THE 1000 BEST SONGS IN THE WORLD EVER.
1964-Has never charted in the UK.
Best Bit-At 2.30.Thank heavens for English subtitles or I wouldn’t have a clue what it’s all about.
Jacques Brel,(April 8, 1929-October 9, 1978) was a Belgium singer/songwriter,poet,actor and film director.Although he recorded most of his songs in French and occasionally Dutch,he became an influence on English speaking songwriters and performers.Artists who have recorded his songs include David Bowie,Scott Walker and Marc Almond.
It has been said that many of his songs have lost their true meaning in translation,a very good example of this would be ‘Le Moribond’ which when rewritten by American singer Rod McKuen became ‘Seasons In The Sun’ which went on to sell over 10 million copies in 1974 when recorded by Canadian Terry Jacks.The song was brought to the attention of a whole new generation when Irish boy band Westlife had the Christmas Number 1 of 1999.
‘In the port of Amsterdam where the sailors all meet there’s a sailor who eats only fish heads and tails.’
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