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Jacques Brel (1929–1978)

One of the most popular singers of French songs. After a childhood full of boredom and normality, Brel started to work in his father's cardboard factory. But he wanted a different kind of life. He had been writing songs all his life and in the early 1950s he went to Paris. After a few years he became hugely successful. His songs include 'Amsterdam... See full bio »

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Far West Composer
Groundhog Day Soundtrack
Taxi 4 Soundtrack


Hide Hide Show Show Music department (20 credits)
 2019 Fearing in Sarajevo (composer: additional music)
 2019 Que l'amour (Documentary) (composer additional music)
 2019 Les Vagues du Plat Pays (Documentary short)
 2019 When You Go Away (Music Video)
 2017 The Red Neon (Short) (songwriter)
 2013 Ne me quitte pas (Documentary) (songwriter)
 2012 YouHumour (TV Series) (1 episode)
 2006 Brel, les rêves accomplis (Video documentary short) (songwriter)
 2006 L'emmerdeur par Jean-Marie Poiré (Video documentary short) (music)
 2006 L'emmerdeur par Vincent Perrot (Video documentary short) (music)
 2006 Molinaro, un esprit libre (Video documentary short) (music)
 2006 Nino Castelnuovo, le groom de l'Hôtel du Palais (Video documentary short) (music)
 2006 Une cellule pour deux (Video documentary short) (songwriter)
 2002 Vasilis Papakonstantinou: Sto limani tou Amsterdam (Music Video) (original music by)
 1991 Marc Almond: Jacky (Music Video)
 1983 Mig og Brel (TV Movie)
 1979 Nous les artistes: Jacques Brel (Documentary) (songwriter)
 1967 An Idiot in Paris (additional music and performer)
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Other Works:

(6/17/69-7/13/69) Stage: Wrote music/lyrics for the musical, "Jacques Brel Is Alive and Well and Living in Paris," at The Arena Stage Theatre. Eric Blau and Mort Shuman were the English lyricists and adapters. Moni Yakim was director. See more »

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5 Biographical Movies | 2 Print Biographies | 2 Portrayals | 4 Articles | 1 Pictorial | 1 Magazine Cover Photo | See more »


5' 11¾" (1.82 m)


Miche Brel  (his death)  (3 children)


France Brel | See more »


Bruno Brel (niece or nephew)

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Claimed to have never written songs about love. See more »

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