Golden Earring - They were formed in The Hague, The Netherlands in the early sixties by guitarist George Kooymans and bassist Rinus Gerritsen, initially calling themselves "The Golden Earrings". They were quite popular in Holland and they achieved their first Top 10 hit in 1965, although it was their "Eight Miles High" album in 1969, with it's extended version of The Byrds' classic, that achieved international acclaim and set them on the road to becoming one of Holland's most famous bands. After experimenting with various styles of music, they settled on good old fahioned straight hard rock and they've never looked back since. "Radar Love" is a world renown classic, but it's just a sample of the excellent music this band has released over the years and anybody into rock music would do well to check out some of the bands' many other albums. They're still going strong today and they recently released a new album, "Paradise in Distress".

Golden Earring 
Golden Earring - All Day Watcher, from "Together" in 1972, their 10th album. Dutch outfit Golden Earring were formed as The Golden Earrings in The Hague in 1961 by guitarist/vocalist George Kooymans and bassist/vocalist Rinus Gerritsen, together with drummer Fred van der Hilst and second guitarist Hans Van Herwerden. They secured their first Top 10 hit with "Please Go" in1 965, and it was at this stage that vocalist Frans Krassenburg, guitarist Peter de Ronde and drummer Jaap Eggermont joined. Flautist/vocalist/sax player Barry Hay later replaced Krassenburg and de Ronde left as the band adopted a more radical direction. Their debut, self-titled album was released on Polydor Records in 1965 and it did fairly well in their home country, although it would be three years before they had their first Dutch number one hit with "Dong-Dong-Di-Ki-Di-Gi-Dong", which was supported by a successful tour of the USA. Eggermont left (to become a successful producer) and was replaced by Cesar Zuiderwijk (ex-Livin' Blues), and it was the line-up of Zuiderwijk, Hay, Kooymans and Gerritsen that was to take Golden Earring to heights unsurpassed by any other Dutch rock outfit. Their "Eight Miles High" album, featuring a stunning extended cover of The Byrds' classic, set them on the road to international acclaim. Mention Golden Earring and the first thing people think of is "Radar Love", but what many may not know is that they released a ton of exceptionally good material on many albums, our featured album being a typical case in point. The band are still going today, with the "classic" line-up, making them one of the longest surviving rock bands in the world, and they released the excellent double live "Last Blast of the Century" in 2000. 

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Biography by Steve Huey
Best known in the U.S. for its hard rock material, Golden Earring has been the most popular homegrown band in the Netherlands since the mid-'60s, when they were primarily a pop group. The group was founded by guitarist/vocalist George Kooymans and bassist/vocalist Rinus Gerritsen, then schoolboys, in 1961; several years and personnel shifts later, they had their first Dutch hit, "Please Go," and in 1968 hit the top of the Dutch charts for the first of many times with "Dong-Dong-Di-Ki-Di-Gi-Dong," a song that broadened their European appeal. By 1969, the rest of the lineup had stabilized, with lead vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Barry Hay and drummer Cesar Zuiderwijk. They experimented with their style for several years before settling on straightforward hard rock initially much like that of the Who, who invited them to open their 1972 European tour. Golden Earring signed to the Who's Track label, which released a compilation of Dutch singles, Hearing Earring, helping the group break through in England. 1974's Moontan LP spawned the single "Radar Love," a Dutch number one, U.K. Top Ten, and U.S. number thirteen hit. The group toured America opening for the Doobie Brothers and Santana, but the lack of a follow-up ensured that their popularity remained short-lived in America, even though they remained a top draw in Europe over the rest of the 1970s. 1982 saw a brief American comeback with the album Cut and the Top Ten single "Twilight Zone," but as before, Golden Earring could not sustain its momentum and faded away in the U.S. marketplace. All of Golden Earring's basic lineup has recorded as solo artists in Europe. "Radar Love" enjoyed a second round of popularity when pop-metal band White Lion covered the song in 1989. 


Bertus Borgers
Peter De Ronde
Jaap Eggermont
Eelco Gelling
Rinus Gerritsen
Barry Hay
George Kooymans
Frans Krassenburg
Robert Jan Stips
Cesar Zuiderwijk

The Who
Manfred Mann
Deep Purple
Beck, Bogert & Appice

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Golden Earring - 1965 - Just Earrings - 3/5

Golden Earring - 1967 - Winter Harvest - 3/5

Golden Earring - 1968 - Miracle Mirror - 3.5/5

Golden Earring - 1969 - On the Double - 3/5

Golden Earring - 1970 - Eight Miles High - 4/5

Golden Earring - 1970 - Golden Earring (Polydor) - 2.5/5

Golden Earring - 1971 - Seven Tears - 2.5/5

Golden Earring - 1972 - Together - 3/5

Golden Earring - 1973 - Moontan - 4/5

Golden Earring - 1975 - Switch - 3/5

Golden Earring - 1975 - To the Hilt - 2/5

Golden Earring - 1976 - Contraband - 4/5

Golden Earring - 1978 - Grab It for a Second - 2/5

Golden Earring - 1979 - No Promises - 1/5

Golden Earring - 1980 - Prisoner of the Night - 4/5

Golden Earring - 1982 - Cut - 3/5

Golden Earring - 1984 - N.E.W.S. - 3/5

Golden Earring - 1986 - The Hole - 2/5

Golden Earring - 1989 - Keeper of the Flame - 2/5

Golden Earring - 1991 - Bloody Buccaneers - 3/5

Golden Earring - 1991 - No Promises...No Debts - 3/5

Golden Earring - 1993 - Naked Truth - 2/5

Golden Earring - 1994 - Face It - 2.5/5

Golden Earring - 1995 - Love Sweat - 4/5

Golden Earring - 1999 - Paradise in Distress - 2/5

Golden Earring - 2004 - Millbrook USA - 4/5

Golden Earring - 2006 - Naked 3, Live at the Panama - 3.5/5



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