In the pre-Beatles
era (the Fab Four visited The Netherlands in early June 1964),
Johnny Lion & The Jumping Jewels
were one of the Dutch top bands comparable to England's
Cliff Richard & the
Shadows. They got together in 1960 when singer Jan van Leeuwarden sat in
with The Real Rhythm Rockers, who comprised
Hans van Eijk on "bass" (actually a guitar with thick strings) and Frits
Tamminga on drums. They decided to start a band together called Johnny & the
Jewels. Joop Oonk became their bass player. After some time, Tjibbe Veeloo
joined as rhythm guitarist. They came under the guidance of Herman Batelaan, who
got The Jewels a recording contract with the mighty Phonogram
organization, and released "Wheels" in early 1961 on the Philips label
under a new name, The Jumping Jewels. As it later turned out, only lead
guitarist Hans van Eijk played on the
records, the backing was done by older professional studio musicians like Kees
Kranenburg Sr., drummer of the well-known ballroom orchestra The Ramblers.
The band mainly released covers or arrangements of existing songs: "Wheels"
was a cover of American band The String-A-Longs and the B-side, "Ghost
Riders In The Sky", had been recorded by The Ramrods. Other hits were
the theme for the motion picture "Exodus", "Mexico" (a US hit by Bob
Moore), the tango "Olé Guapa" (first recorded in 1937 by Malando)
and "Guitar Tango", a French song first recorded by Dario Moreno &
Tino Rossi, which was later also covered by The Shadows (albeit in an
In 1962, Jan van Leeuwarden (renamed Johnny Lion) also started recording and touring with The Jumping Jewels as his backing band. Incidentally, his first single was "My Bonnie" (in Germany a hit by Tony Sheridan & The Beatles). In late '62, drummer Frits Tamminga suffered a nervous breakdown and was temporarily replaced by Kees Kranenburg Jr., son of their studio drummer. In 1963, The Jumping Jewels released their first album, "Jumping High", a sign that facilities and recordings started getting more and more professional. The combo had a string of hits including "Zuyderzee Blues" (originally by The Ramblers), a South-African song called "Africa" and Eddy Christiani's "Wild Geese". Thanks to the parallel success of Johnny Lion, they became one of the Dutch top acts by mid-1963. Around that time, Kees Kranenburg Jr. replaced Tamminga permanently; he would also play on the following Jumping Jewels records. More hits followed, including "Dakota" (which they'd heard on a Shadows album), Allen Toussaint's "Java" and "Irish Washerwoman", an arrangment of an 18th century Irish tune. In early 1964, they recorded a live album with Johnny Lion at Les Galeries in Scheveningen. It included an instrumental version of The Beatles' "I Saw Her Standing There", a sign the times were changing. The Jumping Jewels had a number 1 hit in Peru - of all places - with this track! And more international success followed when in the spring they did a tour of the Far East, covering Singapore, Malaysia and Pakistan. The domestic success continued with two more hits, "Zambesi" and "Jumping Can Can". They recorded a 10-inch album with background music for DeWolfe Music in England, which since then has become a much sought-after collector's item.
In 1965, manager Batelaan got them into show business by booking them for a season at Circus Boltini. Johnny Lion then completely changed style and recorded a song in Dutch without The Jewels, "Sophietje", which went to Number 1. In the fall of 1965, The Jumping Jewels announced they would start backing Lion's biggest rival, Rob de Nijs, whose backing band The Lords had switched to beat music. However, manager Batelaan went to court for breach of contract, preventing the band from using the name The Jumping Jewels. Meanwhile, Hans van Eijk got an offer for a PR job from Koekoek Musical Instruments (importer of Fender) and accepted. The other Jewels then decided to continue as a beat group called The JayJays. Hans van Eijk played on their first single, but by January 1966, he'd been replaced by Frank Nodelijk (ex-Crescents, to Peter Andrew & the Sapphires) and later Leo Bennink (ex-Mack).
