Ria Thielsch, Marga Scheide & José Hoebee believe in the positive energy of the "shield of Genesis"
Yesterday a video featuring the Luv' ladies was posted on Facebook. The trio was promoting Yanini's shield of Genesis (supposed to bring positive energy to the ones who wear it). Earlier this month, José Hoebeewas present at the stand of Yanini (a company run by her friend Vera Hegeman and specialized in BioGenesis tools) at the Lotusbeurs (a fair related to body, mind and spirit issues) in Houten, NL (see news posted on March 13th, 2017).
Between 1978 and 1981, the Luv' singers were a hit machine in their homeland (the Netherlands) and abroad. They scored hit after hit, collected 13 gold and platinum records and won a Conamus Export Prize for being the best selling Dutch recording act of 1979 abroad (sales of 2.5 million records outside of the Netherlands). Their records eventually sold 7 million copies worldwide.
Luv' at the peak of their international career (late 1978 / early 1979). The ladies had their own private jet to fly through Europe.
Their international career was short-lived and only spanned three years.
The map below shows the level of popularity of the legendary girl group in 19 territories during their heyday. I have used several criteria to show the group's fame in the international marketplace:
number of chart hits (Top 100) - click here for details.
gold and platinum certifications - click here for details.
articles in the press
impact of the pop culture
There are five levels of popularity:
Dark red:Netherlands, Belgium
The trio enjoyed a major mainstream success and hit the headlines in the press. They dominated the record charts. Their songs were played in heavy rotation on the radio. They appeared regularly on TV. They won awards.....
Germany was Luv's biggest export market. As a result, their success in Goethe's country helped the ladies to extend their popularity to the neighbouring territories.
Light red: France, Spain, Finland, South Africa, Zimbabwe, New Zealand, Mexico
Luv's music was appreciated to a lesser extent in these territories.
Pink:Canada and Australia
"Trojan Horse" reached the lower regions of the charts in these two English speaking countries.
Pale pink: Poland, Czechoslovakia, Hungary
In the late 1970s and early 1980s, the Cold War was a fact. Luv's signature songs "You're the Greatest Lover" and "Trojan Horse" were quite popular behind the Iron Curtain, especially in East Germany, Poland, Hungary and Czechoslovakia. Some of their records were modestly distributed in these socialist republics by state-owned labels. That's why sales were hard to evaluate there. On the whole, Luv' records were released in approximately 40 countries (click here for details). The map below shows the territories (in blue) where the singles and albums came out:
On March 11th, former Luv' producer Hans van Hemert was interviewed on "6FM Zaterdag" on Radio 6FM. He discussed his amazing career: his debut, Luv' and their breakthrough hit "U.O.Me" (theme from the TV series "Het is weer zo laat (Waldolala)", Trinity, his recent "Buma Life Achievement Award", Mouth & MacNeal and their Eurovision entry "I See A Star", American Gypsy, Cardinal Point as well as a recording project with his daughter and granddaughter.
Yesterday, the 11.00 pm edition of "Shownieuws" featured Renate Gerschtanowitz-Verbaan as the anchor with Patty Brard and Maurice Wijnen as experts. SBS 6's entertainment news program drew 730.000 viewers (market share: 17.6%).
Source: SBS 6, SKO, Patty Brard on Twitter and Instagram
Today's edition of De Telegraaf (Holland's most popular newspaper) features an article about Hans van Hemert in its "Privé" section. Last week, the former Luv' producer received a "Buma Lifetime Achievement Award" (see news posted on March 7th, 2017). It was not the only reason why he left his villa in Bali to go back to Holland. The legendary hit maker also came to his motherland because he had blood in urine.
Ten years ago, he was diagnosed with prostate cancer and underwent surgery. Five years ago, a rest of a tumor seemed to expand again. Another operation followed and Hans felt better. But then there was blood in his urine. It wasn't due to his prostate cancer but to a harmless form of cancer in his bladder. A third operation was planned. Now Hans seems to be healed. He enjoys life with his partner Willy.
Yesterday, José Hoebee was present at the stand of Yanini (a company run by her friend Vera Hegeman and specialized in BioGenesis tools) at the Lotusbeurs (a fair related to body, mind and spirit issues). This event took place at the convention center in Houten, NL.