Conversation with Jacques Brel about his career
Jacques Brel talks about his career and how the themes of his songs have evolved between 1956 and 1963. He sings part of the following songs: Quand on n'a que l'Amour , La Valse à Mille Temps, Le Moribond, and Les Bigotes.
Born on 8 April 1929 in Schaebeek in Belgium, Jacques Brel started his author-composer-interpreter career in 1952 in tiny second zone Brussels cabarets. His style, which is lyrical, baroque and satirical, disconcerts, but Jacques Canetti notices him and brings him to Paris. A few hard years followed, during which Brel met François Rauber and Gérard Jouannest, who will remain his main collaborators throughout his career. He released his first album in 1955, and his second one, released in 1957, won the Académie Charles-Cros's Grand Prix du Disque and exposed him to the masses. His success had arrived and could not be denied. La Valse à Mille Temps, Ne me Quitte Pas (1959), Les Vieux (1963), Les Bonbons, Mathilde, Amsterdam (1964): Brel accumulates the hits, and being a true stage animal, his endless and triumphant tours wear him out.
In 1966, he decides to give up music and gives his last recital in Roubaix on 16 May 1967. He then turns to cinema as an actor (Les Risques du Métier in 1967, My Uncle Benjamin in 1968, L'Aventure c'est l'Aventure in 1974) and as a director (Franz in 1971). In 1974, he retired to the Marquesas Islands. Suffering from lung cancer, he decided to record one final album, (Brel in 1977), before his death at the Avicenne hospital in Bobigny on 9 October 1978.