Sunday, 20 February 2011

Rita Hovink

Hendriekje Jannie Vink (1944-1979), better known as Rita Hovink, was a Dutch singer. Rita was especially known for her low dramatic voice.

Rita wanted to be an actress but decided later on to be a singer. Rita was very popular in the Netherlands and had several hits.

In 1977 Rita participated in the Dutch pre-selection for the Eurovision Song Contest with the song Toen Kwam Jij. The song finished, totally unexpected, last with only 2 points. During her performance Rita forgot her lyrics.

Her biggest hit was Laat Me Alleen, a cover of the Italian song Pazza Idea.

In 1978 Rita became seriously ill and died in 1979 at the age of 35.

In 2008 the Dutch singer Gerard Joling made a cover of Laat Me Alleen, for the video Gerard was added to the original video.

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