Wilde World: Andy de Witt

Kim Wilde’s first records were written and produced by her father and brother, Marty and Ricky. The three of them have had a great influence on the music world, as this regular series ‘Wilde World’ shows.

Andy de Witt was born as Ad van den Hurk in the Dutch city Eindhoven. His career in music started in 1986 with the selfpenned single ‘Musicmaker’. Released in 2011, his CD ’25 jaar Andy de Witt’ (’25 years Andy de Witt’) compiled his best known songs plus some new material. One of the tracks on the album is a cover version of ‘Samen een straatje om’, a song originally made famous by Rudi Carrell – a Dutch language cover of ‘Love me, love my dog’ by Pete Shelley.

It’s not all there is to tell about Andy de Witt. Besides his music career he was also the father of Nicole van den Hurk, a girl who was raped and killed in November 1995. During the investigation he became a suspect, but was quickly released. Still, his career went down the drain because of the constant suspicions. The case is never solved, until in 2011 new DNA techniques are available and the real perpetrator is found. He is eventually convicted for rape, but not for homicide due to lack of evidence.

Listen to ‘Samen een straatje om’