“Seasons in the Sun” was originally a French-language song written by Jacques Brel titled “Le Moribond (Seasons in the Sun).” Brel’s version was recorded and released in 1961. The famous Terry Jacks version, recorded and in 1973, has English lyrics written by American singer-poet Rod McKuen, modified by Jacks.
The song was a huge international hit for Canadian singer Jacks in 1974. His version has sold over 10 million copies worldwide, a feat which less than thirty singles have ever reached.
Terry’s wife Susan Jacks contributed backing vocals on “Seasons In The Sun.” She left the marriage in 1973, the year the song was recorded, but before the single and album Seasons In The Sun were released.
The B-side of the “Seasons in the Sun” 45-single is a song titled “Put the Bone In.” Yikes!