David Alexandre Winter

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David Alexandre Winter
David Alexandre Winter (Luxemburg), Bestanddeelnr 923-3696.jpg
David Alexandre Winter at the Eurovision Song Contest 1970
Background information
Birth nameLion Kleerekoper
Also known asJohn Van Doren / Johnnie Van Doren
BornAmsterdam, Netherlands
OriginDutch and French singer of Jewish origin
GenresFrench Pop
Occupation(s)Singer, songwriter
Years active1966 – present
Associated actsDaddy's Act (1966-1968)

David Alexandre Winter (born Leon Kleerekoper) is a Dutch-born pop singer.

Winter was born in Amsterdam, He and his parent survived different German concentration camps, and were reunited in 1945 at the war's end in the Netherlands. From 1966 to 1968 he was the lead singer for The Hague-based band "Daddy's Act". He obtained his first number one record with the Lennon-McCartney hit "Eight Days A Week". Under the name Johnny Van-Dooren, he was a DJ at Radio 227, an English pirate radio station in the North Sea, then Radio Veronica, and recorded two singles for the Philips label.[1] In 1968 he left the Netherlands to go to Paris, and was discovered by Leo Missir from Riviera Records (an affiliate of the Barclay group).[2] In November 1968, his debut single, "Oh Lady Mary", was released; by April 1969 it had sold 750,000, and one million sales were achieved by August in France, where it was number one for 36 weeks and in the Top 10 for nine months.[2] It was also a hit in Italy (#4), Spain (#5), Germany (#2), Netherlands (# 1), Belgium (#1). In total it sold over 3.6. million copies throughout Europe. The song was written by Patricia Carli and Turkish composer Metin Bükey, and also became a hit in 1970 for Austria's Peter Alexander (number one for four weeks).[2] Winter went on to record 10 albums and 42 singles & E.P.'s, of which 4 titles became #1 hits in France, Belgium, Netherlands, Italy and Germany. They were "Vole S'Envole" (#1 1.250.000 sold )/"Je Suis Tombe du Ciel" (# 3. 850,000 sold, Eurovision Song Festival)/"Amsterdam" (# 1, in Netherlands, Belgium, France, 1,100.000 sold). He also recorded in all those languages, and scored two number 1 hits in Germany: "Schau Schau Hinter Den Dunen"

In 1980, Winter moved to the United States. He recorded an album with the Canadian independent company Isba Records and released a single entitled "L'Étoile du Berger". In 2010, Winter returned to the stage in France for a revival tour with "Age Tendre & Tetes de Bois", which tour played for 55 sold-out venues with over 550,000 people seeing him in concert.[citation needed] In 2014, Winter recorded a studio album Winter Country in Nashville, Tennessee.


  1. ^ Albums by David Alexandre Winter. Rate Your Music (2003-01-21). Retrieved on 2012-11-10.
  2. ^ a b c Murrells, Joseph (1978). The Book of Golden Discs (2nd ed.). London: Barrie and Jenkins Ltd. p. 270. ISBN 0-214-20512-6.

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Preceded by
Luxembourg in the Eurovision Song Contest
Succeeded by
Monique Melsen