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George Kooymans (born The Hague, Netherlands, 11 March 1948) is a songwriter, guitarist, vocalist, most famously in Golden Earring. Kooymans co-founded the band as The Tornado's in The Hague, Netherlands, in 1961.

With Golden Earring, Kooymans enjoyed major international chart success with singles such as Radar Love (1973), Twilight Zone (1982) and When The Lady Smiles (1984). Kooymans is Golden Earring's main songwriter, whereas singer, Barry Hay, wrote most of the group's lyrics.

Kooymans wrote songs for several Dutch artists… read more

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    George Kooymans singing in Dutch: 'Ik veeg de straten aan met tranen'.
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    George Kooymans won the Eddy Christiani Award this month in Flushing, The Netherlands. It is a prestigious lifetime achievement award for guitar players, previously awarded to guitarists such as Steve Lukather (Toto), Adrian Vandenberg, Jan Akkerman (Focus) and Brian May (Queen). Nice one. Go George!

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