| Jack Jersey|
| May 26, 1997|
| Love From Indonesia, The Best Of|
Nick MacKenzie, Oscar Harris, Andre Moss, The Cats, Rob de Nijs
Jack Jersey Wikipedia
Jack (Willem) de Nijs, artist name Jack Jersey (Tjimahi Indonesia, 18 July 1941 – Roosendaal, The Netherlands, 26 May 1997), was a Dutch singer, composer, arranger, lyricist and producer of light music (popular music) who worked for national and international artists. He had his own production company, J.R. (Jeetzi-Rah) which means "Creation" / "Creational world" in Hebrew. He discovered artists such as André Moss, Nick MacKenzie and Frank & Mirella.Quote Bovema/EMI, 1977:It would be difficult to count just how many records have been sold with which Jack was, in one way or another, involved in, but it would number many millions.
Jack de Nijs was born in 1941 at Tjimahi in West Java, Indonesia. At the age of seven he received a Ukulele as a present, and was soon allowed to play in the local village band. A young age he showed talent as a musician and composer. In 1951 the family moved to the Netherlands, where he came into contact with a different life and music style. During high school he started his first band, named The Dixies Stampers, with jazz and dixieland music.
After leaving high school, he went to a college for hotel management in Maastricht. Here he formed his second band, a quartet known as The Four Sweeters and afterward he continued in Jack and Woody. Al together they released more than ten records. None of them were successful though.
Then he became the lead singer of The Loosers, from 1964 tot 1967. They were signed by CNR that promoted them and some other bands as Beat from Holland. In 1965 their first single Since You're Gone / Mexico was released. Only the first, however, is a beat song. The second is a cover version of Elvis Presley from his fim Fun in Acapulco (1963). It was written by the Peruvian composer Francis Lopez. Over there, in Peru, this song became a number #1 hit.
After receiving his diploma for Hotel Management (BBA), Jack gave up his aspiration to make a success of the music business. In the meantime he married Ella and started to work for an multinational.
Music was too much appealing and he decided to give it a try again. He changed his approach and started working as a producer and composer for a record company. After teaming up with Henk Voorheijen he got a contract with Polydor Records for 500 Dutch Guilders a month. His first hit Oh...Antoinette was released by Leo den Hop. One of the following hits was Gina Lollobrigida (about the so called actress). Himself, he released Sofia Loren (1970) on a single. Both songs were recorded by the singer Ray Miller (Rainer Müller) as well who had two hits with them in Germany.
In 1971 De Nijs recorded Blame It On The Summersun under the artist name Ruby Nash. This was his first English language recording. He started his own production company, and Henk Voorheijen participated for business matters. Meanwhile he was father of a son and a daughter who he, however, hardly saw.
A couple of singles later he changed his name to Jack Jersey and continued singing in English. Jersey refers to the British island near France. It embarked a successful period in his music career, with some international hits.
His first English single I'm Calling (1973) was declared Alarm Disc at Radio Veronica and became his first mayor hit in the Netherlands and Belgium. Hit that followed were In The Still Of The Night, Papa Was A Poor Man and Blue Brown Eyed Lady. His biggest hit was Sri-Lanka ... My Shangri-Lah that charted in the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, Switzerland and Austria.
In 1973 he was member of the groupe Brabants Bont, with artists like Yvonne de Nijs, Leo den Hop, Jan Boezeroen en Wil de Bras. In 1974 his album In The Still Of The Night peaked at #3 in the album top of Radio Hilversum 3.
Invited by Capitol Records he record an album in Nashville with The Jordanaires, the group that had accompanied Elvis Presley for many years. For the European market it was released as I Wonder and for the American market as Honky Tonk Man.
In the meantime he produced and composed for other artists, like Nick MacKenzie and André Moss. They had international hits with songs of De Nijs. His songs were recorded by, among others, Zangeres Zonder Naam, Andy Tielman and the Tielman Brothers and the American singer Donna Lynton.
