BONFIRE (+ family tree)

Founded in 1974, instrumental, symphonic rock group featuring Cees Meerman (dr, ex-Smyle, to Herman Brood), Eugene den Hoed (g,fl, ex-Clover Leaf), Kees den Hoed (b) and Frank Witte (o,p,fl). After just one LP, the group disbanded.

1975	LP Bonfire goes bananas EMI 5C 062-25163

CLOVER LEAF

Group from Bergen op Zoom/Roosendaal with Achmed Albar (v), Jack Verburgt (b, also solo as Jack Jackson), Marcel Lahaye (o, ex-Lotusland, to Lancee), Eugene den Hoed (g, to Bonfire) and Adrie Voorheyden (dr).

1969	Time will show/Girl where are you going Polydor S 1323
	Grey clouds/Love really changed me Polydor S 1333
1970	What kind of man/Time of troubles Polydor 2050028
	Don't spoil my day/Sweeter better Polydor 2050045
1971	Oh what a day/Such a good place Polydor 2050086
	Tell the world/Come home Imperial 5C 006-24431
1972	Makin' believe/Mister lonesome Imperial 5C 006-24493
	Mister lonesome/We love each other Imperial 5C 006-24606
1973	Woman/If you meet her Imperial 5C 006-24695

JACK JACKSON

Guitarist Jack Jackson, aka Jack Verburgt, from Noordbrabant, was active in the sixties as the bassist in Clover Leaf.

1975	Fur Maria/Barbarella EMI 5C 006-25095
	LP Fur Maria EMI 5C 050-25186
1977	The tears in your eyes/La comparsa EMI 5C 006-25675
1978	LP EMI 026-25998
1980	Annabella/ Polydor 2050645
	LP Annabella Polydor 2925107

LOTUSLAND

This group from Tilburg was founded in 1966 under the name of Gogo's. In 1967, the name was changed to Lotusland. The most important members were Marcel Lahaye (v,o,p, to Clover Leaf), Martin Oppermans (v,g) and in the last days of the group Ferdy Lancee (v,g). From 1968 till 1972, Lotusland accompanied Bonny St.Claire, a Belgian duo Barry & Eileen around 1975, and Ben Cramer and Patricia Paay around 1977. Their lone single, recorded in 1968, was done together with the English group Marmalade, whom they met during Bonny St.Claire's English tour that year.

1968    Mr. Lion/You and me alone CBS 3529

GOGO'S

1967	I've got a way of my own/Jenny's all right
	[on LP Beat met een zachte g] Relax 30565

MINISINK TOWNHOUSE

A duo comprised of Auke Ozinga (v,g) and Freek Berrier (p, to Attraction), in 1972 completed by Mary Hehuat (b), Leo van de Ketterij (g, ex-Shocking Blue, to L & C Band) and Cees Meerman (dr, ex-Temple, to Smyle).

1972 Upstairs 52/Found a home Philips 6000060

TWELVE O'CLOCK

Hans Willemse (v, to Bojo Band), Aad van de Kreeft (g, ex-Think Tank, later in Lava), Andre Reynen (b, ex-Brainbox, to Sympathy, also in Minisink Townhouse), Ilja Gort (dr, ex-After Tea, also in Minisink Townhouse), Paul Vink (o,p, ex-Machine, to Lynx) and Joop van Nimwegen (g, ex-Cobra, to Q'65). This group existed from 1972 till 1974, in the end under the name of Daybreak.

1972 Easy come easy go/Baby baby baby Imperial 5C 006-24642

BOJO BAND

Funk-rock group from The Hague, established in 1979. Line-up: Hans Willemse (v,g,b, ex-Twelve O'Clock, Daybreak with Astrid Nijgh and a duo with Bart van Schoonhoven of Breeze), Peter Simon (g, ex-Crimson Circle, New Crim Formation and Gails & Jeans), Geert Hoornweg (v,dr, ex-Placenta, Dizzy Daisy and Steamer), Bob Blok (v,b, ex-Crashfield Band and Randy & Spiders), Astrid Blok (v, ex-Kobalt and Colour) and (only in 1979) Johan Flippo (g, ex-Sfinx and Steamer).

1980	Single bed/Daydreamer Philips 6017086

SFINX

Symphonic rock group from The Hague, founded in 1974 by John Philippo (v,g,p,s, ex-Pilot, to Bojo Band) and Peter Langerak (g). On bass, successively, Dennis Lammers (in 1975 to Lemming), Armand v.d. Hoff (ex-Eclipse, from 1975 till 1978) and Ruud v.d. Tang. On keyboards, successively, Michael Eschauzier (ex-Catapult, till 1976), Kees Nix (ex-Boolus and Stardust, from 1976 till 1979) and Dolf Lampo (since 1979). Drummers were Hans Adelaar (in 1976 to Cobra) and Harm Bieger (since 1976, ex-Fontessa, in 1980 to Mo).

