The Netherlands: Eurovision winner Corry Brokken dies

Dutch artist Corry Brokken has passed away today, at the age of 83. She will always be remembered as a beloved singer and the winner of the 1957 Eurovision Song Contest, with the song ‘Net Als Toen‘.

The Netherlands won the Eurovision Song Contest in four different occasions, the first of them being in 1957 when Corry Brokken took home the trophy in Frankfurt-am-Main with the song Net Als Toen (Like It Used To Be). Corry had already competed in the very first Eurovision Song Contest the year before, and went for a third try in the 1958 edition in Hilversum.

The Dutch audience first met Brokken in 1952 when her song I Apologize was heard on the radio. After her singing attempts she was involved in the Eurovision Song Contest again. She was the contest’s TV presenter in 1976 in The Hague and also the Dutch spokesperson in the 1997 Eurovision Song Contest.

She took a hiatus from performing in 1976 when she started to study law, becoming first an attorney and then a judge. In the 1990’s she returned to show business, recording an album and performing on stage. Today she passed away, the cause of her death is still unknown.