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Delft, Netherlands

Tee Set was a Dutch beat band from the town of Delft, The Netherlands.

Founded in 1965, Tee Set was initially leaning towards rhythm & blues, but their music gradually became more ‘poppy’ from 1969 onwards (some of the early fans would call it ‘slick’). Tee Set seemed to have disappeared by 1979, but resurfaced in 1983 and in the following years regularly performed at ‘back to the sixties’ festivals.

Between 1966 and 1979 fourteen Tee Set singles reached the Top 20 of the Dutch charts. Their biggest hit in The Netherlands was She Likes Weeds, but its success (#1 in Holland in 1970) was easily eclipsed by the international triumph of Ma Belle Amie, which peaked at #5 in the U.S. Billboard Hot 100. In The Netherlands it was ‘only’ a #6 hit.

Tee Set was the earliest example of a ‘Do It Yourself’ attitude in Dutch music history: the band founded their own record label. All of their post-1967 releases were self-released on Tee Set Records, an unusual business model in the 1960s.

The band’s line-up underwent many changes over the years. Frontman Peter Tetteroo (who died in 2002, aged 55) was the only permanent member.

The 1966 line-up that recorded the earliest hits fell apart in 1967: three band members (Hans van Eijck, Polle Eduard and English guitarist, Ray Fenwick) formed a new band, named After Tea. Tetteroo formed an entirely new Tee Set line-up. Hans van Eijck returned in 1969 and is the Tee Set member with the highest number of ‘years in office’ after Tetteroo.

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  • Menno75

    Handful of great tunes; loads of garbage, too.

    3 Jan 2012 Reply
  • lowlander

    PETER TETTEROO MEMORIAL DAY R.I.P. 08-07-1947 - 09-09-2002

    9 Sep 2010 Reply

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