Francis Cabrel (born 23 November 1953 in Agen, France) is a French singer-songwriter and guitarist. Inspired heavily by Bob Dylan, he has released a number of albums falling mostly within the realm of folk, with occasional forays into blues or country. Several of his songs, such as "L'encre de tes yeux" and "Petite Marie" have become enduring favourites in French music. Others, such as "C'était l'hiver", about the suicide of a young girl, have since been covered by other artists such as Canadian Isabelle Boulay.
Francis Cabrel singing in Spanish.
I heard Francis Cabrel on the radio by the song that leads the title of this album "La Quiero A Morir (Je L'Aime À Mourir)".
In my humble opinion this is the last and best Cabrel's album, three important songs appear in this: "Répondez-Moi" "Carte Postale" "Chandelle"
The melancholy title track that opens Carte Postale announces that Francis Cabrel will not be content to churn out bottomless clone albums.
Featuring: "Je L'Aime À Mourir", "Je rêve", "C'était l'hiver"
Francis Cabrel's second release is chock-full of well-written songs.
Cabrel was born into a modest family, his father was employed as a blue-collar worker and his mother was a cashier. He has a sister, Martine, and a brother, Philippe. His paternal grandfather, Prospero Cabrel, immigrated to Gascony from Friuli, Italy, in the 1920s with his wife and six children. Cabrel's mother, Denise Nin, was born in Gascony to an Italian family who had also immigrated from Friuli. The family's original surname, Cabrelli, was abandoned in the 18th century.
A shy teenager, Bob Dylan's "Like a Rolling Stone" inspired him to pick up a guitar and start writing his own songs. At 16, enthralled by music, he started to sing the songs of Neil Young, Leonard Cohen and Dylan. He also learned English by translating the lyrics. He would later say that his guitar enabled him to appear more interesting to others.