Willy Alberti: In memorium

Memorial Plaque; Willy Alberti

Memorial Plaque; Willy Alberti

I noticed these flowers next to the memorial plaque on the Westerkerk a couple of weeks ago, but have only just researched the story behind it.

The memorial plaque reads “Willy Alberti, 1926-1985, our Amsterdam Neopolitan Tenor”

Willy Alberti was born Carel Verbrugge, but became a very popular singer after the second world war, singing in Italian or Dutch, both with a very romantic style. In the sixties he also performed with his daughter Willeke and had a regular show on Dutch TV.

To enjoy Willy Alberti’s singing, here’s an example of one of his most famous songs;

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