Draaiorgel De Arabier

Also known as De Arabier, Draaiorgel "De Arabier", Dutch Street Organ "De Arabier", The, Street Organ "Arabier", Street Organ "De Arabier", Street Organ De Arabier

Discography of Draaiorgel De Arabier:

# Release title Total tracks Type of release is Imprint date Label
1 Draaiorgelfavorieten 28 Audio 1968 Philips
2 Sinterklaas Is Jarig (Een Zak Vol Sinterklaasliedjes) 39 Audio Philips
3 La Ronde De L'Amour 4 Audio 1965 Philips
4 Street Organ Plays International Favourites 14 Audio 1969 Fontana
5 The Barber Of Seville 3 Audio 1962 Philips
6 Welcome To Holland 14 Audio Philips
7 Draaiorgelfavorieten 28 Audio Philips
8 Draaiorgelfavorieten 28 Audio
9 Street Organ Souvenirs 24 Audio Philips
10 Marching With The Arab 12 Audio Philips
11 Holland Souvenir 16 Audio Philips
12 Street Organ / Drehorgel Souvenirs 8 Audio 1966 Fontana
13 Medley No.44 6 Audio Philips


'De Arabier' is a barrel organ (carousel) lending it's Dutch name from the Arab painted on one of the side-boards.

It was built in northern Italy around 1875, then rebuilt in 1926 by Pierre Verbeeck (Antwerp, Belgium). In 1935 Gijs Perlee (1901-1991, Amsterdam, Netherlands) bought 'De Arabier' to rebuild it in 1948 and make it famous by internationally publishing recordings and staging television appearances. Furthermore 'De Arabier' won many prizes in carousel contests (The Hague, Haarlem, Groningen, Amsterdam) and would at last only play [i]hors compétition[/i] at these contests.

Though mostly playing in The Netherlands, Perlee also took 'De Arabier' on tour in Denmark, Germany, England, and visited the U.S.A. to play at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City (November 9, 1961).

July 21, 1973 'De Arabier' had to be recorded outside the walls of Wisseloord Studios (Hilversum, NL) for the recording of the single 'Mammoth' by [a=Kayak] because it would not fit through the doors.

On May 21, 2008 De Arabier was bought -along with 11 other carousels- by the museum 'Van Speelklok Tot Pierement' in Utrecht [NL] from 'firma G. Perlee Draaiorgels' (the Perlee heirs).


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