Manke Nelis in 1987
|Birth name||Cornelis Pieters|
|Also known as||Carlo Pietro|
February 16, 1919|
|Died||October 8, 1993(aged 74)|
|Occupation(s)||Bass player, singer|
|Associated acts||Johnny Meijer|
Manke Nelis, born Cornelis Pieters, was a Dutch singer in the levenslied genre.
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.