These guys from Amsterdam struck a big hit in one try with a song in Dutch. They dressed in op-art clothes, just like The Who, e.g. in shirts with traffic-signs printed on them. After a few small hits, they switched to R&B, inspired by the then upcoming soul-rage. They were covered on the frontpage of every newspaper, when they rode onto the Dam with a big painted bedstead on wheels at rush-hour, to promote their first record, and created a nice mess when the crowd accummulated. After ten minutes, the police arrived to surround the disturbers of peace, but with this stunt, the group got enough publicity, which was their intention in the first place. In October 1965, Bob Bouber (of ZZ and the Maskers fame) launched Het, after having had a good listen, for many months, to a vast number of beat groups from Amsterdam. He selected the most talented members and that's how Het came into being: Jacques Zwart (v,g, ex-Mads, later to Pocomania), Adri de Hont (g, ex-Mads, to Maskers), Pim van der Linden (b, also to Pocomania) and drummer Jack van Heyningen, who was replaced by Dennis Witbraat (ex-Mads and later to Pocomania) quite quick.
1965 Ik heb geen zin om op te staan/Alleen op het kerkhof Philips JF 327932 Ik heb geen zin om op te staan/Alleen op het kerkhof Fontana YF 278115 1966 Kejje nagaan/Spat niet met pap Fontana YF 278123 She'll stay/I got you Fontana YF 278133 EP Ik heb geen zin om op te staan/Alleen op het kerkhof/Kejje nagaan/ /Spat niet met pap Fontana TE 463318 1967 S.O.S./I call you bluff Fontana YF 278146 1976 Ik heb geen zin om op te staan/Kejje nagaan Philips 6012599
The Maskers from Amsterdam came together in 1962, formed by ex-members of the Apron Strings. Under guidance of Z.Z. (Bob Bouber, real name Boris Blom) they began a Screaming Lord Sutch-like act with masks, gruesome noises and a light-show, that brought more darkness than light. In that early period, Trix Boelen (to Trix & Paramounts) also sang, as did Z.Z. Bob Bouber had been an actor and founded the "Akademie voor Kleinkunst". With their show and their instrumental prowess, the group became succesfull all over Europe, which resulted in countless foreign tours. In 1965, Bob Bouber retired from the Maskers. He became the brain behind Het (see there) and touring abroad. His backing group in 1968 comprised: Axel van Duin (b, ex-Gin Fizz, to the Belgian Pebbles), Henk Engelgeer (o,p, ex-John Breughel Four & Gin Fizz), Wijnand Blok (g, ex-Paul van Vliet), and Willem Voorhaar (dr, ex-Gin Fizz, to Johnny Kendall). The Maskers kept on working till 1969, although now they focused more on rhythm & blues. Line-up: Jan de Hont (g, ex-Apron Strings, to Anno Nu, in 1968 replaced by his brother Adri de Hont, ex-Pocomania, to Johnny Kendall), Hans de Hont (b, ex-Apron Strings, to Johnny Kendall), Erik Boom (g, in 1963 replaced by Jaap de Groot, solo as D.J. King & Mike Rondell), Ador Otting (o,p,v,h,b, to Anno Nu) and drummers: respectively, Henny van Pinksteren (ex-Apron Strings, to Beat Buddies, 'til 1963), Pierre van der Linden (ex-Johnny & Cellarrockers and Mystics, to Don Mercedes, 1963 til 1964) and Alewijn Dekker (1964 til 1969). Also, Tony Leroy (g, to Met & Zonder) has played for a short while with the group.
