Feb 19, 2013
Heintje: A Boy to Introduce to Your Grandma
Mama, you shouldn't weep for your boy
Mama, the fates will unite us once again
More hits followed, in Dutch, German, French, and English:
"Du sollst nicht weinen" ("Don't Cry," 1968)
"Ich bau' dir ein Schloss" ("I'll Build You a Castle," 1969)
"Ik hou van Holland" ("I Love Holland," 1970)
"I'm Your Little Boy" (1970)
"Jij bent der allerbest" ("You're the Best", 1971).
Just as syrupy, sentimental, and soprano.
Hans-Jurgen Baumler. Heintje was singing to parents, or maybe to grandparents, the type who pinched his cheek and exclaimed "What a nice boy! Not like those dreadful hippies!" He was the anti-hippie, offering a conformist alternative to the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, the Grateful Dead.
And therefore a remedy to the heterosexism of most 1960s music.
At the same time Heintje started on a film career, mostly tearjerkers with his name in the title
Heintje -- A Heart Goes on a Journey (1969)
Heintje -- My Best Friend (1970); his best friend is a dog who dies.
Heintje -- Someday the Sun will Shine Again (1970)
To Hell with School (1968)
Hurray, the School is Burning! (1970)
Tomorrow the School will Fall (1971)
I've only see clips, but they seem to displace heterosexual intrigues onto the adult performers, leaving Heintje and his friends in a homoromantic Arcadia.
When he was 16 and his voice changed, Heintje' attraction to grandmothers and nuns faded. Taking on an adult name, Heintje Simons, he continued to record and perform in Dutch, German, French, Japanese, and Afrikaans, but with nothing like the fervor of the 1960s. Today he lives on a horse farm in Belgium with his wife and three kids.