mercredi 1 mai 2013

Luv' : Proud to be Dutch!!!

Yesterday's inauguration of his Majesty King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands showed the devotion of Dutch people to the monarchy and their country. Orange flags and costumes all over Holland. To some extent Luv' can be associated with this Dutch pride. 

Luv' with "Orange bustiers" in 2009

During its heyday in the late 1970s, Luv' was a perfect example of the diversity of the Dutch society. The three singers were considered as Holland's sweethearts. Marga Scheide was the stereotype of Dutch women. Blonde and sexy. Before the formation of the group, she was a model and took part in "Miss Holland" and "Miss Europe" beauty pageants. She also promoted the "Bintje" (a potato variety and a national symbol) in an European advertising campaign. 

The unofficial Miss Europe pageant in 1975 (Marga Scheide was candidate #4)

Patty Brard had an exotic sex appeal thanks to her Indonesian origin. José Hoebee was the girl next door with a provincial charm. In 1978, Luv' appeared next to the famous football player Willem van Henegem. Football is indeed part of the DNA of Dutch people.

Luv' & Willem van Hanegem at a Sport ceremony (1978)

In Germany (where the ladies enjoyed success), the media often referred to their country of origin. 

Luv' in Bravo (German teen magazine)

In December 1979, the ladies were dressed in "Zwarte Piet" outfits for a TV sketch with Jos Brink. So Dutch! 

Due to their good record sales abroad, the trio won a Conamus Export Prize (see Chapter IV of the biography) and became Holland's 1979 best export act. What a brilliant way to represent their motherland! 

Luv' received the 1979 Conamus Export Prize

In 1993, they paid tribute to Holland's popular music by performing a medley of Dutch songs at Veronica's Hollandse Hits Festival.

A Luv' compilation from the "Hollands Glorie" (Dutch glory) series was released by CNR in 2002. It proved that the singers belonged to the Dutch nation.

In 2006, Luv' gave a memorable show at the Radio 538 Koninginnedag Party (Queen's day) at the Museumplein in Amsterdam. 

Luv' @ Radio 538 Koninginnedag Party in Amsterdam in 2006

In some interviews, Patty expressed her positive opinion on the monarchy and said that she adored the three daughters of King Willem-Alexander. She also insisted on the "Dutch conviviality" when she performed her typically Dutch Carnival songs (Ik Wil Knallen in duet with Ome Henk (2006), Het Leven Is Een Feest (2010), Waarom zou drinken een zonde zijn (2011). Her attempt to set a Guinness World Record for the "greatest Polonaise dance" in 2012 could only take place in the Netherlands (see news posted on February 20th 2012).

Patty & Alex : Polonaise party (2012)

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