Born in the Netherlands in 1941, Dutch emigrated to Australia with his parents, four brothers and a sister in 1955. At the age of ten, he was a member of a church choir, but by the time he was twelve, his alto voice broke. No more singing for the boy with the baritone voice. When he was thirteen, he joined a boys choir at a secondary school fooling the choir master into believing he was an alto by singing falsetto. He can still produce those high-pitched notes to this day.