Rob de Nijs

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Rob de Nijs
Rob de Nijs.jpg
Rob de Nijs in 2008
Born Robert de Nijs
(1942-12-26) December 26, 1942 (age 71)
Amsterdam, North Holland, Netherlands
Nationality Dutch

Rob de Nijs (born December 26, 1942, Amsterdam) is a Dutch singer and actor, active since the 1960s.

Biography[edit]

Rob de Nijs (1969)

1962-68[edit]

De Nijs, backed by The Lords, won a talent-contest in 1962 and released his first single in 1962, Ritme van de Regen. In 1965 De Nijs split from The Lords because they signed their own record-deal at another label; he embarked on a joint circus-tour with Johnny Lion.

By 1967, De Nijs was a free agent; he performed at small venues and worked as a bartender for a living. His attempts to keep up with the zeitgeist, including Bye Bye Mrs. Turple, failed; he only made the headlines by marrying his girlfriend Elly in 1968[1] and landing into hospital through a carcrash of his own fault.[citation needed]

1969-72[edit]

In 1969 De Nijs took part in the Dutch heat of the Eurovision Song Contest and through musicals like Sajjuns Fiksjen he landed himself a role in children's TV-series Oebele. This was followed in 1972 by Hamelen in which he played Bertram Bierenbroodspot.

1973-79[edit]

Singer Boudewijn de Groot and songwriter Lennaert Nijgh helped De Nijs relaunch his singing career; in 1973 he was back in the charts with Jan Klaassen de Trompetter.

The hits continued through 1975-1976, notably Malle Babbe and Zet een Kaars voor Je Raam (a Dutch translation by Lennaert Nijgh of David McWilliams's Can I Get There by Candlelight?). In 1977 De Nijs released Tussen Zomer en Winter, a concept-album chronicling the change from a hot summer's day to a cold winter's night and featuring translations of Lou Reed's Perfect Day and The Beach Boys' Disney Girls (1957).

1980s[edit]

In 1980 De Nijs released Met Je Ogen Dicht (Eyes Wide Shut) which included the top 10-hit Zondag and became the country's best-selling album of the year. He met Belinda Meuldijk who gave up her own singing-career (after releasing a one-off single in 1979) to become his chief-songwriter and his second wife (they married in 1984). The first efforts of their collaboration were collected in 1981 on the album De Regen Voorbij (Past The Rain; a reference to his artistic growth).

In 1985 De Nijs had a Christmas #2-hit with the peace-anthem Alles Wat Ademt; the English version, Let Love Be The Answer, would also be recorded by US-exile singer Joe Bourne for his Bourne in Holland-album of translated covers. In 1986 De Nijs saw a dream-wish come true by releasing an album of covers from the 1950s/1960s-era; it included his version of Living Doll shortly after the Comic Relief-remake topped the charts.

In 1987 he celebrated his silver jubilee; he re-recorded Ritme van de Regen for a Best Of-album and made a guest-appearance in television-series De Band as himself, suggesting an onstage-jam with his chosen support-act.

In 1989 De Nijs released De Reiziger (Travelling Man) featuring the bilingual duet Ik Hou Alleen Van Jou. At the end of the year he resurrected his Bertram Bierenbroodspot-outfit for a reunion with the leading-actors of Hamelen.

1990s[edit]

In 1990 Stranger In Your Land was released, his first album of English originals plus translations of Zonder Jou (On My Own; 1981), Bo (1983) and Toerist In Het Paradijs (1989) which became the title-track. The former ended up as the flipside of single Girls For Sale. In 1996 De Nijs scored his first #1-hit with a remix of Banger Hart.

2000-present[edit]

De Nijs entered the first decade of the 21st century with a knighthood and released albums with translations of meaningful Christmas-songs and French chansons (including This Melody for which Julien Clerc was flown in to sing the French parts). Meanwhile he separated from Meuldijk after twenty years; he is a married man again. In 2010 De Nijs released the back-to-basics-album Eindelijk Vrij (Free At Last)which he recorded in the States. In 2012 he embarked on his 50th anniversary tour.

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