In 1971, a "Best Of The Jumping Jewels" album was released, enabling listeners to hear the band in true stereo for the first time. This LP was so successful that Phonogram decided to release a second volume, and so a "Best Of Johnny Lion & The Jumping Jewels" came out in 1973. It led to Herman Batelaan approaching the former band members to record a new album. However, Joop Oonk was too busy with his management company, Tjibbe Veeloo was not interested and Kees Kranenburg Jr. was recovering from a serious road accident. The resulting album, "Forever Yours" from 1975, was done by Hans van Eijk with Paranova members Ernst van Thiel (d) and Hanno Gerritse (b). Fred Brekelmans played keyboards. The album - produced by Hans van Eijck of The Tee Set, not to be confused with Jewel Hans van Eijk! – was, however, not an album in the old Jumping Jewels style, but a set of modern instrumentals with wah-wah effects and synthesizer sounds. Van Eijk then decided to go on the road on the back of the album (with Brekelmans, Rob Houdt on drums and Johan Korringa on bass). Under his own name Van Eijk released some singles and albums over the years.
In 1985, Johnny Lion and Hans van Eijk did a one-off reunion for a radio show. This led to a full-fledged reunion in 1991 of a line-up of Hans van Eijk, Joop Oonk, Kees Kranenburg Jr. and Leo Bennink (who had never been an actual Jewel, but had been in The JayJays with Oonk and Kranenburg) doing a revival TV show with Johnny Lion. It was then announced The Jumping Jewels would tour and record again, but after one single the project slowly petered out. From the mid-1990s, Johnny Lion & The Jumping Jewels performed at special events with Hans van Eijk, Joop Oonk, Tom op 't Hof (d) and Roy Soeriorosero (g, ex-F.B.I.). They even returned to Singapore in December 2003 (with Kees Kranenburg Jr. on drums again) to revive old times.
Hans van Eijk still tours with a band called The New Jumping Jewels, whose bass player is "Hoss" van Hardeveld (formerly of Unit Gloria). The other members are Ruud Jansen (g) and Henk Doove (d). Of the original members, Joop Oonk is a showbiz manager, Kees Kranenburg Jr. is a jazz drummer and Leo Bennink is still very active, playing with his old band The Black Albinos and a project with former Redbone drummer Peter DePoe. Tjibbe Veeloo left the music business in 1967 and claims he hasn't touched an electric guitar since.
1961 Wheels/Riders in the sky Philips PF 318539 Theme from Exodus/Olé guapa Philips PF 318582 EP Dans le coeur de ma blonde/Les cavaliers du ciel [+ 2 songs from Ladi Geisler] Philips PE 430035 1962 Mexico/Darktown strutters ball Philips PF 318637 Parade tango/Zuyderzee blues Philips PF 318733 Outlaw/Green leaves of summer Philips PF 318772 Guitar tango/A hundred pounds of clay Philips PF 318800 EP Avec une poignee de terre/Guitar tango/Darktown strutters ball/Mexico Philips PE 433089 1963 Africa/Twilight time Philips PF 318876 More/Dakota [not released with this labelnummer] Philips JF 327512 Wild geese/Zero zero Philips JF 327527 More/Dakota Philips JF 327566 Istanbul/Dream of the west Philips JF 327597 EP Rumble/Africa/Smoke signals/Istanbul Philips PE 433182 EP