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Golden Earring

Golden Earring is the best known and internationally most succesful rock band to come out of the Netherlands.

Formed in 1961, Golden Earring has been active for more than 50 years non-stop, which makes them the world’s longest surviving rock band, formed a year before The Rolling Stones. The current line-up has been intact since 1970.

In 1961 George Kooymans (age 13) and his neighbour Rinus Gerritsen (age 15) formed The Tornados in the Zuiderpark district of their home town of The Hague, The Netherlands. The band’s first line-up mainly played The Shadows and The Ventures covers, as well as other instrumental tunes, and played its first gigs at school parties.

In 1963, as the band found out that there already was a British band called The Tornados, they decided to change their name into The Golden Earrings (after a Peggy Lee song). The band now performed around The Hague and soon had a devoted local following, as well as a record deal with Polydor. Their début single, 1965’s Please Go, made it to the Dutch Top 10.

Under the Golden Earrings moniker the band eventually recorded four albums and had twelve hit singles in the Netherlands between 1965 and 1969, ten of which reached the Dutch Top 10.

One of the band’s sixties singles was their first #1 hit in The Netherlands: 1968’s carnavalesque Dong-Dong-Diki-Digi-Dong, although that tune is now frowned upon by the band and generally regarded as inferior to other early Earrings gems, such as That Day (1966, the first Dutch pop single to have been recorded in the U.K., at London’s Pye Studios), Daddy Buy Me a Girl (1966) and the epic Just A Little Bit Of Peace In My Heart (1969).

Golden Earring is a Dutch rock band, founded in 1961.
The name Golden Earrings was taken from a song, originally sung by Marlene Dietrich in 1947.
In March 2009 Golden Earring did two gigs in the UK for the first time in thirty years.


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