Golden Earring | Artist

Golden Earring | Artist

Tags: Era_1960s, Gender_Male, Genre_Pop_Rock, Origin_Netherlands, Type_Artist

Golden Earring is a Dutch rock band founded 1961 in The Hague by George Kooymans (vocals, guitar), Rinus Gerritsen (bass, synthesizer, keyboards), Hans van Herwerden (guitar) and Fred van der Hilst (drums). The band started when 13-year-old George Kooymans and his 15-year-old neighbour, Rinus Gerritsen jammed together under the name "the Tornados", which eventually became Golden Earring, with the addition of Frans Krassenburg as vocalist. In 1967, after a visit to London where they recorded at Pye studios, Barry Hay joined the band, replacing Krassenburg as frontman. The following year, the band earned their first number one hit in the Netherlands with the song "Dong Dong Diki Digi Dong". They went on to achieve worldwide fame with their international hit songs "Radar Love" in 1973, which went to number one on the Dutch charts and top ten in the UK and US charts, "Twilight Zone" in 1982, and "When the Lady Smiles" in 1984. During their career they have had nearly 30 top-ten singles on the Dutch charts while releasing 25 studio albums. Standout albums include Eight Miles High, Golden Earring, Seven Tears, Moontan and Live, from 1977. Following the release of their classic album Moontan, Golden Earring embarked on their first major U.S. tour in 1969. Between 1969 and 1984, Golden Earring completed 13 U.S. tours, performing on the same bill as acts such as Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, Procol Harum, Eric Clapton, Santana, King Crimson and The Doobie Brothers.

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Featured Albums: Golden Earring

Related Artists: George Kooymans, Shocking Blue, The Motions

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