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Jacques Brel

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Jacques Brel (8 April 1929 – 9 October 1978) was a Belgian singer and 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, Alex Harvey, Leonard Cohen, Marc Almond and Rod McKuen. English translations of his songs were recorded by many top performers in the United States, including Ray Charles, Judy Collins, John Denver, the Kingston Trio, Nina Simone, Frank Sinatra, Scott Walker, and Andy Williams. In French-speaking countries, Brel was also a successful actor, appearing in ten films. He also directed two films, one of which, Le Far West, was nominated for the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival in 1973. Jacques Brel has sold over 25 million records worldwide, and is the third best-selling Belgian recording artist of all time.

Brel was born on 8th April 1929 in Schaarbeek, a district of Brussels, and lived half of his life in Paris. He died of lung cancer on 9th October 1978 in Bobigny in the suburbs of Paris, and is buried in the Marquesas Islands.

Although the Brels spoke French, they were of Flemish descent, with some of the family originating from Zandvoorde, near Ieper.

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  • onyaledger

    Каждая песня Жака Бреля - это гимн, торжественный и пронзительный. Это гимн любви, гимн отваге, гимн печали, гимн свободе настоящей жизни. Сейчас словом "гений" зачастую называют попало, так что я скажу проще: это один ИЗ, из тех, кого во всём мире за все времена можно посчитать на пальцах одной руки.

    7 hours ago Reply
  • Nihil227

    Bowie's cover is kind of lame though.

    12 Nov 7:02pm Reply
  • sorrykiller

    I was here because of Bowie ♥

    3 Nov 9:00pm Reply
  • BatooqSupersoul

    The greatest in this world and every world

    10 Oct 12:31am Reply
  • Magonb25

    'La ville s'endormait' it's beautiful

    17 Sep 2:28am Reply
  • opahan

    Come to Brazil!

    31 Aug 12:09pm Reply
  • alainchaumont

    grand jacques (2)

    28 Jul 7:17pm Reply
  • JuniorWaldorf

    cool

    9 Jul 8:41pm Reply
  • Introducer

    grand jacques

    30 Jun 12:02am Reply
  • Slim_rafa

    feliz niver, Jackão!!'

    14 Apr 1:14am Reply
  • Magonb25

    Joyeux anniversaire, Jacques !

    8 Apr 6:20pm Reply
  • Slim_rafa

    nê mê quí tê pááááááá

    7 Apr 5:00pm Reply
  • Magonb25

    He is still one the best artists ever.

    4 Apr 5:30am Reply
  • acid_porno

    Best artists of the 60's. Hands down.

    30 Mar 2:53pm Reply
  • TrashGott

    was wünscht ich mir ich könnt französisch

    21 Mar 5:47pm Reply
  • Slim_rafa

    Lindo!!!

    24 Jan 4:46am Reply
  • BelcantoInTheSp

    I see that Marc Almond copied him in several songs

    7 Jan 5:03pm Reply
  • Vates_Joseph

    Je pense que c'est magnifique!

    6 Jan 3:00pm Reply
  • Fyrwen

    абсолютно лучший. он своим голосом мне душу рвет на частиT_T

    27 Dec 2013 Reply
  • HaHaHaYoureDead

    лучших из всех шансонье. даже не знаю, кого поставить рядом, разве что эдит пиаф.

    29 Nov 2013 Reply
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