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Boudewijn de Groot

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Boudewijn de Groot, Boudewijn de Groot, Boudewijn de Groot, Groot, de, Boudewijn

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Folk music

Boudewijn de Groot (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈbʌu̯dəˌʋɛi̯n də ˈɣroʊt], born 20 May 1944) is a famous Dutch singer/songwriter. He is known for the songs "Welterusten Meneer de President" (1966), "Land van Maas en Waal" (1967), "Jimmy" (1973) and "Avond" (1996) among others. On 19 January 2007 he issued his latest album Lage Landen (Low Countries).
Boudewijn de Groot was born in Indonesia in 1944 in a Japanese concentration camp close to Batavia (today known as Jakarta) where his mother died in June 1945. In 1946, he and his family returned to the Netherlands. De Groot's father, however, was obliged to return to Indonesia, so De Groot went to stay with his aunt in Haarlem. In 1951, his father came back and in 1952, the family moved, with his new stepmother, to Heemstede. De Groot lived in Heemstede in the same street as his future lyricist, Lennaert Nijgh, who was a friend of De Groot's stepbrother.
In 1960, De Groot met Nijgh at the Coornhertlyceum in Haarlem. At that time, De Groot was already singing in the style of Jaap Fischer and Jacques Brel. Lenneart Nijgh wrote his lyrics. After their high school-period they both decided to go to a film academy. In their last year, Nijgh made

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