Africa/Twilight time/Zero zero/Wild geese Philips PE 433186 EP Jumping high (Rumble/Smoke signals/Dream of the west/Istanbul)Philips PE 433226 LP Jumping high Philips PL 08082 LP Jump [Japan] Philips FL 5089 1964 Java/Irish washerwoman Philips JF 327633 I saw her standing there/Cossack melodies (live in Scheveningen) Philips JF 327667 Jumping can-can/Zambesi Philips JF 327712 EP Irish washerwoman/Trek to Rome/Java/Blue skies Philips PE 433240 EP Tribute to Malaysia (Nona nona zamang sekarang/Nina Bobo/Stambul bunga mawar/Kapal ladju) Philips PE 433248 EP In Singapore (Nona nona zamang sekarang/Nina Bobo/Stambul bunga mawar/Kapal ladju Philips PE 433256 EP More/I saw her standing there/The green leaves of summer/El choclo Philips PE 433264 EP Johnny Lion & Jumping Jewels [2 instrumental tracks: Zambesi/Jumping can-can] Philips PE 433274 LP Johnny Lion, Leddy Wessel & Jumping Jewels Live at the Galleries [a few instrumental tracks] Philips PL 12924 LP Guitars about town [England and Singapore] De Wolfe DW 2821 1965 Espana cani/Hornpipe Philips JF 327815 LP Johnny Lion & Jumping Jewels at the circus [partly instrumental tracks] Philips PL 12982 1971 LP Best Philips 6440037 1972 LP Best volume 2 Philips 6440104 1975 LP Forever yours Philips 6401088 1978 LP Guitars about town [re] CL Records 2005 1979 LP Best [re] Philips 6440812 1980 LP Forever yours [re] Philips 6423359 1981 LP Rock on [= Guitars about town] Dijk Sound Recording LSP 8112 LP Best [re] Philips 6423488 1982 Irish washerwoman/Africa Philips 6017288 1989 CD Original tapes Philips 836.103-2 (same tracks as LP Philips 6440.812 - The Best Of The Jumping, but "Wheels" is the 1975 re-recording and not the 1961 original + 12 tracks by René & his Alligators 1991 Hot Samba / Dakota '91 CNR 142.437-7 CDs Hot Samba / Dakota '91 / Africa '91 CNR 142.437-3 1993 2CD Jumping High Mercury 514.452-2 2002 2CD Ghostriders - 48 All Time Favourites Hunter HM 1327
1981 Heel bijzonder/ EMI 5C 006-26731 LP Heel bijzonder EMI 5C 064-26730 1982 't Beest/De kater EMI 5C 006-26777
1965 Sophietje/Jij laat me koud [& Young Ones] Philips JF 327861 EP Sophietje/Jij laat me koud/ /Heb je alles vergeten/Meen je echt wat je zegt Philips PE 433320 A gal in Calico/Idaho [on LP Tunes van toen] Philips PL 12971 1966 Tjingeling/Niemand weet Philips JF 327927 Tijd komt en gaat voorbij/Wees niet bang Philips JF 333553 Dandy/Conchita en Klaas Philips JF 333603 LP Zeg maar John tegen Lion Philips PL 12707 1967 Stoommasjien/Piet Philips JF 333844 1968 Huil niet Mariska/ Philips JF 333919 1970 Janneke/Haar van boven [& Albert Mol] Polydor 2050008 1982 Sophietje/Jij laat me koud Philips 6017291
Jan van Leeuwarden from The Hague started singing in 1959 in Johnny & Jewels, the latter Jumping Jewels. When he left the military service in 1962, he embarked on a brief period of success: Grand Gala du Disque (1963), tours of the Far East (1964), etc. In 1965, he broke away from The Jumping Jewels and struck out on his own, accompanied by, a.o., the Jumping Pop-in. Between 1968 and 1979, Johnny was earning his keep as a boutique owner, photographer and actor. In 1979, he recorded a comeback LP, on which he persented himself as John Lion.
