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Pim Koopman

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Wilhelmus Frederikus Pim Koopman Hilversum, 11 March 1953 – Hilversum, 23 November 2009 was the drummer and percussionist of the Dutch progressive rock band, Kayak


  • 1 Biography
  • 2 Discography
    • 21 Solo
    • 22 With Kayak studio albums
    • 23 With Kayak live albums
    • 24 With Diesel studio albums
    • 25 With The President studio albums
  • 3 References


Born in Hilversum, Koopman co-founded Kayak in 1972, along with Ton Scherpenzeel, Johan Slager and Max Werner Koopman left the band in 1976 because of health problems and issues with the group's manager He went on to become a record producer, and was successful with acts such as Maywood, José Hoebee, Valensia, Petra Berger and Robby Valentine He returned to Kayak for the reunion in 1999, and had been playing drums in Kayak again until his death in 2009

As a musician, writer, producer and arranger, Koopman was also involved in two other bands: Diesel and The President In Diesel he worked with amongst others Rob Vunderink, who later joined Koopman in Kayak The President was a collaboration with Okkie Huysdens

He was the composer of six entries to the Eurovision Song Contest: “Jouw lach" performed by Dick Rienstra 1977, "Later" by Brigitte 1984, "Champagne" and "Déja Vu" by Willeke Alberti 1994 and "De wereld is van jou" by Gina de Wit and "Met of zonder jou" by Clau-Dya's in 1996

Apart from his work as a musician, Koopman often lent his voice to Dutch versions of cartoons and films For example, he can be heard in Barnyard, Happy Feet and Lilo & Stitch

He died on 23 November 2009, at the age of 56, from a heart attack



  • Doctor Vlimmen soundtrack 1978
  • Kort Amerikaans soundtrack 1979

With Kayak studio albums

  • See See The Sun 1973
  • Kayak II 1974
  • Royal Bed Bouncer 1975
  • The Last Encore 1976
  • Close To The Fire 2000
  • Night Vision 2001
  • Merlin - Bard Of The Unseen 2003
  • Nostradamus - The Fate Of Man 2005 Double CD
  • Excerpts From Nostradamus 2005 Single CD
  • Coming Up For Air 2008
  • Letters From Utopia 2009

With Kayak live albums

  • Chance For A Livetime 2001 Double CD
  • Kayakoustic 2007
  • The Anniversary Concert 2008 Double CD + 'Highlights' DVD
  • The Anniversary Box 2008 4 CD + DVD

With Diesel studio albums

  • Watts In A Tank 1980
  • Diesel On The Rocks 2000

With The President studio albums

  • By Appointment Of 1983
  • Muscles 1985


  1. ^ Nieuwsbe
  2. ^ Line-up page on the Kayak Official Website

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