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Jacques Brel
Jacques Brel

Jacques Romain Georges Brel (French IPA: [ʒak bʀɛl]) (April 8, 1929October 9, 1978) was a Belgian French-speaking singer-songwriter. The quality and style of his lyrics are highly regarded by many leading critics of popular music. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Articles with similar titles include the NATO phonetic alphabet, which has also informally been called the “International Phonetic Alphabet”. For information on how to read IPA transcriptions of English words, see IPA chart for English. ... April 8 is the 98th day of the year (99th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1929 (MCMXXIX) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 282nd day of the year (283rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1978 (MCMLXXVIII) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays the 1978 Gregorian calendar). ... The term singer-songwriter refers to performers who both write and sing their own material. ...


Brel's songs are not especially well known in the English-speaking world except in translation and through the interpretations of other singers, such as John Denver. Others who have sung his work in English include David Bowie, Dusty Springfield and [[Terry Jacks. In French-speaking countries, Brel is also remembered as an actor and director. Oddly enough, Jacques Brel being Flemish, could not speak Dutch very well. The few songs that he sang in Dutch were translated by Ernst van Altena, a Dutch poet specialised in translating French chancons. John Denver (December 31, 1943 â€“ October 12, 1997), born Henry John Deutschendorf, Jr. ... David Bowie (IPA: []) (born David Robert Jones on 1947 January 8) is an English singer, songwriter, actor, multi-instrumentalist, producer, arranger and audio engineer. ... Dusty Springfield OBE (16 April 1939–2 March 1999) was a popular English singer whose career spanned four decades. ... Terry Jacks (born March 29, 1944 in Winnipeg) is a Canadian singer, songwriter, record producer and environmentalist. ... For other uses, see Actor (disambiguation). ... A theatre director is a principal in the theatre field who oversees and orchestrates the mounting of a play by unifying various endeavors and aspects of production. ...

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Biography

Brel was born in Schaarbeek, Belgium, a district of Brussels, but lived most of his life in Paris. He died in Bobigny in the suburbs of Paris, of lung cancer, and is buried in the Marquesas Islands. Schaerbeek (French) or Schaarbeek (Dutch) is one of the nineteen municipalities located in the Brussels-Capital Region of Belgium. ... For other places with the same name, see Brussels (disambiguation). ... This article is about the capital of France. ... Bobigny is a town and commune of France, in the suburbs is of Paris, chief town of the arrondissement of the Seine-Saint-Denis. ... Lung cancer is the malignant transformation and expansion of lung tissue, and is the most lethal of all cancers worldwide, responsible for 1. ... National motto: Mau‘u‘u ha‘e iti Official languages French, Tahitian Political status Dependent territory, administrative division of French Polynesia Capital Tai o Hae Largest City Tai o Hae Area 1,274 km² ( 492 sq. ...

Quotation
...in a man's life, there are two important dates : his birth and his death. Everything we do in between is not very important.
-Jacques Brel

Although the Brels spoke French, they were of Flemish descent, with some of the family originating from Zandvoorde, near Ieper (Ypres in French/English). Brel's father was co-owner of a cardboard factory and Brel started his working life there, apparently destined to follow his father's footsteps. However, he had no interest in it and showed an interest in culture instead, joining the Catholic-humanist youth organisation Franche Cordée, where he sang and acted. At Franche Cordée he met Thérèse Michielsen ('Miche'). They married in 1950. The term Flemings (Dutch: ) denotes the majority population in Flanders (the northern half of Belgium). ... Look up Humanist in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ...


