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Shocking Blue

Shaped in 1967 by former Motions guitarist Robbie van Leeuwen, the Dutch quartet Stunning Blue originally got a lineup of VanLeeuwen on guitar, lead vocalist Fred DeWilde, bass player Klaasje Van der Wal, and drummer Cornelius Van der Beek, and the original configuration from the group got a homeland strike with “Lucy Brown Is certainly Back in City” a year later on in 1968. Factors really got shifting, though, when DeWilde was changed by sultry vocalist Mariska Veres, whose sexy existence and solid performing brought the music group another Netherlands strike, “Send Me a Postcard,” and a huge worldwide smash with “Venus” in 1970 following the group got agreed upon to Jerry Ross’ Colossus Information imprint. Although Stunning Blue’s albums (1968’s Stunning Blue, 1969’s IN THE HOME, 1970’s Scorpio’s Dance, 1971’s 3rd Record, 1972’s Inkpot, 1972’s Attila, 1973’s Fantasy on Dreamer, and 1974’s MEMORIES) featured intensifying rock components and inventive plans because of VanLeeuwen’s composing and production abilities, the music group was essentially promoted like a pop singles device, even though they scored many subsequent hits within their homeland, none from the group’s produces approached the substantial saturation achievement of “Venus.” Veres remaining Shocking Blue in 1974 to pursue a single career, even though there were various reunions and various touring incarnations from the band over time (including a edition fronted by Veres within the ’90s), its creative background ended then. VanLeeuwen later on re-surfaced within the folk/jazz group Galaxy-Lin, while his most well-known structure, “Venus,” continuing to find out play on oldies channels. Veres passed away of malignancy in 2006 at age 59.

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