Corry Brokken

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Corry Brokken
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Corry Brokken in 1964
Cornelia Maria Brokken

(1932-12-03)3 December 1932
Breda, Netherlands
Died31 May 2016(2016-05-31) (aged 83)
Laren, Netherlands
Known forSinger
AwardsWinner of the Eurovision Song Contest 1957

Cornelia Maria "Corry" Brokken (3 December 1932 – 31 May 2016)[1][2] was a Dutch singer. In 1957, she was the first Dutch winner of the Eurovision Song Contest, one of the high points in a long career as a singer and entertainer in the 1950s and 1960s, during which she scored a number of hits and sang in the popular Sleeswijk Revue with Snip en Snap, and had her own television show. She ended her career in 1976 to study law, and became an attorney and then a judge. Brokken wrote an autobiography, and in the 1990s returned to the public eye, writing a weekly column and again performing and recording.


Brokken was the first Dutch winner of the Eurovision Song Contest, winning the event in 1957 with the song "Net als toen" ("Like it used to be"). The melody was composed by Guus Jansen and the lyrics were written by Willy van Hemert.

She participated in the 1956 contest (performing eighth out of field of fourteen) singing "Voorgoed voorbij" ("Over for good"), with music and lyrics by Jelle de Vries, and in the 1958 contest (where she tied for last place) singing "Heel de wereld" ("The Whole World"), with music and lyrics by Benny Vreden. John Kennedy O'Connor's book, The Eurovision Song Contest - The Official History, notes that Corry is the only singer ever to have finished both first and last in the contest.[3]

Brokken was one of the most popular female singers of the 1950s and 1960s, performing in the Sleeswijk Revue alongside Snip en Snap and scoring hits, some of which with translated chansons by Charles Aznavour. In 1973, however, she happened upon a book discussing Roman law, and began to get interested in the legal profession.[4]

In 1976, Brokken served as the presenter of the contest, and in 1997 she announced the results of the Dutch vote for that year's contest. By that time she was no longer active as a singer: she ended her musical career in 1976 to study law; she became first an attorney and then a judge in Den Bosch. In the 1990s she returned to show business, performing on stage and recording an album; she also wrote a column for the women's weekly Margriet.[4]

She died on 30 May 2016 at the age of 83.[5][6]


  • Jenny (1958)
  • Redt een kind (1959)
  • Uit met Maurice Dean (1968)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Mr. Cornelia Maria Meijerink - Brokken (in Dutch)
  2. ^ Corry Brokken in besloten kring gecremeerd (in Dutch)
  3. ^ O'Connor, John Kennedy. The Eurovision Song Contest - The Official History (2007). UK:Carlton Books (ISBN 978-1-84442-994-3)
  4. ^ a b Bolte, Geerhard (2009). Wending (in Dutch). Lannoo Meulenhoff. pp. 78–80. ISBN 9789049104047. Retrieved 21 August 2013.
  5. ^ Corrie Brokken (83) overleden - AD (in Dutch)
  6. ^ "1957 Eurovision winner Corry Brokken dies - Eurovision Song Contest Lisbon 2018". Retrieved 27 August 2018.

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Awards and achievements
First Netherlands in the Eurovision Song Contest
1956, 1957, 1958
"Voorgoed voorbij"(1956)
and "Net als toen"(1957)
with "Heel de wereld"(1958)
Succeeded by
Teddy Scholten
with "Een beetje"
Preceded by
Switzerland Lys Assia
with "Refrain"
Winner of the Eurovision Song Contest
Succeeded by
France André Claveau
with "Dors, mon amour"
Preceded by
Sweden Karin Falck
Eurovision Song Contest presenter
Succeeded by
United Kingdom Angela Rippon