Zangeres Zonder Naam

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Zangeres Zonder Naam
Black and white photograph of Zangeres Zonder Naam
Zangeres Zonder Naam, 1987
Background information
Birth nameMarie Beij
Born(1919-08-05)August 5, 1919
Leiden, Netherlands
DiedOctober 23, 1998(1998-10-23) (aged 79)
Horn, Netherlands
Years active1957–1987
Presentation of the album Miami Nightmare. Left to right: Zangeres Zonder Naam, Sylvia de Leur [nl], Pia Beck [nl], Manfred Langer [nl], Henk Krol & Robert Long (1980)

Maria (Mary) Servaes-Beij (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈmeːri sɛrˈvaːs]; Leiden, 5 August 1919 – Horn, Netherlands, 23 October 1998) was a Dutch levenslied singer. She performed under the stage name Zangeres Zonder Naam (English: Singer without a name). She recorded almost 600 songs over the course of her career.[1][2]

Servaes-Beij cared about the poor and disadvantaged, and often performed in prisons and hospitals. She was regularly in direct contact with her public, and received many emotional letters.[1] The Zangeres Zonder Naam was one of the artists who performed at the Dutch Miami Nightmare concert (Amsterdam, 8 October 1977). This evening was directed against Anita Bryant and her anti-gay movement, and the Zangeres Zonder Naam performed her own song Luister Anita ("Anita, listen to me"), in which she compared Bryant with Hitler.[1]


  1. ^ a b c "Zangeres Zonder Naam overleden aan hartstilstand". De Volkskrant.
  2. ^ Gabriëls, A.J.C.M. "Beij, Maria (1919-1998)". Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences.

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