From Heintje to Hein›
A biography compiled by members of the International Hein Simons Fan Club
10 Gold Records
1st European Artist
Heintje & Maurice Chevalier
Gold in Australia
Hein and Gina (1998)
In South Africa
Frauen sind was wunderbares
Alles halb so schlimm
Nan Li and Hein
Heintje was born on 12th of August at Kerkrade, Bleijerheijde in The Netherlands.
The nine-year-old Heintje learned a lot from the jukebox-music of Robertino. A friend of his father, a bar keeper, took Heintje under his wing and arranged for him to perform in Limburg's coalmine district. During a talent contest in the town of Schaesberg he sang that beautiful song
Mama for all the mothers in the world. By coincidence, Willy Alberti was there and he was very impressed with Heintje's singing and promised him a golden future.
Addy Kleijngeld, a producer at the CNR record company, received a tip about a boy with a special voice in Bleijerheide. Addy went, with his accordion, to the café of Heintje's parents. Heintje was playing soccer when his mother called him, to greet
the man from the record-company. Addy asked Heintje to sing a song. After a rendition of
O sole mio, Addy said
You can go back to play soccer. I've heard enough!. From then on, Addy picked up Heintje every week, to rehearse at his home in Helmond.
After 12 prepared songs, Addy was ready to produce the first record. He promised Heintje to fulfill his wish, namely a pony, if he turned out his best work. After they taped the first song Addy told Heintje he had earned a leg. Then the second leg, the tail, and finally the head. Heintje was in seventh heaven. He received his first pony, which he also named
The record was successful in Holland and Addy went to his friend, the German producer Wolfgang Roloff. Together they produced a number of records in German, English and Afrikaans. With one exception, ALL the songs of Heintje are composed by Addy Kleijngeld and W. Roloff, and lyrics by Hans Hee (sometimes they used pen-names). Addy became Heintje's manager and took care of contracts for the movies and for the TV shows in America. Together with Heintje he went to Paris for a TV appearance and accompanied him on all the German tours.
Addy and his wife Annie were always there to take care of Heintje.
Mama was released in October and became a great success. A star was born in Germany where he only sang Dutch songs at first.
On December 21st, Heintje appeared for the first time on German TV as a guest in Vico Torriani's
He was unable to obtain a Dutch
performing license so Heintje could not sing on TV in Holland but because of a short film made in Germany,
Lausbub mit Stimme, it became possible for him to be on Dutch TV. Heintje's first LP became a reality!
In September, at the presentation of the
Golden Lions of Radio Luxemburg, at the Gruga-Hall in Essen, Germany, Heintje received his first award : a Golden Lion.
On December 6 Heintje appears for the second time on Vico Torriani's
On December 13th, for sales of his records, Heintje received from the director of the record-company Ariola, 10 golden records in one go, consisting of :
- •5 x Heintje (LP) (1,250,000 sales)
- •3 x Weihnachten mit Heintje (LP) (750,000 sales)
- •1 x Mama (Single) (1,000,000 sales)
- •1 x Ich bau' dir ein Schloss (Single) (1,000,000 sales)
Hurra, die Schule brennt! (School is on fire) was shown for the first time in December.
On March 1, again Heintje reached first place at the
Golden Lions of Radio Luxemburg, and at the Gruga-Hall in Essen, he received his second Golden Lion award.
In this year he also received the
Golden Europe award in Wiesbaden, Germany, the first place of the
Schlagerpreis der Europawellen Saar.
In August, the premiere of the movie
Ein Herz geht auf reisen (A heart goes on a journey) took place in Münich. In the mean time, the movies had subtitles added in several languages and were shown all over the world.
The whole family Simons moved to Belgium. As his father already had Belgian nationality, they were able to make their home in Neu-Moresnet without any difficulty.
January 20. At the
Midem 70 in Cannes, France, at Hotel Majestic, Heintje received a platinum disc! He was the first European artist to achieve this astounding feat. The trophy was given for the 2,000,000 sales of the LP
Also in the Netherlands he received his first gold records. On February 20, during a flight in a chartered aircraft, they presented him with 7 golden records, for the sale of 10,000,000 records!
