Johnny Lion - Sophietje (TopPop)

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Johnny Lion - Sophietje • TopPop

On January 31, Johnny Lion, the Dutch singer who became famous in the sixties with his hit 'Sophietje' died in the age of 77.
Johnny Lion, pseudonym of John van Leeuwarden, had been suffering from Alzheimer’s disease and lung cancer for some time now.

 Johnny Lion started his career in The Hague band Johnny & His Jewels (known as Johnny & The Jumping Jewels). In 1961 the formation scored a number 1 hit with 'Wheels'.

 In 1965 he continued solo and broke through to the general public with the hit 'Sophietje', an ode to his former girlfriend Sophie van Kleef. Later he scored hits like ‘Tjingeling’ and ‘Alone in Dallas’.

First broadcast 24 July 1965

With this video we pay hommage today to this popular Dutch singer

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