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Jacques Brel


Who is Jacques Brel?

Jacques Brel: Jacques Romain Georges Brel was a Belgian singer-songwriter who composed and performed literate, thoughtful, and theatrical songs that generated a large, devoted following, initially in Belgium and France, 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 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. Having sold over 25 million records worldwide, Brel is the third best-selling Belgian recording artist of all time.

  • also known as Jaques Brel, Jacques Romain Georges Brel, Abbé Brel
  • born on (86 years ago) in Schaerbeek, child of Elisabeth Lambertine Brel and Romain Brel
  • ethnicity: Belgians
  • nationality: Belgium
  • religion: Atheism
  • profession: Singer-songwriter, film score composer, actor, screenwriter, film director
  • spouses:
    • Marriage with Thérèse Michielsen between and (28 years and 4 months)
    • Domestic partnership with Maddly Bamy until
  • parent of
  • died on (37 years ago) in Bobigny of pulmonary embolism
  • buried in Calvary Cemetery, Atuona
  • genre: Chanson
  • albums: "Au printemps", "La valse à mille temps", "Enregistrement Public à l'Olympia 1961", "Les bourgeois", "Les Vieux", "Ces gens-là", "J'arrive", "Ne me quitte pas", "Les Marquises", "De 24 grootste successen", "Jacques Brel, Volume 1", "En Scènes (Enregistrements inedits)", "Amsterdam", "Ballades et mots d'amour" (disc 2), "Infiniment", "Collection" (disc 2), "Enregistrement public à l'Olympia 1964", "Grand Jacques", "Jacques Brel Is Alive and Well and Living in Paris (1968 original off-Broadway cast)", "Jacques Brel Is Alive and Well and Living in Paris (1994 London revival cast)", "Jacques Brel, Volume 2", "Jacques Brel 67", "Knokke", "Les Vieux - 6", "Master Serie, Volume 2", "Quand on n'a que l'amour", "Quinze ans d'amour", "Ses 16 plus belles Chansons", "Greatest Hits", "Le coffret souvenir", "Marieke", "Chansons ou versions inédites de jeunesse", "L'Intégrale", "La Foire / Il y a", "Les 100 Plus Belles Chansons", "C'est comme ça", "Les Bigotes", "Il peut pleuvoir / C'est comme ça", "Mathilde", "Le Moribond", "Les pieds dans le ruisseau / S'il te faut", "N°6: Les Bourgeois", "Enregistrements PHILIPS 1954-1961", "I Am the Shadow of the Songs", "Jacques Brel Is Alive and Well and Living in Paris (2006 off-Broadway cast)", "Master série, Volume 2", "Mijn vlakke land"
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"Jacques Brel" is a musical album of Jacques Brel.

  • released in (25 years ago)

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Google previewTahiti Beyond the Postcard (2011)

Power, Place, and Everyday Life by Miriam Kahn

Jacques Brel is a French singer from Belgium ...

Google previewRough Guides Snapshot Belgium: Brussels (2015)

by Rough Guides

be A fiveminute walk from the GrandPlace, Éditions Jacques Brel is a small but inventive museum ...

Google previewHistorical Dictionary of Popular Music (2017)

by Norman Abjorensen

Jacques Brel was a Belgian singer, songwriter, poet, and actor whose songs have been translated into multiple languages and recorded by artists as diverse as Joan Baez (“The Dove,” 1967), Frank Sinatra (“If ...

Google previewThe Encyclopedia of Dead Rock Stars (2012)

Heroin, Handguns, and Ham Sandwiches by Jeremy Simmonds

Jacques Brel: Almost certainly the most interesting musician to emerge from Belgium Big Star – Bell, Stephens, Hummel and Chilton: Should have ...

Google previewContinuum Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Part 1 Media, Industry, Society (2003)

by John Shepherd, David Horn, Dave Laing, Paul Oliver, Peter Wicke

The great names of chanson frangaise figured in Barclay's catalog: Henri Salvador, Charles Aznavour, Jacques Brel, Léo Ferré, Dalida and Mireille Mathieu. Jazz was still present, but less than before. Barclay continued to record Stéphane ...

Google previewAllen's Dictionary of English Phrases (2008)

by Robert Allen

A similar anecdotal extension to the phrase appeared in the title of a revue Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris, which opened at the Village Gate in New York in 1968, with songs by the eponymous Belgian singer and songwriter, ...

Google previewHistorical Dictionary of Algeria (2006)

by Phillip C. Naylor

James Brown, Umm Kulthum, Edith Piaf, Charles Aznavour, Jacques Brel, Bob Marley, and the Beatles: Khaled's popularity earned him the title “King of Rai.

Google previewA Dictionary for the Modern Singer (2014)

by Matthew Hoch

In 1968, an Off-Broadway revue entitled Jacques Brel Is Alive and Well and Living in Paris opened, featuring English translations of some of Brel's most well-known songs.

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