Ronnie Tober

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Ronald Edwin (Ronnie) Tober (b 21 April 1945 in Bussum) is a Dutch born singer.

Early life in America[edit]

Tober was born in Bussum, Netherlands and at the age of three moved to the United States with his family, where they lived in Albany, the capital of the State of New York. Attending St. Peter's Episcopal Church was a soprano soloist.

Invited to appear on "The Teen Age Barn", a television show on the CBS affiliate WRGB, he performed every week for several years. During this time he appeared as a guest of singer Perry Como on television where they performed O Holy Night. He was also to guest star on the CBS series Route 66 with George Maharis and Martin Milner and appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show.

Tober went on to perform for several notable people including the then Senator John F. Kennedy, Vice-President Richard Nixon along with W. Averell Harriman and Nelson Rockefeller, both Governors of New York.

Tober played the role of Tony in the musical The Boy Friend and Billy Jester in Little Mary Sunshine. Introduced to songwriter/record producer Bob Crewe, Tober recorded his first record in 1959 entitled Who Taught You How To Love.

Return to the Netherlands[edit]

Ronnie Tober in 1968

In 1963 while in the Netherlands to visit his grandmother he appeared on the "Off The Cuff" a television show hosted by Willem Duys. Based on the reaction to his performance he decided to return and live in the Netherlands. He signed with Phonogram/Philips and produced his first Dutch record Iedere Avond (Every Night) in 1964.

In 1966 he was a winner at the Sopot International Song Festival in Sopot, Poland for his medley, Showtime on Broadway. Tober performed at the Royal Albert Hall in London as the Netherlands representative in the Eurovision Song Contest 1968 and finished 16th with the song Morgen.

Tober has had TV shows on both AVRO and KRO and his guests have included Vikki Carr, Roger Whittaker and Nancy Wilson.

Personal life[edit]

Jan Jochems, who Tober has been with since 1968, and Tober were married on 24 February 1998. In 1999 Tober was diagnosed with bladder cancer and underwent chemotherapy.

On 27 December 2003, during his 40th year in show business, Tober was made a Knight in the Order of Orange-Nassau by H.M.Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands. Tober's name is also inscribed on the Wall of Fame at the Zuiderkerk ("southern church") in Amsterdam.

Philanthropic work[edit]

In 2002 he started the "Ronnie Tober Foundation" to help assist people who have a developmental disability through cultural and musical works. He has also participated in the 2006 International Four Days Marches Nijmegen in Nijmegen, the march was cancelled after the first day due to the 2006 European heat wave. In 2007 Tober, Jochems and friends completed the 160 km march and were able to raise 10,000 for his foundation. The money will be used to take 50 children to Euro Disney.

Discography[edit]

