mercredi 25 avril 2018

Coming out soon: Bonnie St. Claire and Luv' compilations as part of the "Favorieten Expres" series

On April 27th, a new CD compilation by Bonnie St. Claire will come out as part of the "Favorieten Expres" series. The anthology will include Bonnie's greatest hits: I Won't Stand Between Them, Clap Your Hands And Stamp Your Feet (with Unit Gloria), Dr. Bernhard (with Ron Brandsteder), Bonnie Kom Je Buiten Spelen, Sla Je Arm Om Me Heen...The CD will also feature two legendary duets with José Hoebee: Cassandra and Zoals Vrienden Doen (cover versions of ABBA songs recorded in Dutch in the 1980s). 

Another "Favorieten Expres" compilation with Luv' hits is scheduled for release later this year. The release date has not been announced yet. 

Source: Martin Vink,, TV Oranje

jeudi 19 avril 2018

Patty's column about Dotan

Patty Brard's latest column for Weekend magazine deals with Dutch singer Dotan.

Earlier this month, after a long time of research, Dutch newspaper de Volkskrant revealed that Dotan had enlisted the aid of at least 140 troll accounts in order to boost his online reputation and following. Among the acts thought up by the singer and his partially fake following were a story about a meeting between a terminal ill child (diagnosed with Leukemia) and Dotan, which did not occur, as well as a much-publicized chance encounter with a woman who did not recognize the artist on an aeroplane. The latter also proved to be false. The singer has admitted to the existence of these accounts and apologised. He said that he used the troll accounts because of his insecurity and ambition and ended his presence on social media as a result of the controversy.

La Brard has known Dotan since his childhood as well as his mother, painter Patty Harpenau. The ex-Luv' singer always thought that Harpenau was strange. 

"When I found out that her real first name was not Patty but Antoinette and when she often said to me "Oh, what a coincidence, we both are Aries", I felt very uncomfortable," Patty wrote about the eccentric artist. 

The former Shownieuws expert distanced herself from Harpenau. "Then I heard many strange stories about Patty," she added. 

Miss Brard is sure that Dotan's bad behaviour is due to the fact he is the victim of the lies within his family. Like Mother, Like Son...

Source: Weekend

Patty's victory against kilos

Patty Brard's fight against fatness after her gastric bypass seems to be successful. The diva has already lost 14 kilos. 

Click here and here to watch the third and fourth episodes of her vlog "Patty Brard: nog een keer slank" on LINDA.TV.

Source: Patty Brard on social media, LINDA.TV,, RTL Boulevard, Shownieuws

mercredi 18 avril 2018

3 X 3 = Disco - In een groen, groen discoland (featuring Luv') : 40th anniversary!!!

The cast of « In een groen, groen discoland » (3 X 3 = Disco) including Luv', Big Mouth & Little Eve, Trinity and Veronica Unlimited

Following the success of Luv's breakthrough hit "U.O.Me" in the Netherlands and Flanders (see article posted on February 12th, 2018), TROS TV channel/Nederland 2 aired 40 years ago exactly, on April 18th, 1978, the special «In een groen, groen discoland». The music show featured artists from Hans van Hemert's roster (including Luv', Big Mouth & Little Eve, Trinity and Veronica Unlimited) performing Dutch children's songs on a disco beat. 

Luv' sang a medley of four songs: We Gaan Nog Niet Naar Huis - Klein, Klein Kleutertje - Hop Marjanneke - 3 X 3 = 9

Video uploaded to YouTube by Karin Angeleyes

Luv's performance included subtitles giving a short information about the trio:

"Luv' is a group which has existed for one year and a half. Patty was in charge of styling for photo reports, José sang with her sisters before the formation of the group, Marga is a photo model".

At the time, the Dutch and Flemish public just started to be familiar with Luv' as their fame was recent.  

The girls also performed "U.O.Me" on the same program. 

On "In een groen, groen discoland", Luv' targeted a young audience. What a difference with the racy TV series "Het is weer zo laat!" which drew adult viewers and made them a household name in the Low Countries!

Prior to the broadcast of "In een groen, groen discoland", Philips Records released the soundtrack of the TV program on vinyl and entitled it "3 X 3 = Disco ( A Children's Opera)". One single of the same name and taken from the album came out simultaneously. 

One of the singers involved in this project was Dutch TV host Ron Brandsteder who later married Patty Brard.

The earliest mention of "3 X 3 = Disco" in the media dated back to March 10th, 1978 in De Telegraaf in its "Platenspeurder" section. 

