De Dijk is a dutch band from Amsterdam & Zaandam. Their style can be described as a mix of soul, blues and rock. The group is named after the Zeedijk street in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.
Formed in 1981 by brothers Hans en Huub van der Lubbe and friend Daniel Derks, De Dijk caught the wave of Dutch rock music, which they've ridden for a quarter century since. Having worked with a number of Amsterdam based groups for close to a decade with very little success, the brothers shifted their attention to their new project featuring Dutch lyrics in 1981.
Most rock bands in the area performed either English or German language material, making De Dijk something of an anomaly in the market at the time. The band's 1982 debut record De Dijk was an enormous success. Joined by keyboard player Pim Kops and drummer Antonie Broek, De Dijk's sophomore release Nooit Meer Tarzan (1983) was underwhelming in both sales and popularity, causing the band to lose their contract with Dureco. Though it took the group a few years to recover, many successful records were soon to follow, beginning with 1985's Elke Dag Een Nieuwe Hoed and the Zilveren Harp Award winning Wakker in Een Vreemde Wereld (1987). De Dijk toured and recorded regularly throughout the late '80s and '90s, becoming one of the Netherland's most important rock innovators.
Their poetic lyrics, penned by Huub van der Lubbe, would influence an entire generation of European musicians. In 2006 the band played a show honoring their 25th anniversary at the Rotterdam Ahoy Theatre, kicking off an extensive tour. That same year they made their first appearance on Billboard charts with their record Zullen We Dansen 1981-2006, which placed in the European Top 100 category.
Before the name "De Dijk" came into view the band was known as "Stampei".
De Dijk is made up of:
* Huub van der Lubbe (vocals)
* Antoine Broek (drums)
* Nico Arzbach (guitar)
* Hans van der Lubbe (bass)
* Pim Kops (keyboard)
with additional guitar/organ playing by J.B. Meyers
and they are backed by the Hot Haarlemmerdijk Horns:
* Roland Brunt (tenor saxophone)
* Peter van Soest (trumpet)
They got instantly famous with their first hit "Bloedend hart" and found their way to a broad audience with their albums "Wakker in een vreemde wereld" and "Niemand in de stad". De Dijk is known for their live performances. Still going strong after all these years, though less successful in scoring hit singles. Their biggest hit in the Netherlands was "Als ze er niet is".
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