He is remembered as a legend in the genre of Dutch music known as "levenslied." During his influential career, he released more than thirty albums including the multi-platinum Gewoon Andre.
His talent was discovered by comedian Johnny Kraaykamp at age eight.
He had a brief political career, being elected to city council as a member of the Ronde Venen Belang party in 2002.
He married and had children with three women: Annie Dijkstra, Ellen Wolf and Rachel van Galen.
He collaborated with Dutch guitarist Jan Akkerman on the album Dit Is Wat Ik Wil.