lundi 10 novembre 2014

Ooh, Yes I Do: 35th anniversary

Luv's great career move: transfer to CNR/Carrere Records

After a succession of hit songs, Luv's ninth single entitled "Ooh, Yes I Do" entered the Dutch Top 40 on November 10th, 1979 and later became popular in Europe (especially in Benelux, Denmark, Germany and France). Luv' even received a gold record for the Spanish version of this single ("Si, Que Si") in Mexico.


In the summer of 1979, Luv's producer Hans van Hemert decided to leave Philips/Phonogram Records (the company which had released the group's records for two years). Van Hemert was not satisfied by the way the label promote the girls abroad though they had big export hits (such as "You're the Greatest Lover", "Trojan Horse" and "Casanova"). In the meantime, the Luv' trio, Van Hemert and his partner (Piet Souer), as well as their manager Pim ter Linde, formed a limited company (InterLUV) to control every aspect of their career.

On October 7th, 1979, the ladies and their team signed a 750.000 Dutch guilder deal with CNR/Carrere Records (see Chapter III of Luv's biography). This contract was considered as "the show business transfer of the year" by Holland's most successful newspaper De Telegraaf

Luv's first single released by Carrere was "Ooh, Yes I Do", a track written and produced by Van Hemert. The song used a melody highly inspired by the flute theme of ABBA's Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight). It became an instant hit in some European countries. Luv' recorded a Spanish version of the single (Si, Que Si) for the Latin American market and conquered a new territory: Mexico.

Chart performance & certification

"Ooh, Yes I Do" was a Top 5 hit in Denmark, Belgium and the Netherlands, a Top 10 record in France as well as a Top 30 song in Germany and Austria. It reached #10 on the Europarade (a compilation of European charts). The icing on the cake: it went gold in Mexico. 

YouTube videos

AVRO's TopPop, November 5th 1979

Musikladen, Radio Bremen, Germany, December 13th, 1979

ZDF Drehscheibe, Germany

Jetzt Geht Die Party Richtig Los!, ZDF, Germany, December 31st, 1979

Tracklisting & release

Ooh, Yes I Do 
7" vinyl single (45 rpm) - original release by CNR/Carrere Records in November 1979

  • A side: Ooh, Yes I Do (Hans van Hemert) - 2:57
  • B side: My Guy (Janschen & Janschens) - 3:49

Dutch cover

German cover

Italian cover

Spanish cover

Mexican version (Si, que si)

African pressing

Carrere France released My Guy as the A side and Ooh, Yes I Do the B side

* Bibliography: 

· Hit-Lexikon des Rock und Pop Vol. 1 by Frank Laufenberg, publ: Verlag Ullstein 
· Top 40 Hitdossier 1956-2005 (9e editie) by Johan van Slooten, publ: Gottmer 

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