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Raymond van het Groenewoud


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Schaarbeek, Brussels, Belgium (1972 – present)

Raymond van het Groenewoud (Schaerbeek, February 14, 1950) is a dutch-speaking Belgian singer-songwriter and author-composer.
From 1972 on Raymond mixes candid observations on human behavior with his own, unique sense of humor. His songs are alternatively full of emotion and boisterous, dark and joyful, but are always powered by a sound base of rock’n roll and references to all four musical corners of the globe”. They rightfully awarded him the title “His excellence of Belgian Pop”.

Early Years

Born in a musical family (his father is Nico Gomez), Raymond starts performing with Johan Verminnen. In 1975 he says : “Like Lennon shouted “Twist and Shout”, no one had ever made music before. We felt that as being extremely non-comformistic. So we also had long hair and jeans. It was Johan Verminnen who showed me the life in bars. He led me into the nightlife. That was necessary, ‘cause my parents where Dutch people who lived an isolated life in Antwerp.”
After somewhile as a musician backing up other people (e.g. with Della Bosiers), he forms his own band with Erik Van Neygen called Louisette. Already he gives Flanders some of its musical evergreens like ‘Maria, Maria ik hou van jou” and “Zij houdt van Vrijen”.
In an era of “Osmonds and Mud” Louisette fails to make it big. He reforms the group, this time as RvhG and Bien Servi, for which the lineup includes Jean-Marie Aerts (see TC Matic etc …) and Jean Blaute (see Kate’s Kennel, K’s Choice …).


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