1978	Singing my life again/'Cos you've changed Polydor 2050542
	LP Holy cat Polydor 2925076
1979	Holy cat/Spitfire Polydor 2050551

LYNX

A group from The Hague, existed from 1972 till 1973. Their single was recorded but not released. Line-up: Peter v.d. Sande (v,b, ex-Serpentine, to Lobster), Frank Nuyens (v,g, ex-Q'65, to Cuby & Blizzards), Paul Vink (o,p, ex-Twelve O'Clock, to Finch) and Dick Beekman (dr, ex-Livin' Blues, to Terry Lee & Big Rock Revival).

1973	Rock & rollsinger/Like a dog [not released] EMI

MARVA HODGE & MOODY SECT

A soul singer hailing from The Hague, originally from Aruba. She was mostly accompanied by the The Hague group Moody Sect: Ab Engels (dr), Adolphus Richardson (tr), Jan Benjamin (s), Robert Plazier (o, ex-Tee Set, to Nico Haak & Paniekzaaiers), Wan Leue (v,g, ex-Crack Unit, to Confrontation), Will Matla (g, to Sympathy), Dick Hoppe (b, ex-Black Albinos) and Linda Melcherts (v). Also Ton van der Meer (g, ex-Mack, to Smyle) played along for a short while, while on her last single Ted Oberg (Livin' Blues) played guitar. Earlier, Marva sang in Stax. In 1970, she went back to Aruba.

1967	Mockingbird/Ballad of a waiting man [as Moody Sect] Decca AT 25009
1969	Let the sun shine in/00 45 GM Philips JF 336104
	You can bring me all your heartaches/Ba sweet ba Philips JF 336...
	You're the one for me/Think about the good times Philips JF 336111
1970	The ghetto/Sometimes Philips JF 336117

TON VAN DER MEER & GESTOORDT

Ton van der Meer is not the same person as bass player Ton van der Meer who played in SmyleGestoordt sang in Dutch, the line-up being: Godi van Hoogezand (g), Bertus Bonk (b) and Alex Verpoort (dr). In 1981 the group's name was changed into: Ton van der Meer + Lach & Roll.

1978	Ik kan 't niet alleen/'k Sta erop			CNR 141461
	'k Heb geen moer aan m'n leven/Na een paar pilsjes wist ik het weer [never released]
								Plurex
	'k Heb niets aan m'n leven/Liefde is			Philips 6012887
1979	Een beetje vent wordt geen agent/Korte rock/
	Ik ben gebeten door een poolvos				Philips 6208031
	LP b.g.g.						Philips 6423127
1980	Ik wou dat de afwas af was/Je kan beter uit je bol gaan	Philips 6017041

MACK

The Hague-based group featuring Ton van der Meer (g, ex-Danny & Rebels, later to the Moody Sect), Bart Terlaak (dr, ex-Willy & Giants, later to the Haigs) and Leo Bennink (b, ex-Jayjays, replaced by, respectively, Paul van Melzen (Haigs) and Huib Verstrate (Beehive). Leo left Mack in 1967 to join the Motions.

1966	All my hope is gone/It's gonna work out fine Havoc SH 126
1967	Do it/Little lovely honey Teeset Records 1265

FERDY LANCEE

Ferdy Dousenbach started his career as a musician in Lotusland and also as a studio session guitarist. He was dubbed the Dutch Peter Frampton due to his looks as well as his musical style. In 1976, he was in Dummy, in 1978 in Xandra (the group featuring Sandra) and in 1979 formed - together with Frank Klunhaar - his own group called Lancee. Frank was earlier a Panther(man). The rest of the line-up: Marcel Lahaye (o,p, ex-Clover Leaf, till 1980, replaced by guitarist Leon v.d. Akker), Jos v.d. Dries (dr, ex-Les Cruches) and Pieter Korremans (b, ex-Heating). In 1981, Lancee disbanded and Ferdy formed a new band: Jos v.d. Dries (dr), Joe Heuser (o,p, ex-Breakfast, Caro and a few more Dutch bands) and Steven Wienjus (b, ex-Superjones).

