Originals: “Et Maintenant” by Gilbert Bécaud

Herb Alpert’s arrangement of “Et Maintenant” (which translates to “And Now” in English) was inspired by passing taxi horns in Tijuana.  

We are, of course, referring to “What Now My Love” which led off the album of the same title. This is the original French version written by composer Gilbert Bécaud and lyricist Pierre Delanoë. Bécaud topped the French charts with this tune in 1961, and Herb’s album proved to be a blockbuster as well.