The Earrings were one of the few seminal groups on the The Hague scene. We assume that the group was founded in 1961, contrary to what many other sources suggest. George Kooymans (vocals, guitar) and Rinus Gerritsen (bass) started working together with guitarist Hans van Herwerden and drummer Fred van der Hilst. In 1963, these two are expelled due to lack of musical ability, and Peter de Ronde (guitar), Jaap Eggermont (drums, ex-Pirates) and vocalist Frans Krassenburg joined the group in their stead.
In 1965, things started really happening for the group: in August - the first single was released, in September - the first radio appearance on Veronica, and in October - on TV, in the programme "Waauw". At the end of 1966, Peter de Ronde left the group, followed by Frans Krassenburg (solo and for a short while in Toby Collar) a few months later.
They were replaced by Barry Hay (vocals, guitar, sax, flute), who had turned down an offer by Shocking Blue, preferring the Earrings instead, in the wake of his own group, Haigs', demise. In 1969, Jaap Eggermont left the group, and switched mainly to production work (he later became known for his "Stars on 45" disco medley records, in the early 80s). His substitute was Sieb Warner (ex-Motions), who, in turn, was replaced (after just one LP!) by Cesar Zuiderwijk (ex-Livin' Blues). At the same time, the name was shortened to Golden Earring. In the seventies, the Earring gained international success, due in no small part to their tours with The Who. The lineup didn't change much from then on: from 1974 to 1976, Robert-Jan Stips (ex-Supersister, later with Sweet d'Buster) played keyboards, and after his departure, the group was augmented with a second guitarist, Eelco Gelling (ex-Cuby & The Blizzards).
1965 Please go/Chunk of steel Polydor S 1181 Lonely every day/Not to find 1185 LP Just Earrings 736007 1966 That day/The words I need 421023 If you leave me/Waiting for you 421036 Daddy buy me a girl/What you gonna tell 421050 Don't run too far/Wings 421056 Things go better with Coca Cola/Rum and Coca Cola Coca Cola SL 3004 1967 In my house/Smoking cigarettes Polydor S 1223 Sound of a screaming day/She won't come to me 1244 Together we live together we love/I wonder 1250 LP Winter harvest 736068 LP The beast and I (Earrings begeleidden Cees Schrama) 236148 1968 I've just lost somebody/The truth about Arthur S 1263 Dong dong diki digi dong/Wake up breakfast 1277 Just a little bit of peace in my heart/Remember my friend 1291 LP Greatest hits 236228 LP Miracle mirror 236283 1969 Where will I be/It's alright S 1315 Another 45 miles/I can't get a hold on her 1336 2LP On the double 236823/24 LP Highlights from the double 236832 LP Reflection Boek en Plaat F 762/9 1970 Back home/This is the time of the year Polydor 2050039 LP Eight miles high 656019 LP Best of the double 914706 LP Pop giants vol.15 Brunswick 2911526 1971 Holy holy life/Jessica Polydor 2001135 She flies on strange wings pt.1/Pt.2 2001237 LP Golden Earring 2340003 LP Seven tears 2344008 LP Greatest hits vol.2 2441027 1972 Buddy Joe/Avalanche of love Polydor 2050184 Stand by me/All day watcher 2050216 LP Together 2925009 LP Pop history vol.16 2625018 LP Superstarshine vol.1 2419028 1973 Radar love/The song is over 2050262 LP Moontan 2925017 LP Eight miles high (re) 1656019 LP For collectors 2495045 1974 Instant poetry/From heaven to hell 2001518 Candy's going bad/She flies on strange wings (USA) MCA 40309 LP Startrack 12 Polydor 2491511 1975 Ce soir/Lucky number 2050353 Tons of time/Love is a rodeo 2001595 LP Switch 2344046 LP The best; 10 years, 20 hits Arcade ADEH 11 1976 Sleepwalkin'/Babylon Polydor 2001626 To the hilt/Violins 2121289 Bombay/Faded jeans 2121312 LP To the hilt 2310436 LP Fabulous 2485052 2LP Rock of the century 2625031 LP Winter harvest (re) 2419053 LP Miracle mirror (re) 2419054 1977 Just like Vince Taylor/Radar love 2121335 LP Contraband 2391491 2LP Live 2335175/76 1978 LP Grab it for a second 1979 LP No promises no debts 1980 LP Prisoner of the night 1981 2LP Second live 1982 LP Cut 1984 LP N.E.W.S. 1984 LP Something heavy going down (live) 1986 LP The hole 1987 LP Keeper of the flame 1991 LP Bloody buccaneers 1991 LP The naked truth (unplugged live) 1994 LP Face it 1995 LP Love Sweat (Covers)
Barry Hay 1972 LP Only parrots, frogs and angels Victory of bad taste George Kooymans 1971 LP Jojo Solo Cesar Zuiderwijk Labyrinth Rinus Gerritsen 1979 LP Gerritsen en van Dijk (LP)
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