Anneke Grönloh who represented the Netherlands at the Eurovision Song Contest 1964 has died at the age of 76.
Anneke Grönloh has died at the age of 76, just over a year after retiring from the music industry. The singer who was born in the then Dutch East Indies was one of the best selling Dutch singers of all time, with her career peaking in the early 1960s.
The singers career began in 1959 when she won Cabaret der onbekenden, a televised talent show, with the winner receiving a recording contract. She released her first album three years later and went on to release hit after hit during the 1960s.
At the time of her Eurovision participation her management had tried to convince Anneke not to take part in the contest. Her management feared that a poor result in the competition would damage her career. Instead Anneke was honored to represent the Netherlands and represented her country in Copenhagen.
At the competition in Copenhagen Anneke performed “Jij bent mijn leven”. She finished joint 10th in the contest with a total of 2 points, She went on to attempt to represent the Netherlands again in 1969.
In 2000 she was named ‘Singer of the Century’ due to the number of sales of her first album which was released in 1962. In 2017 she retired from the music industry and performed her final concert.
Source: De Standaard