SHOCKING BLUE - VENUS b/w HOT SAND 7" Picture Sleeve Single

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.


large album front cover photo of: Shocking Blue Venus / Hot Sand

"Venus" Album Description:

Shocking Blue, the Dutch Pop/Rock sensation, etched its name in music history with the iconic 7" single "Venus" released in France. This French edition, adorned with a captivating blue picture sleeve featuring a snapshot of the band, is a collector's delight and a testimony to the band's international success.

The Genesis of "Venus"

The track "Venus" catapulted Shocking Blue to unprecedented heights, achieving a historic milestone as the first song by a Dutch band to claim the coveted #1 spot on the USA charts. Originally released in 1969, the song quickly became a global sensation, showcasing Mariska Veres' distinctive vocals and the band's unique blend of rock and pop elements.

International Triumph and Timeless Appeal

"Venus" didn't just conquer the American charts; its infectious melody and catchy lyrics resonated worldwide. The French release, encapsulated in the charming picture sleeve, reflects the band's commitment to artistic presentation. Over the years, "Venus" has been covered by numerous artists, attesting to its enduring influence and universal appeal.

The Allure of the Blue Sleeve

The 7" single's blue picture sleeve, featuring a modest yet intriguing band photo, adds a layer of mystique to this collectible. Beyond its musical significance, the sleeve stands as a visual representation of Shocking Blue's era, encapsulating the essence of late '60s pop culture.

Legacy and Enduring Impact

Shocking Blue's "Venus" remains a timeless anthem, a testament to the band's musical prowess and groundbreaking achievements. The French release, with its distinct packaging, adds an extra layer of charm for collectors and fans alike.

Collector Notes: 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: The Dutch Rock Band that Shook the World with 'Venus'

SHOCKING BLUE Description:

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.