Amsterdam, Netherlands

André Gerardus Hazes (June 30, 1951 - September 23, 2004) was a Dutch singer in a genre called levenslied (song about life) which is a form of emotional folk music about everyday life sung in the Dutch language. André Hazes was one of the most successful singers in this genre. Hazes recorded 31 studio and live albums and he released 54 singles. Hazes was born in 1951 in Amsterdam's De Pijp-area. At the age of eight, he was discovered at the famous Albert Cuyp-market by comedian Johnny Kraaykamp and made his television debut in AVRO's Weekendshow. A single, "Droomschip", was released and became a minor hit.