1962 Bonnie rock/C'mon everybody Philips PF 318688 Ginny come lately/Dear one Philips PF 318732 Teenage senorita/Judy Philips PF 318773 Devil woman/Send me the pillow that you dream on Philips PF 318807 1963 Blame it on the bossa nova/I'll never go away Philips PF 318888 Count on me/Break up Philips JF 327531 Gipsy woman/I like it Philips JF 327555 Let's make a habit of this/Sweets for my sweet Philips JF 327565 Teeny/Shubidubi do the slop [Engelstalig] Philips JF 327580 Teeny/Shubidubi doe de slop [Nederlandstalig] Philips JF 327592 EP Devil woman/Send me the pillow that you dream on/ /Teenage senorita/Judy Philips PE 433166 LP Philips PL 12092 1964 Loddy lo/Tralalala Suzy Philips JF 327621 On my mind/No particular place to go Philips JF 327711 You've done it again/Do wah diddy diddy Philips JF 327713 EP You've done it again/Zambesi/ /Jumping can-can/Do wah diddy diddy Philips PE 433274 1965 I wanna dance with you/Everyday Philips JF 327807 LP Johnny Lion, Leddy Wessel & Jumping Jewels live in Scheveningen Philips PL 12924 LP At the circus Philips PL 12982 1973 LP De beste Philips 6440120 1982 LP De beste [re] Philips 6375412
In the short time of its existence (1966 'til early 1967), the group has delivered one single and accompanied Johnny Lion and Rob de Nijs at their performances in Circus Boltini. They can also be heard on "Mr. Bartender" by Frankie Franken. The line-up featured: Hans van Eijck (v, g, to Tee Set, After Tea), Pierre van der Linden (dr, ex-Don Mercedes, to Met & Zonder, After Tea), Jan-Pieter Boekhoorn (o, p, to Tee Set), Dick v.d. Loo (b) and (on and off) Allan Ellis (v, a.k.a. John van Doorn, to Daddy's Act).
1967 The silly chap/If you like Decca AT 10252
With a big advertising campain, the The Hague beat group the Young Ones was renamed into Chapter II in 1966. Since 1962, the group had already accompanied many Dutch and non-Dutch artists, like Cliff Richard on a Dutch tour, Johnny Lion (with Sophietje) and Trea Dobbs. Line-up: Fred Krens (dr, p), Ton Theyn (v, g), Cees Ball (b, v, ex-Peter & Blizzards), Wim Löhr (v, g) and a "featured vocalist" Ronnie Lake (a.k.a. Roel v.d. Meer). In 1968, Chapter II ceased to exist.
1966 East of my place/She sends me away Philips JF 333616 LP Page one Philips XPL 655023 1967 We'll be friends again/Hey day Philips JF 333676
1965 EP Have I the right/Say you/It hurts to be in love/Singing the blues [w/Ronnie Lake & Rudi Seedorf] Lion Tops LEP 13/111203 Have I the right/Say you/It hurts to be in love/Singing the blues [on LP Twaalf tienertoppers] Decca QL 625376 Belinda/Oh lalala song Philips JF 327897 1966 Mini Minnie/She won't even let me in Philips JF 333558
1966 Higgledy piggledy/Don't you know Philips JF 333617 1968 Lalala/Thomas Jan Philips JF 333989
Rudi had a couple of songs on Lion Tops EPs.
1965 Say you/Singing the blues [& Young Ones] Lion Tops LEP 13/E 111203 1966 Mountain of love [& Jets] Lion Tops LEP 15/E 111246
1963 Casanova bacia mi/Tranen om jou Decca FM 264508 Ik wou dat ik een prinses was/Je houdt je hart niet tegen Decca AT 10017 1964 Parel van de Zuidzee/Dit is de nacht Decca AT 10035
Teenage vocalist Trea Dobbs from Eindhoven began her singing career as Trea van der Schoot, but this name turned out to be too difficult to pronounce for her German fans. In 1963, she won the Cabaret der Onbekenden contest at the age of 15 and then took singing lessons from Annelies de Graaf, a teen idol herself just a few years before. In 1964, Trea was in the winning "Knokke" team. In 1968, her recording career ended, but Trea found herself to be the focus of the Snip & Snap Revue.
