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George Kooymans (born The Hague, Netherlands, 11 March 1948) is a songwriter, guitarist, vocalist, most famously in the internationally most succesful band to come out of The Netherlands, 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 that he ‘discovered’, including Bojoura, Earth and Fire (their début single, the Kooymans-penned Seasons, hit #2 in the Dutch charts in 1970) and, many years later, Anouk.

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 the oldest rock band in the world that is still performing throughout the year.

George Kooymans released two solo albums under his own name - Jojo (1971) and Solo (1987) - whereas 2010 saw the release of On Location, an album Kooymans recorded with his long-time friend, American musician Frank Carillo, under the moniker Kooymans/Carillo.

George Kooymans lives in Rijkevorsel, Belgium, close to the Dutch border.

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  • Menno75

    George Kooymans singing in Dutch: 'Ik veeg de straten aan met tranen'.

    3 Nov 2014 Reply
  • Menno75

    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!

    23 Oct 2012 Reply

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