Sunday, 22 January 2012

Jetty Paerl

Jetty Paerl (born 27 May 1921, Amsterdam) is a Dutch singer, who was most famous in the 1950s and 1960s. She was married to Dutch artist Cees Bantzinger.

During the World War II, Jetty lived in London, as the Netherlands was occupied by Nazi Germany. There she participated in the broadcasts of Radio Oranje, the Dutch government in exile, and was known as Jetje van Radio Oranje (Jetty of Radio orange). She appears in episode 18 of the 1970s BBC documentary The World at War.

In 1956 she represented the Netherlands in the first Eurovision Song Contest with the song De Vogels Van Holland, written by Annie M.G. Schmidt and composed by Cor Lemaire and was also the first competitor to debut on the Eurovision Song Contest. At the time the contest was only broadcast via radio, and only the winning song was announced.

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