Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Happy 65th Birthday Arno

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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