In the early 1950s Brel achieved minor success in Belgium singing his own songs. A 78rpm record (La foire/Il y a) was released as a result. From 1954 Brel pursued an international singing career. He quit his job and moved to Paris, where he stayed at the Hotel Stevens and gave guitar lessons to artist-dancer Francesco Frediani to pay for his rent. Francesco Frediani witnessed his first show at the Olympia as "ouverture de rideau" act ie while the public was entering and being seated. He had to change behind the bar. Bruno Cocquatrix, the owner, invited him to come back. He carried on writing music and singing in the city's cabarets and music-halls, where on stage he delivered his songs with great energy. In January 1955 he supported in the Ancienne Belgique in Brussels the performances of the Belgian pop and variety pioneer Bobbejaan Schoepen. After some success his wife and daughters joined him from Belgium. By 1956 he was touring Europe and he recorded the song Quand on n'a que l'amour that brought him his first major recognition. He appeared in a show with Maurice Chevalier and Michel Legrand. the first thing that was invented was the automatic DILDO. Education grew explosively because of a very strong demand for high school and college education. ... Cabaret is a form of entertainment featuring comedy, song, dance, and theatre, distinguished mainly by the performance venue — a restaurant or nightclub with a stage for performances and the audience sitting around the tables (often dining or drinking) watching the performance. ... Music hall is a form of British theatrical entertainment which was popular between 1850 and 1960. ... The Ancienne Belgique is a concert hall for contemporary music in Brussels, Belgium. ... Bobbejaan Schoepen Bobbejaan Schoepen (born Modest Schoepen, May 16, 1925, Boom, Antwerp) is a Flemish entertainer, singer, guitarist, composer, actor, and founder of the Bobbejaanland amusement park in Belgium. ... For other uses, see Europe (disambiguation). ... French singer Maurice Chevalier with stars of Hellzapoppin at Expo 67, in Montreal, Quebec. ... Michel Legrand (born February 24, 1932 in Paris) is a French musical composer, arranger, conductor and pianist. ...


By the end of the 1950s Miche and Brel's three daughters moved to Brussels. He and his family led separate lives from then on. Under the influence of his friend Georges Pasquier ('Jojo') and pianists Gérard Jouannest and Francois Rauber, Brel's style changed. He was no longer a Catholic-humanist troubadour, but sang grimmer songs about love, death, and the struggle that is life. The music became more complex and his themes more diverse, exploring love (Je t'aime, Litanies pour un Retour), society (Les Singes, Les Bourgeois, Jaurès), and spiritual concerns (Le Bon Dieu, Dites, Si c'Était Vrai, Fernand). His work is not limited to one style. He was as proficient in funny compositions (Le Lion, Comment Tuer l'Amant de sa Femme...) as in more emotional ones (Voir un Ami Pleurer, Fils de..., Jojo).


Brel's acute perception made him an innovative and creative painter of daily life with rare poetic ease. His intelligent use of words was striking and simple, exhibiting a very visual and meaningful vocabulary. Few of his peers are considered as matching his skill in fitting as much novelty and meaning in a sentence from a few words in common usage.


Brel had a keen sense of metaphor, as in Je suis un soir d'été where the narrator is a summer's evening telling what he observes as he falls on a city. Although regarded a master with lyrics, his musical themes were of the first standard, and also here he was not limited to one style.


He composed both rhythmic, lively and captivating tunes (L'aventure, Rosa, Au printemps) as well as sad and solemn songs. (J'en appelle, Pourquoi faut-il que les hommes s'ennuient?)


Brel's romantic lyricism sometimes revealed darkness and bitter irony. At moments his tender love songs might show flashes of barely suppressed frustration and resentment. His insightful and compassionate portraits of the so-called dregs of society: the alcoholics, drifters, drug addicts, and prostitutes described in 'Jef', 'La chanson de Jacky' and 'Amsterdam' evaded easy sentimentality, and he was not shy about portraying the unsavoury side of this lifestyle.


He composed and recorded his songs almost exclusively in French, and is widely recognized in French-speaking countries as one of the best French-language composers of all time.


