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Charismatic crooner from Gierle (near Turnhout) who had a career in the sixties and seventies. Died in 1980 in a car accident together with his wife.


"Jennifer Jennings"
59,6 sec. - 117 Kb.
song : P.Quintens, Ph. Van Cauwenbergh
Produced : Peter Koelewijn.
Year : 1969
Record co. : Philips

"Laat ons een bloem"
39,2 sec. - 77 Kb.
song : Wally Whyton, Phil Van Cauwenbergh
Produced : Peter Koelewijn.
Year : 1970
Record co. : Philips

"Margrietje (de rozen zullen bloeien"
78,2 sec. - 153 Kb.
song : H.Van Hoof, T.Bos
Produced : Peter Koelewijn.
Year : 1972
Record co. : Philips


Was born in 1937 as Ludwig Neefs. A first attempt in show business as "Lode Celis" and "Ludwig Könner" flopped at the end of fifties.


It was textwriter Ke Riema (a pseudonym for Marieke Wuyts, see also Will Tura) who introduced Louis to Jean Kluger, the record boss.

With his low, warm and soothing voice, he often performed cover versions of American songs, which were adapted into Dutch with lyrics by Phil Van Cauwenbergh. These include :
- Bobby Goldsboro ("Annelies uit 't Sas van Gent")
- Bobbie Gentrie ("Benjamin" became "My friend Benjamin")
- Kris Kristofferson ("Zondagmiddag Liliane")
- H. Axton ("Evangelina" became "Aan het strand van Oostende")
- Wally Whyton ("Leave them a flower" became "Laat ons een bloem")
- Vanda-Young ("Children" became "Kinderen")
- Tennessee Ernie Ford ("Sixteen tons").

He also was a very active participant in the European Festival and Song contest circuit : he participated twice for Belgium at Eurosong (he became 4th in 1967 with "Oh oh, ik heb zorgen" and became 7th in 1969 with "Jennifer Jennings").


Louis Neefs was also actively involved with the show-biz behind the scenes. At the end of the sixties, he had founded the booking agency "Show Business Office", together with friend and colleague Rocco Granata. He was also a sort of spokesperson for Flemish artists and complained many times about the bad treatment from the BRT the artists were getting.

In 1980 the fatal accident on the ring around Lier, ended the story. He remains a very known and loved artist, even almost 20 years after his death.

The son of Louis Neefs, Gunther, nowadays has followed the footsteps of his father and has a very successful musical career. This car salesman has inherited the dark and low voice of his father and is also making a living by interpreting songs from other people (Special Request).

In 1998, an album "Face to Face" was released by BMG with Ann Christy and Louis Neefs on the same CD.


This year on Christmas day, it is 20 years ago that Louis Neefs & his wife had a terrible car-crash in which the popular 70's crooner found their death. Just as with that other "tragic death" in Flemish showbizz, Ann Christy, there are some nice initiatives being deployed to commemorate this event.
In the case of Louis Neefs, it's his son Gunther who asked a number of Belgian and Dutch singers to perform a song from the repertoire of his father (surprisingly, no one chose Jennifer Jennings, his biggest hit). The 12 contributions are now confined to a CD, "Louis Neefs, 20 jaar later". Most remarkeable track is a remake of the song "Laat ons een bloem", because it is a posthumous duet of the father and son, with the added value of Toots Thielemans on the harp. Other contributing artists are Rob De Nijs (Annelies Uit Sas Van Gent), Bart Peeters (Mijn Vriend Benjamin), René Froger (Oh, Oh, Ik Heb Zorgen), Connie Neefs (M'n Dorp In De Kempen), Stef Bos (Martine), Jo Lemaire (Wat Een Leven), Paul Michiels (Aan Het Strand Van Oostende), Raymond Van Het Groenewoud (Ach Margrietje), Helmut Lotti (Billy The Kid), Mama's Jasje (Zondagmiddag Lilian) and Voice Male with Gunther Neefs (Sixteen Tons). There'll be no single from the album as such, but there is currently a video in the making for "Laat ons een bloem".

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Hits in Belgium :
- Forever (1960, highest position 16, 1 month)
- Mijn dorpje in de Kempen (1960, high: 20, 1 month)
- Ik lees in je ogen (1963, high : 10, 2 months)
- Sixteen tons (1963, high : 14, 2 months)
- Een gitaar in de nacht (1964, high : 13, 2 months)
- Wat een leven (1966, high : 10, 11 weeks)
- Oh oh, ik heb zorgen (1967, high : 7, 10 weeks)
- Jennifer Jennings (1969, high : 13, 5 weeks)
- Margrietje (1972, high : 4, 8 weeks)
- Susa Nina (1982, high : 25, 1 week)

Websites :
- de Eurovisie Jukebox heeft video's van Louis Neefs's deelname aan Eurosong in 1967 (oh,oh, ik heb zorgen) en 1969 (Jennifer Jennings)

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