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Jacques Brel

Jacques Brel (1929-1978)

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8 April 1929, Schaarbeek, Brussels – 9 October 1978, Bobigny, France

Jacques Brel was a Belgian singer-songwriter who composed and performed literate, thoughtful, and theatrical songs that generated a large, devoted following in Belgium and France initially, and later throughout the world. He was widely considered a master of the modern chanson. Although he recorded most of his songs in French, he became a major influence on English-speaking songwriters and performers such as David Bowie, Leonard Cohen, Marc Almond and Rod McKuen.

Jacques Brel – Ne Me Quitte Pas

English translations of his songs were recorded by many performers, including: Bowie, Walker, Ray Charles, Judy Collins, John Denver, The Kingston Trio, Nina Simone, Frank Sinatra and Andy Williams.

In French-speaking countries, Brel was also a successful actor, appearing in ten films. He directed two films, one of which, Le Far West, was nominated for the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival in 1973.

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Concert Jacques Brel à Bergen 1964


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