Formed in the Hague, Netherlands, in 1961, by George Kooymans (11 March 1948, the Hague, Netherlands; guitar/vocals) and Rinus Gerritsen (b. 9 August 1946, the Hague, Netherlands; bass/vocals) along with Hans Van Herwerden (guitar) and Fred Van Der Hilst (drums). The group, initially known as the Golden Earrings, subsequently underwent several changes before they secured a Dutch Top 10 hit with their debut release, Please Go (1965). By this point Kooymans and Gerritsen had been joined by Frans Krassenburg (vocals), Peter De Ronde (guitar) and Jaap Eggermont (drums) and the revitalized line-up became one of the most popular nederbeat attractions. Barry Hay (b. 16 August 1948, Fyzabad, India; lead vocals, flute, saxophone, guitar) replaced Krassenburg in 1966, while De Ronde also left the group as they embraced a more radical direction. The groups first Dutch number 1 hit, Dong-Dong-Di-Ki-Di-Gi-Dong, came in 1968 and saw them...
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