Although he was born in Belgium, the songs of Jacques Brel embody the worldly, slightly melancholy soul of France like no other songwriter. He only made 13 albums during his life, but there isn’t a weak song on any of them and most of his tunes have become classics around the world. He was also an actor and film director, but it is his music that made him an international star. Without him there would be no David Bowie or Leonard Cohen, but his influence extends to most literate songwriters, no matter where they’re from. Brel has sold more than 30 million records worldwide, including 12 million albums and singles in France and Belgium alone.
Jacques Brel was born in Brussels, Belgium in 1929. His mother was a quirky woman... Read More