Sunday, 30 November 2014

Dizzy Man's Band: Tickatoo

The second time the Dizzy Man's Band features, this time with their first success. Tickatoo, their first chart success, was a fun summer hit in 1970, with its ridiculous lyrics (I saw a girl in a big canoe, she was young and oh so pretty, and her name was Tickatoo).

Year: 1970
Charted: 10 weeks
Top position: 6
My score: 4/6

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Saturday, 29 November 2014

Abdul Hassan Orchestra: Arabian affair

The Abdul Hassan Orchestra was the once-off brain child of Hans van Eyck (Tee-Set). It is a disco version of an old Turkish folk song that he heard while on holiday. Hard to believe that this hit the top5.

Year: 1978
Charted: 9 weeks
Top position: 4
My score: 2/6

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Friday, 28 November 2014

Smyle: The tandem

Smyle was a short-lived act from the Hague, whose Beatles-inspired sound gave them two top40 hits in 1972/1973. Singer Bas Muijs later became the lead vocalist for the world-wide hit Stars on 45. The tandem is one of those uncomplicated fun radio hits.

Year: 1973
Charted: 5 weeks
Top position: 12
My score: 4/6

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Thursday, 27 November 2014

Sandra Reemer: The party's over now

Sandra Reemer, born in Indonesia, sometimes billed as Sandra or Xandra, scored 12 hits as part of the duo Sandra & Andres in the period 1968-1975. Her solo career started well with a Eurovision contest hit The party's over now, which made the top10 at that event, and the #3 spot in the charts. Only three small hits followed between 1979 and 1990, as she slowly shifted her emphasis to TV work.

Year: 1976
Charted: 8 weeks
Top position: 3
My score: 2/6

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Wednesday, 26 November 2014

Maddog: My morning sun

Maddog was one of the less successful representatives of the Volendam "Eel sound" with four minor hits in the 70s. That said, My morning sun remains a personal favourite of mine.

Year: 1975
Charted: 4 weeks
Top position: 28
My score: 5/6

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Tuesday, 25 November 2014

Walkers: Taboo

The Walkers from Maastricht were quite successful with seven top40 hits in the 70s, four of which made the top10. Their sound was radio friendly, often with a dash of country and western. Taboo is a song I could not remember at all, even though it was one of their biggest hits. It turns out I do not like it.

Year: 1972
Charted: 9 weeks
Top position: 8
My score: 2/6

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Monday, 24 November 2014

Kayak: Ruthless queen

The second blog appearance for my favourite Dutch rock band of all time. Ruthless queen was their biggest hit, the only time they made the top ten. To my taste, not among their best songs. In particular the pronunciation of ruthless as ruth-less always annoyed me. That aside, still a good song.

Year: 1979
Charted: 10 weeks
Top position: 6
My score: 4/6

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Sunday, 23 November 2014

Veronica Unlimited: What kind of dance is this

Was Veronica Unlimited a German or Dutch band? All members in the TV performances were German models, but the singing and playing was actually done by Dutch studio musicians. What makes this song historically important is that it could be the very first disco medley (in this case comprising Do you wanna dance, A hard day's night, Let me in, and Mr. Tambourine Man), which was perfected in the next decade by Stars on 45. The use of old Radio Veronica jingles throughout increased the nostalgia value.

Year: 1977
Charted: 10 weeks
Top position: 2
My score: 3/6

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Saturday, 22 November 2014

Left Side: Tessie (I love you)

Left Side was another band from Volendam, making music on the somewhat rockier side of the eel sound. They scored three top40 hits in the 70s, Tessie being their last success, and to my taste their best record.

Year: 1975
Charted: 7 weeks
Top position: 20
My score: 3/6

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Friday, 21 November 2014

BZN: Bad bad woman

The second time BZN from Volendam feature in the blog, now with one of the hits from their rocking years. I had actually completely forgotten about this one, but it is OK, and clearly better than much of their later huge hits.

Year: 1971
Charted: 6 weeks
Top position: 16
My score: 3/6

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Thursday, 20 November 2014

Wally Tax: Miss Wonderful

Wally Tax from Amsterdam had his first successes in the 60s, first as lead singer of the Outsiders, and from 1967 onward also as solo singer. In the 70s he continued his solo work, which resulted in five top 40 hits. Miss Wonderful was one of the most successful ones, just missing out on a top10 position.

Year: 1974
Charted: 6 weeks
Top position: 11
My score: 3/6

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Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Mistral: Starship 109

Mistral were a short-lived studio project by  Robbie van Leeuwen (ex-Shocking Blue and Galaxy Lin) and Rick van der Linden (ex-Ekseption andTrace). They scored three hits of which Starshop 109 was the biggest success. In many ways this song foreshadows the synthesizer driven pop of the eighties.

Year: 1978
Charted: 8 weeks
Top position: 9
My score: 3/6

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Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Patricia Paay: Who's that lady with my man

Patricia Paay from Rotterdam scored a total of 15 hits in three decades (8 in the 70s) and went on to score her first #1 hit in the eighties as one of the three Star Sisters. En passant she used her looks to appear in Playboy three times, the last time at age 60, making her the oldest playboy nude model of all time. Who's that lady with my man was her biggest hit and is worth hearing from time to time.