1964 James Bond/Ave Maria no morro Artone DR 25237 Cadillac/Spanish tears Artone DR 25238 Greensleeves/North Sea melody Artone DR 25242 EP Cadillac/Spanish tears/James Bond 007/Till Artone EPDR 6739 1965 Stoppin' in Las Vegas/Cato from Volendam [w/Chubby Checker] Cameo Parkway CP 26425 Baby baby balla balla/My little girl [w/Chubby Checker] Cameo Parkway CP 26432 So sorry/I wanna relax Artone DR 25286 Goldfinger/Formula V Special Artone OS 25311 Brandnew Cadillac/Because I'm in love Artone OS 25317 Shame and scandal in the family/Come with me honey Artone OS 25319 Potverdrie groot schandaal in onze familie/Caramba caramba Artone OS 25320 1966 Three's a crowd/Living in the past Artone OS 25343 Baby blue/Danny boy Artone DS 25359 Masters of war/As long as I have you Artone DS 25375 Batman/The saint Artone DS 25376 Come on boy join the army/He cursed him Artone DS 25430 LP Sensations in sound Artone PDS 910 1967 Georgia on my mind/Unchain my heart Artone DS 25497 Shame on you/Hold of me Artone DS 25546 Bill Bailey/Watermelon man ? Annabelle/Don't you do it Artone DJ 25590 LP Beat meets R & B Artone PDR 552 LP Shame on you Artone PDS 560 1968 Heatwave/Death Artone DJ 25715 Adagio/Concerto d'Aranjuez [& Willy Schobben, trompet] Artone DJ 25760 Saints and sinners/Danse macabre Artone DJ 25854 1969 For you for me for you/Yes I am [met Chubby Checker] Artone DS 25904 Feelin' strange/Every little thing [met Johnny Kendall] Negram NG 179 1971 LP Greatest hits Artone BDJS 1585 1974 LP De Beste CBS 53405
Anno Nu from Amsterdam was a group that came together from the remnants of The Maskers and The Whiskers and existed from 1969 till 1970. Lineup: Jan de Hont (v,g, ex-Maskers, to September), Ador Otting (v,o,p, ex-Maskers, to September), Willem de Vries (v,b, ex-Sharks & Me, to September), Pim de Boer (dr, ex-Whiskers, to Hickory) and Jan Stam (s,fl, ex-Whiskers, to Bled and Hickory). After attempts to lift the band off the ground with Bob Bouber, they deteriorated to a local nightclub attraction.
1963 Dracula/Beat girl Artone DR 25202 1964 La comparsa/Quizas quizas quizas Artone DR 25203 Sloppin' in Las Vegas/She's got my heart Artone DR 25220 Tamara/Till Artone DR 25228 Shake hands/Ik heb genoeg van jou Artone DR 25236 Cheat cheat/Playboy loves playgirl Artone DR 25243 EP Dracula/Beat girl/La comparsa/Quizas quizas quizas Artone EPDR 6736 1965 LP Artone PDR 138 LP Artone POS 020 1971 La comparsa/Spanish tears CBS 7145
1965 Trek het je niet aan/Ik bedoel 't altijd zo goed Artone DR 25300 EP Ik heb genoeg van jou/So sorry/Ik bedoel 't altijd zo goed/ /Trek het je niet aan Artone EPDR 6740 1966 Jouw eerste concert/Nog wel bedankt Artone OS 25339 Nog wel bedankt/Jij bent een raadsel Artone OS 25344 1968 Ik weet nog goed/Meneertje pils Philips JF 334502 Ik wil me donalddukkie terug/Kie ka kaketoe Philips JF 334665 1970 Tikketak/Wat kan ik eraan doen Greenlight GLS 711 1974 La dolce vita/Man zonder huis CBS 2061 Trek het je niet aan/Ik heb genoeg van jou CBS 2170 LP Onderweg CBS 65476 1976 Voor niets/Terug CNR 141346 LP De beste CNR 538104 1977 De telefoon huilt mee/De kleine witte hen CNR 141385 1981 He Linda/ Ariola 103133
The group Pocomania from Amsterdam was formed in 1967 out of Het and functioned at first mostly as a backing group to soul singer Davy Jones. The line-up: Dick Remelink (s, ex-Harland Kwintet, to Ekseption), Dennis Whitbread (dr, ex-Het, to Names & Faces), Pim van der Linden (b, ex-Het, to World), Fred Ros (o,p, to Johnny Kendall, in 1968 replaced by Hessel de Vries, ex-Met & Zonder, to George Cash) and on guitar, respectively, Lee Jones, Jacques Zwart (ex-Het, to Penny Wise) and Adri de Hont (ex-Het, to Maskers). On the single: Dennis, Pim, Adri and Johnny Frederiksz (ex-Restless Kids, Witterlands and Syndicate, to George Cash).
