Manke Nelis

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Manke Nelis
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Manke Nelis in 1987
Background information
Birth name Cornelis Pieters
Also known as Carlo Pietro
Born (1919-02-16)February 16, 1919
Amsterdam, Netherlands
Died October 8, 1993(1993-10-08) (aged 74)
Genres Levenslied
Occupation(s) Bass player, singer
Instruments Double bass
Associated acts Johnny Meijer

Manke Nelis, born Cornelis Pieters, was a Dutch singer in the levenslied genre.

Career[edit]

Manke Nelis was born in Amsterdam on 16 December 1919 and began his musical career as a bass player, often accompanying his brother-in-law, accordionist Johnny Meijer. In the 1950s he performed under the stage name Carlo Pietro and started singing the Amsterdam levenslied. A motorcycle accident in France and a subsequent medical error cost him a leg; he reportedly spent the more than 100,000 guilders he received as compensation within a year. His biggest hit was "Kleine Jodeljongen" in 1987.

In 1987 he narrowly survived a bus crash on an American tour with Dutch artists, near San Diego. He died of cancer 8 October 1993, at age 73.[1]

Legacy[edit]

A statue of Manke Nelis was placed on the Johnny Jordaan Square off the Elandsgracht, in the company of statues for Johnny Jordaan, Tante Leen, and Johnny Meijer.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Standbeeld Manke Nelis onthuld" (in Dutch). Nieuws.nl. 30 October 2005. Retrieved 8 May 2013.