Swinging Soul Machine was a soul orchestra from Rotterdam featuring Iwan "Spooky" Groeneveld (voc, to Spooky & Sue), Jan Warby (b), Wim Warby (s,fl), Mac Sell (g), Jan Bliek (dr) and Paul Vink (o,p). The group existed from 1967 till 1970, when Spooky left and the band changed its name to Machine, in order to steer the music in the direction of heavy rock. From 1969 till 1970 other members of Swinging Soul Machine were: Hans Jansand (o,p, ex-Haigs, to Think Tank), Guus Willemse (b, ex-Truce, to Rob Hoeke) and Frans Meinecke (b, to Bled).
1969 Spooky's day off/Nobody wants you Polydor S 1299 Stop the machine/The horns of victory Polydor S 1313 The band/Take your time Polydor S 1326 LP Through the eye Polydor 656020 1972 Spooky's day off/Lonesome tree [by Machine]/The band Polydor 2050204
25-1-69 SINGLE 2 14 SPOOKY'S DAY-OFF 31-5-69 SINGLE 6 9 STOP THE MACHINE 11-10-69 SINGLE 21 5 THE BAND
This hard rock group from Rotterdam with horn section, derived from the Swinging Soul Machine in 1970. Members included: Martin Beeke (horns, ex-Free), Francois Content (tr, fl, ex-Big Ballad Boogie Blues Beat Bouncers Band, Free, Jimmy Walker, Outward Bound and various jazz groups), John Caljouw (voc, ex-Dragonfly), Mac Sell (g, ex-Finishing Touch), Jan Warby (b,s), Paul Vink (o,p), Wim Warby (fl,s), Jan Bliek (dr) and Hans Kruger (s). In 1972, this line-up fragmented: Francois went to the Windmill Orchestra, Mac to Heart, Paul to Twelve O'Clock, Jan Bliek to Limousine, Jan and Wim Warby with Francois - to Tantalus. In 1973, Machine was reformed by Francois Content and Wim Warby, but in 1974 the band fell apart again. Other group members included: Jaap Schoonhoven (g, ex-Tantalus, later with Wally Tax), Michel Marion (b, ex-Kayak and Wally Tax, later in Mayfly), Marc Holland (dr, ex-Lobster) and Nico Doorduyn (voc, ex-Lobster, later in Water) and Andre de Wendt (voc, g, later in Trail).
1970 Lonesome tree/Mohammed Street Polydor 2050017 Rainmaker/Say goodbye to your friend Polydor 2050049 LP Machine Polydor 2441020
2-5-70 SINGLE 11 8 LOVESOME TREE
This was a duo comprised of Iwan Groeneveld (ex-Swinging Soul Machine) and Sue Chaloner. Originally, Sue was to form a duo with "Big" John Russell, but that didn't work out. Between 1974 and 1976, Spooky & Sue made some hits; at public performances they were backed up by the Amsterdam group Mayflower. Spooky made one solo single. After that, he joined the Surfers.
1974 Swinging on a star/Ain't it good Negram NG 447 1975 You talk too much/Dancing funky Negram NG 497 I've got the need/Please lady stay Negram NG 2048 LP Negram NR 109 1976 Do you dig it/House on the moon Negram NG 2093 You've got what it takes/Romeo and Juliet Negram NG 2159
28-9-74 SINGLE 2 16 SWINGING ON A STAR [Alarmschijf op 21-9-74] 29-3-75 SINGLE 7 8 YOU TALK TOO MUCH 31-5-75 ALBUM 24 6 SPOOKY & SUE 4-10-75 SINGLE 8 6 I'VE GOT THE NEED [Alarmschijf op 27-9-75] 27-3-76 SINGLE 17 5 DO YOU DIG IT 6-11-76 SINGLE tip YOU'VE GOT WHAT IT TAKES
1977 Music/Express EMI 5C 006-82417
1977 Give me love/ 1980 Tip for the top/Don't leave me now RCA PB 4522 1981 What I know/idem (instrumentaal) CBS 1479
22-12-79 SINGLE tip TIP FOR THE TOP
The Surfers from Haarlem revived the sound of the Beach Boys with their Summer hits. In 1978, the members of the group were: Spooky (ex-Spooky & Sue), Nico Fonteyn, Paul Braaksma, Esther Oosterbeek, Patrick Alaluf, Marijke Meyer and Cathy Leonupun (to Kids & Cats). In 1980, the lineup was: Spooky, Nico, Paul, Erica Nobel and Barbara Muller.
1978 Windsurfin'/Night at the beach CNR 141474 1979 Windsurfing time again/Wind blows in my sail CNR 141552 1980 Girls on the beach/Summertime tension CNR 141646 1981 Let's go surfin/Summer's here again CNR 141770
1-7-78 SINGLE 2 14 WINDSURFIN' 14-7-79 SINGLE 17 6 WINDSURFING TIME AGAIN 17-5-80 SINGLE tip GIRLS ON THE BEACH
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