Wednesday, 31 December 2014

Champagne: Oh me oh my goodbye

The second time that Champagne (the "Dutch ABBA") features in the blog. I picked this song because it is doubly suited for New Year's Eve. The champagne link is clear, but the title is also appropriate as we see goodbye to 2014. Happy New Year everybody!

Year: 1977
Charted: 9 weeks
Top position: 3
My score: 3/6

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Tuesday, 30 December 2014

Golden Earring: She flies on strange wings

The fourth entry in the blog for the Golden Earring. She flies on strange wings is a beautiful proggy rock song, which because of its length was cut in two parts for the single release. The video gives the complete song. For me, one of their best.

Year: 1971
Charted: 11 weeks
Top position: 4
My score: 5/6

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Monday, 29 December 2014

Babe: Bouzouki player

Babe were a female pop trio, formed because of the success of Luv', and with a similar sound. Although most of their hits were in the 80s, they scored two chart successes in the 70s. Typical radio friendly middle of the road pop.

Year: 1979
Charted: 7 weeks
Top position: 15
My score: 3/6

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Sunday, 28 December 2014

Teach-In: Dear John

The second entry for Teach-in, the first for their second incarnation, with Marianne Wolsink and Betty Vermeulen as singers. Dear John, jumping on the popularity train of John Travolta, had frankly escaped my memories completely. Not their finest moment.

Year: 1978
Charted: 11 weeks
Top position: 5
My score: 2/6

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Saturday, 27 December 2014

Drs. P.: Dodenrit

Drs. P., singer /songwriter and entertainer, is generally regarded as Dutch (the language of his creations), even though he is Swiss. He scored two hits, of which this is the second. A hilarious song, with a great melody to boot, and one that I can listen to any time.

Year: 1974
Charted: 5 weeks
Top position: 26
My score: 4/6

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Friday, 26 December 2014

Lucifer: I can see the sun in late December

Not a Christmas hit, but still very seasonal: the second time Lucifer features in the blog. This is one of my favourites from this great band, a wonderful ballad bringing out the best in Margriet Eshuijs' singing.

Year: 1975
Charted: 5 weeks
Top position: 12
My score: 4/6

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Thursday, 25 December 2014

Andre Hazes: Eenzame kerst

The first hit for Andre Hazes from Amsterdam, who was to become the most revered singer in the genre of Dutch tearjerkers. Surprisingly, this Christmas song from 1976 is the only really successful Dutch Christmas single from the seventies.

Year: 1976
Charted: 5 weeks
Top position: 5
My score: 2/6

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Wednesday, 24 December 2014

Mouth & MacNeal: Hello-A

This duo (Willem Duyn as Big Mouth & Sjoukje van 't Spijker as Maggie MacNeal) was immensely popular in the early seventies, scoring nine top40 hits before their break-up in 1974. Hello-A was one of two of their hits to reach the #1 position. Simple, but fun.

Year: 1972
Charted: 13 weeks
Top position: 1
My score: 3/6

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Tuesday, 23 December 2014

Massada: Arumbai

Massada were a band from Huizen who scored six hits in the period 1978-1980 (four of them in the 70s) with their exotic sound. The instrumental Arumbai was one of their greatest successes, its sound inspired by the Moluccan background of its members,

Year: 1979
Charted: 11 weeks
Top position: 2
My score: 3/6

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Monday, 22 December 2014

Rosy & Andres: My love

After Sandra & Andres split up in 1975, Andres tried again with another singer, Rosy. This combination scored four hits, with a sound that was basically a continuation of the original couple. My love was their greatest hit, a piece of schmaltz that for me typifies the worst of middle of the road pop in the Netherlands at the time.

Year: 1976
Charted: 11 weeks
Top position: 3
My score: 2/6

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Sunday, 21 December 2014

Earth and Fire: Love of life

Time for a third entry for one of my personal faves of the Dutch 70s acts: Earth and Fire. Love of life is one of their most successful and one of their very best singles. Enjoy!

Year: 1974
Charted: 10 weeks
Top position: 2
My score: 5/6

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Saturday, 20 December 2014

Dimitri van Toren: He kom aan

Dimitri van Toren from Breda had three top 40 hits in the 70s. This is the first, the most successful, and the best. At a time when most hits sung in Dutch were garbage, this was a welcome breeze of fresh air.

Year: 1973
Charted: 13 weeks
Top position: 5
My score: 4/6

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Friday, 19 December 2014

Ekseption: Adagio

Ekseption from Haarlem were surprisingly successful with their pop/rock arrangements of classical melodies. They scored nine hits between 1969 and 1974, six of them in the seventies. Adagio is based on the composition originally ascribed to Albinoni. I much prefer the original classical version.

