vendredi 13 juillet 2018

José discusses summer holidays in Party Hollandse Mix

The latest issue of Dutch magazine "Party Hollandse Hitmix" features a short interview with José Hoebee about summer holidays.

Thanks Michael Verkooyen and Martin Vink for the tip.

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Source: José Hoebee Fan Page (Facebook), Party, Michael Verkooyen and Martin Vink.

jeudi 12 juillet 2018

Luv's story in Panorama

Luv's line-up since 2016: Ria Thielsch, Marga Scheide & José Hoebee

The latest issue of "Panorama" magazine features an article about Luv' as part of a series of portraits of legendary girl groups (Sugababes, Dolly Dots, Spice Girls...). The item is about the story of Holland's greatest female pop act which went through up and downs, line-up changes, break-ups and comebacks. Luv's career has been full of cliffhangers since their debut in 1977. 

Special thanks to Martin Vink who informed me about the article.

Scans by Marco Rens.
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Source: Panorama, Martin Vink, Facebook (Official Luv')

Patty's latest media news

* Patty Brard's latest columns for Weekend magazine:
  • July 4th: About Patty's Ibiza Tips: click here to read it. 
Patty announces that she starts a new vlog for about her tips in Ibiza (including the best restaurants, the best holiday spots, the best beaches...). This weekly vlog will be launched on July 27th and will also feature Flemish TV personality Cath Luyten. Patty and Cath became friends after the taping the reality TV show "Buurman, wat doet u nu?" on Eén (see news posted on March 1st, 2017). 

Earlier this year, the diva already vlogged about her weight loss after her gastric bypass (see news posted on March 13th, 2018). 

  • July 11th: About Dutch science journalist and media personality Diederik Jekel: click here to read it. 
Patty tells that Diederik and she are busy taping a new TV program entitled "VetGelukkig" for NTR/NPO3. The duo discusses weight issues and underlines the fact that there are 40 factors which explain overweight. They take part in scientific tests with heavy people to find out the reason for their stoutness. 

Diederik & Patty

Source: Weekend, Patty Brard on social media,, Televizier

* On July 4th, La Brard appeared on RTL 4's program "RTL Boulevard" which drew 492.000 viewers (market share: 15.6%). She promoted her new TV project with Diederik Jekel and talked about obesity. 

Source: RTL Boulevard, SKO

* The new season of NPO3's panel game "Ranking the Stars" (hosted by Paul de Leeuw) will start on July 15th at 10.05 pm. Earlier this month, the definitive line-up of the TV program was communicated in the media. In addition to Patty Brard, Ranking the Stars features Richard Groenendijk, Kjeld Nuis, Ryanne van Dorst, Shirma Rouse, Sylvana Simons, Marc-Marie Huijbregts, Imanuelle Grives, Henk Krol, Ron Boszhard, Tim den Besten, Anny Schilder, Sander Lantinga, Johan Goossens, Georgina Verbaan, Olcay Gulsen and Gerda Havertong

Source: NPO3, Televizier

* On July 5th, the rerun of Chantal Janzen's show "Chantal Blijft Slapen" on RTL 4 (featuring Patty Brard) drew 442.000 viewers (market share: 9.4%). The initial broadcast was very successful (see news posted on November 10th, 2017). 

Source: RTL 4, SKO, Martin Vink

Pics and videos: Luv's private show in Beneden-Leeuwen

On July 7th, Luv' gave a private show in Beneden-Leeuwen, NL. The ladies performed joyfully their classic hits to a delighted select audience. As an intro to "My Number One", they even sang a few notes of "Ik Krijg Een Heel Apart Gevoel Van Binnen" (a legendary Dutch song initially recorded by Corry Konings). 

Photo & video courtesy of David Hay Gibson:

Trojan Horse

My Number One (with Ik Krijg Een Heel Apart Gevoel Van Binnen as an intro) 

Source: Facebook (Official Luv', David Hay Gibson)

vendredi 6 juillet 2018

Ria Thiesch: Portrait of a Luv' lady

All Photo montages by Marco Rens

Ria Thielsch has been a great asset to the Luv' concept during the history of the group. She came twice to the rescue of José Hoebee and Marga Scheide when they needed a third member to complete the trio. 

