She won the Eurovision Song Contest on 29 March 1969. Fifty years later, to the day, Lenny Kuhr was on stage to celebrate. In the Muziekgebouw in Eindhoven, she sang her biggest hit, ‘De Troubadour’. But she mainly presented her new album, ‘Het lied gaat door’ (‘The song goes on’).
“It is one of the best albums I have ever made”, Lenny Kuhr beams in her living room in Nederwetten. Her husband, Rob Frank, does not care for the media attention that his other half gets. While the crew from Studio040 were preparing for the tv interview, he came into the room. “I think that scarf is not so pretty”, he says to his wife. Lenny takes it off. “I am not a scarf person at all,” she says.
There is a rustic atmosphere in the Kuhr’s house. There are three guitars against the wall and paintings Lenny’s grandfather painted. “He painted the posters for Eindhoven cinemas in the ’50s and ’60s. That’s how it was done then”.
Lenny Kuhr grew up in Eindhoven. Her roots are in the city, and she gets inspiration, in her own words, from the paving stones on Strijp S and behind the station. Eindhoven has some kind of beauty for the singer, she cannot quite put into words. “We have nothing to brag about here. So we don’t. Eindhoven has something cool”.
When Lenny appeared in the Muziekgebouw about three weeks ago, she was just a little more nervous than usual. But she is glad that she did it and she is particularly surprised about the fact that ‘De Troubadour’ is still popular among the people.
Translated by: Bob
Edited by: Melinda