1964 Parel van de Zuidzee/Dit is de nacht [re] Decca AT 10035 Achter de wolken is zonneschijn/Niemand zal mijn tranen zien Decca AT 10046 Blonder Capitano/Am fernen Ufer Decca AT 10054 Tennessee waltz/Move over darling Decca AT 10072 Rita Petita Conchita/Die goldene Rose gabst du mir Decca AT 10073 Altijd zal het zomer zijn/Hi lili hi lo [& Johnny & Cellarrockers] Decca AT 10081 Jetzt dreht die Welt sich nur um dich/Du weisst ja so wenig von mir [& Rob de Nijs] Decca AT 10084 Ik vraag 't aan de sterren/Ik hield van jou Decca AT 10093 EP Trea (Niemand zal mijn tranen zien/Achter de wolken is zonneschijn/ /Parel van de Zuidzee/Dit is de nacht) Decca V 63157 1965 Hé Rob, hé Trea/Ik droom de hele dag van jou [& Rob de Nijs, de Lords & de Fouryos] Decca AT 10094 Secret love/It's for you Decca AT 10099 You've lost that lovin' feelin'/The wedding Decca AT 10120 De graaf van Monte Carlo/Kus me na middernacht Decca AT 10121 Kijk maar niet om/Ploem ploem jenka Decca AT 10124 Kijk maar niet om/Stad Decca AT 10125 Ploem ploem jenka/Stad Decca AT 10126 Een schaduw viel op het venster/Drie rode rozen Decca AT 10153 Where are you now/In the chapel of the moonlight Decca AT 10158 Kijk maar niet om/Tranen om jou Decca AT 10165 Calling the stars [w/Marijke Merckens, Ria Valk and Rob de Nijs and de Lords] Decca AT 10174 EP Secret love/It's for you/The wedding/You've lost that lovin' feelin' Decca BU 70005 EP Ploem ploem jenka/Stad/Kijk maar niet om/Ik vraag 't aan de sterren Decca BU 70007 LP De songwereld van Trea [mono] Decca DU 170006 LP De songwereld van Trea [stereo] Decca DU 370006 LP Rob & Trea [met Rob de Nijs] Decca QL 625365 1966 Marmer, staal en steen vergaan/Ik dacht dat ik je meisje was Decca AT 10180 Love's just a broken heart/My love Decca AT 10193 Kova tembel/In mijn agenda Decca AT 10222 In mijn agenda/Mijn hand Decca AT 10225 1967 Donderdag/Leef Decca AT 10262 Wolken boven land en zee/Kova tembel Decca AT 10276 1968 Het kerkje in de kerstnacht/Die ene ster [not released] Decca AT 10303 Was jij maar in Lutjebroek gebleven/Viva el amor Decca AT 10343 1971 Kleine vogel/Hier in mijn hart Decca 6100035 1981 Laat 't niet verder meer gaan/Liefde Polydor 2050727 1982 Morgen dan gaat 't weer beter/Laat me liever maar alleen Polydor 2050749
In late 1965, popular instrumental combo The Jumping Jewels
fell apart. Lead guitarist
Hans van Eijk got an offer for a PR job at
Koekoek Musical Instruments (who imported Fender guitars and amps) and announced
he was going to quit being a full-time musician. The plan was for rhythm
guitarist Tjibbe Veelo to become the lead guitarist and to augment the band with
an organist and a saxophonist, as well as to start backing singer Rob de Nijs
(the biggest rival of Johnny Lion with
whom the Jewels
had worked for the previous 6 years). There was a big row with Johnny Lion
and manager Herman Batelaan over this, upon which Veeloo, bassist Joop Oonk and
drummer Kees Kranenburg Jr. decided to find a replacement for
van Eijk and continue as a "beatgroup". But
Batelaan immediately sued them for breach of contract, preventing them from
using the name Jumping Jewels - or it would
cost them X-thousand per day. So the ex-Jewels
decided to call themselves the JayJays (sometimes spelled Jay-Jays
or Jay Jays) and recorded their first single containing two covers of
songs from The Kinks' first album: "Baldheaded Woman" And "So
Hans van Eijk played guitar on the single and
did the first TV performance with the JayJays (so officially he was also
a member of the JayJays), but he went to work for his new boss on 2
January 1966. The first batch of the single was released in an "art sleeve"
without a picture. Then they found a new guitarist in Frank Nodelijk (brother of
René Nodelijk of Alligators fame). So Frank is on
the picture sleeve of the second batch of the single. But hardly had that hit
the shops when it was announced that Leo Bennink (ex-Mack)
had replaced Frank. Leo also played on the first album, which contained the
immortal "Today I'm Gay" written by Tjibbe Veeloo (unaware of the
double-entendre in that title as he just meant "Today I'm Happy"). "Baldheaded
Woman" was a big success, reaching number 4 in the Dutch Top 40. The band
had a few smaller hits in '66 with "Got Love If You Want It" (again from
the first Kinks album and arguably the best freakbeat single Nederpop
ever produced), "Come Back If You Dare"/"Don't Sell The Sun" (the
B-side got a lot of airplay) and "Wauw!" (theme song of a TV show). After
their last single as a four-piece ("Are You A Woman"), in early 1967 the
band added Jan Vennik on organ and sax.