1968 Heikrekel/Peterselie Fontana YF 278161
Singer Hans Donkerkaat from Amsterdam. His first group, Johnny Kendall & Heralds, was one of Nederlands' first real beat group. The proof of just how popular they were is the fact that when Herman Stok presented their "St. James infirmary" as a flop in his tv-programme Top Of Flop: it became a hit over almost all of Europe. In 1963, De Heralds were formed out of the instrumental group Les Sylvains and stayed together till 1968: Wim Roozendaal (dr, to John Kristel and Conny Vink), Gerard van Veen (b, to Tony Alberti), Frits van Es (g, to Tony Alberti) and Dennis Jacquet (g,o). After the Heralds, Johnny worked with several groups: Selection, Maskers, Machine and Pineapple. In addition, in 1973 with Wally Tax and in 1974/75 in Germany in Bert Kaempfert Orchestra. Selection (1968): Jan-Pieter Boekhoorn (o,p, ex-Tee Set), John van Dijk (dr, ex-Group W.N., replaced Fred Kragten, to Gallery), Loek Kuiper (b, later with Dave & Jos Brink) and Dennis Jacquet (g, ex-Heralds). Selection (1969): Jan-Pieter Boekhoorn (o,p, to Sympathy), Andre Versluijs (b, to Mike Justin & Crystal), Jaap de Wit (g, to Bismarck) and Willem Voorhaar (dr, ex-Bob Bouber). Maskers (1969-1972): Ton van der Meer (s, ex-Pepper & Soul), Hans de Hont (b, ex-ZZ & Maskers, to Alexander Curly), Adri de Hont (g, ex-Maskers, to September, in 1970 replaced by Ben de Bruin, ex-Panda, to Rob Hoeke and by Ben de Roest, ex-Short '66, to Sharks & Me), Fred Ros (o,p, ex-Pocomania, to Mayflower, in 1970 replaced by Ger Veldhuijzen (ex-Gallery, to Square Set and Temple) and Willem Voorhaar (dr, in late 1969 to Punky's Dilemma and replaced by, in succession, Jerry Gobel, ex-Short '66, to Angelflight Railways and Theo de Ruiter, to Album).
Johnny Kendall Machine (1976): Ger Veldhuijzen (o,p, by now ex-Mouth & MacNeal), Jan Vredenburg (dr, ex-Mouth & MacNeal and Machine, to Champagne), Paulette Bronkhorst (v, to Champagne), Bert Altena (g), Hein Braat (b, better known as Barry Duncan, ex-Herman van Keeken), Ed van Toorenburg (v,g, ex-Mokum Beat Five and to Breeze) and Fred Jansen (v, g, ex-Mayflower, to Breeze). Pineapple (1976-1981): Ron Meyes (g, also in Knack, replaced by Tony Leroy, ex-Met & Zonder, to Beauty Case), Ruud Baron (b, ex-Temple, to Latul and replaced by Wilbert de Gooyer, ex-Liberation of Man, to Spirit), Ger Veldhuijzen (o,p, replaced by Bert Kok, ex-Rembrandt) and Theo van Adrichem (dr, ex-Square Set and Never Mind, in 1979 to Album and succeeded by Ko Joon, to Fat Eddy Band). Alongside of Johnny, in Pineapple were singing Anna Dekker (solo as Dee Dee), Julia Lekranty (to Cheyenne) and Ed van Steijn (ex-Rembrandt, to Joe Monroe Band).
