Johnny Meijer
Dutch musician
Johnny Meijer
Johnny Meijer was an accordionist who played classical, folk, and swing. For a time he was known as a jazz accordionist and his 75th birthday was celebrated at the North Sea Jazz Festival. He was also the subject of a film. He is the grandfather of pop singer Eva Simons who in 1995 sang the song Rainbow in the Sky by DJ Paul Elstak in [1 1].
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  • 1992
    Age 79
    Died in 1992.
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  • 1974
    Age 61
    Besides the popular songs he also played fast swing numbers, Romanian music and classical pieces and was widely recognized as a virtuoso jazz accordionist. In 1974 he recorded the Dutch Swing College Band Johnny Goes Dixie LP, which went gold.
    More Details Hide Details He will be remembered primarily as a live performer of folk music in Amsterdam. He was typically seen during performances with a cigar in his mouth, and his accordion (which can be seen at the Gert Nijkamp Muziekhuis in Apeldoorn) shows several burn marks as a result of this. In the last years of his life, Johnny Meyer was rarely invited to play large performances, mainly in connection with his short temper and his drinking, and thus the King of the Accordion saw out his final days mostly in silence, occasionally playing at weddings and parties.
  • 1953
    Age 40
    Twice he was accordion world champion in 1953 and 1954.
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  • 1912
    Born in 1912.
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