Boudewijn de Groot

Boudewijn de Groot was born on May 20th, 1944 in a Japanese concentration camp in Indonesia.  Shortly after the war, the de Groot family returned to Holland and settled in Heemstede.  Boudewijn was admitted into the Haarlem Coorbhert Lyceum.  It's there that he met Lennaert Nijgh.  Influenced by Jaques Brel, but even more by Jaap Fisher, they started composing songs together. After high school, Boudewijn enrolled in the Movie Academy in Amsterdam.  However, besides his academic studies, he continued making music together with Lennaert Nijgh.  In 1964, Boudewijn recorded a demo tape with songs which were inspired by popular news anchor Ed Lautenslager.  As a result, he got his first single released on the Phonogram record label.  In October 1965, he landed his first hit single, "Een meisje van zestien", a Lennaert Nijgh version of the Charlez Aznavour song "Un Enfant".  Boudewijn had left the Movie Academy one year prior to that and started working at 'Bijenkorf', a megastore in Amsterdam.  After the success of "Een meisje van zestien" he decided to turn professional.

This turned out to be a wise decision, as he soon became Holland's most popular singer/songwriter!  The Top 10 song "Welterusten Meneer de President" ("Sleep Well, Mr. President") also made him known as a protest singer/songwriter - a monicker, which he would carry on with for many years to come, something Boudewijn himself is not very happy about.

His breaktrough came in early 1967, with the No.1 hit, "Het land van Maas en Waal" ("The land of Maas and Waal" - two Dutch rivers).  In the meantime the "Apocalyps" (66) and "Voor de Overlevenden" (66) were released to much acclaim, the latter being the first real 'adult' product of the collaboration between Boudewijn and Lennaert Nijgh.  Influenced by the upcoming hippie movement, as well as his friends at the music magazine 'Hitweek', Boudewijn produced a 'flower-power' album in 1967, called "Picknick".  Later he confessed that this was his least 'personal' and album of all. On it, he was aided by Elly Nieman, which resulted in another Top 10 hit, "Prikkebeen".   This was followed up by the mystic and pretentious "Nacht en Ontij" LP (68), which distanced him from his followers.  At this point, he also parted company with Lennaert Nijgh.

In 1969 Boudewijn announced that he would no longer perform live.  After an unsuccesfull period involving English language repertoir, and a band of his own, called 'Tower', which produced singles, "In your life" and "Captain Decker", Boudewijn rejoined Phonogram, in 1970, this time in the capacity of a producer.  No new albums of his were released during this period, however, he stayed quite popular, still! "Boudewijn in concert", a double album containing old successful hit songs is a proof of that: over 50,000 copies sold.  After "Als de rook om je hoofd is verdwenen", ("It won't make it into the Top 20"), the "Hoe sterk is de eenzame fietser" album was released in 1973.  This album became a major commercial success, boasting the token single included therein, "Jimmy".  For the first time in many years, Boudewijn rejoined Lennaert Nijgh -  resulting in another successful collaboration.  In 1975, he celebrated his 10th anniversary in the business with the retrospective and autobiografic  LP, "Waar Ik Woon En Wie Ik Ben".  The record was produced with the help of the former Movie Academy mate Renee Daalder.   Around this time, Boudewijn stated in an interview that he does not have the right kind of relationship with Lennaert Nijgh in order to write the kind of deep, personal songs, which were included on that record.

In 1976, Boudewijn travelled to the Amercan West Coast (together with Renee Daalder), to try his luck.  This had long been a dream of his.   In the meantime, as a result of his pioneering work as the authentic Dutch 'chanson' writer, he got himself a nice niche in that market; the most important examples of famous other artists successfully using his work in the '70s are Robert Long and de Groot-produced Rob de Nijs.  After a year in America, De Groot returned to Holland and performed a series of concerts in Belgium, and in 1980 released his next album, "Van Een Afstand".  This album contains the title song from the movie, "Een tip van de sluier", written by his brother-in-law Frans Bromet.  Both the movie and the record, however, disappeared without a trace.

Although he continued to record with famous musicians, such as Hans Hollestelle, Jan Vermeulen, Peter Schon and Jan Rietman, commercially, his live album "Boudewijn in concert" (82) was a disappointment. The next release, "Bo de Groot" (83) was a Greatest Hits compilation of German versions of his famous hits. After 1984, Boudewijn de Groot became active mostly as a producer of movie soundtracks, and also starred in two musicals.  He has also translated many Stephen King novels into Dutch.  Both "Maalstroom" (84)  and "Een Nieuwe Herfst" (96) were his attempts to make a comeback into the world of pop music.  The set list at his concert at the Paradiso in Amsterdam in 1996 included all of his greatest hits to date - an overview of his career through the years.  His sons Marcel and Jimmy are currently attempting to make their first imprints on the Dutch pop history.


One time session with Boudewijn de Groot and Rick van der Linden.

1971 Moonstruck/Ballad of a minstrel Decca 6100023


In England, a single by Boudewijn de Groot was released under the name Baldwin.