1974 Do you love me/Old Kentucky home CNR 141278 1976 't Kon zo niet verder gaan/Hollywood Elf Provincien ELF 65053 1981 Yes I know/Tears in the night Dureco 4458
1964 Eenzaam hart/Sinds ik jou daar zag staan RCA 47-9547 St. James infirmary/Little girl RCA 47-9570 I found myself a brandnew baby/A thousand ways [w/ Heralds] RCA 47-9581 Jezebel/Hoochie coochie man RCA 47-9588 1965 See see rider/Shake hands RCA 47-9593 Greenback dollar/Bad news RCA 47-9596 I wanna be free/That's why baby RCA 47-9598 You tell me why/Why not stop and dig it RCA 47-9651 [Italy] Hai promesso (Heart of stone)/Tu cemmini (See See Rider) RCA 45-1452 LP On the move Camden CAL 10041 [Italy] LP 1966 Girl/Do you remember RCA 47-9654 Run run run/I hear horns blow RCA 47-9734 1967 Went wrong/I'm high RCA 47-9752 1969 St. James infirmary/My crazy clown RCA 47-15135 1974 St. James infirmary/Shake hands/See see rider/Hoochie coochie man RCA 47-16168
1969 Feelin' strange/Every little thing Negram NG 179
1968 Cryin'/I realised too late Havoc SG 147
An Amsterdam-based pop group, founded in 1970 by Ger Veldhuijsen (o, p, ex-Pepper & Soul, to Johnny Kendall), Fred Kragten (dr, ex-Johnny Kendall), Duco de Rijk (g, ex-Zen, to Breakaway), Ron Goené (b, ex-Bobby Green Selection, to Temple) and Paul Hillen (v). In 1971 the featured line-up was: Theo de Wilde (o, p, to Temple), Erik van Kranen (dr, ex-Obsession, to F.B.I.), Johan Slager (g, High Tide Formation, to Kayak, in 1972 replaced by René Boelen, ex-Telephone, to Valentine's Bluesband), Ron Goené (b) and Ed Broeckhoven (v, in 1979 in Link). Gallery broke up in 1972.
1970 Running around/Sentence to death Barclay 167010 1971 Emptiness inside/The problem Barclay 167013
A new wave band from Terneuzen, featuring Ed van Broeckhoven (v, ex-Gallery), Co van Reyen (v, g), Hans Burger (v,fl,h), Ton de Vetter (b), Werner Cornand (dr) and Boet Pattinama (perc).
1981 Start the machine
A rock group from Amsterdam, in 1971 founded by John Frederiksz (v, ex-World, to Q'65), Ron Goené (b, ex-Gallery, only a short stint), Theo de Wilde (o, ex-Gallery), Ralph Norman (g, ex-World) and Cees Meerman (dr, ex-World, to Minisink Townhouse and replaced by Jerry Göbel, ex-Angelflight Railways, to Cargo). The second single was released in 1974 under the name of Johnny Frederiksz & Temple. The group had already disbanded when this single was released. The line-up featured: Johnny Frederiksz (v, ex-Kjoe, to Livin' Blues), Ger Veldhuisen (o, p, ex-Johnny Kendall and Square Set, to Mouth & MacNeal), Ron Meyes (g, ex-Album, to Mouth & MacNeal), Wim Jongbloed (dr, to Knack) and Ruud Baron (b, ex-Baron Brothers, to Johnny Kendall).
1971 Searching for places/Triple guitar Philips 6012105 1974 Our father/Country joy Natural NALS 004
A supergroup from Amsterdam; existed in 1970-1971, featuring: John Frederiksz (v, ex-George Cash, to Temple), Pim van der Linden (b, ex-Pocomania, to Rob Hoeke), Ron Meyes (g, ex-George Cash, to Johnny Kendall), Ralph Norman (g, ex-Short '66, to Temple) and Kees Meerman (dr, ex-Bismarck, to Temple).