Year: 1970
Charted: 6 weeks
Top position: 15
My score: 3/6

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Thursday, 18 December 2014

Oscar Harris and the Twinkle Stars: Soldiers prayer

Oscar Harris and the Twinkle Stars were a band originating from Suriname, who scored 9 top40 hits from end 1969 until 1972. This is their biggest success, a number 2 hit in the spring of 1971. Not my taste at all.

Year: 1971
Charted: 16 weeks
Top position: 2
My score: 2/6

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Wednesday, 17 December 2014

Nick MacKenzie: Peaches on a tree

Nick MacKenzie from Bergen op Zoom scored five hits in the top40 in the 70s. His sound, a mix of coutry and soft rock and roll, produced by Jack Jersey, was quite successful, even though I don't care for it.

Year: 1974
Charted: 7 weeks
Top position: 5
My score: 2/6

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Tuesday, 16 December 2014

George Baker Selection: Marja

The second time that the hit machine George Baker Selection makes an appearance. In general, I don't care for their songs, but this one I quite like.

Year: 1977
Charted: 7 weeks
Top position: 11
My score: 4/6

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Monday, 15 December 2014

Long Tall Ernie and the Shakers: Golden years of rock 'n roll

The second entry for the Arnhem rockers Long Tall Ernie and the Shakers. Golden years of rock 'n roll is a medley of old songs including favourites such as Woolly Bully and Buona Sera. Fun but I tend to favour their original songs.

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

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Sunday, 14 December 2014

Pussycat: Mississippi

The second time that Pussycat feature in the blog, and this time it is their debut single and greatest hit (also internationally). Mississippi is a great country song, and one that I think is still worthwhile to listen to almost 40 years later.

Year: 1975
Charted: 13 weeks
Top position: 1
My score: 4/6

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Saturday, 13 December 2014

Albert West: Ginny come lately

Albert West from 's Hertogenbosch first charted as the lead singer of the Shuffles in 1969-1970. In 1973, he started an impressive solo career. His smooth voice and judicious choice of material (often covers of oldies) resulted in 12 top40 hits in the 70s, and 7 more afterwards. Ginny come lately (the Brian Hyland song) was his first and biggest success, and brings back good memories.

Year: 1973
Charted: 11 weeks
Top position: 4
My score: 4/6

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Friday, 12 December 2014

Windjammer: Harborlight

Windjammer was a combination of studio musicians ( Peter van Asten, Rick Beekman and Richard de Bois) that scored one hit, the rock ballad Harborlight.

Year: 1977
Charted: 7 weeks
Top position: 15
My score: 3/6

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Thursday, 11 December 2014

BZN: Lady McCorey

The third time BZN features in the blog. In general, the hits from their second incarnation (from 1976 onward) do not appeal to me, but this is a positive exception.

Year: 1978
Charted: 13 weeks
Top position: 2
My score: 4/6

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Wednesday, 10 December 2014

Sandra & Andres: Als het om de liefde gaat

Sandra en Andres were a duo (Sandra Reemer and Dries Holten) which had considerable chart success in the Netherlands in the period 1970-1975, after which Sandra went solo and Andres continued with a new partner, Rosy. Although most of their songs were in English, their greatest hit is the Dutch song Als het om de liefde gaat, which took 4th place at the 1972 Eurovision song festival. Not my cup of tea, a low 2/6.

Year: 1972
Charted: 10 weeks
Top position: 3
My score: 2/6

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Tuesday, 9 December 2014

Sundown: One morning in May

Sundown were a folk duo from Groningen who scored one hit and then returned to obscurity. I like this song, but hearing it again, I once more wish that the vocals would have been limited to the female singer (Mieke Bom).

Year: 1976
Charted: 5 weeks
Top position: 19
My score: 3/6

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Monday, 8 December 2014

Catapult: The stealer

The second time Catapult features in this blog. The stealer was their fifth single to make the charts, and rather unexpectedly, I could not remember it at all. It turns out to be OK, but not as good as their first hits.

Year: 1975
Charted: 5 weeks
Top position: 18
My score: 3/6

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Sunday, 7 December 2014

Cats: Vaya con dios

The third entry in the blog for the Cats from Volendam. My rating of their hits goes from 2/6 to 5/6, and this is a low 2/6 for me. But it was a big success.

Year: 1972
Charted: 14 weeks
Top position: 3
My score: 2/6

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