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's-Gravenhage, Netherlands (1967 – 1974)

Shocking Blue were a Dutch rock band from The Hague that existed from 1967 to 1974. They had a hit world-wide with the song “Venus,” which went to #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in February 1970. The song was immediately covered at the year of its release by Greek pop band Olympians, with entirely different lyrics in Greek and retitled as “Το Κορίτσι Του Μάη” (To koritsi tou Mai - The girl of May). It was later part of the Stars on 45 Medley (which put it at #1 in 1981), and covered by British girl band Bananarama in the 1980s (1986) and Japanese singer Yoko Nagayama (also in 1986).

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Before the breakthrough of “Venus,” the group had two minor hits in 1969: “Long Lonesome Road” and “Send me a postcard.” The flip-side of “Venus” was also heavily plugged on Dutch radio (“Hot Sand”). In 1970 two more hits followed: “Mighty Joe” and “Never Marry a Railroad Man” (flip-side “roll engine roll”) - which almost provoked a strike by workers on the London Underground when it was proposed to display posters advertising the single in the Underground stations. In 1971 “Hello Darkness,” “Shocking You” and “Blossom Lady.” In 1972 “Inkpot,” “Out of Sight Out of Mind” and “Eve and the Apple,” and in 1973 “Rock in the sea” - just to name the big hits. In 1974 female singer Mariska Veres left the group to start a solo-career. She had a hit, “Take me high” that same year.


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  • Artemco

    ее голос пересиливает музыку

    30 Apr 7:36am Reply
  • Lorelei_94

    Never Marry a Railroad Man ♥

    22 Dec 2014 Reply
  • jjozhkashut

    Venus piracy from "The Banjo Song" by The Big 3 (Tim Rose, Jim Hendricks, Cass Elliot)

    5 Dec 2014 Reply
  • luna_proets

    Send me a postcard darling, Send me a postcard now!

    12 Oct 2014 Reply
  • ZombiePanda3

    I'll write your name through the fiiire

    3 Oct 2014 Reply
  • Menno75

    Very annoying: 'Never MARRIED A Railroad Man' is pretty high on the list, but that's Spotify's incorrect spelling. Let's all vote for the correct spelling: 'Never MARRY A Railroad Man'. Please take a few second and do it, so it will be auto-corrected.

    2 Jul 2014 Reply
  • nonnen8

    I'll follow the sun | That's what I gonna do | Trying to forget | All about you [4] ♥

    26 Jun 2014 Reply
  • DougColorado79

    Mariska is my favourite female vocalist (2)

    21 Jun 2014 Reply
  • Overture1383

    Великая группа! И да, действительно жаль, что по достоинству их только в пост-совке ценят...

    11 Jun 2014 Reply
  • ivanskiii

    Голос Маришки просто супер!

    6 Jun 2014 Reply
  • saltyknuckles

    Featured on SaltyKnuckles ~ Oldies №78 -

    23 May 2014 Reply
  • InDie_Rocker_

    Это лучшая рок-н-ролльная группа из всех, что я слышал. Про живые выступления говорить не буду, но их студийные записи просто рвут. Столько мегадрайвовых рок-н-ролльных композиций нет ни у одной группы на этой планете. А самое главное - это шикарнейший вокал Маришки!

    6 Apr 2014 Reply
  • sbirkoff

    Try japanese version of Venus ヴィーナス.

    28 Feb 2014 Reply
  • murmler3

    @yerbyderby : Definitly not a 1 Hit wonder, but yeah, from the netherlands. There are a lot of great songs on their albums. Great Influence for most of the so called "Occult Rockers", as far as I know.

    18 Feb 2014 Reply
  • yerbyderby

    One Hit Wonder from the Netherlands.

    15 Feb 2014 Reply
  • HaHaHaYoureDead

    мне представляются криминально недооцененными везде кроме рашки, а очень жаль. и песни очень крутые, и голос маришки это нечто, конечно

    8 Feb 2014 Reply
  • Inna__Osennyaya

    Маришка няша :)

    27 Jan 2014 Reply
  • FuneralZeppelin


    24 Jan 2014 Reply
  • rrrrrrrie

    damn, they're good :O

    11 Jan 2014 Reply
  • GriendClub

    The Shisgara х2х

    25 Dec 2013 Reply
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