When Tjibbe left in the Spring of 1967 (to manage his own fashion boutique), Willem Duyn (ex-Marks, later famous as Big Mouth of Mouth & McNeal) came in as lead singer and the band switched to a more soul-oriented sound.
In late '67, Leo Bennink (and a little later Jan Vennik) joined The Motions, but by that time the JayJays were has-beens. They were replaced by Rudi Contini (i.r.l. Ruud Selier, g, in 1968 replaced by John Schuursma, ex-Rob Hoeke R&B Group) and Hans Janssen (o, also ex-Marks). By 1969, both remaining founder members had left: first Joop Oonk (replaced by Bert Ruiter, ex-Fullhouse, to Punky's Dilemma and then Focus) and finally drummer/manager Kees Kranenburg, who still appeared on band pictures but had already relegated the drum seat to Bart Terlaak (ex-Daddy's Act, to Les Baroques). Soon thereafter, the JayJays were history.
1966 Bald headed woman/So mystifying Philips JF 327968 LP JayJays Philips QL 625819 Got love if you want it/I keep tryin' Philips JF 333533 Come back if you dare/Don't sell the sun Philips JF 333550 Waauw/A distant place Philips JF 333607 Are you a woman/'Cause you're mine baby Philips JF 333615 1967 Respect/Cool jerk Philips JF 333832 1968 Baby you know you ain't right/In my mind Philips JF 334523 1997 CD The complete story Mercury 526 733-2
This Noordholland group was led by Hans Overmeer (v) and had many familiar faces in its line-up in its long period of existance (1957 'til 1967). E.g., the first line-up featured: Hans, Henk Homburg, Huub van Westen and Willem Duyn (dr, in 1967 to Marks and Jayjays). Latere line-ups contained, amongst others, Hans Jansen (o, p, ex-Marks, to Jayjays), Jan Vennik (s, ex-Marks, to Jayjays), Rudi Contini (g, to Jayjays), Chris Hinze (p, to Euson & Stax), Harry Verbeke (s, won Wessel Ilcken Prijs later), Joop Mastenbroek and Toon van Vliet (s, member of Ramblers and VARA Dansorkest, died in 1975) and Harry Piller (dr, ex-Jazz Prophets, to Cees Schrama). In 1967, Hans Overmeer renamed his group into Harland Kwintet. It featured, a.o., Willem Schoone (b, left Rob Hoeke temporarily in 1967), Dick Remelink (s, ex-Atlanta Kwartet, to Pocomania) and René van Kuykhoven (g, to Soft Pillow). In 1977, yet another Holland Kwartet was founded in Noordholland: Joost Schipper (s), Jan Jeltes (dr), Gerard Koedooder (o) and Michel Schutte (v, g, ex-Wips).