Legendary record producer Hans van Hemert had a clear vision for his girl group when he launched it in late 1976. He wanted a combo consisting of a blonde girl (a Prom Queen type), a dark-haired girl (a girl next door) and an Asian girl (an exotic beauty). 

After Patty Brard left Luv' suddenly in the summer of 1980, Ria was recruited. Prior to her selection, she was a sought-after photo model. She was born in Manokwari, West Papua-New Guinea, on August 25th, 1951. In the late 1960s, she started modelling at age 17 via her older sister who was already a model. Ria and her sibling even worked together. At that time, Twiggy was a trendsetter in the fashion industry and a global sensation. 

Ria and her sister in the 1970s 

At age 23, she became a limbo dancer in addition to her photo shoots. She was later part of the Ricardo & The Flames group which recorded in 1979 a single entitled "Trinidad" and produced by Roy Beltman (who collaborated previously with the legendary band BZN). The record flopped.

Ricardo & The Flames

Shortly after Patty's defection, manager Pim ter Linde contacted Ria because the group still had legal obligations. The owner of a club in Zevenhuizen threatened Luv' to start a legal action if they did not perform. To avoid this penalty, a new girl had to be recruited. Ria had an audition. She had to sing a Linda Ronstadt's song. Piet Souer (who co-wrote Luv' songs with Hans van Hemert) accompanied her on the guitar. Her first performance with Luv' in Zevenhuizen on August 22nd, 1980 was supposed to be a one-off. Finally, she was allowed to be a permanent member of Luv' in September 1980 after Patty's lawyer announced that she would not come back.

Ria's real assessment happened when her charisma was put to the test on television. The viewers discovered the new Luv' girl when she performed "One More Little Kissy" with her colleagues on "Boemerang", a Flemish TV program on BRT channel on September 27th, 1980:

Actually, Ria was much more than a replacement. She was immediately accepted by the fans. Her involvement in Luv' helped the trio to have a Top 5 hit in the Netherlands and Belgium with the "My Number One" single.  

 October 31st, 1980: My Number One on AVRO's TopPop, Netherlands

November 13th, 1980: My Number One on Musikladen (Radio Bremen), West Germany

In addition to the success of My Number One, Luv's album "Forever Yours" peaked at #5 on the Nationale Hitparade Top 50 and #13 on the LP Top 50.

Unfortunately, due to Marga Scheide's burnout, Luv' disbanded in March 1981. 

The ladies briefly reunited in the summer of 1981 for the release of a so-called final single (Tingalingaling) and a compilation (Goodbye Luv'). On June 18th, 1981, they took part in the Hitkrant's zomerspelen (a summer multi-sport event with celebrities which was sponsored by teen magazine Hitkrant) at the Efteling theme park. On that occasion, a handprint ceremony with the girls was organized for the official launch of the Efteling's latest attraction: the "Python" roller coaster. 

To the public's great surprise, Luv' made a farewell performance on July 22nd, 1981 on Veronica's TV show "Nederland Muziekland". The program was taped in Spakenburg, Netherlands. It was supposed to be the end of Luv'. But there would be several comebacks of the trio.

Luv' on Nederland Muziekland

After Luv's breakup, rumours circulated that Ria had recording projects (including a collaboration with the producer of Flemish girl group Bordeaux Rouge). However, nothing materialized.

Article about Ria's project with the producer of Bordeaux Rouge in "Joepie" magazine (Flanders, Belgium - 1981)

Unlike the other ex-Luv' singers, Ria never put out a solo record. Instead, she continued her modelling career until age 40. 

In the early 1990s, she was even in charge of Luv's styling. At the time, the line-up consisted of Marga Scheide, Diana van Berlo and Carina Lemoine.

Marga Scheide, Ria Thielsch, Diana van Berlo & Carina Lemoine

In recent years, she took part in several meet'n greets with Marga and José

Ria and José at Luv' s first fan club day in Breda in April 2003

René Moonen, José, Hans van Hemert & Ria at the release party of the "25 Jaar Na Waldolala" compilation in October 2003

Ria, Marga & José at a fan club day in Eindhoven in May 2013 

Press launch and release party of "The Story of Luv" book in May 2015 at the Wisseloord Studios in Hilversum

In late 2015, speculations about an umpteenth comeback of Luv' appeared in the media. The name of Ria was even mentioned. 

On the second Christmas day of 2015, Ria and the ladies had a dinner together with friends which caused a wave of positive reactions among fans. 