1970 She don't care about time/Sunday Polydor 2050064
Another Amsterdam-based group, existed in 1970-1971, featuring: Bart Terlaak (dr, ex-Island, to Threshold Fear and replaced by Cees Meerman, to World), Jan Dankmeijer (b, ex-Island), Ferry Karmelk (g, ex-Island, to Tee Set) and Jaap de Wit (g, ex-Johnny Kendall, to Lobster).
1971 Drive on driver/Travellin' man MCA MCS 3924 Shotgun express/Brown-eyed handsome man Polydor 2021002
Jaap de Groot, ex-Maskers, later in Mike & Michael and solo as Mike Rondell.
1970 Lazy/One finger Negram NG 174
Roek Williams (ex-Roek's Family) and Jaap de Groot (ex-Maskers and solo as D.J. King, later as Mike Rondell).
1971 The sun is born/Horace the frog Negram NG 218 Let's stop/Sunshine to my soul Negram NG 241 1972 A star/Caroline Negram NG 278 Himalaya/Maria, Tobias and John Negram NG 305 1973 Maria, Tobias and John/Sunshine to my soul Negram NG 379 LP Greatest hits Negram ELS 978
Jaap de Groot, ex-Mike & Michael. Earlier in the Apron Strings and the Maskers. In 1977 joined Pandemonium.
1974 L'amour en France/Ik ben vrij Negram NG 404 1975 I'm sorry sir/Come on take my hand Basf 05-15514-6 Mr. Sandman/Swimmin' with the women Basf 05-15524-7 What can I do/Jane Basf 05-15732-0 LP Goin' back in time Basf 16-25560-3 1976 [& High Five] To be or not to be/Problems Poker S 636 LP To be or not to be [nooit verschenen] Poker PO 10006 1979 T-shirt/Little red jeans Polydor 2050549
Duet comprising Ador Otting (ex-September) and Jaap de Groot (ex-Maskers and solo as Mike Rondell). At the time, there was another group called Pandemonium from Drachten, that operated under the name Exit until 1970. The latter featured Robert Brans (dr, ex-Tony Sheridan, to Dingo).
1977 1941/Ol' blue jeans Poker POS 15011 1978 Blackberry way/Friday night Poker POS 15045
Amsterdam based rock & roll band Apron Strings served as the launchpad for several Amsterdam beat groups. It existed from 1959 until 1961, but didn't make any records. Lineup: Rob de Nijs (v, to Lords), Hans de Hont (b, to Maskers, in 1959 succeeded Bert de Nijs, to Lords), Henny van Pinksteren (dr, to Beat Buddies), Jan de Hont (g, to Maskers) and Roel Vredeveld (g).
Nightclub orchestra from Amsterdam, active in 1967/68. Line-up: Frank Nodelijk (v, g, ex-John Breughel Four, to Shocking Blue), Willem Voorhaar (dr, ex-John Breughel Four, to Bob Bouber), Henk Engelgeer (v, o, p, ex-John Breughel Four, to Bob Bouber) and Ronny Bühre (v, b, ex-Roek Williams & Fighting Cats, to André van Duin). Ronny and Frank were replaced in 1968 by Axel van Duin (v, b, ex-Clungels, to Punky's Dilemma and Pebbels) and Rene van Kerkhoven (v, g).
MIKE & MICHAEL 20-2-71 SINGLE tip THE SUN IS BORN 11-9-71 SINGLE tip LET'S STOP 10-6-72 SINGLE 23 4 A STAR 18-11-72 SINGLE tip HIMALAYA MIKE RONDELL 16-2-74 SINGLE tip L'AMOUR EN FRANCE 22-2-75 SINGLE 16 6 I'M SORRY SIR 5-7-75 SINGLE tip MR. SANDMAN 27-12-75 SINGLE tip WHAT CAN I DO 1-1-77 SINGLE tip TO BE OR NOT TO BE PANDEMONIUM 26-11-77 SINGLE 35 3 1941
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