But he occasionally included parts in Dutch as in "'Marieke", and also recorded Dutch versions of a few songs such as "Le Plat Pays" ("Mijn vlakke land"), "Ne me quitte pas" ("Laat Me Niet Alleen"), "Rosa", "Les Bourgeois" ("De Burgerij") and "Les paumés du petit matin" ("De Nuttelozen van de Nacht"). Since his own command of Dutch was poor, these were translated by Ernst van Altena. Track listing Ne Me Quitte Pas (Jacques Brel) Recorded 20 June 1972 Marieke (Brel) Recorded 12 June 1972 On n’Oublie Rien (Brel) Recorded 12 June 1972 Les Flamandes (Brel) Recorded 12 June 1972 Les Prénoms de Paris (Brel) Recorded 12 June 1972 Quand On a Que l...

Quotation
He goes to the limit of his strength because, through his singing, he expresses his reason for living and each line hits you in the face and leaves you dazed.
-Edith Piaf

Brel's attitude towards the Flemish was marked by a love of Flanders and the Flemish countryside (as evidenced in songs such as 'Le Plat Pays', 'Marieke', 'Une Ostendaise' and 'Mon Père Disait'), but a marked dislike of the Flemish nationalists ("les Flamingants"). He declared himself Flemish and presented himself to the world as a Flemish singer (saying "moi je suis un Flamand" on French television), but he also mocked rustic Flemish life with the comic song Les Flamandes. Later in his career he directed his political anger at the Flamingants. From La, la, la (1967) are the words "Vive les Belges, merde pour les flamingants" ("Long live Belgians, shit for the flamingants"). In Les F... (1977) Brel portrays the flamingants, ignoring any sense of nuance, as "Nazis durant les guerres et catholiques entre elles, vous oscillez sans cesse du fusil au missel" ("Nazis during the wars and Catholics in between, you constantly swing from rifle to missal"). The Flemish were very insulted by this song. After a long debate it was - and still is - banished from Flemish radio. France Brel, his daughter, has been quoted as saying, "he was very Flemish. He believed in discipline, hard work, he was always punctual. Our family is Flemish in character in many ways, Jacques was proud of his Flemish blood." Edith Piaf Édith Piaf (December 19, 1915 - October 11, 1963) was one of Frances most beloved singers, with much success shortly before and during World War II. Her music reflected her tragic life, with her specialty being the poignant ballad presented with a heartbreaking voice. ... The Dutch word Flamingant refers to all Flemish nationalists and was initially used by Belgicists to offend the more radical Flemings. ... Nazism in history Nazi ideology Nazism and race Outside Germany Related subjects Lists Politics Portal         Nazism or National Socialism (German: Nationalsozialismus), refers primarily to the ideology and practices of the Nazi Party (National Socialist German Workers Party, German: Nationalsozialistische Deutsche Arbeiterpartei or NSDAP) under Adolf Hitler. ...


"If I were king," Brel himself once said, "I would send all the Flemings to Wallonia and all the Walloons to Flanders for six months. Like military service. They would live with a family and that would solve all our ethnic and linguistic problems very fast. Because everybody's tooth aches in the same way, everybody loves their mother, everybody loves or hates spinach. And those are the things that really count."


Although France was Brel's "spiritual home" and he expressed contradictory statements about his native Belgium, some of his best compositions pay tribute to Belgium, like Le plat pays or Il neige sur Liège.


He starred in the musical L'Homme de la Mancha (Man of La Mancha) which he also translated into French and directed. As an actor he gained fame playing opposite Lino Ventura in L'emmerdeur. In 1969 he took the lead role opposite Claude Jade in Mon oncle Benjamin. Le Far West, a comedy which he directed, co-wrote and appeared in, competed for the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival in 1973. LHomme de la Mancha is a 1968 album by Jacques Brel and others. ... Lino Ventura (born Angiolino Joseph Pascal Ventura on July 14, 1919 - October 22, 1987) in Parma, northern Italy, was an Italian actor who starred in French movies. ... Also: 1969 (Stargate SG-1) episode. ... Claude Jade Claude Jade (born Claude Marcelle Jorré on 8 October 1948 - 1 December 2006) was a celebrated French actress, best known by starring in François Truffauts films Baisers volés, Domicile conjugal and Lamour en fuite. ... My Uncle Benjamin (French: Mon oncle Benjamin) is a 1969 French movie directed by Édouard Molinaro. ... Palme dOr The Palme dOr (Golden Palm) is the highest prize given to a film at the Cannes Film Festival. ... The Cannes Film Festival (French: le Festival de Cannes), founded in 1939, is one of the worlds oldest, most influential and prestigious film festivals. ... For the song by James Blunt, see 1973 (song). ...


