Pim Koopman, drummer, percussionist and co-founder of legendary Dutch group Kayak, has passed away. He died yesterday, November 23, 2009 at age 56. Pim was also a renowned composer, producer and voice artist.
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Pim Koopman was born in Hilversum in 1953 as son of a classical percussionist in the Radio Chamber Orchestra. He soon grew out to a real multi-instrumentalist, because besides being an excellent drummer and percussionist Pim was a fine pianist and guitar player as well.
He co-founded the band Kayak in 1972. Four years later Pim left the band due to health problems and issues with the group\'s manager.
In 1979 Pim emerged with a new band called Diesel, who had a hit single in the USA with their song Sausalito Summernight.
Another project of Pimís that eventually took on the form of a band was called The President (1983-1985).
More recently Pim had been successful as a producer for such acts as Maywood, Valensia, Petra Berger and Robby Valentine.
He also lent his voice to commercials, documentaries and Dutch versions of cartoons and films. For example Pim can be heard in Barnyard, Happy Feet, and Lilo & Stitch.