BOUDEWIJN DE GROOT

Boudewijn de Groot is a Dutch singer/songwriter, known for the songs "Welterusten Meneer de President" (1966), "Het Land van Maas en Waal" (1967), "Jimmy" (1973) and "Avond" (1996) among others. In 2007 he released his latest album "Lage Landen".

Boudewijn de Groot was born in Indonesia (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 their new stepmother to Heemstede. De Groot lived in Heemstede in the same street as his future lyricist, Lennaert Nijgh, who was a friend of De Groot's stepbrother.

In 1960, De Groot met Nijgh at the Coornhertlyceum in Haarlem. At that time, De Groot was already singing in the style of Jaap Fischer and Jacques Brel. Lenneart Nijgh wrote most of 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", was released in 1964 and received some media attention. Followed by "Elegie Prenatale" and "De Morgen". The single "Noordzee" (Feb ’64) was a much bigger hit, but the big breakthrough came in 1966 with Lenneart 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 that made it into the charts. He soon quit his job to become a full-time singer. In 1966 his first album "Boudewijn de Groot", recorded with the Frans de Kok orchestra, was released by record label Decca.

In 1971, his record label released a compilation album called "Vijf Jaar Hits". It sold over 100,000 copies and, subsequently, De Groot frequently appeared on the radio. Much of his old work was re-appreciated and "Als De Rook Om Je Hoofd Is Verdwenen" became a hit again. Another compilation album called "Dubbel Twee" was also released. De Groot began working with Nijgh again, and they released the album "Hoe Sterk Is De Eenzame Fietser In 1973". The song "Jimmy" became his greatest hit in 5 years, constituting a definite comeback. Boudewijn received an Edison and a Gouden Harp (Dutch Music Award).

In 1996, Boudewijn de Groot released "Een Nieuwe Herfst". De Groot started going on tours again. He released "Het Eiland In De Verte" in 2003. Nijgh died in 2002. On January 19, 2007 Boudewijn released his new album "Lage Landen". The lyrics of several songs on this album are written by himself as well as by Lennaert Nijgh and Freek de Jonge. The album was mixed in Nashville. The album reached a No. 1 position in the charts within its first week.