Flemish singer who released more than 482 songs and who had a strong musical career from 1948 through the 1970s.
He started performing vaudeville shows with his sister in the 1930s and had his first audition in 1940 for radio.
He received a 2007 Lifetime Achievement Award in Belgium.
He married Dutch opera singer Josephina Jongen in May 1961 and they had five children: Robert in 1962, Myriam in 1963, Jacky in 1964, Peggy in 1968, and Tom in 1970.
He performed regularly with Johnny Cash on visits to the United States.