This group from Amsterdam evolved from Penny Wise.
When it started out in 1969, the line-up was:
Donald van Os (v, g, ex-Penny Wise), Martin van
Os (dr, ex-Penny Wise), Johan Slager (g, ex-Little
Johnny & Flaming Stars, 1961, Vampires and Gallery High, to
High Tide Formation), Peter van
Asten (v), Robert Verwey (b, to Brainbox).
Line-up in 1970: Donald and Martin, Egon Verhoeven (b, ex-California License), Michel van Dijk (ex-Ekseption, went to Brainbox and stayed there from 1971 until 1974).
In 1974, the line-up changed to: Donald, Martin, Michel and Jaques Zwart (b, ex-Think Tank). In that year, Amsterdam fell apart. Peter van Asten became a famous producer and composer. He released some solo records as Peter Bewley.
1970 Indian pipe/Blue steel 44 Polydor 2050005 Lucy Lucy/Double Piet, Peen & Willy Polydor 2050026 Julie come back/Let your body be strong Polydor 2050068 1971 Jackie Gass/Sweet child of light Polydor 2050095 1973 Don't be down/Merry go round Pink Elephant PE 22709 Donay/No one really cares Pink Elephant PE 22756 1974 Marie Marie/Emily Jane Pink Elephant PE 22795 Mary Lou/Best friend Pink Elephant PE 22841 1975 LP Amsterdam Pink Elephant PE 877076
(clockwise from the top: Jacques Zwart, Hans Janssen, Aad van der Kreeft and Rob de Graaf)
Think Tank was formed by Jacques Zwart. He had been the lead vocalist of Het and played bass in Penny Wise and Bled. He assembled some of the best musicians available for Think Tank: Aad van der Kreeft (g), who'd just scored a hit with Blue Planet ("I'm Going Man I'm Going"), Hans Jansen (from the JayJays) and ex-Bled drummer Rob de Graaf. They recorded an album for Pink Elephant featuring quite complex American-influenced music (Todd Rundgren, early Steely Dan). When the album and the accompanying single didn't sell, Zwart joined Amsterdam as producer/singer/bass player in 1973 and recorded an LP that wasn't released until 1975, when the band was already defunct. Zwart then built a career producing artists like Ben Cramer and Doris D. & The Pins. Jacques Zwart died in 2003 of a heart attack at the age of 56.
1972 LP Think Tank Pink Elephant PE 877022 Together / Hold my hand Pink Elephant PE 22057 Rolling on the railroad / Pictures of youth Pink Elephant PE 22058 1973 A Man Is A Fool / Hey call my name Pink Elephant PE 22062
1972 It's alright Bill/Smile again CNR 141182 Hello/I need a place called silence CNR 141190 1973 What you've done/The last day of September CNR 141208
Amsterdam group Penny Wise was around between 1967 and 1969 and formed the base of Amsterdam. Among their members were Martin van Os (dr), his brother Donald (v, g) and Jacques Zwart (v, g, b, ex-Het and Pocomania, via Bled and Think Tank also to Amsterdam).
1967 Silver girl/Jackie's S.S.S. Imperial IH 739 1968 Lily come near me/Wrong song (Baby baby I can't take it no more) Teeset Records 1285 Leave me alone/In the fields with me Teeset Records 1299
AMSTERDAM 28-2-70 SINGLE 29 5 INDIAN PIPE 13-6-70 SINGLE 13 5 LUCY, LUCY 21-11-70 SINGLE tip JULIE COME BACK 24-2-73 SINGLE tip DON'T BE DOWN 28-9-74 SINGLE tip MARY LOU PETER BEWLEY 16-9-72 SINGLE tip IT'S ALLRIGHT BILL
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