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    Jacques Brel

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    Most Popular Songs (more)

    1La Dame Patronnesse lyrics
    2Les Bourgeois lyrics
    3Le Plat Pays lyrics
    4Mon Enfance lyrics
    5Les Bergers lyrics
    6Ces Gens-Là lyrics
    7Le Caporal Casse-Pompon lyrics
    8La Fanette lyrics
    9Il Nous Faut Regarder lyrics
    10Quand On N'A Que L'Amour lyrics

    Most Popular Albums (more)

    1Les 50 Plus Belles Chansons
    2Et Ses Chansons [1954]
    3Suivre L'étoile | Intégrale
    4À L'Olympia [1962]
    5La Valse À Mille Temps [1959]
    6Quand On N'A Que L'Amour [1957]
    7Les Grands Auteurs Et Compositeurs Interprètes [1962]
    8Quinze ans d'amour - Best Of
    9N°5 [1961]
    10N°3 [1958]


    Jacques Romain Georges Brel was a Belgian French-speaking singer, born on April 8, 1929 in Etterbeek, Belgium & dead on October 9, 1978 in Bobigny, France. He studied in a Catholic school. At 16, he founded a theatre band & wrote plays. Jacques left school in 1947 & worked in his family's shop. On June 1, 1950, he married Thérèse Michielsen. In 1951, his daughter Chantal was born. Jacques started writing his own songs & sang them in Brussels' cabarets. Noticed by Jacques Canetti, he signed to Philips & went to Paris.
    In 1955, he went to Montreuil-sous-Bois, near Paris & met Georges Pasquier "Jojo", his closest friend. He also recorded his debut album. In 1956, he met a pianist, François Rauber (1933-2003) & released his second album in 1957. After his fourth album La Valse À Mille Temps, Jacques went on tour from the United States to USSR & also in Europe. He also released his most beautiful songs, "Le Plat Pays" & "Amsterdam".
    In November 1966, Jacques made his goodbye concert at Paris' Olympia, more interested by cinema & travelling. In 1967, he played in André Cayatte's film "Les Risques Du Métier" & in 1968, he played in the French version of the musical "Man From La Mancha", with a successful tour which ended in May 1969.
    In 1971, he directed his first film "Franz" & in 1973, he directed "Far West". Both films were unsuccessful & Jacques played in "Mon Oncle Benjamin", Edouard Molinaro's "L'Emmerdeur" & Claude Lelouch's "L'Aventure C'Est L'Aventure", 3 successful films.
    In 1974, Jacques travelled the seas on his boat L'Askoy with a young actress, Madly Bamy (born in 1943). Very ill, he had lung cancer. In 1975, Jacques & Madly went to Marquise Islands, then back to Brussels.
    In September & October 1977, he recorded his final 12-track album in Paris with his friends François Rauber & Gérard Jouannest (born in 1933). The album sold 1 million copies. In July 1978, Jacques' health became worse & he went to Neuilly's hospital. He moved to Bobigny & died there in 1978. He was 49. Jacques Brel's music was filled with power, poetry & actuality.

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