1966 – 1969 (3 years)
Oude Pekela, Pekela, Groningen, Netherlands
A Dutch beat band from the province of Groningen (in the North of the Netherlands) that started in 1965 as a cover band that played stuff by the The Kinks, The Beatles and The Rolling Stones but at that time they were still called Popular Pipers Boys Band.
In 1966 they got signed and changed their name to Rowdies, but later they found out that there was already a band with that name, so they changed their name to Ro-D-Ys.
They released a couple of singles and an album in 1967 (called "Just Fancy"), both the singles and the album were big hits and the album even sold well in Germany and Belgium.
1968 had to be the year of the Ro-D-Ys. They released their more experimental psychedelic album "Earnest Vocation" which was produced by Hans van Hemert who also produced the albums by
Q65 and Group 1850.
The album was somewhat a concept album based around the story of The Little John by Frederik van Eeden (a 19th/20th century writer). It describes a fantastical adventure of an everyman who grows up to face the harsh realities of the world around him and the emptiness of hopes for a better afterlife, but ultimately finds meaning in serving the good of those around him.
The album sold well enough, but the singles didn't get any attention.
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