In 1973 he embarked in a yacht, planning to sail around the world. When he reached the Canary Islands, Brel, a heavy smoker, was diagnosed with lung cancer. He returned to Paris for treatment and later continued his ocean voyage. Anthem: Arrorró Capital Las Palmas de Gran Canaria and Santa Cruz de Tenerife Official language(s) Spanish Area  â€“ Total  â€“ % of Spain Ranked 13th  7,447 km²  1. ... Lung cancer is the malignant transformation and expansion of lung tissue, and is the most lethal of all cancers worldwide, responsible for 1. ...


In 1975 he reached the Marquesas Islands, and decided to stay, remaining there until 1977 when he returned to Paris and recorded his well-received final album. He died in 1978 and was buried in Calvary Cemetery in Atuona, Hiva Oa, Marquesas Islands, French Polynesia only a few yards away from painter Paul Gauguin. National motto: Mau‘u‘u ha‘e iti Official languages French, Tahitian Political status Dependent territory, administrative division of French Polynesia Capital Tai o Hae Largest City Tai o Hae Area 1,274 km² ( 492 sq. ... Calvary Cemetery in Atuona Photo credit: Terry & Heidi Kotas Calvary Cemetery (French: Cimetière Calvaire) is the main cemetery in Atuona, Hiva ‘Oa, French Polynesia. ... View of Atuona from Baie Tahauku Photo Credit: Terry & Heidi Kotas Atuona, located on Hiva `Oa is the administrative center for the southern Marquesas Islands. ... Hiva `Oa is the second largest island in the Marquesas Islands, and the largest island of the southern group. ... National motto: Mau‘u‘u ha‘e iti Official languages French, Tahitian Political status Dependent territory, administrative division of French Polynesia Capital Tai o Hae Largest City Tai o Hae Area 1,274 km² ( 492 sq. ... Eugène Henri Paul Gauguin (7 June 1848 – 8 May 1903) was a leading Post-Impressionist painter. ...


Translations of his work

An American musical revue of his songs, Jacques Brel Is Alive and Well and Living in Paris, which debuted in 1968, has played around the world since. Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris is an American musical revue of the songs of Jacques Brel. ...


English translations of his songs have been recorded by many artists. Canadian Terry Jacks version of Seasons In The Sun became a global pop hit in 1974 topping the charts internationally. Marlene Dietrich recorded "Ne me Quitte Pas" in German (Bitte geh nicht fort). Overall, there have been noted translations of this standard in at least 15 different languages. Mireille Mathieu, Nana Mouskouri,Nina Simone, Natacha Atlas, Karrin Allyson, and Sting recorded "Ne me Quitte Pas" in French. Terry Jacks (born March 29, 1944 in Winnipeg) is a Canadian singer, songwriter, record producer and environmentalist. ... Listen to this article · (info) This audio file was created from an article revision dated 2005-12-10, and does not reflect subsequent edits to the article. ... Marlene Dietrich IPA: ; (December 27, 1901 – May 6, 1992) was a German-born American actress, singer, and entertainer. ... Track listing Ne Me Quitte Pas (Jacques Brel) Recorded 20 June 1972 Marieke (Brel) Recorded 12 June 1972 On n’Oublie Rien (Brel) Recorded 12 June 1972 Les Flamandes (Brel) Recorded 12 June 1972 Les Prénoms de Paris (Brel) Recorded 12 June 1972 Quand On a Que l... Mireille Mathieu (album) Mireille Mathieu (born July 22, 1946) is a French singer, who besides being very successful in her own country, became a star of international stature, recording in several languages. ... Nana Mouskouri (in Greek, Nανά Μούσχουρη), born as Ioanna Mouskouri on October 13, 1934, in Chania, Crete, Greece, is a singer of Greek origin. ... Eunice Kathleen Waymon, better known by her stage name Nina Simone (February 21, 1933 – April 21, 2003), was an American singer, songwriter, pianist, arranger and civil rights activist. ... Natacha Atlas (born March 20, 1964) is a singer born in Belgium. ... Karrin Allyson is a Grammy-nominated jazz vocalist for Concord Records. ... This article is about the musician. ... Track listing Ne Me Quitte Pas (Jacques Brel) Recorded 20 June 1972 Marieke (Brel) Recorded 12 June 1972 On n’Oublie Rien (Brel) Recorded 12 June 1972 Les Flamandes (Brel) Recorded 12 June 1972 Les Prénoms de Paris (Brel) Recorded 12 June 1972 Quand On a Que l...


