AAN DE AMSTERDAMSE GRACHTEN

Latest update on 10/08/2020

Artist: Johnny Kraaykamp
Author: Peter Shott
Year: 1956

In Café de Paris on the Leidseplein in Amsterdam. Peter Shott is an alias for Pieter Goemans, law student inspired for the song in '49, standing on the Amsterdam canal bridge where Prinsengracht and Leidsegracht meet. A plaque on the spot commemorates the event and the bridge was renamed after him. When Pieter died in the summer of 2000, that's where his ashes were dispersed.

Covers:

1956:

Nan & Hans Boskamp [first recording as Aan De Amsterdamsche Grachten]

1956:

Tante Leen

1960:

Wim Sonneveld [n°1 in Vic Van de Reijt's Top-100 of Dutchspeaking hits]

1966:

Louis Neefs

1967:

Bob Scholte

1969:

Henk Elsink & Wim Sonneveld

1975:

James Last

1979:

Marco Bakker

1985:

André Van Duin [the author's favorite version; Sonneveld's was too slick for his taste]

1990:

Flairck [instr.]

1995:

Pieter Goemans [author]

1995:

Koos Alberts

1996:

Joe Bourne [as The Canals Of Amsterdam]

1998:

Cor Bakker

1999:

Harry Slinger

2000:

BZN & André Rieu

2007:

Ben Cramer [as The Canals Of Amsterdam]

2011:

Jah6

On Tuesdays this song is played every half hour from the Westertoren carillon.

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