In May 1982 he had a hit with Puerto de Llansa (Lady Rose) in the Netherlands. Just a couple of months later he was appointed Honorary citizen for it by the Mayor of Llançà, a fishing village on the Costa Brava in Spain.
In 1985 and 1986 polyps were observed at his vocal folds, and a couple of years later, in 1988, a malignant tumor was found on his pharynx and larynx. Nine years later he died at the consequences of it in the arms of his wife at an age of 55 years.
Certifications as a singer and or songwriter and or musicproducer:Gold for Oh Antoinette by Leo den Hop for more than 50.000 sold copies in The Netherlands.
Platinum for Ray Miller in Germany with also the song Oh Antoinette for more than 600.000 sold copies.
Gold for the song Sophia Loren by Ray Miller in Germany for more than 300.000 sold copies.
Platinum for the song Gina Lollobrigida by Tony Bass for more than 132.000 sold copies in The Netherlands.
Platinum and Gold for the song Gina lollobrigida by Ray Miller for more than 900.000 sold copies in Germany.
Gold for the song Zuster o zuster by Sjakie Schram for more than 46.000 sold copies in The Netherlands.
Platinum for the song De Fles by Jan Boezeroen for more than 96.000 sold copies in The Netherlands.
Platinum for the song Mira by Cock van der Palm, for more than 75.000 sold copies.
Platinum for the song Oei, oei by Jan Boezeroen, for more than 90.000 sold copies.
Gold ballpoint pen and Gold fillet pencil (brand: Cross).
Awarded, rated for quality, artistic value and popularity within the Netherlands by Conamus (Buma Cultuur) *for the song Ze zeggen... by Jan Boezeroen, for more than 90.000 sales.
Platinum for the single One is One, EMI, by Nick MacKenzie for more than 300.000 sold copies.
Gold for the single Juanita by Nick MacKenzie, EMI for more than 100.000 sold copies.
Gold for the single Juanita by Nick MacKenzie, EMI in Germany for more than 300.000 sold copies.
Platinum for Ella, André Moss, Bovema.
The single Don't break this heart lands in both Dutch charts and that of Flanders, Belgium.
Gold for the single Peaches on a tree by Nick MacKenzie, EMI for more than 100.000 sold copies.
Gold for the LP record Oei,Oei by Jan Boezeroen for more than 40.000 sold copies, Bovema.
Gold for the LP record Ella, by André Moss, Bovema.
Gold for the LP record Rosita by André Moss, EMI
Gold for the LP record Op Losse Groeven, EMI for more than 250.000 sold copies in The Netherlands.
Gold for the single In the Still of the Night, Jack Jersey, EMI Belgium for more than 100.000 sold copies.
Golden Lion award from Belgian Television (BRT) given for the most popular recording artist in the Benelux.
Gold for the single In the Still of the Night, Jack Jersey, EMI for more than 100.000 sold copies in The Netherlands.
Gold for the single Papa was a poor man, Jack Jersey, EMI
The album LP record In The Still Of The Night of Jack Jersey begins a 19-week tour of the Dutch album chart.
Gold for the LP record In The Still Of The Night, Jack Jersey, EMI/Bovema in the Netherlands.
The live-recorded single Rub it in by Jack Jersey and The Jordanaires, climbs the Dutch and Belgian charts.
2nd time Gold for the LP record Rosita by André Moss, EMI for more than 50.000 sold copies in The Netherlands.
Platinum for the LP record In The Still Of The Night, Jack Jersey, EMI/Bovema for more than 100.000 sold copies.
His Master's Voice Award for Jack Jersey, EMI.
"Golden Dog" alias His Master's Voice for more than 100.000 sold copies for the LP record Ella by André Moss, EMI. This song was also the Dutch television and radio TROS-tune.
"Golden Dog" alias His Master's Voice In the Still of the Night by Jack Jersey, EMI, for more than 100.000 sold copies.
