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Jacques Brel’s co-composer has died

May 17, 2018 by norman lebrecht

3 comments.


Gérard Jouannest was Brel’s regular pianist.

He also got a composing co-credit for such immortal legends as this:

Gérard died yesterday, aged 85.


Comments (3)

  1. Robert Holmén says:

    Here’s a version not blocked in the US…

    https://youtu.be/uA0UJoNLMSo

  2. R. Brite says:

    This has always been one of my favourite Brel works. I knew a fair amount about Jouannest – he also worked with (and eventually married) Juliette Greco, who did a cover of this song – but not that he had been one of its writers. Thanks, Norman, for this little tribute.

    1. norman lebrecht says:

      I adore this song, played it at our 40th wedding anniversary.


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