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Shocking Blue was a Dutch rock band from the Hague which in the years 60 and 70 was successful.

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History[Edit]Edit

The Group was founded in 1967 by Robbie van Leeuwen, stating that they are at The Motions to his ceiling had come and wanted to put a group in the scaffolding that he saw more opportunities internationally. The Group recruited members from various corners of Lions of the Hague beatscene and chose initially for a singer, Barry Hay, who just The Haigs had left. Hay paste however and Verma said the historic words: "Here you'll regret it" (quote from Barry Hay on NCRV television). In the end, the singer Fred de Wilde and was there a lp recorded for Polydor . The album was like the first single "Love is in the air" moderately successful.

A year later stepped over to the newly founded Shocking Blue Pink Elephantlabel Dureco. The first record on that label came out, was Lucy Brown is back in town. The single did it nice in the Top 40. When David got a call for military service in mid-1968, decided that he wanted to complete his Group Of Lions with a singer. At first it was thought to Annet Hesterman, but they turned out just to be entered into a contract with a manager and thanked. A short time Later, she was the singer of the GroningenRo-d-Ys. In Loosdrecht encountered By lions and manager Cees van Leeuwen on Mariska Veres, who acted with The Motowns during a party of the Golden Earring.Through her mother was the contact is made.

Shocking Blue was the first Dutch group that a number-onehit in the Billboard Hot 100 with the single earned the United States 's Venus.

The Group had many other hits and went in 1975 apart. In 1979 a attempt at a reunion, but that only lasted a year or two. Shocking Blue was resurrected in a new composition in 1993 with Mariska Veres, but without Robbie van Leeuwen. This formation continued to occur until the death of Mariska Veres in december 2006.

Members[Edit]Edit

The group members over the years:

Timeline[Edit]Edit

Venus[Edit]Edit

The Group had a worldwide hit with Venus, a song based on The Banjo Song from 1963 of The Big 3[1]. The single earned in the Netherlands Dutch Top 40twice, but did not know to come higher than number 3. In the Hilversum 3 Top 30 he stood in 1970 two weeks at no. 2. Venus , however, in the United States reached the number 1 position, as in many other countries in the world. The number is now an evergreen and is also annually in the Radio 2 Top 2000 of. In addition, it has been covered numerous times: for example if intro by Stars on 45, which also earned a number one position in America, and a version of the girl groupBananarama, which in 1986 also earned the number-one position in America. [2]

History[Edit]Edit

After a concert at the Juliana park in Utrecht in the summer of 1969 was from rowdiness by some young people in a string of party lights pulled, causing a pole with lights fell down and the lights went out. Robbie van Leeuwen told years later about this incident proudly on the radio, that "at a concert in Utrecht Dahl was aborted".

In 1970 the band members were following the American success of Venus named honorary citizens of the Hague. They received a medal of honour. The fans could buy a honorary Medal is still cherished some.

In 1971 was Shocking Blue during the second edition of Pinkpop playing made virtually impossible. The visitors found Shocking Blue but a capitalist hitgroepje that did not fit on the hip and progressive Pinkpop. Flute concertos and "a shower of rotten fruit" (as read in a report on the festival) were Shocking Blues part and Robbie, Alex, Leo, Cor and Mariska could not do much else than leave.

In 1972 the Group was during an extensive tour through various countries followed by a film crew of Cine Centre. Result was the special "Around the world" which in October was broadcast on tv by the AVRO . To hear pieces from the albums "Inkpot" and "Attila". The special seemed to have disappeared for a long time, but suddenly popped up on a search for images of Earth and Fire. The film appeared at the 2003 dvd by Shocking Blue.

In 1973 played Shocking Blue on the Hague Malieveld during the april 18-demonstration of Radio Veronica. They were the first act. To the many protesters not to wait too long in the rain started Shocking Blue what ahead of schedule to the performance. Also, The Cats Mouth & MacNeal and the George Baker Selection were among the large group of artists which Radio Veronica a warm heart toedroegen.

End in sight[Edit]Edit

After a series of successful albums and singles got Robbie van Leeuwen jaundice and decided in 1973 as an active member to withdraw from Shocking Blue. His place on the podium was taken by Martin van Wijk.The band has an album included in this composition: "Good Times", but Mariska Veres was at one point not more happy with it (wan) behaviour of some band members and decided to stop Shocking Blue. On June 1, 1974 the band announced that it was over and out. By contractual obligations to plates to bring out one final single came in 1975 by Shocking Blue: "Gonna sing my song". The plate continued to hang in the tip charts. Mariska started a solo career and had there especially in Germany success with it. But because she was a ' band-man ' and (then) the solo performance didn't see sit, she decided to put an end to there as well. Because there is bread on the shelf had to come, she went a little while working as a DJ in a club. Also made Mariska a while part of Mistral group, becoming the new Robbies single Neon City made. This took them for the last time the Top 40.

