Arno was born Arnold Charles Ernest Hintjens on May 21, 1949 in Ostende, Belgium. He was the lead singer of TC Matic, one of the best-known Belgian bands of the 1980s. After the band split in 1986 he had a successful solo career.
Hintjens, who neither claims to be a singer or an intellectual, sings in a mixture of English, French and his Ostend dialect. For TC Matic, a band which achieved moderate artistic success throughout Europe, he wrote or co-wrote all the band's material, much of it together with guitarist and producer Jean-Marie Aerts. After going solo he released more than a dozen albums during a successful career. In 2002 he received the title "Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres" (Knight in the Arts and Literature) of the French government. A 2004 biography by Gilles Deleux was translated in Dutch as Een lach en een traan ("A Smile and a Tear").
Arno sang the song “The Land of Milk and Honey” for the animated Euro-western “Luke and Lucy: The Texas Rangers” (2007).
Today we celebrate Arno’s 65th birthday.
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