Jacques Brel (8 April 1929 – 9 October 1978) was a Belgian singer-songwriter. Son of industrialist father, he escaped to Paris to pursue his dream of becoming a famous singer. After years of struggling and writing for others, Brel finally made it. He was known for composing and performing thought-provoking, inspiring and theatrical songs.
Jacques Brel grew a large, devoted following – first in France, and later throughout the world. He was widely considered a master of the modern chanson. Although he recorded