In 1979 , the band briefly in original composition together and there was even a comeback-single included: "Louise". But for unknown reasons it will not be released on single. The number will come quietly in a German compilation lp with hits of that time (1979), but which continues to go unnoticed by most people. A year later it was the original Shocking Blue the sensation of the Haagse Beat Nach in the houtrust halls.However, in the long term, again Shocking Blue went defunct. At the end of 1984 they were the middernachtact during the Back to the recommended 60 s in Den Bosch (the maaspoort). In 1986, the single "The jury and the judge released (produced by Pim Koopman). "Hilversum" took the plate to heavy and left him. Therefore loved Robbie the further for seen, if only by the fact that in the meantime the money again flooded by the success of the British girl group Bananarama with their cover of Venus.

Cor van der Beek died on 2 april 1998.

The final stop for Shocking Blue came on december 2, 2006: Mariska Veres dies of cancer; the disease was established recently at her.

The song "Love buzz" was covered by Nirvana. This version can be found on their 1989 debut album Bleach The Prodigy also threw himself on "Love buzz" and mixed the original recordings from 1969 with the drum beats of 2004 on the cd "always outnumbered, never outgunned" under the title "Phoenix".

In april 2012, the album ' At Home ' in the spotlight in the series ' Classic Albums ' on Netherlands 3. Director Dirk Jan Rafter had to do interviews with among others Robbie van Leeuwen and Klaas van der Wal, then band leader/guitarist and bassist in Shocking Blue. There is especially attention to Venus and Love Buzz, making the other masterpieces of At Home when hit in the background

Discography[Edit]Edit

Albums[Edit]Edit

Album (s) with any charts in the

the Dutch Album Top 100

Date of

appear

Date of

entry

Highest

position

Number Of

weeks

Comments
Beat with us 1968 - - -
At home 1969 14-02-1970 4 8
Scorpio's dance 1970 03-10-1970 13 6
Shocking Blue 1971 09-01-1971 20 17 Collect Lp (Netherlands)
Third album 1971 19-06-1971 25 7
Live in Japan (July 28 & 30, 1971) 1971 - - - Live Album
The best of Shocking Blue 1971 - - - Collect Lp (Belgium)
Inkpot 1972 - - -
The Shocking Blue Perfect Collection 1972 - - - Collect Lp (Japan)
Attila 1973 - - -
Eve and the Apple 1973 - - -
Ham 1973 - - -
Dream on Dreamer 1973 - - -
The Original Shocking Blue 1973 - - - Collect Lp (Germany)
With love from Shocking Blue 1973 - - - Collect Lp (Netherlands)
Good times 1974 - - -
Venus 1980 - - - Collect Lp (United Kingdom)
Shocking Blue Greatest Hits 1981 - - - Collect Lp (Japan)
Shocking Blue Classics 1986 - - - Collect Lp (United States)
The best of Shocking Blue 1986 - - - Collect Lp (Japan)
20 Greatest Hits 1990 - - - Compilation cd (Germany)
The Shocking Blue 1990 - - - Compilation cd (Germany)
Diamond Star Collection 1991 - - - Compilation cd (Netherlands)
The Shocking Blue Golden Hits 1992 - - - Collect Lp (Russia)
The best of Shocking Blue 1994 - - - Compilation cd (United Kingdom)
A Portrait of Shocking Blue 1994 - - - Compilation cd (Germany)
Grand Collection 1997 - - - Compilation cd (Russia)
Singles a's & b's 1997 - - - Compilation cd (Netherlands)
Shocking You 1998 - - - Compilation cd (Germany)
Golden Collection 2000 2000 - - - Compilation cd
Love Buzz 2012 - - - Double-lp (Netherlands)}

