23 March 1946
Bolnes, Ridderkerk, Netherlands
|Other names||The Voice Of Rotterdam|
|Parent(s)||Father (born in 1888)|
Lee Towers (also known as "The Man with the Golden Mic", "The Pin" or "The Glasses" 'Mr Ahoy' the 'God Father of Dutch Popular Music') (born Leen Huijzer, 23 March 1946) is a Dutch crooner/singer. He was discovered in 1975 as "The Singing Crane Mechanic" and labelled 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.
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. 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. He was awarded the title "Ambassador of Rotterdam Port" as well as becoming "Ambassador for Feyenoord Football Club 2005.". He has received many other awards for his charity work and music achievements.
On November, 1st 2011 Lee was back in 'Ahoy' for 'One Night Only', a special concert for 35 years in the business, also his 51st Vegas Style concert in the venue, in front of 12000 fans.
For a comprehensive list of all his hits, visit:
- Gelder, Arno, 10 January 2007, De crooner komt er aan!, AD.
- Lee Towers
- 18 December 2006, Maasland en Towers onderscheiden, AD.
- 5 August 2005, Lee Towers ziet niets in reallifesoap, De Telegraaf.
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