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Chuck Deely

Chuck Deely

Chuck Deely


Chuck Deely (Charles Edward Deely III, Detroit, MI, USA, February 10, 1954 - The Hague, January 9, 2017) was an American singer, songwriter, guitarist and street musician in The Hague, The Netherlands. Deely grew up in Detroit and learned to play guitar when he was thirteen. In 1973 Deely joined the US Army and ended up at an army base in Germany. There he played in several bands and met his first wife, whom he married in Copenhagen, Denmark. The marriage lasted five years. Read more on Last.fm
Chuck Deely (Charles Edward Deely III, Detroit, MI, USA, February 10, 1954 - The Hague, January 9, 2017) was an American singer, songwriter, guitarist and street musician in The Hague, The Netherlands. Deely grew up in Detroit and learned to play guitar when he was thirteen. In 1973 Deely joined the US Army and ended up at an army base in Germany. There he played in several bands and met his first wife, whom he married in Copenhagen, Denmark. The marriage lasted five years.

Deely later met a Dutch woman in Spain, on a holiday and making music at the Costa del Sol. They had a relationship and lived together. But Chuck had problems with his visa and moved to Netherlands. His girlfriend would join him, but she never did. Since 1996 he played in the city center of The Hague, seven days a week.

Usually he was playing in the morning in the Vlamingstraat, near the Central Train station, or he was standing against the wall of the supermarket in the Grote Marktstraat. In the summer he also went along the pub terraces. In 2005, the NCRV television program "Man Bijt hond" (Man Bites Dog) made a two-part portrait of Chuck Deely. Deely won The Hague Pop Prize in 2009, and he received in 2009 a prize for the 'Most Famous Musician' of The Hague, the price he received from "de Jakhalzen" (the Jackals) in the television program " De Wereld Draait Door" (The World Keeps Turning (Mad)). In 2010, Ruben van Lingen, made for his final exams at the Willem de Kooning Academy in Rotterdam, the short documentary "Privilege" about Chuck Deely. That film was shown at the "Dutch Film Festival" in 2010 in Utrecht and the "Shoot Me Film Festival" in 2010 in The Hague. Deely also played several times with the Residentie Orkest (Residence Orchestra), for example, a street concert in 2012, to earn him some extra money.

The band also recorded a CD with him. Chuck Deely played guitar and had a raw, rusty voice, reminiscent of Bob Dylan and Neil Young. He alternated covers of the Rolling Stones and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young with his own work. Chuck Deely died at the age of 62 in The Hague, in the MCH Westeinde hospital, where he was hospitalized for a flu. Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..

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