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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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  • Nakkinak

    Maurice Ravel's seems to have had an influence on Rauber, some tunes have an amazing orchestral arrangement.

    26 Feb 12:56pm Reply
  • Nakkinak

    obviously the best lyricist of all time

    26 Feb 12:53pm Reply
  • mockinggbird

    Grand Jacques [3]

    15 Feb 4:32pm Reply
  • Zimmerman333

    Épica voz. Épico sujeto.

    23 Jan 1:24am Reply
  • GorionIM

    Un poète

    13 Dec 2014 Reply
  • 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.

    23 Nov 2014 Reply
  • Nihil227

    Bowie's cover is kind of lame though.

    12 Nov 2014 Reply
  • sorrykiller

    I was here because of Bowie ♥

    3 Nov 2014 Reply
  • BatooqSupersoul

    The greatest in this world and every world

    10 Oct 2014 Reply
  • Magonb25

    'La ville s'endormait' it's beautiful

    17 Sep 2014 Reply
  • opahan

    Come to Brazil!

    31 Aug 2014 Reply
  • alainchaumont

    grand jacques (2)

    28 Jul 2014 Reply
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    9 Jul 2014 Reply
  • Introducer

    grand jacques

    30 Jun 2014 Reply
  • Slim_rafa

    feliz niver, Jackão!!'

    14 Apr 2014 Reply
  • Magonb25

    Joyeux anniversaire, Jacques !

    8 Apr 2014 Reply
  • Slim_rafa

    nê mê quí tê pááááááá

    7 Apr 2014 Reply
  • Magonb25

    He is still one the best artists ever.

    4 Apr 2014 Reply
  • acid_porno

    Best artists of the 60's. Hands down.

    30 Mar 2014 Reply
  • TrashGott

    was wünscht ich mir ich könnt französisch

    21 Mar 2014 Reply
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