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Barry Andrew Hay (born Fizabad, India, 16 August 1948) is the lead singer and frontman of the internationally most succesful band to come out of The Netherlands, Golden Earring, but he also released three albums under his own name. Hay was born in India and currently lives on the island of Curaçao (Netherlands Antilles), but is a Dutchman.

Hay was recruited as the new singer of The Golden Earrings (as Golden Earring was then named) in 1967, after brief stints with The Hague beat groups, Don’t and The Haigs.

With Golden Earring, Hay enjoyed international chart success with singles such as Radar Love (1973), Twilight Zone (1982) and When The Lady Smiles (1984). Hay co-wrote much of Golden Earring’s music (with George Kooymans) and wrote many of the band’s lyrics.

In their home country Golden Earring had over 40 hits and made over 30 gold and platinum albums. They sold millions of albums worldwide, and are perhaps the oldest rock band in the world that is still performing throughout the year.

Barry Hay released three solo albums under his own name. The first two - Only Parrots, Frogs & Angels (1972) and Victory Of Bad Taste (1987) - consist of original, self-penned material, whereas The Big Band Theory (2008) is a covers album, recorded ‘big band style’ with Amsterdam’s Metropole Big Band.

In 2012 Hay launched a new project: the Barry Hay Flying V Formation, a band in which Hay is backed by four young(er) musicians. The band has performed live on a number of occasions in The Netherlands (original material, with added Golden Earring and Hay solo songs), but there is no studio output yet.

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