It all started for Brothers Bolland with their appearance on the TV show of Willem Duys', called "De Vuist". They were 15 and 16 years of age, respectively. The success of that show appearance was a bit overwhelming for the youngsters. But "Summer of '71", their first single, brought them a lot more publicity. Rob and Ferdy were born in Port Elisabeth, South Africa, Rob - on April 17, 1955 and Ferdy - one year later, on August 5th. When they were still very young, they learned to play guitar from their older brother Tom, who was already a performing pop artist in his own right, known as George Riley. Giving in to their musical ambitions, the three brothers formed a band called "The Swingkickers". The band performed mostly at parties, etc., usually very simple music; it was just for fun. It was the time of the Merseybeat, and the Beatles were an up and coming band! After living in South Africa for a while, the family moved to Holland, and later to Germany, then back to South Africa again, and finally back to Holland. Upon their arrival back in Holland, they sent, as a joke, a tape containing some of their songs to Negram. The next day, the record company phoned them up with great enthusiasm! In a few weeks, the single "Summer of '71" was on the market. The two brothers subsequently became very popular in Germany as well, as they immediately embarked on a promotional tour there. The 'peak time' of the brothers' career was in the early seventies. They were only 17 and 18 years of age at the time. Following a string of very successful hit singles, the Bolland brothers concentrated on songwriting and production work. In the eighties and nineties, they've had 'on and off' success launching and producing contemporary teenybop groups.
1972 Summer of '71/Theme for blue Negram NG 275 Wait for the sun/Answer for a lifetime Negram NG 288 Florida/Peanuts Negram NG 306 LP Florida Negram NQ 20074 1973 Ooh la la/Fly across the sky Negram NG 331 Leaving tomorrow/Saturday morning news Negram NG 376 I won't go anywhere/Small town citizen Negram NG 387 LP Greatest hits Negram SPLO 108 LP Greatest hits Negram ELS 979 1974 Mexico I can't say goodbye/If you leave me Negram NG 427 Train to your heart/Honey love Negram NG 465 Dream girl/ [Germany] LP The best of Bolland & Bolland Negram SPLO 130 1975 You make me feel so high/Two tonight Philips 6012543 Holiday/Tiana Philips 6012599 LP Bolland & Bolland Philips 6410089 1976 Souvenir/All summer long Philips 6012603 The last Apache/Autumn of her lifetime Philips 6012664 1977 Time of your life/ Philips 6012711 1978 Spaceman/Young girl Negram 5C 006-25838 UFO/Funkadelic man Negram 5C 006-25948 Hold on/Outlaws paradise Negram 5C 006-26045 1979 Melodrama/Showdown at sundown Negram 5C 006-26266 1980 The music man/Free in L.A. Negram 5C 006-26446 Way back in the sixties/Free in L.A. Negram 5C 006-26561 1981 I'm in the army now/Domino theory theme Lark INS 1439 LP The domino theory Lark INL 3618 1982 Never too late/ Lark INS 1447 Cambodia moon/ 1984 LP Silent Partners 1987 LP Brotherology 1991 LP/CD Dream Factory 1991 LP/CD The Bolland Project (w/many special guests incl. Suzi Quatro, Colin Bluntstone, etc.) 1995 CD Pure
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