Virtually unknown in his Dutch homeland, Dave became one of France's biggest pop stars of the '70s before reinventing himself as a TV personality decades later.
Born Wouter Otto Levenbach in Amsterdam in 1944 to a Jewish professor father and classical dancer mother, he grew up listening to the Everly Brothers
, Gene Pitney
, and Roy Orbison
, and inspired by Jack Kerouac's On the Road, moved to France after law school to pursue a music career. After competing at the Dutch pre-selection stage for Eurovision and a three-year stint in a production of Godspell, he scored hits with French-language cover versions of the Rubettes
' "Sugar Baby Love" ("Trop Beau") and Del Shannon
's "Runaway" ("Vanina"), and continued to remain a regular chart fixture throughout the '70s. The next decade wasn't so fruitful, but a 1993 Greatest Hits collection rejuvenated his career, and he went onto present TF1 show Salut Les Chouchous, publish an autobiography, and fulfill a life-long dream to release a classical album. The 2000s were equally productive and after landing the job as host of La France a un Incroyable Talent, he recorded Blue-Eyed Soul!, a collection of Motown-themed reworkings of his biggest hits, in 2011. ~ Jon O'Brien, Rovi