发表于 2004-11-26 20:12
1977 - the final farewell at the Bobino|
Brassens recorded his last album in 1976. On March 20 1977 the singer gave a final performance at the Bobino (the last in a series of 'farewell' concerts which had been attended by thousands of fans).
In 1979 Brassens's old musician friend Moustache persuaded him to return to the studio, to take part in recording an album of jazz versions of his most famous songs. Brassens, who had been a great jazz fan since his youth, readily accepted and joined a host of famous American jazz musicians in the studio as they recorded "Chanson pour l'auvergnat", "le Pornographe", "la Chasse aux papillons" and "Elégie pour un rat de cave" (the only non-instrumental track on the album). Later that year Brassens would also sing on Philippe Châtel’s album "Emilie Jolie", performing "La Chanson du hérisson" as a duet with Henri Salvador.
At the end of the year Jacques Chirac, mayor of Paris at the time, presented Brassens with the coveted "Grand Prix du Disque" for his outstanding contribution to French music. In 1980, the singer, already very sick, made a final trip to the studio to record a series of old French chanson classics (Charles Trenet, Jean Boyer, Paul Misraki and his own works) to raise money for the "Perce Neige" charity for handicapped children set up by his old friend Lino Ventura.
In November Brassens, diagnosed as suffering from cancer, underwent a third kidney operation. The following year death, which he had so often depicted in his poetry and his songs, finally caught up with him on October 29 1981. Brassens died in the tiny village of Saint-Gely-du-Fesc, near his hometown Sète, at the house of his doctor and lifelong friend Maurice Bousquet. The singer was buried in Sète in the Cimetière du Py, known locally as the "Cemetery of the Poor".
Georges Brassens's modest simplicity made him one of the best-loved figures on the French music scene. His repertoire of classic songs, often controversial but never gratuitously provocative, painted a telling portrait of the society he lived in. Brassens poetry and songs live on today, studied by millions of French school children as part of the national curriculum and covered by singers and musicians the world over. Graeme Allwright has recorded Brassens’s songs in English, while Sam Alpha has sung them in Creole and Paco Ibanez in Spanish. A host of famous French stars have, of course, covered the most famous Brassens classics (Maxime Le Forestier, Renaud, Barbara and the Frères Jacques have all devoted an entire album to Brassens songs). A special tribute album, "Chantons Brassens", the brainchild of Joël Favreau, also included contributions from actors and singers such as Michel Fugain, Manu Dibango, Philippe Léotard and Françoise Hardy.
Remembered as the 'famous singer with the moustache', as well as a compassionate humanist concerned for his fellow men, Brassens has become a legendary part of French musical heritage.