1972	Joy in the sky/Laury				Philips 6012196
1973	Un sentiment d'amour/Le temps perdu		Barclay 167018
1976	Maggie's gone/So long my friend			Jungle J 1000
1977	Rock & roll heart/It's you love			Jungle J 1005
	Rock & roll heart/Maggie's gone [Germany]	RCA PE 5524
	LP Ferdy					Jungle JLP 11001
1978	We can work it out/Let's try it baby		Poker POS 15049
1980	Goodbye my love/Melancholy avenue		CBS 8299
	Old rockers never die/I wish I were like you	CBS 8798
	In the nite/Battle of my lonely guitar		CBS 9084
	LP Lancee					CBS 84118
1981	Tonight you're on the radio/Paradise		CBS 9528
	Standing in the middle/				CBS 1079
	Fire burning/Dreames				CBS 1471
	LP The bridge					CBS 84876
1982	Als ze lacht/

DUMMY

1976 Dummy boy/Hi there Ariola AT 16453

PANTHER(MAN)

Also known as producer Frank Klunhaar from 's-Hertogenbosch (ex-Witch Concern). After many years of being involved with the recordings of Ferdy Lancee, he joined this group in 1980.

1974	Pantherman/You are my friend Polydor 2050315
	Panther walk/20th century man Polydor 2050337
1975	One man band/Evelyne Polydor 2050362

WITCH CONCERN

A heavy rock group from Nijmegen, existed around 1969/1970. This group didn't make any records, but they had a remarkable line-up: Jimi Silawanebassy (v, better known as soul singer Jimmy Bellmartin), Frank Klunhaar (o,p, to Pantherman), Pierre de Haard (dr, to Corporation), Benno Buys (g) and Ton Rossen (b, to Sessie Bon).

JIMMY BELLMARTIN

Indonesian soul singer Jimi Silawanebessy (ex-Witch Concern) from Den Bosch. In 1976 a member of the group Chain Of Fools.

1970	This is my lovesong/Winter of my life		Delta DS 1364
1971	Morning rainbow/Going back to New Orleans	Polydor 2050106
1972	It's all over/Morning rainbow			Polydor 2050170
	Movie star/In my mind is sorrow			Polydor 2050185
	Send me a letter/Are you gonna rock it to me	Polydor 2050231
1973	Make you believe I love you/Rainy day		Polydor 2050257
1974	You're a lady/Beautiful				Polydor 2050320
1975	LP The best of Jimmy Bellmartin			Polydor 2441049
1976	Why don't you send me/Send me a letter		Polydor 2050360
1979	On the waterfront/Remember the good		Polydor 2050584
	LP I don't like to sleep alone			Polydor 2925082
1982	Darling you're not alone/Cry of a woman		Killroy KR 3636

CHAIN OF FOOLS

In 1976, a group called Stardust was founded by Rudi de Queljoe (g, ex-Cyril Havermans), Herman Deinum (b, ex-Cyril Havermans), Hans Lafaille (dr, ex-Flash & Dance Band), Cees Nix (o,p, ex-Boolus, to Sfinx) and Jimmy Belmartin (v). Just after a few weeks, Herman and Hans left for Sweet d'Buster and only Rudy and Jimmy remained. They completed the line-up with Hessel de Vries (o,p, ex-Sight), the English drummer Ian Mosley (ex-Trace, to Gordon Giltrap), Jaap van Eyck (b, ex-Trace, replaced by Toeroe Leerdam in 1976, to Vitesse) and female singers Floor van Zutphen (Houseband) and Sheen Mulholland. After the recording sessions, the group fell apart. Rudi, Ian and Hessel then formed jazz-rock group Footswitch.

1976	Change/Lean on me Philips 6012630

FOOTSWITCH

This 'supergroup' had a short life in 1977: Hessel de Vries (keyboards, ex-Chain Of Fools), Rudy de Queljoe (g, ex-Chain Of Fools, to Vitesse), Ian Mosley (dr, ex-Chain Of Fools) and Toeroe Leerdam (b, ex-Chain Of Fools, to Vitesse).


Dutch charts:

CLOVER LEAF
6-9-69 SINGLE 34 3 TIME WILL SHOW
11-7-70 SINGLE 21 4 WHAT KIND OF MAN
19-9-70 SINGLE 22 8 DON'T SPOIL MY DAY
27-3-71 SINGLE 19 4 OH, WHAT A DAY
21-8-71 SINGLE 22 5 TELL THE WORLD
MARVA HODGE & THE MOODY SECT
10-5-69 SINGLE 6 8 LET THE SUNSHINE IN
JACK JACKSON
21-6-75 SINGLE tip FUR MARIA
LANCEE
29-3-80 ALBUM 28 8 MODELS [Album v/d week op 22380]
FERDY LANCEE
20-11-76 SINGLE tip MAGGIE'S GONE
2-7-77 SINGLE tip ROCK AND ROLL HEART
18-12-82 SINGLE tip ALS ZE LACHT
MINISINK TOWNHOUSE
22-7-72 SINGLE tip UPSTAIRS 52
TON VAN DER MEER
5-5-79 SINGLE tip 'K HEB NIKS MEER AAN M'N LEVEN
1-9-79 SINGLE tip EEN BEETJE VENT WORDT GEEN AGENT

Submitted by: Adri Verhoef (a3@a3.xs4all.nl-removespam)
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