Thom Kelling, who died in 1968, was a well known Dutch entertainer - musician - vocalist who played his guitar most in the Latin-American tradition. Some sources say he was born in 1922 in South Africa, others say in The Hague. Now almost forgotten information about him is difficult to obtain.
He was a film actor in some films like Het Wonderlijke Leven van Willem Parel (1955) or Haunted in Holland (1960).
He made a lot of recordings with his South-American styled bands like Thom Kelling y su Conjunto.
For me he was the first artist I saw in concert. As a young 13 years old boy I saw him at a schoolconcert in Goes, a small city in the southwest of the Netherlands. I don´t remember much about the concert ( The ticket suggests he played in a trio at that concert), but I still feel the tension queueing up, to get an autograph on the reverse side of my income ticket.
Now, 42 years later, I bought myself an LP, called De Onvergetelijke Thom Kelling, released on Polydor in 1968 as a remembrance after his death.
I played it and I liked the music, although pretty dated, with tunes like The Coffee Song, Quizas Quizas Quizas and vaudeville titles like Langs het Strand van Spanje and De Professor.