Year: 1977
Charted: 11 weeks
Top position: 2
My score: 3/6

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Monday, 17 November 2014

Cats: One way wind

Another huge success for the Cats from Volendam, and my personal favourite in their repertoire (almost my favourite 70s single from a Dutch act). It was also a hit in continental Europe, selling over a million copies in total.

Year: 1971
Charted: 14 weeks
Top position: 3
My score: 5/6

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Sunday, 16 November 2014

Dolly Dots: Radio

The Dolly Dots, a group of six pretty singers, are in my memory an eighties' act, but the first three of their 26 top40 hits are from 1979. Radio was their second chart success, and is still a fun song to listen to occasionally.

Year: 1979
Charted: 8 weeks
Top position: 11
My score: 3/6

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Saturday, 15 November 2014

George Baker Selection: Paloma Blanca

The George Baker Selection from the Zaanstreek are one of the most successful Dutch acts of all time with 27 top40 hits between 1969 and 1987 (20 of them in the seventies), including three number one hits. Their biggest hit, Paloma Blanca, was a world-wide success, even though for me it is one of their weaker songs. In general though, with an occasional exception, I don't care for their music.

Year: 1975
Charted: 14 weeks
Top position: 1
My score: 2/6

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Friday, 14 November 2014

Sandy Coast: Summer train

Sandy Coast from Voorburg enjoyed considerable chart successes between 1966 and 1973 (with a brief comeback in 1981). The voice of Hans Vermeulen and the American style of music really made the group stand out. Summer train was one of their five Dutch top40 hits in the seventies, and their second most successful single ever.

Year: 1972
Charted: 8 weeks
Top position: 6
My score: 4/6

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Thursday, 13 November 2014

Classics: Yellow sun of Ecuador

The Classics from Stamproy had an easy pop sound that appealed to many people - and yielded them eight top40 singles in the period 1972-1976. Yellow sun of Ecuador was their biggest hit and also my favourite from their repertoire.

Year: 1974
Charted: 10 weeks
Top position: 5
My score: 4/6

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Wednesday, 12 November 2014

Bintangs: Travelling in the U.S.A.

The Bintangs from Beverwijk were known as the Dutch Rolling Stones, because the singer's voice sounded a bit like Mick Jagger. They scored three hits in the 70s, with Travelling in the U.S.A. by far the most successful. To my ears their music sounds a bit dated.

Year: 1970
Charted: 9 weeks
Top position: 9
My score: 3/6

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Tuesday, 11 November 2014

Earth and Fire: Weekend

Another of Earth and Fire's 13 top40 hits in this decade, their second to reach the #1 position, and without a doubt their greatest hit in Europe. A bit more pop than most of their output, it is still fun to listen to 35 years later.

Year: 1979
Charted: 13 weeks
Top position: 1
My score: 4/6

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Monday, 10 November 2014

Conquistador: Argentina

Conquistador were a trio from Eindhoven and Goirle, who scored a surprise hit with the instrumental Argentina, a popular song ahead of the 1978 world championship football. After a small success for the follow-up single, they called it quits.

Year: 1978
Charted: 13 weeks
Top position: 3
My score: 3/6

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Sunday, 9 November 2014

Buffoons: Arizona

The Buffoons from Enschede had a string of hits in the late sixties and early seventies with their close harmony pop songs. This is one of their three hits in the latter decade, and a personal favourite of mine, with its strong melody and C&W influence.

Year: 1973
Charted: 8 weeks
Top position: 15
My score: 5/6

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Saturday, 8 November 2014

Gerard Cox: 1948

Gerard Cox from Rotterdam is an all-round entertainer: actor, comedian, writer, director, and singer. In that latter role, he scored three hits in the top40 in the seventies, including one that made the #1 spot. This is his first (and for me his finest): a translation of the Gilbert O'Sullivan hit Alone again (naturally). The text is by Kees van Kooten, one of the most famous contemporary word artists of the Netherlands.

Year: 1972
Charted: 6 weeks
Top position: 21
My score: 4/6

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Friday, 7 November 2014

Tee-Set: She likes weeds

Tee-Set from Delft had their most successful time in 1969/1970, with an American top5 hit (Ma belle amie) and a number one hit in the Netherlands for She likes weeds - which was banned in the states for its obvious drugs reference. One of 11 top40 hits for this band in the seventies.

Year: 1970
Charted: 17 weeks
Top position: 1
My score: 4/6

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Thursday, 6 November 2014

Anita Meyer: Anita that's my name

Anita Meyer from Rotterdam hit the #1 spot with her very first single (The alternative way), which was followed by three more hits in the 70s with ever decreasing success. She managed to revive her career full-time in the 80s though. I had frankly completely forgotten about this particular hit, and I can't say that it was good to get to know it again. She made far better records than this one.

Year: 1977
Charted: 5 weeks
Top position: 21
My score: 2/6

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