It has been exactly 41 long years since Jacques Brel died in Bobigny on October 9, 1978 at the age of 49. As a number of online tributes attest, he was one of the most acclaimed singers of his generation.
Today, fans of Jacques Brel (Amsterdam, Ne me quitte pas, Quand on n'a que l'amour, ...) along with the rest of the music world have been remembering the iconic man he was.
Brel, a cultural icon
Born Jacques Romain Georges Brel in Schaerbeek on April 8, 1929, his career spanned an arc over many different eras and tastes in Belgian history. Brel was not just a great singer, he was an icon, an all-around inspiration to everyone.
In 1959 he touched the hearts of millions with ‘Ne me quitte pas’. His legacy continues to grow as new generations of fans are discovering his unique musical heritage.
It's been 41 years since the tragic loss of Jacques Brel and his personality still resonate strongly within us all. Although Jacques Brel is no longer physically here, his presence is more powerful than ever. He left a void that has yet to be filled.
In memory of the Late Great Jacques Brel.
Jacques Brel career in pictures
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