The signature song of Bonnie & José
Bonnie St. Claire and José Hoebee have been friends since the late 1970s when they had the same manager (Pim ter Linde). At the time, José was very successful as a member of Luv'.
In 1984, the ladies decided to form a duo to cover songs of ABBA in Dutch long before the revival of interest in the music of the Swedish Fab Four. Their first duet single "Cassandra" peaked at #24 on the Top 40 and #19 on the Nationale Hitparade (see article posted on July 7th, 2014).
After Cassandra's respectable success on the hit parade, they decided to continue their professionnal relationship. In 1985, they were involved in the ABBAcadra project (see article posted on March 16th, 2015). Later that year, RCA Records released "Zoals Vrienden Doen" (the cover of ABBA's The Way Old Friends Do). Will Hoebee (José's husband), then a sought-after producer, supervised the recording. Eurovision Song Contest conductor Harry van Hoof arranged it. Benny Neyman (a famous artist from Will's roster) wrote the text of this track in Dutch.
"Zoals vrienden doen" entered the Dutch charts 30 years ago and became the signature song of the duo. It reached #36 on the Top 40 and #18 on the Nationale Hitparade. Bonnie & José performed it on many occasions on TV and on stage.
In 2013, the two singers made a brief comeback and performed their track on SBS 6 program "Nederland Muziekland" (ckick here to watch the video).
- Top 40 Hitdossier 1956-2005 (9e editie) by Johan van Slooten, publ: Gottmer Bech
- Dutch hit parade: www.dutchcharts.nl