The Friday 5×2: Radio Veronica, November 21, 1970

Haven’t done a straight survey post in a few weeks, so I found this survey from Radio Veronica, the Dutch station that lived in a boat offshore from Hilversum, The Netherlands. About half of the bands are from Holland, some of which have been heard in the US and Canada.

  1. The George Baker Selection, “Over And Over” A band from Zaanstad, The Netherlands, that was led by Hans Bouwens, also known as George Baker. They were active from 1967 to 1978 and again from 1982 to 1989. They’re best known in the US for “Little Green Bag” from 1969 and “Paloma Blanca” from 1975.
  2. Samantha Jones, “My Way” Jean Owen, a/k/a Samantha Jones, was a British singer who did especially well in the Benelux countries. This is her cover of Frank Sinatra’s song, which we were cautioned against using by the pastor of Mary’s parish when we were getting ready to be married.
  3. Heintje, “I’m Your Little Boy” Fifteen-year-old Heintje Simons was a popular “schlager” singer and actor in The Netherlands. Can’t find much more than that, I’m afraid…
  4. Neil Diamond, “Cracklin’ Rosie” Finally, one I’ve heard of! This reached #6 in The Netherlands, while it topped the chart in the US and Canada.
  5. Mick Jagger, “Memo From Turner” This was a solo record by Mick from the soundtrack for the 1970 film Performance. It features Ry Cooder on slide guitar.
  6. Tee Set, “She Likes Weeds” American listeners might remember “Ma Belle Amie” from this Delft-based band.
  7. Black Sabbath, “Paranoid” Hard to imagine that Ozzy and crew have been around this long.
  8. The Who, “See Me, Feel Me” From the rock opera Tommy, maybe the high point of The Who’s history.
  9. The Cats, “Where Have I Been Wrong” From the Dutch town of Volendam, The Cats had a #1 hit in their native country and #9 in Belgium.
  10. The Les Humphries Singers, “To My Father’s House” Formed in Hamburg, Germany at the start of the ’70’s by Les, who was British. They had a few hits in Europe during the decade, after which they dissolved and Les returned to the UK. This was a #1 in The Netherlands but failed to chart elsewhere.

And that’s The Friday 5×2 for November 22, 2019.

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