Jacques Brel - Ne Me Quitte Pas (Club Domino)

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Jacques Brel - Ne me quitte pas - Club Domino • TopPop

Jacques Brel, Belgium's best known chansonnier, died on 9 October, 1978.

His song ‘Ne Me Quitte Pas’ is considered by some as "Brel's ultimate classic", it was written after Brel's mistress "Zizou" (Suzanne Gabriello) threw him out of her life.

'Ne Me Quitte Pas' has been recorded by many international artists over the years. A well-known adaptation, with English lyrics by Rod McKuen, is "If You Go Away".

Romain Georges Brel (8 April 1929 – 9 October 1978) was a Belgian singer, songwriter, poet, actor and film 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 is considered a master of the modern chanson. 

Although he recorded most of his songs in French and occasionally in Dutch, he became an influence on English-speaking songwriters and performers. English translations of his songs were recorded by many performers, including David Bowie, Scott Walker, Alex Harvey, Marc Almond, Rod McKuen, Ray Charles, Judy Collins, John Denver, the Kingston Trio, Nina Simone, Frank Sinatra, and Andy Williams.

This exclusive video clip is part of the stunning performance Jacques Brel did on the AVRO TV program 'Club Domino' in 1962.

This unforgettable song is no. 278 in the current Dutch Top 2000 of 2018, the list with best songs of all time, voted by the Dutch listeners of Radio 2 (over 2 million!) in the Netherlands.

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