Formed in 1967 by ex-Motions guitarist Robbie van Leeuwen (1944), this Dutch quartet originally featured lead vocalist Fred de Wilde, bass player Klassje van der Wal and drummer Cornelius van der Beek (d. 2 April 1998). After one minor hit in their homeland, Lucy Brown Is Back In Town, there was a major line-up change when the groups management replaced De Wilde with Mariska Veres (b. 1 October 1947, Den Haag, Netherlands, d. 2 December 2006, Den Haag, Netherlands). With her solid vocals, long dark hair, heavy make-up and low-cut garments Veres brought the group a sexy image and another Netherlands hit Send Me A Postcard. Next came Venus, a massive European hit, which went on to top the US charts in February 1970 after Jerry Ross had signed the group to his Colossus label.
With the talented van Leeuwen dominating the composing and production credits, Shocking Blue attempted to bridge the gap between...
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