1962 Pieter van Daalen/Ciao amore [als Hans Overmeer & Holland Kwartet] Delta DS 1041 1963 Hippy hippy shake/Espana cani Delta DS 1083
Beat group the Marks came from Alkmaar and existed from 1965 'til 1967. After having accompanied Edwin Rutten for a while, they moved to Germany and Switzerland, where they became rather popular and made records. Line-up in 1965: Bavo Dekker (g, to Alleycats), Oscar Rexhauser (b, ex-Hot Jumpers), Huub Jansen (dr, ex-Cocktail Trio and Atlas Kwartet, to Dutch Swing College Band, replaced by Piet Esser), Hans Jansen (o, p, ex-Blue Stars, to Holland Kwartet) and Jan Vennik (s, ex-Atlas Kwartet, to Holland Kwartet). 1967: Bavo, Hans, Jan, Willem Schoone (b, ex-Peps, to Rob Hoeke), Englishman Ian Lucas (dr, ex-Scorpions) and Willem Duyn (v, ex-Holland Kwartet, to Jayjays).
1965 Een student werd de prins van haar dromen/Scarecrow [a-side w/Edwin Rutten] CNR UH 9760 I'll never do/Come on baby CNR UH 9801 1966 Greensleeves/Now she cries Elite Special 9491 Out of my mind/High heel sneakers Elite Special 9492
The Alkmaar beat group Peps came forth from Marsila Kwartet, which had already existed for 6 years, in 1966. Under the leadership of Cees 'Camp' Erkamp (v, g, o), in 1967, the group recorded their own self-pressed single, only 500 copies released. Other members included: Jacques Boots (b), Bert Verbeek (g, replaced Ruud Sweerman in 1966), Walther Risa (g) and Ad Wagemaker (dr, to Lights). Cees and Ad kept playing together for years in Duo/Trio Cees Erkamp. Willem Schoone (b, to Marks and Rob Hoeke) was a member of the Peps, too.
1967 Foolish day/I found out [eigen beheer]
A session group that worked as the house band for the Amsterdam student society Lanx between 1969 and 1972. The line-up changed from time to time. To name a few: Willem Voorhaar (dr, ex-Johnny Kendall, to Udell, replaced by Jos Hermeler, ex-Sammy Soul Set, to Joy, in turn replaced by Dick Baars, ex-Kingbees and Act Phase Organisation, to Haddock & Perch, Brave New World, Fifth Ball Gang, Stayers, Roy Rogers Band and Lee Roberts & Sweaters), Jaap Lenkeek (s, fl), Axel van Duin (b, s, ex-Gin Fizz and Pebbels), John Schuursma (g, ex-Jayjays, to Brainbox, replaced by Henk Zwerver, ex-Sammy Soul Set, to Bruno Basta), Rudi Contini (g, ex-Jayjays), Bert Ruiter (b, ex-Jayjays, to Focus) and Theo Deken (tr). The group also worked in 1969 under the name of Marsh Mallow.
Amsterdam soul group, existed around 1980/81 and contained amongst its members: Lee Roberts (v, a.k.a. American singer Arthur Conley), Dick Baars (dr, ex-Punky's Dilemma, Haddock & Perch, Brave New World, Fifth Ball Gang, Stayers and Roy Rogers Band, to Spektakel Theater Orkest), Cor Willems (o, p, ex-Tony Sherman), Theo Houtkoop (g, ex-Cicada, Stayers and Roy Rogers Band, to Cotton Brothers), Mark Zandveld (b, ex-Roy Rogers Band) and the horn section, featuring Rob v.d. Berg (tr, ex-Rockaway Boulevard and Mr. Max & Respect).
1977 Taverne/Pontos Negram NG 2205 1979 Yucatan/Mexican hat dance Polydor 2050561 LP Sunny guitar Polydor 2441084 1981 LP Jewelry Dijk Sound Recording LSP 8115 1982 Everyday/ DSR 811545
Bill van Dijk (ex-Joy) became famous as an actor and singer in the musicals Hair and Godspell as well as various movies. In 1978, he formed rock group Bruno Basta. In 1982, he represented The Netherlands at the Eurovision Song Contest.
