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"Barrel Organ of the Kalverstraat"
By Hans van Oost

Frank Hills wrote in 000626 MMD:

> Decades ago I used to hear the music of the "Barrel Organ of the
> Kalverstradt (sp?)" on the radio.  Now I am old and have a fast
> moving, terminal cancer.  I'd sure like to hear that music again.
> Any ideas how?  How about on a CD?

I don't know about the radio program.  It was almost certainly not
issued in the Netherlands.  I am pretty sure that the right title is
something like "the Barrel organ of the Kalverstraat".

The Kalverstraat (translated: Calf Street) is a great little street in
the centre of Amsterdam, running from the Muntplein (Royal Mint Plaza)
to the Dam (Amsterdam's central plaza).  The infamous "Grote Club" of
the Nazi shooting incident on the 7th of May, 1954 was located on this

 [ Mr. Hills wrote to Jody, "I can and do get sound via the Internet,"
 [ and then Jody asked me, "Maybe we can help Mr. Hills?"  I replied
 [ to Jody and Hans, "Sure, let's send him a recording of one of the
 [ fair organs in California."  -- Robbie

The organ should be a Dutch street organ.  I think Robbie's idea is
great.  All the best regards from the Netherlands to Frank!

Hans van Oost,
Kring van Draaiorgelvrienden, Netherlands

 [ See the map showing Kalverstraat and the Grote Club, and read the
 [ story about the shooting and "het Snotneusje, the bravest organ of
 [ the Netherlands", at
 [ -- Robbie

(Message sent Tue 27 Jun 2000, 20:08:16 GMT, from time zone GMT+0200.)

Key Words in Subject:  Barrel, Kalverstraat, Organ

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