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Singer & Musician

DutchBorn Willem SONNEVELD

Dutch cabaret artist and singer

Born on June 28, 1917 in Utrecht, Nederland

Died on March 08, 1974 in Amsterdam, Nederland

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Wim Sonneveld was born in Utrecht to Gerrit Sonneveld and Geertruida van den Berg. In 1922, at a very young age, he lost his mother. After his time at school, where he was the class clown, he had a few unsuccessful jobs.

In 1932 he started singing in an amateur choir, the Keep Smiling Singers, after which he teamed up in 1934 with Fons Goossens to form a duo and perform at anniversaries of associations and institutions. Later that year he met reviewer Huub Janssen and after a journey through France in 1936 they started living together in Amsterdam, at first on the Westermarkt, later on the Prinsengracht. In the same year he worked for Louis Davids, during the day as an administrator and at evenings playing small roles and singing chansons. In the same period he performed with his friend Huub in his own association De Rarekiek. In 1937's France he sang in cabarets of Suzy Solidor and Agnes Capri.


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