1973 Can't wait long/Route 99 Imperial 5C 006-24861 1982 Jij en ik/Leven is... Philips 6017344
Funk-rock band led by actor Bill van Dijk (v, ex-Joy), who had released a solo single in 1973. In 1978, he formed Bruno Basta. Line-up: René v.d. Graaf (b), Henk Zwerver (g, ex-Punky's Dilemma), Erik Karsemeyer (perc, ex-Spin), Jons Pistoor (o,p, ex-Maggie MacNeal, to Sweet d'Buster), Maarten van der Valk (dr, ex-Orfeo), Martha Pendleton (v, ex-solo, Joy, to Rainbow Train) and David Hollestelle (g, ex-Belinda, to Roberto Q & Boppers). In 1979, Jons en Martha left the band. In 1980, it featured the following line-up: Bill, Reneé, Henk, Erik, Maarten and Mac Sell (g, ex-Geo); in 1981, Maarten and Mac were replaced by Arno van Nieuwenhuizen (dr, ex-Blackout) and Bas Krumperman (g, ex-Delrose, also in Diesel). In 1982, after participating in the Eurovision Song Contest, Bill van Dijk retired. A new line-up was formed, containing: de Belg Rubeck (v), René v.d. Graaf (b, also in Say Cheese), Erik Karsemeyer (perc, also in Say Cheese), Mick Heine (g, ex-Delrose) and Nico de Gooyer (dr, ex-Captain Coke).
1980 Waitin'/Jim EMI 5C 006-26588 1981 Fingers/Piglet Sue EMI 5C 006-26631 Louise/Fructification EMI 5C 006-26666 LP Paperboys are millionaires EMI 5C 062-26637
Also known as Belinda Meuldijk, actress/songwriter.
1979 The last disco/Chico CNR 144672 Snackbar nymphomania/
Amsterdam group featuring Lesley van der Lek (g), Maarten van der Valk (g, p, tr, dr, to Bruno Basta), Joop Thonhauser (v, fl) and Dick van de Graaf (b, in 1974 to Wally Tax).
1973 Hard to please/Forget about the past Ariola AT 12404 LP Hard to please
Jumping Jewels -4-61 SINGLE 1 8M WHEELS -3-63 SINGLE 13 3M AFRICA 7-3-64 SINGLE 10 1 IRISH WASHERWOMAN/JAVA 21-3-64 SINGLE 9 18 IRISH WASHERWOMAN/JAVA 19-9-64 SINGLE 17 15 JUMPING CAN CAN JAY-JAYS 5-2-66 SINGLE 6 13 BALD HEADED WOMAN JOHNNY LION 3-10-64 SINGLE 44 6 YOU'VE DONE IT AGAIN 24-7-65 SINGLE 5 22 SOPHIETJE 5-2-66 SINGLE 14 9 TJINGELING 1-10-83 SINGLE tip BRANDENDE LIEFDE 21-5-88 SINGLE tip ALLEEN IN DALLAS ARTHUR CONLEY 20-5-67 SINGLE 10 10 SWEET SOUL MUSIC 13-4-68 SINGLE 12 11 FUNKY STREET 13-7-68 SINGLE 21 7 PEOPLE SURE ACT FUNNY TREA DOBBS 8-8-64 SINGLE 50 2 PAREL VAN DE ZUIDZEE 31-10-64 SINGLE 45 6 IK VRAAG 'T AAN DE STERREN 28-11-64 SINGLE 36 4 SECRET LOVE 9165 SINGLE 32 1 IK VRAAG 'T AAN DE STERREN 27265 SINGLE 8 4 YOU'VE LOST THAT LOVIN' FEELIN' 6365 SINGLE 8 15 PLOEM PLOEM JENKA 1166 SINGLE 7 15 MARMOR STEIN UND EISEN BRICHT 9-11-68 SINGLE tip WAS JIJ MAAR IN LUTJEBROEK GEBLEVEN 24586 SINGLE tip 'N KUS VAN U MENEER Bill van Dijk 24-4-82 SINGLE tip JIJ EN IK
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