On March 16th, 2016, Dutch newspaper "De Telegraaf" and its sister magazine "Privé" announced that Marga, José and Ria wanted to resurrect Holland's greatest girl group. It was a new chapter in their lives. 

Since June 2016, the Luv' singers have been touring the gay and nostalgia circuit in the Netherlands and Flanders (Belgium). 

Among their most significant performances:

EuroPride in Amsterdam, NL - August 6th, 2016

Studio 54 @ Antwerps Sportpaleis, Belgium - October 1st, 2016

Mega Piraten Festijn at the GelreDome stadium in Arnhem, NL - December 10th, 2016

Yesterdayland at the Bobbejaanland theme park in Lichtaart, Belgium - August 27th, 2017

Goes Couture Night (in association with DC Models) at the Grote Kerk (Mary Magdalene church) in Goes, NL - September 22nd, 2017

Hollands Glorie at the Kursaal Oostende, Belgium - September 29th, 2017

Disco Fever at Lucky in Rijssen, NL - November 3rd, 2017

On July 9th, 2017, Luv' celebrated their 40th anniversary with fans and friends at the restaurant Quatre Bras in Best, NL. 

In addition to her activities with Luv', Ria also attended public events:

Ria & Leon Vosters (of Musical Magazine) at the premiere of the Dutch production of "A Chorus Line" at the Zaantheater in Zaandam, NL - November 21st, 2016

Ria and friends (among them: Peter Warren-Jowett, Leon Vosters and Jan Uriot (reporter for Privé magazine) @ "De 5e van Vuile Huichelaar" (a revue at De Kleine Komedie in Amsterdam) - February 5th, 2017

Ria with Leon Vosters, Jan Uriot and friends at the premiere of the musical "Vamos!" at the DeLaMar Theater in Amsterdam  - October 1st, 2017

On behalf of the fans: many thanks to Ria Thielsch for being part of Luv'!!!

Source: Blog archives, Facebook, Marco Rens

samedi 30 juin 2018

Patty Brard's column about "All Animals Ibiza"

Patty Brard's latest column for Weekend magazine deals with the "All Animals Ibiza" foundation that she supports. Since 2012, this foundation has been involved in the well-being of animals in and outside the Netherlands with the special emphasis on animals suffering on Ibiza (Spain). As a small organization, All Animals Ibiza cooperates with several local dog and cat shelters on Ibiza and additionally it closely work together with one veterinary practice on the island.

Click here to read the column.

Click here to donate to All Animals Ibiza.

Source: Weekend

vendredi 29 juin 2018

Luv' in Story: "Despite the problems, the ladies don't stop performing!!!" + beautiful pics in Spain!!!

The latest issue of Dutch celebrity gossip magazine "Story" features an article about Luv'. The weekly publication uses a sensationalist style to mention Luv's recent misadventures. Marga Scheide was interviewed recently to discuss the problems of the group.

Photos by Edwin Smulders / Text by Ben Holthuis

Two years ago, when Luv' did their comeback, they collaborated with their manager Walter van der Schaaff (of Quadra Group BV). Unfortunately, this collaboration ended rapidly as the Luv' singers were not satisfied with the way Walter guided their career. 

Moreover, the trio was supposed to record new material with American producer Juan Cristobal Losada (who worked previously with Ricky Martin, Enrique Iglesias and Shakira). Henk Schorel (CEO of Viva Canal, an international TV, music and entertainment company) coupled Luv' with Juan. But Henk's wife got very seek and Luv's plan to record new songs was put on hold. 

Story also reports an incident which occurred earlier this month in Spain. The group was supposed to give an open-air performance in Guardamar del Segura. Unfortunately, their show was cancelled due to bad weather conditions (see news posted on June 8th, 2018). 

Despite these problems and the fact that Patty Brard is not part of the group anymore, the Luv' ladies still enjoy their gigs and want to go on.

In addition to this article, beautiful pictures of Luv's recent stay in Spain were posted on the Official Luv' fan page on Facebook (Photos by David Hay Gibson):

Luv' with sound technician Charles Olthof and tour manager David Hay Gibson

Luv' with Harold and Chantal Bekelaar-Mensinck, the owners of "Casa Almendros" in Quesada - Royales (Alicante)

Source: Story, Official Luv' (Facebook), Martin Vink