On Mick Micheyl's set, Dave presents himself and explains why he chose to leave his native Netherlands. He discusses his early days as a singer, when he was travelling France's southern coast in his boat. He then responds to the guests' criticisms and remarks regarding his long hair, his glasses, his accent and his fame in Holland.
Born on 4 May 1944 In Amsterdam, Dave (real name Wouter Otto Levenbach) was barely 20 years old when he left to try his luck in Paris. He met producer Eddie Barclay there. In 1969, he represented the Netherlands in the Eurovision Song Contest (he finished third), and once he got back to Paris, he was engaged from 1971 to 1974 in Godspell's musical comedy troupe.
However, it was in 1974 that his career took off when he sang two international successes in French (the Rubettes's Sugar Baby Love under the title of Trop beau and Del Shannon's Runaway under the title of Vanina ). Success was sudden (more than a million 45s sold) and Dave shot to stardom in 1970s French variety music. He had multiple hits ( Mon Coeur est Malade, Dansez Maintenant ) and at the end of 1975 he released his first full record, Du Côté de Chez Swann. Dave reached the summit of his popularity at the turn of the 1980s (Lettre à Hélène, Comment ne Pas Etre Amoureux de Vous ) and then slowly slid towards anonymity.
It was only towards the end of the 1990s that he made his comeback on stage with two autobiographical texts (Around Where I Live (1997) and Soit Dit en Passant... Mes Années Paillettes (2003)), a few TV shows which he hosted, and the recording of a few new albums (Soit Dit en Passant (2001), Doux Tamtam (2004) and Tout le Plaisir a Eté Pour Moi (2006) under the name of Dave Levenbach).