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Willy van Hemert

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Willy van Hemert with daughter Ellen and son Ruud in 1960

Willy van Hemert (29 March 1912 – 26 June 1993) was a Dutch actor and theatre and television director, but is best known as a songwriter who penned two winning Dutch songs for the Eurovision Song Contest.

Biography

Van Hemert was born in Utrecht in 1912 as Willem Catharinus van Hemert. He attended the Bonifacius School in Utrecht. He studied drama and (briefly) law.

In 1955 Van Hemert adapted William Inge's play Come Back, Little Sheba for Dutch television. Two years later, in 1957, he wrote the lyrics for the winning song at the 1957 Eurovision Song Contest, "Net als toen", performed by Corry Brokken. Two years later Van Hemert won the Contest in Cannes, with the song "Een beetje", performed by Teddy Scholten. Van Hemert also wrote the lyrics for the Dutch entry the following year when the contest was staged in London (as The Netherlands had hosted the 1958 Edition). The song was called "Wat een geluk" and was performed by Rudi Carrell.[1][2] His most famous song, however, is probably "Zuiderzeeballade", or "Ballad of the Zuiderzee", a song from 1962 that ranked ninth in the top 100 of most popular Dutch songs from the twentieth century.[3]

Van Hemert was the father of four children by his first wife Miep Kronenburg: Hans van Hemert (who would later write various Dutch entries for the song contest), Ruud van Hemert, Ellen van Hemert and Eric van Hemert. The actor Coen Flink is his son-in-law.

Willy van Hemert died, aged 81, in Hechtel.

References

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  1. ^ Corry Brokken – Net Als Toen (The Netherlands 1957) | Participant Profile | Eurovision Song Contest – Copenhagen 2014. Eurovision.tv (3 March 1957). Retrieved on 30 October 2013.
  2. ^ Teddy Scholten – Een Beetje (The Netherlands 1959) | Participant Profile | Eurovision Song Contest – Copenhagen 2014. Eurovision.tv. Retrieved on 30 October 2013.
  3. ^ Hielkema, Haro (29 June 2006). "Zuiderzeeballade / ... leit Emmelooord". Trouw (in Dutch). Retrieved 7 October 2013. 

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