jeudi 8 décembre 2016

Patty's latest news

  • On December 2nd, the 11.00 pm edition of "Shownieuws" featured Renate Gerschtanowitz-Verbaan as the anchor with Patty Brard and Winston Post as showbiz specialists. SBS 6's entertainment news show drew 705.000 viewers (market share: 16.1%)
Renate, Patty and Winston on "Shownieuws"

  • Last weekend, Patty took part in the taping of "SBS6 Sterren Surprise", a program featuring stars of the Dutch TV channel who fulfil the dreams of viewers. The show will air on December 21st at 8.30 P.M. The diva posted a picture on Instagram:

  • Patty's latest column for Weekend magazine deals with the farewell concert of Dutch pop singer Gordon. Last week, the former Luv' singer attended this performance at the Royal Concertgebouw in Amsterdam. Click here to read the column. 

Source: SBS 6, Patty Brard on social media (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram), SKO, Weekend

lundi 5 décembre 2016

35th anniversary of José's solo career

1981 saw the first break-up of Luv' (see article posted on March 4th, 2016). After the glory era of Holland's greatest girl group, José Hoebee's challenge was to prove that she could score hit records on her own. As the most talented member of Luv', she recorded the majority of the trio's vocal lines in the studio. So expectations were high when she went solo.

Just after Luv's disbandment, José kept a low profile for several months. Marga and she secretly provided vocals on "Tick-a-thumps my heart", a single by Babe (one of Luv's rivals) which reached the Top 20 in Belgium and the Netherlands in the summer of 1981. Though all the songs of Babe were written by Peter Koelewijn, "Tick-a-thumps" was an exception as Hans van Hemert wrote and produced it. 

Babe performing "Tick-a-thumps my heart" on Dutch TV

In October of that year, José and record producer Will Hoebee got married. The wedding reception took place in David Soul's villa in Los Angeles. Soul became world famous for his role in the TV series "Starsky & Hutch" in the late 1970s. Will produced his album "Best Days Of Our Lives" which came out in 1981.

Article published in the "Privé" section of De Telegraaf on October 26th, 1981

David Soul congratulating Will and José on their wedding

Just before the launch of her solo career, José recorded the background vocals on the first album of Doris D. & The Pins produced by Piet Souer (who conceived  the Luv' sound with Hans van Hemert). She was not credited on the record sleeve, which was common practise in the music industry at the time (it was before Milli Vanilli scandal). This LP included the Top 10 hit "The Marvellous Marionettes".  

                Doris D and The Pins singing "The Marvellous Marionettes" on "Musikladen (German TV)                 

Late November 1981 was a milestone in José's existence when CNR/Carrere Records released her first solo single "I'm so sorry". The song was written by Piet Souer and produced by Pim Koopman (member of legendary pop-rock band Kayak and producer of sister duo Maywood). Moreover, José had a helping hand from Marga Scheide for her styling and her husband Will Hoebee for musical expertise. Though the singer was surrounded by generous and devoted people, her debut record wasn't a mainstream success. 

On December 5th, 1981 "I'm so sorry" entered the Tipparade (a list of singles that didn't chart on the main hit parade) and later peaked at #3It failed to break into the Dutch Top 40 but reached #39 on the Nationale Hitparade (currently Single Top 100). 

José performing her debut single on "Nederland Muziekland" on Veronica (1981)
Photo courtesy of Jos Theuns

"I'm so sorry" on Nederland Muziekland

"I'm So Sorry" on "Popcorn" (KRO)

"I'm So Sorry" on ČT2 ( Czechoslovak public television, 1983)

Photo montage by Co Rnz

CNR/Carrere Records licensed the rights for the record to several labels in Europe (Trema in France, Teldec/Ultraphone in Germany....).

Front cover of "I'm So Sorry" (Dutch edition, CNR/Carrere Records, 1981)

German edition of "I'm so sorry" released by Teldec/Ultraphone

Information about "I'm so sorry" communicated by Teldec/Ultraphone

French edition released by Trema in 1982

Months later, legendary chanteuse Sylvie Vartan covered the track in French ("La Sortie de Secours").

