Daughter of Dutch professional cyclist Jef Dominicus and Dutch revue and operetta-singer Belia Van Lier,Tonia was born in Anderlecht/Belgium.Tonia started performing at age 12,among other things she performed for 6 years at the "Folies Bergères" in Brussels as a singer-danser,like her mother.She became known as a perfect bi-lingual singer in French as well as in Dutch.Of course everybody remembers her cheeky mouth and her 2 cute dimples.Tonia's first record was a French-language one "Mon p'tit copain de vacances",her first Dutch-language records in 1963 were translations from German songs "Drie musketiers" (Conny/Drei Musketiere) and "Met 16 kan je nog dromen" (Peggy March/Mit 17 hat man noch Träume).Her best known song from that period is of course "Geef mij voor mijn verjaardag toch een
Beatle" in Dutch or "Pour mon anniversaire je voudrais un Beatle" in French,a tranlation of "Ich wünsch mir zum Geburtstag einen Beatle" from German girl-group The Sweetles.In 1965 she participated in the "Knokke-cup",there she sang amongst others the French version of "Forget Domani" and ended second with the Belgian team.In 1966 she represented Belgium in the Eurovision song-contest with "Un peu de poivre,un peu de sel" and ended fourth,Belgium's highest notation at that time.After that Tonia disappeared from the Belgian music-scene,and married trumpet-player Albert Mertens.End 60's - early 70's Tonia had a string of hits in Germany with songs like "Texas Cowboy Pferde Sattel Verkauferin" and others.Tonia performed numerous times on television and even had her own tv-show it seems,if anybody should have some footage?
Geef mij voor mijn verjaardag toch een Beatle (in Dutch) expiredOké-oké (in Dutch)
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