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Wim De Craene


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Wim De Craene (30 July 1950, Melle, Belgium - 14 September 1990, Ghent, Belgium) was a Belgian singer and composer, often seen as part of the theatre arts, though he also experimented with pop music and other styles. His most famous songs are Rozane and Tim.

Wim De Craene was born in a catholic family with seven children. At the age of sixteen he began to travel. He studied nursing and drama, but broke off his studies prematurely. With the income he earned as a sweep and a barman, de Craene bought his first guitar. In late 60s, he was a member of the Flemish folkgroup Ja, and was discovered by Miel Cools.

At eighteen he went to Amsterdam to get to live closer to his mentor Ramses Shaffy. Shaffy let him perform in the café-chantant ‘T Cloppertjen. As a way of saying thank you and expressing his admiration de Craene named his son Ramses.

The year 1975 was his most successful year as an artist. Tim (from his album Alles is Nog Bij Het Oude), Rozane (from his album Brussel) and his duet with Della Bosiers, Mensen Van 18, became hits.

Considering the subjects of his songs De Craene was usually inspired by people he knew. Because he found that more people would feel addressed when he used common first names, many of his songs bear titles such as Tim, Marieke, Kristien, Elke, Rikky or Marcellino. Not all of these songs are about people who bear that name. Tim, for example, is about his newborn son, Ramses, but because that name woudn’t fit the melody, de Craene used the name of the son of one of his best friends. Rozane was written for actress Chris Thys, the sister of Leah Thys.

In 1977 De Craene wrote his first musical, Help, ik win een miljoen (Help, I’m winning a million).


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  • SabbathHippy

    B. De Eerste Straat, De Kleine Man, Rozane, Tim... Mooiste/beste Vlaamse teksten die ik ooit gehoord heb. Wat een talent. Doodzonde dat Wim De Craene zelfmoord heeft gepleegd... (Of is vermoord?) (Translation: *song names* Best/most beautiful Flemish lyrics I've ever heard. What a talent he was. It's such a shame Wim De Craene committed suicide. (Or... got murdered?))

    27 Nov 2012 Reply
  • Eglantinetje

    Dju toch, die man kon pareltjes schrijven! Eén van de mooiste strofes die ik ooit heb gehoord: "De liefde voor een vrouw, Tim. De oogsten van haar buik. Het winnen van de dagen, het streven naar geluk." En Rozane! De melancholie! Ik ben mijn moeder zeer dankbaar voor het doorgeven van deze prachtige muziek!

    14 Jun 2012 Reply
  • Parisblues

    There's a large choice of pictures without doing tabacco incitation. please vote.

    21 Aug 2011 Reply
  • Hippiemans

    Al 20 jaar geleden. :-(

    18 Sep 2010 Reply
  • Suzanna

    I've tried my very best on this translation, hope you like it.

    14 Oct 2008 Reply
  • Maelkoch

    Uukten puuntken vaakten paakten. Why is the wiki in Dutch? Tscch.

    23 Aug 2008 Reply
  • jellevc

    het klinkt een beetje explosief misschien, het zal knetteren maal honderd, het zal knallen maal tien

    18 Mar 2008 Reply
  • _duif

    de achterdeur staat open: alleen de poes is thuis!

    8 Sep 2007 Reply
  • potto

    de koning!

    9 Feb 2007 Reply

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