1967	End at rainbow's end/Beautiful butterfly [Engeland] Decca F 12624


1965 Strand/Refrein voor...					 Decca AT 10076
     Elegie prénatale/Seksuele voorlichting			 Decca AT 10077
     De morgen/Delirium						 Decca AT 10091
     EP met de zes bovengenoemde titels				 Decca BU 70003
1965 Noordzee/Apocalyps						 Decca AT 10151
     Een meisje van zestien/De eeuwige soldaat			 Decca AT 10176
1966 Welterusten mijnheer de president/Vrijgezel		 Decca AT 10198
     Ken je dat land/Vrienden van vroeger			 Decca AT 10219
     LP Apocalyps					       Decca EHY 349003
1967 Het Land van Maas en Waal/Testament			 Decca AT 10247
     Onder ons/Verdronken vlinder				 Decca AT 10267
     Een vreemde vogel/Mieke's thema				 Decca AT 10279
     Picknick/Ballade van de vriendinnen voor één nacht		 Decca AT 10282
     EP Het Land van Maas en Waal/Vrijgezel/
	/Lied voor een kind dat bang is in het donker/Testament	 Decca BU 70023
     LP Voor de overlevenden					Decca NU 370014
1968 Prikkebeen/Eva [met Elly Nieman]				 Decca AT 10315
     Waterdrager/Als de rook om je hoofd is verdwenen		 Decca AT 10338
     EP Prikkebeen/Eva/Tuin der lusten/Megaton			Decca LU 270028
     LP Picknick						Decca NU 370016
1969 Aeneas nu/Wie kan me nog vertellen				 Decca AT 10366
     Verdronken vlinder/Beneden alle peil			  Decca 6100004
     LP Bij nacht en ontij (Heksensabbath)			Decca NU 370021
1970 De nachtwacht/Aan het einde				  Decca 6100008
1971 2LP Vijf jaar hits					       Deram DXU 300500
     [idem]							  Decca 6645100
     [idem]						       Decca 6835903/04
1972 Als de rook om je hoofd is verdwenen/Wie kan me nog vertellen
								  Decca 6100080
1973 Jimmy/Onderweg						  Decca 6100103
     LP Hoe sterk is de eenzame fietser				  Decca 6376005
     2LP Dubbel twee						  Decca 6677200
     LP Voor de overlevenden [re]				  Decca 6440600
1974 Tante Julia/Ik druk m'n snor [met Nico Haak]		Fontana 6013048
     Ik ben ik/Buiten						  Decca 6100113
     LP Grootste hits vol.1					  Decca 6835201
1975 Of niet soms/Wegen						  Decca 6100120
     LP Grootste hits vol.2					  Decca 6412109
     LP Waar ik woon en wie ik ben				  Decca 6419020
1976 Travestie/De verbouwing					  Decca 6100121
1977 Kinderballade/De dominee van Amersfoort			  Decca 6100127
     LP Het beste						  Decca 6641605
1978 LP Apocalyps [re]						  Decca 6640998
1979 LP Grootste hits [re]					  Decca 6410145
     LP Picknick [re]						  Decca 3343283
     LP Voor de overlevenden [re]				  Decca 6640806
     2LP Vijf jaar hits						  Decca 6677053
     2LP Dubbel twee						  Decca 6677054
1980 Een tip van de sluier/De zwemmer				Philips 6017065
     LP Van een afstand						Philips 6423301
     LP Waar ik woon en wie ik ben [re]				Philips 6423104
1981 2LP 5 jaar hits						Philips 6601029
1982 2LP Concert						Philips 6624058

Dutch charts:
    30-10-65    SINGLE  23  13  EEN MEISJE VAN 16
    14-1-67     SINGLE  1   18  LAND VAN MAAS EN WAAL
    15-4-67     SINGLE  11  10  ONDER ONS
    23-9-67     SINGLE  25  4   PICKNICK
    24-8-68     SINGLE  36  2   WATERDRAGER
    19-9-70     SINGLE  tip     VERDRONKEN VLINDER
    16-1-71     SINGLE  tip     DE NACHTWACHT
    3-6-72      ALBUM   13  17  VIJF JAAR HITS
    23-6-73     ALBUM   7   18  DUBBEL, TWEE  [Album v/d week op 16-6-73]
    29-9-73     ALBUM   1   20  HOE STERK IS DE EENZAME FIETSER  [Album v/d week op 15-9-73]
    20-10-73    SINGLE  6   11  JIMMY  [Alarmschijf op 13-10-73]
    26-10-74    SINGLE  21  4   IK BEN IK
    13-9-75     ALBUM   16  8   WAAR IK WOON EN WIE IK BEN
    23-4-77     ALBUM   8   20  HET BESTE VAN BOUDEWIJN DE GROOT
    30-4-77     SINGLE  tip     KINDERBALLADE
    19-4-80     ALBUM   7   16  VAN EEN AFSTAND  [Album v/d week op 12-4-80]
    13-2-82     ALBUM   20  12  IN CONCERT
    28-4-84     ALBUM   22  8   MAALSTROOM
    12-9-87     ALBUM   52  5   VOOR VRIENDEN VAN VROEGER
    29-9-90     ALBUM   28  24  HET BESTE VAN ...
    8-6-96      ALBUM   17  5   EEN NIEUWE HERFST
    2-2-74      SINGLE  tip     TANTE JULIA
    9-3-68      SINGLE  9   10  MEESTER PRIKKEBEEN

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