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Golden Earring

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's-Gravenhage, Netherlands (1961 – present)

Golden Earring is the best known and internationally most succesful rock band to come out of the Netherlands.

Formed in 1961, Golden Earring has been active for more than 50 years non-stop, which makes them the world’s longest surviving rock band, formed a year before The Rolling Stones. The current line-up has been intact since 1970.

In 1961 George Kooymans (age 13) and his neighbour Rinus Gerritsen (age 15) formed The Tornados in the Zuiderpark district of their home town of The Hague, The Netherlands. The band’s first line-up mainly played The Shadows and The Ventures covers, as well as other instrumental tunes, and played its first gigs at school parties.

In 1963, as the band found out that there already was a British band called The Tornados, they decided to change their name into The Golden Earrings (after a Peggy Lee song). The band now performed around The Hague and soon had a devoted local following, as well as a record deal with Polydor. Their début single, 1965’s Please Go, made it to the Dutch Top 10.

Under the Golden Earrings moniker the band eventually recorded four albums and had twelve hit singles in the Netherlands between 1965 and 1969, ten of which reached the Dutch Top 10.

One of the band’s sixties singles was their first #1 hit in The Netherlands: 1968’s carnavalesque Dong-Dong-Diki-Digi-Dong, although that tune is now frowned upon by the band and generally regarded as inferior to other early Earrings gems, such as That Day (1966, the first Dutch pop single to have been recorded in the U.K., at London’s Pye Studios), Daddy Buy Me a Girl (1966) and the epic Just A Little Bit Of Peace In My Heart (1969).

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  • arek0257586353

    I remember this , many years ago , they were like friends with polish BUDKA SUFLERA band then. Good times , goog stuff. DAG

    6 Feb 5:06am Reply
  • Orkan60

    We houden van je ---GOLDEN EARING------

    3 Jan 8:58pm Reply
  • gmaenhout

    Brilliant band, and their 1977-live album is probably the best live album ever!

    4 Nov 2014 Reply
  • Gurgenium

    Узнал о них благодаря Арии.

    25 Oct 2014 Reply
  • Pedalique

    Сраные плагиатщики, спиздили у Арии песню.

    24 Sep 2014 Reply
  • silvertree

    This is incredible but I agree with dennis1808!

    3 Sep 2014 Reply
  • dennis1808

    This is way better than The Rolling Stones

    24 Jul 2014 Reply
  • MikeySchenker

    @TheDarkSide73: Weekend Love, Long Blond Animal and When The Lady Smiles were hits too, maybe not in the States, but pretty wellknown here in Europe.

    21 Jul 2014 Reply
  • Menno75

    Weird: Going To The Run had been topping Twilight Zone for a few weeks in a row now... Loads of plays for that song. Is there any reason in particular...? Normally it's 1. Radar Love, 2. Twilight Zone...

    15 Jun 2014 Reply
  • Russian_Wolf

    о! я их знаю, я слушал Арию

    9 Apr 2014 Reply
  • atjames56

    I was lucky enough to see Golden Earring at the Winterland Arena, San Francisco in the summer of 1975. Of the almost 500 shows iv'e seen this remains in the top 10.

    5 Mar 2014 Reply
  • Kill_humans

    Знаю Radar Love только из Rock'n'Roll Racing на Sega :D

    30 Dec 2013 Reply
  • Himynameiserl

    И ЛЕТЯЯЩИИЙ В ДАААААЛЬ

    13 Nov 2013 Reply
  • Menno75

    Added a very cool 1970s photo, from a U.S. TV performance: http://www.last.fm/music/Golden+Earring/+images/94403741 Your votes please!

    5 Nov 2013 Reply
  • Alehandro13

    И летящий вдаль беспечный ангел! бугага арея!

    9 Oct 2013 Reply
  • Menno75

    40 years since the release of Radar Love and the great Moontan album. Play that album - NOW :-)

    25 Aug 2013 Reply
  • djbojko

    radar love - one of the best hard rock song!

    9 Jun 2013 Reply
  • jazzthieve

    Spotify playlist: Rock University: 60 years of Rock Music

    24 May 2013 Reply
  • naturefirst

    Going To The Run , very nice song!!

    21 May 2013 Reply
  • MusicMagic77

    @TheDarkSide73: They have many excellent albums (lot of vinyls and CDs) WORLDWIDE !!!

    9 Apr 2013 Reply
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