Track listing

A side:

1. All Together: 'k Zag Twee Beren - Witte Zwanen, Zwarte Zwanen - Op Een Grote Paddestoel
2. Big Mouth And Little Eve: Zeg Roodkapje - In Holland Staat Een Huis - Rijen, Rijen In Een Wagentje - 3 X 3 = 9
3. Luv': We Gaan Nog Niet Naar Huis - Klein, Klein Kleutertje - Hop Marjanneke - 3 X 3 = 9 
4. Ronnie: Moriaantje, Zo Zwart Als Roet - Sari Marijs - Altijd Is Kortjakje Ziek - Poesje Mauw - 3 X 3 = 9

B side
1. Eastwood: Oh, Wat Zijn We Heden Blij - Boer Wat Zeg Je Van Mijn Kippen - Schuitje Varen, Theetje Drinken - 3 X 3 = 9
2. Trinity: Catootje - Zakdoekje Leggen - Alle Eendjes Zwemmen In Het Water - 3 X 3 = 9
3. Ron Brandsteder In Den Haag Daar Woont Een Graaf - Twee Emmertjes Water Halen - Lang Zullen Ze Leven - 3 X 3 = 9
4. Veronica Unlimited: Zevensprong - In Een Groen, Groen Knollenland - Zagen Zagen Wiede Wiede Wagen - Schipper Mag Ik Overvaren - 1, 2, 3, 4, Hoedje Van Papier


Produced by Hans van Hemert
Arrangements: Janschen en Janschens
Arrangeur / Conductor: Piet Souer

Front cover

Back cover

3 X 3 = Disco (released as a single and taken from the LP)

Meanwhile, record producer Peter Koelewijn assisted by Will Hoebee (who later became José's husband) supervised a rival studio project called "De Diskoo-Kits". It featured anonymous children who performed a medley entitled "3x3=9" that had similarities with Van Hemert's production. Koelewijn and Hoebee's version entered the Tipparade (a list of singles that didn't chart on the main hit parade) at #29 on February 18th, 1978 and later peaked at #21. It failed to break into the Dutch Top 40

Source: YouTube,,,, Blog archives

jeudi 12 avril 2018

Patty's column about the agitation on Dutch TV

Patty Brard's latest column for Weekend magazine deals with the current uncertainty on Dutch television. 

The ex-Luv' singer is a freelance TV personality. She has been active on the small screen for 35 years (see article posted on January 25th, 2018). Since her departure from SBS 6 in September 2017, Patty has been involved in one-off TV projects. 

Due to her long experience, she is the right person to give her opinion on the recent changes on television. In late March, Media tycoon John de Mol’s Talpa Network acquired ANP news service, which caused a sensation in the Netherlands. Patty is wondering what the future of Dutch commercial networks (RTL and Talpa TV) will be. Many transfers between TV channels have been announced.

La Brard doesn't suffer from this turmoil now that she works sporadically on TV. She admits that she watches more and more channels from the NPO group (Dutch public broadcasting organization) because of the bad quality of some shows on commercial networks. However she still has sympathy for RTL and Talpa. "I really hope that peace will be back in Hilversum (a key centre for Dutch radio and television broadcasting) and that they will make good television again," she wrote.

Click here to read the column.

Source: Weekend, Televizier

mardi 10 avril 2018

Tribute to Hans Vermeulen (feat. José): media coverage

Two days ago, an emotional and musical tribute to the late Hans Vermeulen was held at "Cultuurpodium Boederij" in Zoetermeer, NL. Many artists (including Anita Meyer and José Hoebee) performed classic songs of the legendary singer and musician (see news posted on April 8th, 2018). 

In addition to the numerous pictures and videos posted on social media, two reviews appeared on Dutch news sites:

  • De Posthoorn: click here to read the article written by Facebook friend and journalist Martin Reitsma
  • Omroep West: click here to read the article. 

Source: Social media, Omroep West, De Posthoorn

dimanche 8 avril 2018

José's phone interview on Rozo Radio

Anton van Stekelenborg-Poirters

Yesterday, José Hoebee gave a phone interview on "Saturday Music & More", a show hosted by Robin McRay (Anton's stage name) and Dave Horward on Rozo Radio

She told that she made music with the ex-members of Dommelvolk. Click here to watch her impromptu and folk version of "The Greatest Lover". She discussed the musical tribute to Hans Vermeulen and her performance of "Should I Be Lonely" (click here to see the previous post). The program aired one day prior to this event. 

During the show, the Spanish version of "You're the Greatest Lover" (that reached Nr.4 on the listeners Top 10) and "I Love You" (her duet with Hans Vermeulen) were played. José mentioned Luv's brief success in Spain and Mexico. She also explained that the group was still performing on stage and that they still enjoyed it. 

Anton announced that a matinee with José would be scheduled for 2019.

Tomorrow the radio show will be rebroadcast between 5.00 pm and 7.00 pm via

Source: Facebook (Anton van Stekelenborg-Poirters)