In addition, in Germany, he received a further 6 golden records :
- •1 from Switzerland for 250,000 sales
- •1 from South-Africa for 250,000 sales
- •4 from The Netherlands for 1,000,000 sales
On March 1, during the
Grand Gala du Disque in Amsterdam, Maurice Chevalier presented Heintje the
Edison. It is the highest award for artists in Holland. This was also Heintje's first
live-appearance on Dutch television. He sung
Ich sing' ein Lied für dich.
Lümmel movies, there were 3 movies which were written for Heintje himself. In March,
Einmal wird die Sonne wieder scheinen (Once the sun will shine again) was released and in November
Mein bester freund. This movie was also recorded in English (My best friend). Heintje sung in English in this movie.
July 28. In London, the director of the record-company, gives Heintje a further 2 golden records ; 1 from Australia and 1 from New Zealand.
Also the trophy
Silver Vessel from Radio Veronica was awarded this year to Heintje!
On August 8, he appeared for the first time on English television. During Ed Stewart's show
Stew Pot he sung
I'm your little boy.
And again in London, on August 24, he received 2 gold records, for the sale of 2,000,000 singles.
September 5, in Holland KRO put on a special show on Ned.1, for the 90th Birthday of Robert Stolz. Heintje sung two songs, especially written for him ;
Bei uns zu Haus ist es schön and
Mondlicht geht durch alle Bäumen.
Invited by Mike Curb, director of the record-company MGM, Heintje appeared for the first time on American TV on September 17, in the show
The Chevrolet-Show next to Gene Kelly. It was also the start of a tour through America, with a new appearance in
The Chevrolet-Show on September 20. On November 14 he did 4 shows for the
Coast to coast TV Specials.
In England, there was gold again for the sale of 1,000,000 singles
I'm your little boy. The total of golden records was now 28!
Family Simons moved to their new home, a villa
O sole mio in Moresnet, Belgium.
On December 23, Heintje received the
Golden Screen Award in Münich, as a result of more than 3,000,000 attendances within 12 months, for the movie
Ein Herz geht auf reisen.
Morgen fällt die Schule aus (School breaks up tomorrow) premiered on May 27, in Münich.
In The Netherlands his success went down a bit, but in other countries the little Limburger had more success. In America, Heintje started a tour with 10 shows.
Heintje had to stop for a break. His voice had broken.
In Munich, on January 24, he received a further 12 gold records :
- •5 x Heintje (LP) (2,500,000 sales)
- •2 x Weihnachten mit Heintje (LP) (1,250,000 sales)
- •3 x Ich sing ein Lied für dich (LP) (750,000 sales)
- •1 x Dein schönster Tag (LP) (250,000 sales)
- •1 x Heidschi bumbeidschi (Single) (1,000,000 sales)
The count is now 40 gold records, and in the mean time he also received 10 platinum discs.
The year when he turned 18, Heintje made a tour in Indonesia. There were two performances at the Jakarta Stadium, in front of more than 85.000 people !!! He was also the guest of President Suharto and his wife.
On December 2, Hein was back on German television. He was invited by Peter Alexander to sing on the show
Peter Alexander's Wunschkonzert.
Heintje toured South Africa in April, although danger lurked because of the ongoing war. He still made two special records,
Jou Hart Is Weer Myne and
Heintje singt van liefde en verlange which made him a great success.
In Moresnet (Belgium) Hein bought his own farm, including 40 hectares of meadowland and forest.
Heintje Simons is now called Hein Simons and made a comeback with the song
Weit Ist Der Weg Nach Santa Cruz.
Addy Kleijngeld died suddenly when he was on holiday. Hein was broken-hearted because his
second father was no longer there for him. Addy was 54 years old.
Hein made a comeback in Holland with the single
Und Das Alles Nur Weil Wir Uns Lieben and had a lot of success. It was also the last time Heintje was top of the charts in the Netherlands.
On December 11, Hein married Doris Uhl.
On March 24, a son, Pascal was born.
In August Hein made a tour in Australia, and in October he was back on stage in South Africa.
There was a new comeback.
This time with the album
Herzensmelodie and after the fall of the Berlin wall, he had great success in the former East Germany.
On February 10, a daughter, Gina was born.
On August 4, a second son, Hendrik was born.
On his 40th birthday, he produced a techno version of his millions hit
Mama, which was quite successful, but was a unique trip in the techno scene.
