Lenny Kuhr

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Lenny Kuhr
Kuhr at Het Grote Songfestivalfeest in 2019
Background information
Birth nameHelena Hubertina Johanna Kuhr
Born (1950-02-22) 22 February 1950 (age 71)
Eindhoven, Netherlands
Occupation(s)Singer-songwriter

Helena Hubertina Johanna "Lenny" Kuhr (born 22 February 1950) is a Dutch singer-songwriter.

Career[edit]

Lenny Kuhr at the Nationaal Songfestival in 1969
Lenny Kuhr's 1969 Eurovision Song Contest dress

In 1967, she started a singing career in the Netherlands, performing songs in the French chanson tradition. In 1969, she represented the Netherlands in the Eurovision Song Contest with her composition "De troubadour" (lyrics by David Hartsema; orchestra conducted by Franz de Kok). She was one of the four winners that year.

In the early seventies, Kuhr was more successful in France than in her home country. She topped the French charts in 1972 with the song "Jesus Christo" and performed in the shows of Georges Brassens.

In 1980, she had her biggest hit in the Netherlands: "Visite", a song she performed together with the French group Les Poppys. She has been releasing records ever since, though without major chart success.

In 1982, Kuhr hosted the Nationaal Songfestival, the Dutch national selection for the Eurovision Song Contest.

Kuhr was one of the artists who recorded the song "Shalom from Holland" (written by Simon Hammelburg and Ron Klipstein) as a token of solidarity to the Israeli people, threatened by missiles from Iraq, during the Gulf War in 1991.

Personal life[edit]

Kuhr's first marriage was in 1974 with to an Israeli Doctor. Kuhr had been attacked in May of 1973 in Haarlem, which has caused damage to her nose. Her new husband repaired her nose. Kuhr converted to Judaism. She had two daughters during this marriage, one in 1975 and the second in 1980. For a while, she lived in Israel.[1][2] After he divorce, she was partners with Herman Pieter de Boer, a song writer, from 1981 to 1993. She was married for a second time in 2003.

Discography[edit]

  • 1969: De troubadour
  • 1971: De zomer achterna
  • 1972: Tout ce que j'aime / Les enfants
  • 1972: De wereld waar ik van droom
  • 1974: God laat ons vrij
  • 1976: 'n Dag als vandaag
  • 1980: Dromentrein
  • 1981: Avonturen
  • 1982: Oog in oog
  • 1983: De beste van Lenny Kuhr
  • 1986: Quo vadis
  • 1988: Lenny Kuhr
  • 1990: Het beste van Lenny Kuhr
  • 1990: De blauwe nacht
  • 1992: Heilig vuur
  • 1994: Altijd heimwee
  • 1997: Gebroken stenen
  • 1997: Stemmen in de nacht
  • 1999: Oeverloze liefde
  • 2000: Visite
  • 2001: Hollands glorie
  • 2001: Fadista
  • 2004: Op de grens van jou en mij
  • 2005: Panta Rhei
  • 2007: 40 Jaar verliefd
  • 2010: Hollands glorie
  • 2010: Mijn liedjes mijn leven
  • 2011: Liefdeslied
  • 2013: Wie ben je
  • 2017: Gekust door de eeuwigheid
  • 2019: Het lied gaat door

References[edit]

  1. ^ [1] Archived 10 February 2010 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ "Biografie". Lenny Kuhr. Retrieved 6 June 2014.

External links[edit]

Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Spain Massiel
with "La, la, la"
Winner of the Eurovision Song Contest
1969
(tied with United Kingdom Lulu, Spain Salomé & France Frida Boccara)
Succeeded by
Republic of Ireland Dana
with "All Kinds of Everything"
Preceded by
Ronnie Tober
with "Morgen"
Netherlands in the Eurovision Song Contest
1969
Succeeded by
Hearts of Soul
with "Waterman"