Sylvie Vartan performing "La Sortie de Secours" on "Champs-Elysées" (Antenne 2, French TV, 1982)

Josés career really took off with the follow-up record. Her 1982 single "I Will Follow Him" (originally performed by Little Peggy March) hit the number one spot in the Netherlands and Belgium. 

from left to right: Pim Koopman, José Hoebee, Marga Scheide and Piet Souer at the release party of "I'm so sorry" 

Press clippings

Article published in Limburgs Dagblad on December 11th, 1981

Source:, Dutch Rock Pop Institute,,, YouTube....

vendredi 2 décembre 2016

3 Luv' tracks on Radio 10 Top 4000

Radio 10 has revealed the list of the "4000 greatest songs of all time". The Luv' ladies have scored three hits: "Trojan Horse" (#1075), "U.O.Me" (#867) and "You're the Greatest Lover" (#589).  These pop classics were initially released in 1978 (the year of Luv's breakthrough).

Click here to see the complete list.

Source: Radio 10

mercredi 30 novembre 2016

Ria Thielsch in Privé

Last week, Luv' singer Ria Thielsch and other Dutch celebrities attended the premiere of the Dutch production of Broadway musical "A Chorus Line" at the Zaantheater in Zaandam, NL (see news posted on November 23rd, 2016). 

The latest issue of Privé magazine features pictures of this event. One of them represents Ria posing with Jon van Eerd and Leon Vosters (of Musical magazine):

Source: Privé, Facebook (Leon Vosters)

Patty Brard and Roy Donders to record a Carnival duet!!!

Patty & Roy

In her latest column posted earlier today on the website of Weekend magazine, Patty Brard announced that she would record a Carnival duet with media personality Roy Donders. In recent years, the diva has been used to release songs for the Carnival period: "Ik Wil Knallen" (with Ome Henk - #5 on the Single Top 100 in 2006), "Het Leven Is Een Feest" (#8 on the Single Top 100 in 2010) and "Carnavals Party Hitmix" (with Alex in 2012). 

In 2011, she even put out a full-length album "Patty's Party Vol. 1" including tracks in a similar vein. Last year, she released a digital single inspired by her previous Carnival hits and named after her reality show on SBS 6 "Bonje met de buren" with Jochem van Gelder and Joey Hartkamp.

In her column, the former Luv' singer also mentioned the launch of her corrective underwear line "Patty Sexy Correctie" at the Huishoudbeurs (houseware fair) in February. Her brand will also be available in Roy Donders' shop.

Click here to read the column.

Source: Weekend, De Telegraaf, BN De Stem Cultuur, Eindhovens Dagblad....

dimanche 27 novembre 2016

Luv's record sales in Germany

Billboard magazine issue about  the German music market in 1979

Germany was Luv's biggest export market during their heyday in the late 1970s. Recently I've found an interesting article published in Billboard magazine (the Bible of the music industry) on December 8th, 1979 mentioning their record sales in Goethe's country. This article was part of a special issue about the achievements of the German recording industry in 1979. 

Roba Music was in charge of the publishing of their songs in the Federal Republic and communicated the record sales of three Luv' singles to the trade magazine:
  • Casanova (released in May 1979): 300.000 copies
  • Trojan Horse (released in November 1978): 480.000 copies
  • You're the Greatest Lover (released in July 1978): 650.000 copies
These sales are impressive and only concern one territory!!!

Article in Billboard magazine mentioning Luv's record sales

Source: Billboard

Pics: Luv' @ Paviljoen De Rietzoom

Yesterday, Luv' gave a performance at Paviljoen De Rietzoom in Kropswolde, NL. Pictures were taken by Facebook friend René Koekkoek. Co Rnz (who updates the group's FB page) made a beautiful montage:

Source: Facebook