He sold more than five million copies from his repertoire of songs, which extended from Twangcabaretinstrumental film musicchansonscountryto folk and vocal music. They have five children: Robert "Bob Jr.
Spreken Is Zilver son Tom became his manager in Belgium. Modest Schoepen grew up in a smithy in BoomAntwerp. His career started in the late s Spreken Is Zilver he and his sister Liesje performed vaudeville shows in the surrounding villages, going around with the hat collecting money afterwards.
He had his first audition for radio, in in Brussels. In he undertook classical guitar instruction with guitarist Frans De Groodt — That same year he had a memorable debut performance in the Ancienne Belgique of Brussels.
Want Schweinefleisch dit lus ek nie" "Mommy, I want a husband. No mommy no, I don't want a German 'cause I don't like pig meat. The South African song is making reference to a 'German man'. The Ancienne Belgique was closed for three weeks. Shortly thereafter he was forced to go work in Germany.
As an alternative he chose to sing for the Flemish workers doing compulsory labor. For this he was locked up for three months in the Dossin barracks in Mechelen from Octoberwithout a hearing or a trial. In he formed a duo with Kees Brug, a young man from his own village, with the name of "Two Boys and Two Guitars". They performed impersonations, poetry, South-African songs, and country music from Calais to Amsterdam, all with plenty of room for improvisation and Growing Pains - Count Basie, Tony Bennett - Basie Swings/ Bennett Sings. Schoepen took it as his artist name in or In he came into contact with Jacques Kluger.
Kluger was pleased to receive an unexpected, flattering letter from Major Mearker, and contracted Schoepen to Today, Tomorrow And Always Polka - The New Brass - Polka Joy! on tour in Germany for several months.
In Berlin, which was still partly in ruins, his floor shows were also attended by the American general and military governor Lucius D. Claywho asked him for two additional performances. These tours would further stimulate his country music tendencies. In between these shows, Schoepen also gave occasional performances in his own country. While he initially did not wish to sing in Dutch, Kluger convinced him to record 'a Flemish record'. His breakthrough in the Netherlands also happened that year.
Among his many performances, he was frequently asked to guest-star in the Netherlands. Bobbejaan soon became the right Zwijgen Is Goud - Bobbejaan Schoepen - Groeten Uit Lichtaart - Volume 5 to work for the benefit of the Dutch. In he went on Zwijgen Is Goud - Bobbejaan Schoepen - Groeten Uit Lichtaart - Volume 5 for the Dutch troops in Indonesiaperforming shows over the course of three months.
He was decorated for courage and self-sacrifice by the Dutch government because he also performed for troops near the front line. Five days after returning home he began a day tour through Belgium, playing nostalgic songs, such as the tried and true "De lichtjes van de Schelde" "The Lights of the Scheldt"which is still an evergreen in Belgium today, Bobbejaan Schoepen quickly became one of the most popular artists in Flanders.
He is one of the first Europeans excluding the British to have appeared at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashvilleone of the most important centers of country music in the United States.
In he played there three times with Roy Acuff — There was one Spreken Is Zilver with the country singer Red Foley — in Springfield, Missouri. Syd Fox was Schoepen's manager in Iceland and Denmark. When Jacques Brel performed the opening act in the Ancienne Belgique in Brussels in JanuarySchoepen already had the status of an international vedette in his own country.
That autumn he toured with his show for a month through Germany then three months through the Congo. In he again went to New York, where he was asked to make a guest-appearance on the famous Ed Sullivan Show. Sholes offered him a contract to promote his record, by visiting radio stations in the US for three months, under the name "Bobby John". This tour was intended to promote his recent releases, and in the meantime he was to produce new songs.
But Schoepen, who had already been on tour almost constantly for ten years, and had contractual obligations in Europe, was increasingly looking for a place to settle down this would become Bobbejaanland. He decided no longer to pursue his success in the US. That same month he became the last-minute Belgian representative at the second Eurovision Song Contest He was rushed by his manager Jacques Kluger from the US to Germany in order to take part in the event.
This performance was memorable for having featured a whistling solo. Schoepen is also rumoured not to have known which song he was to perform at the Contest until he arrived, only rehearsing his entry a few days before performance. The song that was finally chosen was the lightly poetic "Straatdeuntje" ' Street Tune '. Belgium tied for eighth place with the Swiss.
In"Ich steh an der Bar und ich habe kein Geld" stayed on the hit lists for thirty weeks in Germany; it also became a number-one hit in Austria. Schoepen toured frequently in Germany and Austria with Caterina Valente and Dalidaamong others.
