Lee Towers

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Lee Towers
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Born Leendert Huijzer
(1946-03-23) 23 March 1946 (age 71)
Bolnes, Netherlands
Nationality Dutch
Other names The Voice Of Rotterdam
Occupation Singer
Spouse(s) Laura
Website www.leetowers.nl

Leendert "Leen" Huijzer (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈleːndərt leːn ˈɦœyzər]; born 23 March 1946), better known by his stage name Lee Towers, is a Dutch singer.[1]

He was discovered in 1975 as "The Singing Crane Mechanic", while laboring as a dockworker in Rotterdam. His music has charted in the Netherlands' music charts very successfully from the early 1970s up until the present day.[2]

He is well known in the Netherlands for bringing large theatrical performances to his fans in the style of Las Vegas shows. He holds a record in the Netherlands for performing the most concerts for a single artist at one single venue.[citation needed] Since the 1980s, Lee has held 50 gala performances at Ahoy Rotterdam, a multi-purpose arena, which now hosts a bronze bust of him at the entrance.

His best-known hits are "You'll Never Walk Alone" (which is also a favourite on the terraces of Feyenoord's De Kuip), Olympic Games (which he recorded for the "Let The Games Begin" LP which was to coincide with the 1992 Summer Olympics) and "I Can See Clearly Now".

In 2006, he was awarded a Society Award along with Bridget Maasland.[3] He was awarded the title "Ambassador of Rotterdam Port" as well as becoming "Ambassador for Feyenoord Football Club 2005.".[4] He has received many other awards for his charity work and music achievements.

On 1 November 2011 Towers returned to "Ahoy" for "One Night Only", a special concert commemorating his 35 years in the entertainment business, as well as his 51st Vegas-style concert in the venue, in front of 12,000 fans.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Gelder, Arno, 10 January 2007, De crooner komt er aan!, AD.
  2. ^ Lee Towers
  3. ^ 18 December 2006, Maasland en Towers onderscheiden, AD.
  4. ^ 5 August 2005, Lee Towers ziet niets in reallifesoap, De Telegraaf.

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