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Jacques Brel

Belgian singer-songwriter

Jacques Brel

Belgian singer-songwriter
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birthday
8th
April, 1929
Death
9th
October, 1978
Birth Place
Schaerbeek, Brussels, Belgium
Birth Sign
aries
Biography

Jacques Romain Georges Brel (French: [ k m b l], listen (help info); 8 April 1929 – 9 October 1978) was a Belgian singer, songwriter, actor and director 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 is considered a master of the modern chanson. Although he recorded most of his songs in French and occasionally in Dutch, he became an influence on English-speaking songwriters and performers, such as Scott Walker, David Bowie, Alex Harvey, Marc Almond and Rod McKuen. English translations of his songs were recorded by many performers, including Bowie, Walker, Ray Charles, Judy Collins, John Denver, The Kingston Trio, Nina Simone, Shirley Bassey, Frank Sinatra, and Andy Williams.
Brel was a successful actor, appearing in 10 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. Having sold over 25 million records worldwide, Brel is the third best-selling Belgian recording artist of all time. Brel married Th r se “Miche” Michielsen in 1950, and the couple had three children. He also had a romantic relationship with actress and dancer Maddly Bamy from 1972 until his death in 1978.

instruments played
Guitar
Piano
Vocals
Children

3

Genres

Chanson French pop music

Occupation

Singer songwriter actor director

Other Names

Le Grand Jacques (French for "The Great Jacques")

Spouses

Th (C)r se "Miche" Michielsen

Years Active

1953 (1953-df-yes) 1978 (1978)

Name

Jacques Brel

Nationality

Belgium

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