Love, was written by Nelson Riddle the morning of the recording session and parts of the orchestra score only arrived halfway through the session – the copying being done by an extraordinary organisation, appropriately called Panic Music…”

Below the live version from 1980. Also the remix version of this song from the ‘Get the party started’ CD.

For the video click left

For the remix click the player below

Lyrics:

What now my love?
Now that you’ve left me
How can I live Through another day?
Watching my dreams Turning to ashes
And my hopes Into bits of clay

Once I could see
Once I could feel
Now I’m numb
I’ve become unreal
I walk the night
Without a goal
Stripped of my heart
My soul

What now my love?
Now that it’s over
I feel the world
Closing in on me
Here come the stars
Tumbling around me
There’s the sky
Where the sea should be

What now my love?
Now that you’re gone
I’d be a fool
To go on and on
No one would care
No one would cry
If I should live
Or die

What now my love?
Now there is nothing
Only my last Good-bye

(Transcribed by Roman)

2 thoughts on “FROM THE ARCHIVE 263 -1962-”

  1. ANOTHER FANTASTIC ARCHIVE, PIETER THE INFO INCLUDED IN THIS IS BRILLIANT, I REMEMBER IT SO CLEARLY, I BOUGHT THE N.M.E. & THE DISC EVERY WEEK , I LIVED & BREATHED BASSEY EVEN THEN ,, & BEFORE, THAT , I WAS 22 IN 1962, A LONG TIME FAN FOREVER.
    P/S HELLO CLAUDIA,

    Dennis JERSEY CHANNEL ISLANDS

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