André Van den Meersschaut, the singer-guitarist of The Cousins, is no more. The band became famous with the hit Kili Watch from 1960.
André Van den Meersschaut, founder, singer and guitarist of The Cousins, is Monday at age 80, died. That report Sudinfo. Van den Meersschaut founded the group in the 50s as La Jeune Equipe, but the name was soon exchanged for The Cousins, named after the club where they were playing.
In 1960, the band was the first major discovery of producer Jean Kluger. In the same year he was hit Kili Watch, which they are more than a million singles sold. Bassist Gus Derese composed the song on the basis of a indianenliedje that he was at the scouts learned. Derese recorded the song under his name at Sabam, a maneuver by the other Cousins long resented was taken.
Building on Kili Watch there followed other singles like Kana Kapila (1961), Dang Dang (1961) and pepermint inn Twist (1962), but a hit of the caliber of Kili Watch remained. The other singles, but outside Belgium the charts in Germany, Italy, France, Denmark, Argentina and Zaire.