Eddy Wally

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Eddy Wally
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Eddy Wally, "The Voice of Europe" (in concert)
Background information
Birth nameEduard Van De Walle
Also known asEddy Wally, "Wow!" Guy
Born(1932-07-12)12 July 1932
Ertvelde, East Flanders, Belgium
Died6 February 2016(2016-02-06) (aged 83)
GenresPop, Schlager
Occupation(s)Musician, singer-songwriter, producer, actor
InstrumentsVocals
Years active1959–2012
Websitehttp://www.eddywally.be/nl/

Eduard Van De Walle (12 July 1932 – 6 February 2016), known by his stage name Eddy Wally, was a Belgian schlager singer from Zelzate, East Flanders, and the once self-proclaimed "Voice of Europe".[1]

General information[edit]

As a crooner and showman, Eddy Wally toured worldwide, from China, to Australia, all of Europe and the United States, and even 24 tour dates in 1979 within the USSR.[2] As Eddy Wally was short, he tended to use outside chairs in his act.

Eddy Wally was best known for his song "Chérie"[3] which became a double-platinum hit.[4] Wally was also known for "Ik spring uit een vliegmachien" ("I'll jump out of an aeroplane"), and "Dans Mi Amor".

Attire and cultural iconography[edit]

On and off stage, Wally usually wore flashy, shiny, expensive outfits, characterized by a camp and kitsch style reminiscent of Liberace. In 2004, Eddy Wally's wardrobe was acquired by the Stedelijk Modemuseum van Hasselt, and was displayed under the title "Eddy Wally's Geweldige Garderobe". The exhibition comprised 115 custom made outfits, valued at up to $5,300 apiece.[5]

In October 2009, famed Belgian artist Kamagurka proclaimed:

It's still discussed whether or not Eddy Wally was a stereotype. Jan Van Rompaey, a former host of many human interest programs and talkshows on Belgian television, interviewed Wally many times. According to him, Wally had a limited vocabulary and was not a stereotype, although he exaggerated. Kamagurka has a similar conclusion and insinuated Wally that acted strange "because that's what people expects from a famous person". Convinced that statement is true, Wally just changed his way of life. Kamagurka also revealed Wally had some kind of dyslexia and wrote all of his lyrics in his own phonetic transcription language. Wally also had trouble learning scripts, even the most simple ones.[7]

Wally was also known for a video posted on YouTube in 2007 by a person from the community of him exclaiming "Wow" and winking. This had gained worldwide recognition and had become a meme, which many other YouTube users began to use in their videos for comedy.[8]

The novelist Deborah Bishop is currently writing Wally’s biography ‘Wow!’.

Background[edit]

Eddy Wally’s first job was a market trader selling handbags. In the 1960s, he became popular after his association with Dutch producer Johnny Hoes. He even had his own disco "Chérie-Paris Las Vegas", first known as "Eddy Wally's Texas Bar".

Eddy Wally used to be a regular feature on the UK television programme Eurotrash, where he was renowned his name and obscure dress sense.

Honours[edit]

Death[edit]

He died on 6 February 2016, aged 83, after suffering a stroke.[11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "All it takes in the eurovision song contest". 3minutes.me. Retrieved 25 February 2010.[dead link]
  2. ^ "L'Echo: Eddy Wally, l'icône de la chanson flamande" (in French). Lecho.be. 21 July 2008. Archived from the original on 3 December 2013. Retrieved 25 February 2010.
  3. ^ "Cherie" (in French). Muziekarchief.be. Retrieved 25 February 2010.
  4. ^ "E.Wally Discography at Discogs". Discogs.com. Retrieved 25 February 2010.
  5. ^ "Showkostuums van Eddy Wally tentoongesteld in Hasselt" (in Dutch). Hbvl.be. 10 September 1999. Retrieved 25 February 2010.
  6. ^ "Eddy Wally is popart". De Standaard (in Dutch). 31 October 2009. Retrieved 25 February 2010.
  7. ^ Van Gils & gasten - episode aired on Monday 8th of February 2016 on Eén
  8. ^ "Eddy Wally scoort ook internationaal, met internetmeme". deredactie.be (in Dutch). 7 February 2016. Retrieved 21 June 2017.
  9. ^ "Minor Planet Names: Alphabetical List". Cfa.harvard.edu. Retrieved 25 February 2010.
  10. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 6 March 2016. Retrieved 8 February 2016.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  11. ^ "Eddy Wally (84) is overleden". HLN.be. 5 January 2016. Retrieved 7 February 2016.

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