Although “Kili Watch" was written in 1960 the song is still popular today, more than half a century later. Gustave Derese composed it for the guitar band in which he palayed The Cousin. "Kili Watch" sold more than 1 million singles. Artists such as Johnny Halliday have since covered the song.
Gustave Derese's daughter Myriam told brusselnieuws.be "My father lived most of his life in Evere. Music was also a hobby to him. His spent professional life at the planning department of Brussels City Council."
The composer drew the inspiration for the song from a song he learned as a boy at the Scouts. 'Killy Watch' was played at Gustave Derese's funeral on Thursday.