In The Port of Amsterdam

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Jacques Brel works himself up into a lather singing about the Port of  Amsterdam.

Sometime in the late 1960s, Mort Shuman and Elly Stone got together a quartet of performers and created a show comprised completely of Brel’s songs, translated into English by Shuman and Eric Blau. Titled Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris, it played at a little cabaret in Greenwich Village and became an unlikely hit, winning awards and playing for four years and thousands of performances in revivals.

Shuman sang this song in the original show, and was very impressive, but it was nice to run across this video of Brel himself singing it. As I remember it, the show had a cast album consisting of two LPs, which as far as I know was a first for the time.

2 thoughts on “In The Port of Amsterdam

  1. I like the way Brel does his own songs, but also the way some others interpret them. Somewhere on this blog is a video of Nina Simone doing Ne Me Quitte Pas that is really stunning.

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