Jacques Brel

3. Jacques Brel: “Ne Me Quitte Pas” – Belgium (Flanders)

Jacques Brel was a Belgian singer, songwriter, actor and director who composed and performed literate, thoughtful, and theatrical songs that generated a large, devoted following—initially in Belgium and France, later throughout the world. He was widely considered a master of the modern chanson, and considered an inspiration to the likes of David Bowie, Alex Harvey, Leonard Cohen, Marc Almond and Rod McKuen.