Jacques Brel

1929 - 1978

Jacques Brel

Jacques Romain Georges Brel (French pronunciation: ​[ʒak ʁomɛ̃ ʒɔʁʒ bʁɛl] Pronunciation ; 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. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Jacques Brel has received more than 1,236,419 page views. His biography is available in 66 different languages on Wikipedia making him the 25th most popular singer.

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Among singers, Jacques Brel ranks 25 out of 3,001Before him are Adriano Celentano, Tupac Shakur, Plácido Domingo, James Brown, Farinelli, and Patti Smith. After him are Barbra Streisand, Phil Collins, Cesária Évora, Andrea Bocelli, Mick Jagger, and Umm Kulthum.

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Among people born in 1929, Jacques Brel ranks 13Before him are Bud Spencer, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Jürgen Habermas, Grace Kelly, Sergio Leone, and Imre Kertész. After him are Hassan II of Morocco, Jean Baudrillard, Frank Gehry, Peter Higgs, Christopher Plummer, and Michael Ende. Among people deceased in 1978, Jacques Brel ranks 7Before him are Pope Paul VI, Pope John Paul I, Golda Meir, Aram Khachaturian, Kurt Gödel, and Aldo Moro. After him are Adolf Dassler, Giorgio de Chirico, Santiago Bernabéu Yeste, Manne Siegbahn, Ramón Mercader, and Umberto Nobile.

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In Belgium

Among people born in Belgium, Jacques Brel ranks 23 out of 658Before him are Philip I of Castile (1478), Rogier van der Weyden (1390), Margaret of Austria, Duchess of Savoy (1480), Leopold II of Belgium (1835), Eddy Merckx (1945), and Leopold III of Belgium (1901). After him are Albert I of Belgium (1875), Jean-Claude Van Damme (1960), Agnès Varda (1928), Hergé (1907), César Franck (1822), and Baudouin of Belgium (1930).

Among SINGERS In Belgium

Among singers born in Belgium, Jacques Brel ranks 1After him are Lara Fabian (1970), The Singing Nun (1933), Violetta Villas (1938), Stromae (1985), José van Dam (1940), Edgar P. Jacobs (1904), René Jacobs (1946), Kate Ryan (1980), Sandra Kim (1972), Bob Benny (1926), and Natacha Atlas (1964).