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Shocking Blue

Formed in 1967 by former Motions guitarist Robbie van Leeuwen, the Dutch quartet Shocking Blue originally had a lineup of VanLeeuwen on guitar, lead vocalist Fred DeWilde, bass player Klaasje Van der Wal, and drummer Cornelius Van der Beek, and the initial configuration of the band had a minor homeland hit with “Lucy Brown Is Back in Town” a year later in 1968. Things really got moving, though, when DeWilde was replaced by sultry singer Mariska Veres, whose sexy presence and solid singing brought the band a second Netherlands hit, “Send Me a Postcard,” and then a huge international smash with “Venus” in 1970 after the group had signed to Jerry Ross' Colossus Records imprint. Although Shocking Blue's albums (1968’s Shocking Blue, 1969’s At Home, 1970’s Scorpio’s Dance, 1971’s 3rd Album, 1972’s Inkpot, 1972’s Attila, 1973’s Dream on Dreamer, and 1974’s Good Times) featured progressive rock elements and inventive arrangements thanks to VanLeeuwen's writing and production skills, the band was essentially marketed as a pop singles unit, and while they scored several subsequent hits in their homeland, none of the group’s releases approached the massive saturation success of “Venus.” Veres left Shocking Blue in 1974 to pursue a solo career, and while there have been various reunions and different touring incarnations of the band over the years (including a version fronted by Veres in the '90s), its creative history ended then. VanLeeuwen later re-surfaced in the folk/jazz group Galaxy-Lin, while his most famous composition, “Venus,” continued to see play on oldies stations. Veres died of cancer in 2006 at the age of 59. ~ Steve Leggett
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Selected Discography

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Track List: 20 Greatest Hits

1. Venus

2. Mighty Joe

3. Never Marry A Railroad Man

4. Hello Darkness

5. Shocking You

6. Blossom Lady

7. Inkpot

8. Rock In The Sea

9. Send Me A Postcard

10. Long And Lonesome Road

11. Out Of Sight Out Of Mind

12. Oh Lord

13. This America

14. Good Times

15. Gonna Sing Me A Song

16. Love Is In The Air

17. Lucy Brown Is Back In Town

18. Eve And The Apple

19. Let Me Carry Your Bag

20. Dream On Dreamer

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Track List: 3rd Album

1. Shocking You

2. Velvet Heaven

3. Love Sweet Love

4. I Saw Your Face

5. Simon Lee And The Gang (Instrumental)

6. Serenade

7. Don't You See

8. The Bird Of Paradise

9. Moonlight Night

10. Sleepless At Midnight

11. I'll Follow The Sun

12. Never Married A Railroad Man

13. Roll Engine Roll

14. Waterloo

15. Blossom Lady

16. Is This A Dream

17. Poor Boy (Long Version)

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Track List: Scorpio's Dance

1. Scorpio's Dance (First Movement)

2. Alaska Country

3. Sally Was A Good Old Girl

4. Daemon Lover

5. Scorpio's Dance

6. Little Cooling Planet

7. I Love Voodoo Music

8. Seven Is A Number In Magic

9. Keep It If You Want It

10. Water Boy

11. Send Me A Postcard

12. Mighty Joe

13. Hello Darkness

14. Pickin' Tomatoes

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Track List: At Home

1. Boll Weevil

2. I'll Write Your Name Through The Fire

3. Acka Raga

4. Love Machine

5. I'm A Woman

6. Venus

7. California Here I Come

8. Poor Boy

9. Long And Lonesome Road

10. Love Buzz

11. The Butterfly And I

12. Harley Davidson

13. Fireball Of Love

14. Hot Sand

15. Wild Wind

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Love this band I just listen to them when I was 6 or 7 and I'm still listening
I'm 33 now what a great and pure music of this band ��
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Love the song " I'm a woman" follow for a follow and read my bio
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♥ Pandora, please, continue to showcase more artists that seem to have been overlooked. I am a musician, too.
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i love this band (:
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my absolute favorite at the moment, they wrote great music, even if it's classified as pop
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Damn, to hell with the American/Bri t i s h radio charts. This group produced solid rocking music. Period.
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Fantastic songs/music compositions contrary to American radio charts.
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...if Boris and Natasha had a band....
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Mariska Veres, what a great voice.

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