Boudewijn de Groot Biography
Boudewijn de Groot was born on May 20, 1944 in Batavia, Batavia, Dutch East Indies. He is an actor, known for Flikken (1999), How to Survive a Broken Heart (1991) and Moordspel (1987).
Boudewijn de Groot was born in wartime occupied Dutch East Indies (today known as the Republic of Indonesia) in 1944 in a Japanese concentration camp close to Batavia (today known as Jakarta) where his mother died in June 1945. In 1946, he and his family returned to the Netherlands.
De Groot’s father, however, was obliged to return to Indonesia, so De Groot went to stay with his aunt in Haarlem. In 1951, his father came back and in 1952, the family moved, with his new stepmother, to Heemstede. De Groot lived in Heemstede in the same street as one of his future lyricists, Lennaert Nijgh, who was a friend of De Groot’s stepbrother.
In 1960, De Groot met Nijgh at the Coornhert Lyceum (nl) in Haarlem. At that time, De Groot was already singing in the style of Jaap Fischer (nl) and Jacques Brel. Lennaert Nijgh wrote his lyrics. After their high school-period they both decided to go to a film academy. In their last year, Nijgh made the short movie “Feestje Bouwen”, for which De Groot wrote two songs.
During one of the presentations of the movie, television journalist Ed Lautenslager became impressed with De Groot’s talent, and subsequently helped him to get a contract with record label Philips. De Groot’s first single, “Strand”, appeared in 1964 and led to some media attention. He followed it up with “Elegie prenatale” and “De morgen”, and his recurring appearances in the television show “Kaberet Kroniek” made De Groot a minor national celebrity.
The single “Noordzee” in February 1964 was a much bigger hit, but the huge breakthrough came in 1966 with Lennaert Nijgh’s adaptation of a song from Charles Aznavour’s “Une enfant de seize ans”, retitled “Meisje van 16”. This was De Groot’s first song to appear in a music chart. He soon quit his job to become a full-time singer. After a while, his first album Boudewijn de Groot, recorded with the Frans de Kok orchestra, was released by record label Decca.
Boudewijn de Groot Avond
Evening is a song by Boudewijn de Groot from 1996. It was released on single in 1997 and 2005. With many people the song is known by the meaning I believe (in you and me) . Lennaert Nijgh wrote the song in 1973 for his then beloved Anja Bak, the current wife of Boudewijn de Groot.
Since the first edition in 1999, the song has always been in the annual Top 2000 of Radio 2 . Evening quickly rose in the list: 428 (1999), 121 (2000), 41 (2001), 25 (2002), 8 (2003), 5 (2004). In 2005, after a call from Radio 2 disk jockeys to vote for a song other than Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen , the song came out at number 1.
After this breakthrough, Evening was released on single again , and a maxisingle appeared under the name De Evenings , with five different versions of the song, including a version with Willeke Alberti . The single did not come in thehit lists rightly. In the following years the number remained high in the top 10 of the Top 2000. The song was until 2009, the year of the death of Ramses Shaffy , the only Dutch-language song that had been in the top 10 of that list.
Testament Boudewijn de Groot
Testament is a song by Boudewijn de Groot , from the album For the survivors . It is on the B-side of the single Het Land van Maas en Waal . Here he is accompanied by an orchestra conducted by Bert Paige .
In the song, Lennaert Nijgh , the writer of most of the text, looks back on his childhood years on the basis of a will . Family members (false witnesses), friends (swiping) and girlfriend (cheating) almost all get along in the form of an inheritance , but at the same time he writes that he himself also likes something, namely good memories. Lost ideals also play a role. De Groot thought that part of the text did not suit him and wrote the text of the verse starting with “For my parents the album with the pictures” is itself.
- In the Top 2000 of Radio 2 it is a recurring success number. Between 2002 and 2005 it was in the 31st position.
- Top 60 60s, also from Radio 2, has a top four of songs that have been changing since 2003, with this song being the fourth and in 2004 the second place.
Boudewijn de Groot Nummers
- Boudewijn de Groot (1966)
- Voor de overlevenden (1966)
- Picknick (1968)
- Nacht en ontij (1969)
- Apocalyps (1970)
- Hoe sterk is de eenzame fietser (1973)
- Waar ik woon en wie ik ben (1975)
- Van een afstand (1980)
- Maalstroom (1984)
- Een nieuwe herfst (1996)
- Een eiland in de verte (2003)
- Lage Landen (2007)
- Achter glas (2015)
- Concert (1980)
- Een hele tour (1997)
- Andere tour (2002)
- Een avond in Brussel (2005)
- Lage Landen tour 2007 (2007)
- Tour (2001)
- Eeuwige jeugd (2005)
- Een avond in Brussel (2005)
- Lage Landen tour 2007 (2007)
Boudewijn de Groot Verdronken Vlinder
It appeared in early 1967 as B-side of the single Onder ons , the successor of the big hit ” The Land of Maas and Waal “. That single reached the eleventh place in the Dutch Top 40 . Drowned butterfly appeared in 1970 also as A side of a single with B side below all level . This time the number remained in the tipparade . Both songs were written by Boudewijn de Groot and Lennaert Nijgh , in an arrangement by Bert Paige .
In Drowned butterfly the writer wants to live as free as a butterfly . Once aware of this, he also sees that the end of a butterfly is not that beautiful either; for example, die on a pool of water. Then just be human (“I do not have to be a butterfly anymore to live”). Below all level is a song about more or less unrequited love; he loves her, but she only thinks of herself: he finds it below all standards.
In 1993, the Flemish duo Erik Van Neygen & Sanne released it in Belgium . In 2001 Drowned butterfly appeared on the CD Féerie by Lavinia Meijer . She played the song on harp in an arrangement by Bob Zimmerman .
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Verdronken Vlinder Lyrics
Jimmy Boudewijn de Groot
The song is from the album How strong is the lonely cyclist . The album is named after the first line of this song. De Groot asked Lennaert Nijgh texts for the album to be recorded. At that time Ruud Engelander was added as a lyricist, but De Groot had some trouble with his lyrics. Engelander was freer in meter etc. than Nijgh.
De Groot was inspired for the music by Meet Mr. Callaghan by Eric Spear . For the bridge in the song, De Groot was inspired by Lou Reeds Walk on the Wild Side. The title of the song came later, when Boudewijn de Groot and his wife from that time realized that he was singing about father and son. Jimmy refers to son Jim de Groot .
In order to sing the “toe-in-do”, De Groot got a Surinamese ladies’ choir to the studio. However, he was not satisfied with the result and sang it himself again. Bert Paige wrote the arrangement and led the orchestra.
The song is best known for the phrase “But even that, then the sign for his head of the businessman, because it only makes it worse”, which repeated a number of times at the end of the song is becoming. In 1990 a promotional stamp with Jimmy was pressed with on the B-side When the smoke around your head has disappeared .
Boudewijn de Groot Naast Jou
Next to you is a single from Boudewijn de Groot . It comes from his live album A whole tour . On that album live performances by Boudewijn de Groot were accompanied by the Metropole Orchestra conducted by Dick Bakker , also arranger .
The original is from De Groots album For the survivors , an album from 1966. During the live performance Jan Rot sangalong with De Groot. The song is written by the combination Lennaert Nijgh (text) and De Groot (music).
The b-side of this cd-single was If the message is bad … from De Groot himself. Boudewijn de Groot did not get a hit with it.