  • Who Taught You How To Love-1959 Guy Records USA
  • Iedere Avond - 1964
  • Al Jolson Hits -1965
  • Geweldig -1965
  • Geweldig/Iedere Avond -1965
  • Marijke Uit Krabbendijke - 1965
  • Verboden Vruchten - 1965
  • Verboden Vruchten - 1965 (Ronnie's tweede EP....)
  • Wat Was Jouw Bedoeling - 1965
  • The Ronnie Tober Show - 1965
  • Tunes van Toen - 1965
  • Merci Cherie - 1966
  • More Than Love - 1966
  • Niets Dan Zorgen Geeft Zij Mij - 1966
  • Zij Draagt Mijn Naam - 1966
  • De Beste van Ronnie Tober - 1966
  • Sopot 1966 - 1966
  • Onbereikbaar Ver - 1967
  • Put Your Head On My Shoulder - 1967
  • Alleluja No. 1 - 1968
  • Mexico - 1968
  • Morgen - 1968
  • Someday - 1968 (De Engelse versie uitgebracht op Decca en opgenomen in de Londense studio.)
  • Ronnie's Songparade - 1968
  • Ronnie's Songparade 2 - 1968
  • Arrivederci Ans - 1969
  • M'n Papegaai - 1969
  • Wiederseh'n - 1969
  • Waar Zijn De Dagen - 1969
  • Ronnie Tober Successen - 1969
  • Christina - 1970
  • Carmen - 1971
  • Laat Me Niet Alleen - 1971
  • Voor Sandra - 1971
  • Kerstfeest Met Ronnie Tober - 1971
  • Een Vuist Vol Hollandse Hits! - 1971
  • Alle 13 Goed deel 1 - 1971
  • Met Een Roos In Je Blonde Haren - 1972
  • Joseph, Joseph - 1972
  • Petite Mademoiselle - 1972
  • Ronnie & Gonnie "Met liedjes het land in" - 1972
  • Alweer Alle 13 Goed - 1972
  • Het Beste Uit...Muziek in uw Straatje - 1972
  • Gitte, Bitte - 1973
  • Petites Mesdemoiselles - 1973
  • Yesterdays Dreams - 1973
  • Hollands Kwartet - 1973
  • Vol Met Super! deel 1 - 1973
  • Een Witte Eend - 1974
  • Mama Weet Wat Goed Is - 1974
  • Koelewijk Behoeft Geen Frans - 1974
  • Met Vlag en Wimpel! - 1974
  • Prima! Prima! (The hot hits of today) - 1974
  • Alleen - 1975
  • Een Heel Gelukkig Kerstfeest - 1975
  • Een Witte Eend (lenteversie) - 1975
  • Naar De Kermis - 1975
  • Petite Mademoiselle (Spanje) - 1975
  • Alle 13 Goed ! deel 8 - 1975
  • Liedjes van Johnny Holshuysen - 1975
  • Tanz Mit Mir Samba Margarita - 1976
  • Pootje Baaien - 1977
  • Rosemarie - 1977
  • Speel Nog Een Liedje Orgelman - 1977
  • Dat Was 'n Kus - 1978
  • 15 Jaar Ronnie Tober - 1978
  • De Zon In M'n Hart - 1979
  • Glory Glory Halleluja - 1979
  • You Are My Sunshine - 1979
  • Love me with all of your heart - 1980
  • De Zon In M'n Hart - 1980
  • Ik Ben Zo Eenzaam Zonder Jou - 1981
  • Dubbel Goud - 1981
  • Christmas Around The World - 1981
  • Olé Espana - 1982
  • Zomer, Zon En Witte Stranden - 1983
  • Leven Met Jou - 1986
  • Afscheid Nemen Doet Pijn - 1987
  • Lolita - 1987
  • De Nacht Van M'n Dromen - 1988
  • Holland Amerika Story - 1988
  • Voor Altijd En Eeuwig - 1988
  • 25 Jaar Ronnie Tober - 1988
  • Zilver - 1988
  • 4 Gouden Hits - 1989
  • Morgen Schijnt De Zon Voor Jou - 1989
  • Jij Bent 't Helemaal - 1990
  • Zoals ik ben - 1990
  • 'n Lange Hete Zomer - 1991
  • Ronnie Tober en Gonnie Baars 28 Populaire Liedjes - 1991
  • Ronnie Tober Nu - 2008
  • Ronnie Tober en Willeke D'estell Kom in m'n armen - 2010
  • Ronnie Tober en Willeke D'estell De Zomer komt weer gauw - 2011
  • De Mooiste duetten aller tijden - 2011
  • Terug in de Tijd - 2011
  • Er is niemand zoals jij - 2012
  • Ronnie Tober, duet with Belinda Kinnaer - Het zijn van die kleine dingen - 2012
  • Marco de Hollander en Ronnie Tober - Twee artiesten, hand in hand - 2012
  • Kom in mijn armen vannacht - 2012
  • Altijd - 2012
  • Dank U Majesteit - 2013
  • Duet with René Riva
  • Majesteit, ik vind u geweldig - 2013
  • Van Toen naar het Heden - 2013
  • Duet with Edwin van Hoevelaak
  • Ronnie Tober & Friends -2013
  • Album with duets
  • Ronnie Tober & Belinda Kinnaer - Geluk -2014[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Tober, Ronnie. "Owner". Ronnie Tober official website. Patrick van Bree. Retrieved 17 May 2014. 

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Thérèse Steinmetz
with "Ring-dinge-ding"
Netherlands in the Eurovision Song Contest
1968
Succeeded by
Lenny Kuhr
with "De troubadour"