Frederik van Pallandt

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Nina and Frederik in Amsterdam, making a TV show (13 April 1967)

Frederik Jan Gustav Floris, Baron van Pallandt (4 May 1934 – 15 May 1994) was a Danish-Dutch singer best known as the male, guitar-playing half of the singing duo Nina & Frederik, which was together from the late 1950s to the late 1960s.

Van Pallandt was born in Copenhagen, the son of a former Ambassador for the Netherlands to Denmark[1] and Dane Else Dagmar Hanina Blücher, Countess of Altona.[2][3][4] He and his first wife, Nina van Pallandt, created a sensation first in Denmark and then throughout Europe with music rooted in folk, ethnic, and calypso styles and, at first, their plain stage attire. Their recordings were released in the United States on the Atlantic Records subsidiary Atco, but did not enjoy the same success as they had enjoyed in Europe; they may have been ahead of the music curve which saw folk music enjoy a revival in the US in the early 1960s.

The couple had three children: Floris Nicolas Ali, Baron van Pallandt (10 June 1961 – 13 October 2006), Kirsa Eleonore Clara, Baroness van Pallandt (born 9 August 1963), and Ana Maria Else, Baroness van Pallandt (born 30 October 1965)[5] and continued their musical careers until they parted in 1969, eventually divorcing in 1975.[citation needed] The following year, on 10 May, van Pallandt married María Jesus de Los Rios y Coello de Portugal. Together, they had one child – Daniel Tilopa, Baron van Pallandt, who was born 12 May 1977.[5] In 1979, van Pallandt bought Burke's Peerage from The Holdway Group.

According to his first wife's memoir, van Pallandt was an avid sailor, and settled in the Philippines in the 1990s. He became involved with an Australian syndicate involved in the trafficking of cannabis, using his yacht the Tiaping to transport the shipments.[6][7][8] On May 15, 1994, both he and his Filipina girlfriend Susannah were shot dead in a hut at Puerto Galera in the Philippines. The murderer is believed to have been another member of the syndicate.[9] He was buried near his parents' grave in IJhorst in the Netherlands.


  1. ^ Karl Dallas, Obituary: Frederik van Pallandt, The Independent, 23 May 1994
  2. ^ Else Dagmar Hanina Blücher-Altona b. 3 Feb 1907 København / Copenhagen Denmark d. 20 Jun 1972 Meppel in Holland: Skeel and Kannegaard Genealogy. Retrieved on 2010-12-31.
  3. ^ I42780: Else Dagmar Hanina BLÜCHER. (2000-01-18). Retrieved on 2010-12-31.
  4. ^ Dagmar Carla Berling b. 18 May 1862 København / Copenhagen Denmark d. : Skeel and Kannegaard Genealogy. Retrieved on 2010-12-31.
  5. ^ a b Descendants of Baron Jacob Adolph van Pallandt (1840–1899) Archived August 20, 2008, at
  6. ^ "Sangfuglen med det spektakulære liv fylder rundt". Retrieved 2015-07-19. 
  7. ^ "and inspired a TV series The Rat who got away - Books - Entertainment". Retrieved 2015-07-19. 
  8. ^ Small, Clive (1992). Smack Express: How Organised Crime Got Hooked on Drugs. Sydney: Allen & Unwin. p. 184. ISBN 1742372082. 
  9. ^ "Drug tsar uses silence in fight to keep villa". Sydney Morning Herald. December 16, 2007. Retrieved 2008-12-08. 

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