2nd time Platinum for the LP record Ella by André Moss, for more than 100.000 sold copies, EMI/Bovema.
Platinum for the LP record Rosita by André Moss, EMI/Bovema.
3rd time Platinum for the LP record Ella by André Moss, for more than 100.000 sold copies, EMI/Bovema The Netherlands.
Gold music cassette Ella, André Moss, EMI/Bovema, for more than 100.000 sold copies.
Gold Music Cassette In The Still Of The Night, Jack Jersey, EMI, for more than 100.000 sold copies.
Bovema Director Roel R. Kruize handed Jack de Nijs the well-known porcelain Bovema gramophone with the logo His Master's Voice, which is only awarded by high exception.
Gold Dog Alias His Master's Voice for the LP record Rosita, André Moss, for over 100.000 sales, EMI / Bovema.
Jack de Nijs is named the most popular artist in the Netherlands, a shared first place with André van Duin.
Gold for the single Blue Brown Eyed Lady, Jack Jersey, EMI.
Gold Music Cassette Rosita, André Moss, EMI.
Gold Music Cassette My Spanish Rose, André Moss, EMI.
Gold for the Gramophone record / LP record My Spanish Rose, André Moss, EMI / Bovema.
Two times Gold for the LP record I wonder, Jack Jersey, EMI.
Two times Gold Music Cassette I Wonder, Jack Jersey, EMI.
Two times Gold for the LP record Sings country, Jack Jersey, EMI.
Gold for the LP record Forever, Jack Jersey, EMI.
Two times Gold for the LP record A Christmas show, Jack Jersey, EMI.
Gold for the LP record Asian Dreams, Jack Jersey, EMI, for more than 50.000 sold copies.
Also In 1977, In Haarlem, a special, unprecedented silver plaque on marble foot was awarded to Jack de Nijs by Bovema manager Kees den Daas, which he appreciates the "artistic and productive gifts" of De Nijs, whose work at EMI is more than three-quarters Million singles and 1 1/2 million LP records Gramophone record were sold.
This special music prize has never been awarded before.
Platinum for the single Sri Lanka...My Shangri-La, Jack Jersey, on record label Goena Goena Records, for more than 300.000 sold copies.
An NVPI certificate - IFPI - awarded to Jack Jersey.
Platinum for the LP record The Best of Jack Jersey, EMI for more than 100.000 sold copies.
Gold for the single Comment ça va of The Shorts for more than 100.000 sold copies.
Platinum for the single Comment ça va of The Shorts for more than 200.000 sold copies. The single stands for five weeks at the top in the National Hit parade of The Netherlands. It is the best-selling single in the Netherlands of this year.
Platinum for the single Comment ça va of The Shorts for more than 1.000.000 (1 million) sold singles/copies in France. EMI.
Receives in the same year for this international number 1-hit Comment ça va of The Shorts, EMI, the Export price , Buma Export Award of the Buma Culture Foundation, Buma Cultuur, formerly CONAMUS Foundation.
Also the successor Je suis, tu es by The Shorts becomes Platinum, for more than 100.000 sales. It will be a number 3 hit.
Gold for the LP record Close To You, Jack Jersey, Dino Music, with at least 78.051 sold copies in Poland.
The Album Top was compiled by Radio Veronica (organizer of the Dutch Top 40) and followed up by the Album Top 100 (organizer of the National Hitparade / Single Top 100). These two are in this following order combined in the next list.
Here follows a compilation of singles of Jack Jersey. At the beginning he released records under his own name Jack de Nijs and the alias Ruby Nash. "Hitparade" in the list refers to the National Hitparade, although this name has changed several times in history. Former names were Hilversum 3 Top 30 (1969-71), Daverende Dertig (1971-74), Nationale Hitparade (1974-89) and National Top 100 (1989-93). In 1987 the National Hitparade evolved from a top 50 to a top 100.