WTM #1096: Bobbejaan Schoepen Dead

wReck thiS meSS ~ Radio Patapoe 88.3 http://freeteam.nl/patapoe/
Amsterdam ~ Ethno-Illogical Psycho-Radiographies

17 Mei 2010 // 16.30-18.30

A beach without water or land without ground
That’s already as bad as a tail without a dog
But your money that disappears with your trusty cashier
Is not nearly as bad as a cafe without beer
• Cafe Zonder Bier

The Whistler and his Shadow > Bobbejaan Schoepen
Love Song of the Waterfall  > Slim Whitman
Echo Waterval > Bobbejaan Schoepen [Bobbejaan Schoepen 4 / Dureco]
Der verliebte Pfeifer > Bobbejaan Schoepen
Love Song of the Waterfall  > Ian B. MacLeod, the Rockabilly Cowboy
Rose Marie > Slim Whitman [Songs I Love to Sing / EMI]
Rose Marie > Bobbejaan Schoepen [Bobbejaan Schoepen 4 / Dureco]
Rose-Marie > Wylie & the Wild West [Total Yodel! / Rounder]
Een Student uit Heidelberg > Bobbejaan Schoepen [Bobbejaan Schoepen 4 / Dureco]
Water Halen > Bobbejaan Schoepen [Bobbejaan Schoepen 4 / Dureco]
Zwischen Tennessee und Oklahoma > Bobbejaan Schoepen
Roy Old Boy > Bobbejaan Schoepen
Ich Steh an der Bar und habe kein Geld > Bobbejaan Schoepen
Ich weine in mein Bier > Bobbejaan Schoepen
Een Kerel Die Niet Drinken Kan > Bobbejaan Schoepen [Bobbejaan Schoepen 4 / Dureco]
Viel bittere Tränen > Bobbejaan Schoepen
Weer Een Cafe! > > Bobbejaan Schoepen [single / Omega]
Kili Watsch* > Bobbejaan Schoepen
Ik Wou Dat Ik Naar Huis Toe Wou > Bobbejaan Schoepen [‘N Lach en ‘n Traan / Telgram]
Spiel Gitarre Spiel > Bobbejaan Schoepen
Mein Ponny und ich > Bobbejaan Schoepen
Spreken is Zilver > Bobbejaan Schoepen [Bobbejaan Schoepen 1 / Dureco]
De Jodelende Fluiter > Bobbejaan Schoepen [Bobbejaan Schoepen 1 / Dureco]
Wie ‘ne kneipe ohne Bier > Bobbejaan Schoepen
Ein volles Glas und ein volles Portemonnaie > Bobbejaan Schoepen
Er Staat ‘n Huis in de Bergen van Majorca > Bobbejaan Schoepen [‘N Lach en ‘n Traan / Telgram]
Het Ezeltje > Bobbejaan Schoepen [‘N Lach en ‘n Traan / Telgram]
Der Pfeifer und sein Schatten* > Bobbejaan Schoepen
Texas-Rangers Abschied > Bobbejaan Schoepen
Geef Ze Een Klein Beetje Liefde [Schifrin] > Bobbejaan Schoepen [‘N Lach en ‘n Traan / Telgram]
Ich muß ein Cowboy sein* > Bobbejaan Schoepen
Cowboy Jimmy > Bobbejaan Schoepen
Cowboy Jimmy > Jodel Jerry en de Prairie Roses [Cowboys en Meisjes / Uniek]
Eskimo en Eskima > Bobbejaan Schoepen [‘N Lach en ‘n Traan / Telgram] [GAINSBOURG LIKE]
Mijn Dingaling [Chuck Berry] > > Bobbejaan Schoepen [‘N Lach en ‘n Traan / Telgram]
Yodel-ee Yodel-ay  > Bobbejaan Schoepen
Cannonball Yodel > Kenny Roberts [Then & Now / Longhorn]
Cannonball Yodel > Randy Erwin [Best of Randy Erwin vols. 1-2 / RE]
The Cannonball Yodel (Dutch TV, 1962) > Bobbejaan Schoepen
Lachende Vagabond > Bobbejaan Schoepen [Bobbejaan Schoepen 4 / Dureco]
Gambler’s Guitar [lachende vagabond] > Rusty Draper
• Bobbejaan Schoepen [1925~2010] [from the soon to be published book YODEL IN HIFI] was one of the best of the yodeling Lowlanders not just because of his bravura, improvisational yodels but how he incorproated them into songs that also  included bird calls. The last 20 years or so he was busy with his Bobbejaanland amusement park that can be compared thematically to Dollywood, Dolly Parton’s theme park. One of his most startling displays of talent, “De Jodelende Fluiter” [The Yodeling Whistler], combines whistling and yodeling, becoming a Lowland standard with Dutch lyrics: “The yodeling whistler is a certified wacko…” His good-natured style and formidable technique created a respected stage presence. The height of his popularity was the 1950s-1970s, when he was instrumental in introducing country music to Belgium. He sang Flemish covers of American hits in English, Dutch, French and German. He recorded with Josephine Baker, Gilbert Bécaud, Jacques Brel, and Tex Williams; on the Grand Old Opry, Ed Sullivan Show, and for Queen Elizabeth.

He reminds me of Kenny Roberts in certain ways, his child-like spirit, his ebullient spirit but this guy sang in 5 languages and could fool have the bird kingdom into believing he was one of them. He made music, whistling, yodeling all seem so effortless, so light and so capable of yanking you out of your troubled life.

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