Shocking Blue tour

#classic rock, rock, 60s, 70s, dutch
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About Shocking Blue

Shocking Blue was a hard rock band from Netherlands. The band was formed in 1967 by Robbie Van Leeuwen. Their popularity came when a song called “Venus” was released. It went number one on Billboard Hot 100 and sold more than 13 million copies.

The band did not have any initial success until 1968 with their minor hit, "Lucy Brown is Back in Town". Later, the band got a new vocalist, Mariska Veres and released a song called "Venus" in 1969. This song became one of the great songs in the 1970s and sold so many copies. The song peaked top positions in many charts globally. Consequently, it sold 350,000 copies in Germany, the band was accepted critically in US where their song sold over one million copies. The band became a great band for Netherlands because they could succeed in the international market within a short time. The song was given Gold Record award by Recording Industry Association of America. This was a great achievement by the band which gained them ultimate popularity. The great song was rooted in “The Banjo Song” by The Big Three (1963).

After the hit song Venus, the band worked hard and released regular songs. "Mighty Joe" and "Never Marry a Railroad Man" came up in 1970. Both of these sold so many copies. "Shocking You”, “Hello Darkness", "Blossom Lady", "Eve and the Apple""Inkpot" and "Out of Sight, Out of Mind" were their later works which also sold well and gained them popularity. But they could not see a success like “Venus”.

The great vocal, Mariska Veres, left the band to establish a solo career. After that, the band had a silent period and finally was broken in 1974. But the band again appeared in 1979 but they did not show anything like “Venus”. They came up with a single, called "Louise". Unfortunately the song did not appear in the market due to many problems. The band played some gigs with earliest songs like "Venus", "Never Marry a Railroad Man" and other hits.

Later on, “Venus” was covered by Bananarama in 1986 and "Love Buzz" was covered by Nirvana in 1988.

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