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Francis Cabrel (born 23 November, 1953 in Agen, France) is a French singer-songwriter and guitarist. Inspired heavily by Bob Dylan, he produced a significant 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'Ã©tait l'hiver", about the suicide of a young girl, have since been covered by other artists such as Canadian Isabelle Boulay.
*Cabrel's paternal grandfather, Prospero Cabrel, immigrated to Gascogne from Italy in the 1920s with his wife and six children. *Cabrel's mother, Denise Nin, was born in Gascogne to an Italian family. Her family immigrated from Frioul, the same region of Italy, where Prospero had moved from. *The family original surname, Cabrelli, was abandoned in the 1700s.