Description: French release of "Venus" by the Dutch Pop/Rock band "Shocking Blue", this 7" single has a blue picture sleeve with small photo of the "Shocking Blue" band. "Venus" was the first song by a band from the Netherlands to reach number #1 in the USA charts. Later this songs song has been covered many times successfully.
|Collector's Description||French Edition of Shocking Blue's Venus
7" Single Record, PS Picture Sleeve
Disc AZ SG 112 / AZ 10 473 / "Pink Elephante" Hollande
Shocking Blue was a Dutch rock band that was active from 1967 to 1974. They are perhaps best known for their hit single "Venus," which topped the charts in several countries in 1970, including the United States.
The band was formed in The Hague in 1967 by guitarist Robbie van Leeuwen. Other founding members included bassist Klaasje van der Wal, drummer Cor van der Beek, and lead singer Fred de Wilde. Shocking Blue's early sound was heavily influenced by American rock and roll and British invasion bands like The Beatles and The Who.
Shocking Blue's breakthrough came in 1969 with the release of their single "Venus." The song's infectious melody and catchy chorus helped it climb to the top of the charts in several countries. "Venus" was the first single by a Dutch band to reach number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in the United States.
Despite the success of "Venus," Shocking Blue was never able to replicate its commercial success. The band continued to release albums and singles throughout the early 1970s, but none of their subsequent singles achieved the same level of success as "Venus."
In addition to "Venus," Shocking Blue had several other hits in Europe, including "Send Me a Postcard," "Mighty Joe," and "Never Marry a Railroad Man." The band's music was characterized by its catchy melodies and upbeat rock and roll sound.
Shocking Blue's music was also notable for its incorporation of Eastern influences, particularly on their 1969 album "At Home." The album featured several songs with Indian and Middle Eastern-inspired melodies and instrumentation.
In addition to their music, Shocking Blue was also known for their fashion sense. Lead singer Mariska Veres was known for her bohemian style and long, flowing hair. The band's fashion sense helped to cement their image as a quintessential 1960s and 1970s rock band.
Shocking Blue disbanded in 1974, and several of its members went on to pursue solo careers. Despite their relatively short career, the band's music continues to be celebrated by fans of 1960s and 1970s rock and roll.