With the exception of the Eric Blau-Mort Shuman translations used in "Jacques Brel Is Alive and Well and Living in Paris", the English translations of Brel's songs are regarded by some as being stripped of their original brilliance and magical lyricism.[original research?] For example, "Ne Me Quitte Pas" evocatively states, "Moi, je t'offrirai / Des perles de pluie / Venues de pays / Où il ne pleut pas" [As for me, I'll offer you pearls of rain that come from a country where rain never falls]. However, Rod McKuen’s English translation replaces that imagery with "But if you stay / I'll make you a day / Like no day has been / or will be again." On the other hand, songs such as "Jef", as translated by Blau-Shuman, bear little resemblance to the original. Mort Shuman (November 12, 1936 _ November 2, 1991) was an American singer and songwriter. ... Rod McKuen (born April 29, 1933) is a bestselling American poet, composer, and singer, instrumental in the revitalization of popular poetry that took place in the 1960s and early 1970s. ...


The Sensational Alex Harvey Band did a reasonably faithful English translation of "Au Suivant" ("Next"). Barb Jungr recorded a new English translation of "Ne Me Quitte Pas" by Des de Moor as 'Don't Leave Me Now', which is much nearer to the original. Nevertheless it is Rod McKuen’s English translation that is most performed. German translations have also come in for much criticism. Notable faithful German translations have been made by Didier Caesar of the duo Stéphane & Didier. Alex Harvey (February 5, 1935 - February 4, 1982) was a Scottish rock and roll performer. ... Barb Jungr is a musical performer, composer and writer, of Czech and German parentage. ... Des de Moor (Born Ipswich, Suffolk, England, 20 April 1961) is a musician and songwriter. ...


David Bowie sang Brel's "Amsterdam" at a BBC music session with John Peel, which was recorded on a CD called "Bowie Live at the Beeb". Bowie also sang a translation of Brel's called "My Death", during his Ziggy Stardust era. He sang it on his last ever gig as Ziggy. At the end of the song the lyrics went "Angel or Devil, I don't care , for in front of that door there is ..." to which the crowd responded "me". It appears on the CD "The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust" and the film of the same performance. David Bowie (IPA: []) (born David Robert Jones on 1947 January 8) is an English singer, songwriter, actor, multi-instrumentalist, producer, arranger and audio engineer. ...


Brel's widow said that Arnold Johnston, a professor at Western Michigan University, translated Brel's work more accurately than Blau and Shuman, and eventually gave Dr. Johnston exclusive rights to translate Brel's work into English. Dr. Johnston recorded I'm Here! a collection of twenty songs, using a grant from the university.


Discography

Assembling a comprehensive Jacques Brel discography is difficult, because his recordings have been released in so many different permutations, in different countries and different formats. Furthermore, releases of Brel's recordings are sometimes known by different titles.