Singles[Edit]Edit

Single (s) with any charts in the

the Dutch Top 40

Date of

appear

Date of

entry

Highest

position

Number Of

weeks

Comments
Love is in the air/What you gonna do 1967 ??-??-1967 - -
Lucy Brown is back in town/Fix your hair darling 1968 28-09-1968 21 5
Send me a postcard/Harley Davidson 1968 14-12-1968 11 7
Long and lonesome road/Fireball of love 1969 08-03-1969 17 7
Venus/Hot sand 1969 12-07-1969 3 15 # 3 on the Single Top 100
Mighty Joe/Wild wind 1969 29-11-1969 1 (2 wk) 18
Venus/Hot sand 1970 ??-11-1969 - - (United States)
Sally was a good old girl Dance/Scorpio's 1969 ??-??-1969 - - (Promo)
Venus/Hot sand 1969 24-01-1970 3 11 Reissue; # 2 in the Single Top 100
Mighty Joe/I'm a woman 1970 ??-03-1970 - - (United States); # 2 in the Single Top 100
Mighty Joe/Long and lonesome road 1970 ??-??-1970 - - (Italy)
Mighty Joe/A raga 1970 ??-??-1970 - - (Japan)
Long and lonesome road/A raga 1970 ??-05-1970 - - (United States)
Never marry a railroad man/Roll engine roll 1970 06-06-1970 1 (2 wk) 12 Alarm Disc; # 1 in the Single Top 100
Never marry a railroad man/Hear my song 1970 ??-08-1970 - - (United States)
Hello darkness/Pickin' tomatoes 1970 21-11-1970 6 9 Alarm disk; # 4 in the Single Top 100
Pickin' tomatoes/Hello darkness 1970 ??-??-1970 - - (Turkey)
Send me a post card/Long and lonesome road 1970 ??-??-1970 - - (France)
Send me a post card/Long and lonesome road 1970 ??-??-1970 - - (Turkey)
Long and lonesome road/Send me a post card 1970 ??-??-1970 - - (Japan)
Mighty Joe/Long and lonesome road/Poor boy 1970 ??-??-1970 - - (Mexico)
Alaska country/Water boy/Daemon lover 1970 ??-??-1970 - - (Portugal)
Sally was a good old girl/Alaska country 1971 ??-??-1971 - - (Japan)
Shocking you/Waterloo 1971 06-03-1971 12 5 # 10 in the Single Top 100
Waterloo/Shocking you 1971 ??-??-1971 - - (Turkey)
Boll Weevil/Long and lonesome road 1971 ??-03-1971 - - (United States)
Shocking you/Sally was a good old girl 1971 ??-??-1971 - - (France)
Serenade/Sleepless at midnight 1971 ??-??-1971 - - (?)
Harley Davidson/Seven is a number in magic 1971 ??-??-1971 - - (Turkey)
Blossom lady/Is this a dream 1971 21-08-1971 2 10 # 2 in the Single Top 100
Blossom lady/The bird of paradise 1971 ??-??-1971 - - (Spain)
Out of sight, out of mind/I like you 1971 27-11-1971 6 10 # 6 in the Single Top 100
I'll follow the sun/Serenade 1972 ??-??-1972 - - (Japan)
Inkpot/Give my love to the sunrise 1972 11-03-1972 5 9 # 5 in the Single Top 100
Rock in the sea/Broken heart 1972 19-08-1972 12 5 # 14 in the Single Top 100
Jambalaya/Tobacco road 1972 ??-??-1972 - - (Japan)
Eve and the apple/When I was a girl 1972 09-12-1972 13 8 # 15 in the Single Top 100
Eve and the apple/Wild rose 1973 ??-??-1973 - - (Spain)
Oh Lord/Everything that's mine 1973 07-04-1973 14 5 # 14 in the Single Top 100
Oh Lord/In my time of dying 1973 ??-??-1973 - - (Germany)
Let me carry your bag/I saw you in June 1973 22-09-1973 ice skater -
I saw you in Jane/Let me carry your bag 1973 ??-??-1973 - - (Turkey)
Dream on dreamer/Where the pick-nick was 1974 28-01-1974 tip -
This America/I won't be lonely long 1974 11-05-1974 tip -
This America/Ball of confusion 1974 ??-??-1974 - - (Turkey)
Good times/Come my way 1974 ??-??-1974 tip -
Beggin'/My life 1974 ??-??-1974 - - (Japan)
Gonna sing my song/Get it on 1975 31-05-1975 tip -
Louise/Venus 1980 ??-??-1980 - - (Promo)
The jury and the judge/I am hanging on to love 1986 31-08-1986 tip -
Venus/Never marry a railroad man 1986 ??-??-1986 - - (Japan)
Venus (BHF Remix)/Venus (Original version) 1990 ??-??-1990 tip -
Venus/Love buzz 1991 ??-??-1991 - - (United States)
Venus/Mighty Joe 1992 ??-??-1992 - - (Germany)
Body & soul/Angel 1994 ??-??-1994 - -

Radio 2 Top 2000[Edit]Edit

Number (s) with markings

in the Radio 2 Top 2000

' 99 ' 00 ' 01 ' 02 ' 03 ' 04 ' 05 ' 06 ' 07 ' 08 ' 09 ' 10 ' 11 ' 12 ' 13
Mighty Joe - 1851 - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Never marry a railroad man - 1393 907 1009 1364 1348 1587 1577 1553 1460 1408 1457 1774 1912 1864
Venus 323 521 729 575 629 502 676 510 527 541 470 545 607 557 620

Mini LP-CD Series (Russian bootleg)[Edit]Edit

Album (s) with any charts in the

the Dutch Album Top 100

Date of

appear

Date of

entry

Highest

position

Number Of

weeks

Comments
Beat with us - - - - (Russian bootleg)
At home - - - - (Russian bootleg)
Scorpio's dance - - - - (Russian bootleg)
Third album - - - - (Russian bootleg)
Live in Japan (July 28 & 30, 1971) - - - - Live Album (Russian bootleg)
Inkpot - - - - (Russian bootleg)
Attila - - - - (Russian bootleg)
Ham - - - - (Russian bootleg)
Dream on Dreamer - - - - (Russian bootleg)
Good times - - - - (Russian bootleg)
The Shocking Blue Reunion 1980 (June 13, 1980) - - - - Live Album (Russian bootleg)
The Shocking Blue Comeback (December 28, 1984) - - - - Live Album (Russian bootleg)
23 Greatest Hits - - - - Compilation cd (Russian bootleg)

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