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Ramses Shaffy

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The Netherlands (1955 – 2009)

Ramses Shaffy (born in Neuilly-sur-Seine, Paris, France - 29 August 1933 - 1 December 2009 - Amsterdam, The Netherlands) was a Dutch singer, chansonnier, and actor.

He became popular during the 1960s. His most famous songs include Sammy, Zing-Vecht-Huil-Bid-Lach-Werk En Bewonder (Sing, fight, cry, pray, laugh, work and admire), We Zullen Doorgaan (We shall go on), Pastorale and Laat Me (Leave me be). He frequently collaborated with Dutch singer Liesbeth List.

Shaffy was born in Paris, in the suburb Neuilly-sur-Seine. His father was an Egyptian diplomat, his mother was a Polish duchess from Russian descent. He grew up with her in Cannes. When she was infected with tuberculosis, Shaffy was sent to an aunt in Utrecht. Eventually, he ended up in a foster family in Leiden.

He did not finish high school, but he was accepted at the Amsterdam school of theatre arts in 1952. In 1955, he made his debut with the Nederlandse Comedie (Dutch Comedy). Together with his life partner Joop Admiraal he went to Rome in 1960, hoping to find a job as a film actor. They eventually returned without success. In 1964, Shaffy founded the theatre group Shaffy Chantant, which led to his first collaborations with Liesbeth List. He also worked with together with Dutch pianist Louis Van Dijk. Others, including Thijs van Leer, were members of the group for short periods of time. Together with Liesbeth List, he recorded the classic song Pastorale.

His hit Wij Zullen Doorgaan was parodied by comedian André van Duin in 1975.

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  • Mortum_est

    pleasant sound

    14 Jul 2013 Reply
  • hugogeerts

    v je bent niet de enige

    8 Aug 2012 Reply
  • BRMExtrEmE

    Ik schaam me dat ik zo'n lamzak ben die hem pas goed is gaan beluisteren na z'n dood. [5] *zucht*

    2 Jan 2012 Reply
  • southern-trees

    Laat me <3

    1 Jan 2012 Reply
  • Donnegro

    Ik schaam me dat ik zo'n lamzak ben die hem pas goed is gaan beluisteren na z'n dood. [4]

    14 Dec 2011 Reply
  • roelsmits

    Ramses blijft altijd Koning (2)

    28 Oct 2011 Reply
  • DutchFortune

    Ramses blijft altijd Koning.

    9 Jul 2011 Reply
  • sw00zh

    Blijft een heldt

    2 Feb 2011 Reply
  • lowlander

    'T Is Stil In Amsterdam

    1 Dec 2010 Reply
  • VictoryMe

    Ik schaam me dat ik zo'n lamzak ben die hem pas goed is gaan beluisteren na z'n dood. [3]

    19 Oct 2010 Reply
  • dj_berry

    Ik zal ook wel een keertje sterven, daar kom ik echt niet onderuit. Ik laat mijn liedjes dan maar zwerven, en verder zoek je het maar uit. [3]

    17 Aug 2010 Reply
  • Elisisciousz

    R.I.P. :'(

    21 Jul 2010 Reply
  • Elisisciousz

    Always deeply respect for him and much love ♥

    21 Jul 2010 Reply
  • chincrusher

    't is stil in Amsterdam...

    9 Mar 2010 Reply
  • D_vonk

    >top 2000 >verpest haha oh wow. zonder bagage = fave.

    18 Feb 2010 Reply
  • BenRiemersma

    bedankt voor het verpesten van de top 2000 van 2009.

    5 Feb 2010 Reply
  • roelsmits

    Ik schaam me dat ik zo'n lamzak ben die hem pas goed is gaan beluisteren na z'n dood. (2)

    21 Jan 2010 Reply
  • Pris

    1. Cantate 2. Laat Me 3. Eens in de 100 jaar 4. Sammy 5. De Gek 6. Zonder Baggage 7. De Een Wil De Ander 8. Ik Drink 9. Zing-Vecht-Enz. 10. Josje

    23 Dec 2009 Reply
  • DieEneTiaz

    Ik zal ook wel een keertje sterven, daar kom ik echt niet onderuit. Ik laat mijn liedjes dan maar zwerven, en verder zoek je het maar uit. (2)

    15 Dec 2009 Reply
  • LoekaEva

    Bedankt voor alles..

    11 Dec 2009 Reply
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