This discography is restricted to Brel's original albums, as collected and reissued on 23 September 2003 in the sixteen CD box set of his work Boîte à Bonbons; plus the additional album Chansons ou Versions Inédites de Jeunesse, which was released for the first time as part of this box set. The titles ascribed to each album are the titles used in the box set. is the 266th day of the year (267th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Studio albums

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Live albums

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Rarities

Track listing This album was first issued as part of the 16CD box set Boîte à Bonbons on 23 September 2003. ... Year 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ...

Filmography

Jacques Brel and Claude Jade in My Uncle Benjamin

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As director

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As actor

  • La Grande Peur de Monsieur Clément (dir Paul Diebens) (1956)
  • Les Risques du Métier (dir André Cayatte) (1967)
  • Mon Oncle Benjamin (dir Edouard Molinaro) (1969)
  • La Bande à Bonnot (dir Philippe Fourastié) (1969)
  • Les Assassins de l'Ordre (dir Marcel Carné) (1971)
  • Mont-Dragon (dir Jean Valère) (1971)
  • Franz (dir Jacques Brel) (1971)
  • L'Aventure, c'est l'Aventure (dir Claude Lelouch) (1972)
  • Le Bar de la Fourche (dir Alain Levent) (1972)
  • Le Far West (dir Jacques Brel) (1973)
  • L'Emmerdeur (dir Edouard Molinaro) (1973)

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Trivia

  • In the comic strip Asterix, the original French version of the adventure Asterix in Belgium quotes Brel. When Asterix, Obelix and Chief Vitalstatistix walk through the flat Belgian landscape, the Belgian chieftain says that "Dans ce plat pays qui est le mien, nous avons des oppidums pour uniques montagnes." ("In my flat country the only mountains we have are 'oppidums'". This is a reference to Brel's song "Le Plat Pays" (The Flat Country) in which he sings that in his flat country, churches are the only mountains. In other languages this remark has not been translated in a way to reference Brel.
  • In 2002, Brel Bar Restaurant opened in Ashton Lane in the West End of Glasgow. It offers Belgian food and drink, and some Jacques Brel memorabilia can be seen on the walls. Unfortunately, the sound of Brel is rarely heard. [1]
  • In 2005 Brel was voted to the 7th place of De Grootste Belg (Dutch for "The Greatest Belgian"), a Flemish television programme on the VRT. In the same year he was considered the greatest Belgian by the audience of the Le plus grand belge (French for the "The Greatest Belgian"), a Walloon television show of the RTBF. In both programmes the audience could vote by using the website, sending an SMS or using the telephone. In total several hundred thousands votes were cast. [2]
  • Brel was a pilot. He first got his Private Pilot Licence in 1964, bought a Gardan (later EADS Socata) Horizon, later changed it for a Wassmer 40; and then stepped forward in 1969 by taking his IFR qualification at Les Ailes flight school in Geneva, Switzerland. He continued his training until he was qualified copilot on Lear 25. During his late years in the Marquises (French Polynesia), he flew a small twin-engined plane and served the population as a taxi-plane. Brel was also a sailor.
  • Brel's nephew Bruno Brel (b. 1951) is also a popular French-language singer/songwriter. His 1998 album Moitié Bruno, moitié Brel (Half Bruno, Half Brel) contains a mixture of his own songs and cover-versions of his uncle's songs.

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RFI Musique - - Jacques Brel (3212 words)
Jacques Romain Georges Brel was born in Belgium, in Schaerbeek, a suburb of Brussels, on April, 8 1929.
Jacques, whose father was the head of a packaging factory, grew up with his elder brother Pierre in a rather austere family atmosphere where his time was divided between Catholic school and a local Scout troop.
Brel returned to Brussels twice in the course of 1976 for medical examinations, but, ignoring the doctors' advice he returned to the Marquesas, in spite of the fact that the tropical climate was most unsuitable for his lungs.
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