During 1996 Hein began work with manager and songwriter Ingrid Reith. They were a successful team - Ingrid Reith wrote the lyrics and Hein the compositions.
He recorded the song
Ich Schenk Dir Meine Liebe. In his 43rd year he sang the song
Ein Bisschen Sonnenschein with his daughter Gina.
In Germany, Hein was still very successful and made the album
Noch Einmal Mit Gefuhl. You can also hear the song
Tulpen Aus Amsterdam, especially sung for his love for his fatherland.
So Wie Ein Stern and
Es Ist Nur Der Regen came out in May in Germany.
Hein's second tour to South Africa. His third Afrikaans album,
Mayday was released by Sheer Music.
Hein's new CD
Frauen sind was wunderbares was released in April. A lot of beautiful songs and a bonus song where the real fan will say:
It gives me the creeps.
Hein reached the second place on the election of
Most successful album by RTL-Music.de and Media-Control. He finished second only to the Beatles.
Ich sag' danke was released. A beautiful CD where Hein is singing to his fans:
Thank you for all the good years. On 12th August, Hein celebrated his 50th birthday.
Hein's newest CD
Männer sind einfach zu gut was released.
This year is the end of co-operation with Ingrid Reith and Hein progressed further with Walter Strom. At the end of the year, Hein released a new Christmas album
Weihnachten mit Hein Simons, more than 40 years after the first Christmas LP.
Heintje reached first place in the election of
Most successful debut-album ever, by RTL-Music.de and Media-Control !! No other artist ever did better than our Hein !!!!!
The new CD
Träum mit mir was released. During the year, Hein appears at the
Moeders mooiste moment show in the Oktoberhall at Wieze, and also at the
Schlagerparade at the Lotto-Arena in Antwerp. Both of these appearances in Belgium were very successful.
Our site www.heinsimons.com was launched on August 12.
In September, Hein released a new CD titled
Alles halb so schlimm.
Translation from da-music.de ...
Hein Simons has remained faithful on his new album. He works and sings with much feeling, a touch of humor and a good sense of human commonality. The great love, the short stories of everyday life, the melodies that get under the skin and the catchy hits to sing along with ... Hearing his new title, his fans will find everything they love about Hein.
At the invitation of the Chinese state television Hein traveled to Beijing in January. He was there for the biggest TV show of the year: the
BTV Global Gala, which on 15th February, on the occasion of the Chinese New Year, was aired. Specifically for this TV gala Hein again took the title of
Kleine Kinder, kleine Sorgen where he sang a verse in Chinese.
On April 5, after a long absence from his homeland, Hein was invited to the
Schlagerfestival in the Roda Hall, Kerkrade.
On June 4 a compilation CD was released.
Meine Besten is a collection of the most popular songs of the last 15 years. During this year Hein and Walter have concentrated on studio work and the guidance of a new German artist.
In Kettenis, near Eupen (Belgium), on October 16
The Golden Antenna awards were presented. After 17 years absence, this gala was revived by Walter and Hein in collaboration with BRF.
Tony Marshall was awarded the
Goldene Antenna for his life's work.
Vincent and Fernando received the
Goldene Antenna in the category
Hein Simons received the
Goldene Antenna in the category
In September, a CD with new songs is released after 2 years. It is titled
Einfach ich and emphasises Hein's philosophy to music and life.
A series of small, intimate concerts were held in churches during December. The program included spiritual songs, ballads and of course Christmas carols. Joining Hein for these concerts were Markus Mai and Edith Prock.
In April, a new CD of previously unreleased
Heintje songs recorded in 1968 was released. The album was titled
Das Beste: Seine schönsten Volkslieder and the songs were digitally re-mastered. Telamo sold this CD with a number of different sets including a DVD set which features songs from his movies.
At the juke-box
Hans Hee, Heintje, Addy Kleingeld & Ronny Roloff
With Addy & Annie in Paris
Platinum Disc in Cannes
Goldene Leinwand Award
Silver Vessel Radio Veronica with
Zangeres zonder Naam
Heintje with Mrs. Suharto
At Jakarta Stadium
Hein and Gina (1996)
South African Monument
Ich Sag´ Danke
Weihnachten mit Hein Simons
Hein in China
Das Beste: Seine schönsten Volkslieder