This earned him many new, interesting contracts. In he became one of the top musical acts at the Berlin Film Festival, where he brought down the house at the Deutschlandhalle with his crazy whistling acts. During the Spreken Is Zilver, Camillo FelgenHeinoand James Lastamong others, would catapult his evergreen "Ik heb eerbied voor jouw grijze haren" "I Respect Your Grey Hair" into a huge European hit, which has sold more than three million copies.
In it earned Schoepen, who wrote the music, an artistic 'Diploma of the Croix d'Honneur' in Paris. InZDF -Germany decided to produce a musical television film in which he plays a series of his hits. The film was partially recorded in the Barrandov Studios in Prague, in Kempen and in Bobbejaanlandwhich at the time was still without attractions.
During the sixties and seventies, he was a regular visitor to the United States, where he took up with actor Roy RogersNudie Cohn the fashion designer of ElvisJohnny Cash and othersand Tex Williamsthe founding father of western swing. The foursome occasionally performed together in local clubs.
InSchoepen purchased a big circus tent to be able to tour more efficiently in his own country. Doing so freed him from having to deal with music venue owners, who were asking for ever-increasing rental prices and did not always have appropriate space for his program. He took over the two-master circus tent from the Tondeur family, who were finding it difficult to keep their performances profitable.
Schoepen was handed the organizational reins and the circus again began to flourish. The day before a show he would promote the show himself at the designated location, sometimes in his own bizarre manner. An American circus stunt team came to Brussels on the occasion of the world exhibition, Expo 58 ; it was a private endeavor led by Casey Tibbs. But because of the excessively long distance to the actual Expo events, and the persistent bad weather, they went bankrupt. They could no longer afford to care for their fifty horses and so the team had return to the US.
Tibbs had no choice but to give away some of the equipment, and among other things he sold Zorro's horse—named Midnight, from the Zorro television series—to Bobbejaan Spreken Is Zilver. He used the horse for many years for stunts in his shows and as an attraction during his cavalcades, but the horse stepped on an exposed electricity cable and died. InSchoepen Spreken Is Zilver a new circus tent. It had room for people and could be expanded to accommodate a capacity of 1, These tours came to an end as soon as Bobbejaanland opened its doors in Using a circus tent Dessas - Sagopa Kajmer - Kötü İnsanları Tanıma Senesi concert tours was unique for its time.
Between and he acted in five musical film productions: two Belgian, two German, and one German- Czech. The Dutch and English versions were recorded on the set at the same time. Schoepen was not pleased with this particular adventure into the world of film: "The takes were chaotic and they fired two different While The Sun Shook Its Head In Shame - A Coffin Full Of Acid, Resin Cum - Blood at Sundown. Jef Bruyninckx alias, De Witte had to solve everything.
It was never Schoepen's intention to build an amusement park; the current park arose from his musical career. There he built a theater with nearly seats and created a 2.
This was to become Bobbejaanlanda name coined by his manager, Jacques Kluger. During the high season, Schoepen himself performed from two to five concerts per day. Artists from the Belgian, Dutch, and German cabaret-world performed there as well, though not during Schoepen's own program. Bobbejaanland evolved from onwards into a fully fledged amusement park. Schoepen focused his attention solely on the business aspect of the park, slowly pushing his musical career into the background. His performances became a rarity but Bobbejaanland, which he operated with his family, developed into one of the top amusement parks in the Benelux region.
In the mids the shows became more streamlined, and oriented toward a more international audience. The amusement park finally dominated Spreken Is Zilver cabaret, and the entrepreneur the artist. He did continue singing, albeit with more streamlined shows, which inevitably gave way to the routine of the amusement park.
Bobbejaan Schoepen's life was not without its difficulties: he was thrown into prison twice during wartime, he lost his virtuoso whistling ability due to a surgical intervention, and in he underwent a serious heart operation. But he continued and, in the winter ofa major investment of nearly 12 million euros was made on two unique rides "Typhoon" and "Sledge Hammer". That year, the Flemish consumer magazine Test-Aankoop conducted a comparative survey of 13 European amusement parks.
However, in Aprilafter preparing for more than three years, the family finally decided to sell the park. At that time Bobbejaanland employed people and was taken over by Parques Reunidosa Spanish-American amusement park group. It remained uncertain until the very last minute whether the founder would put his signature on the deal. Uncertainty over the future of amusement parks Spreken Is Zilver ultimately decisive. The Schoepen family chose the more certain path, which also seemed evident to the founder.
After the sale, when the news program Terzake on the Flemish Broadcast VRT asked him if he had chosen to take the big money, Schoepen Program Electro - Various - Adrenaline Rush, staring ahead blankly, "What am I going to do with all that money; I can only eat twice a day. With the sale of the park, the last family business in the amusement park sector in Belgium disappeared.
Schoepen and his wife lived on the domain together, until his death in May Schoepen recovered from his illness and was again engaged in music.
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