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Date of Birth:April 8th, 1929

Date of Death:October 9th, 1978



Death Place:Bobigny

Birth Place:Belgium · Schaarbeek


Categories:1929 Births · 1978 Deaths · Belgian Actors · Belgian Poets · Belgian Singers · Cabaret Singers · French-Language Singers · Jacques Brel · Person


Jacques Brel

Jacques Romain Georges Brel (in French) was a Belgian singer-songwriter.

The quality and style of his lyrics are highly regarded by many leading critics of popular music.

Brel's songs are not especially well known in the English-speaking world except in translation and through the interpretations of other singers, most famously Scott Walker and Judy Collins.

Others who have sung his work in English include Marc Almond, Dave Van Ronk, Alex Harvey, David Bowie, Spencer Moody, Dusty Springfield, The Dresden Dolls, Frank Sinatra, Terry Jacks, Nina Simone, Rod McKuen, The Kingston Trio, Gavin Friday, Jack Lukeman, Dax Riggs and Beirut.

In French-speaking countries, Brel is also remembered as an actor and director.

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