Heddy Lester

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Heddy Lester
Heddy Lester.jpg
Heddy Lester in 2007
Background information
Birth nameHeddy Affolter
Born (1950-06-18) June 18, 1950 (age 69)
OriginAmsterdam, Netherlands
GenresPop, Musical theatre

Heddy Lester (born Heddy Affolter, 18 June 1950, Amsterdam) is a Dutch singer and actress, best known outside the Netherlands for her participation in the 1977 Eurovision Song Contest.

Early career[edit]

Lester's professional career started with Gert Balke as the duo April Shower, who had a minor hit with "Railroad Song" in 1971. Her father ran a restaurant in Amsterdam, where she met singer Ramses Shaffy, with whom she started touring. Lester launched her solo career in 1974.[1]

Eurovision Song Contest[edit]

In 1977, Lester's song "De mallemolen" ("The Merry-Go-Round"), with music written by her brother Frank, was chosen by a celebrity panel as the winner in the Dutch Eurovision selection.[2] Lester went forward to take part in the 22nd Eurovision Song Contest, held in London on 7 May. Although "De mallemolen" had been considered a strong contender prior to the contest, it could only manage a disappointing 12th-place finish of 18 entries.[3]

Later career[edit]

Since her Eurovision appearance, Lester has worked steadily in a variety of both musical and dramatic stage roles, including works by Lorca (Blood wedding), Euripides (The Trojan Women) and Joshua Sobol (Ghetto).[1]

In 2009, Lester, along with several other former Dutch Eurovision contestants, was a special guest on that year's Eurovision selection television programme.[4]


Heddy Lester in 1977


April Shower

  • 1971: "Mama Look Upon Me"
  • 1971: "Railroad Song" (#30)
  • 1972: "It's So Funny"
  • 1973: "Danny's Song"


  • 1974: "Friend of Mine"
  • 1977: "De mallemolen" (#28)
  • 1977: "Words Keep Turning"
  • 1978: "Samen"


  • 1977: Deel van m'n bestaan


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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Sandra Reemer
with "The Party's Over"
Netherlands in the Eurovision Song Contest
Succeeded by
with "'t Is OK"