Golden Earring Biography

Long-standing, Dutch rock band, formed in 1961 as The Tornados. They changed their name to The Golden Earrings in 1963, then shortened it to Golden Earring in 1969. Their first recording, début single 'Please Go', was released in September 1965. Golden Earring has been active for well over 50 years non-stop, which makes them the world's longest surviving rock band. The current line-up has been intact since 1970.

As The Golden Earrings the band eventually recorded four albums and had twelve hit singles in the Netherlands between 1965 and 1969, ten of which reached the Dutch Top 10. 1968's 'Dong-Dong-Diki-Digi-Dong' became their first Dutch #1 single. The band's lead singer during the early Golden Earrings years was Frans Krassenburg. He was replaced by Barry Hay (ex-The Haigs) in 1967. The band's drummer for much of the 1960s was Jaap Eggermont. His successors were Sieb Warner (1969) and, in 1970, Cesar Zuiderwijk (ex-Livin' Blues), Golden Earring's definitive drummer.

The band's international career modestly started to take off in 1969, the year of their psychedelic 'Eight Miles High' album and first tour of the U.S. Golden Earring's 19-minute album version, as well as the stand-alone 1969 single, Another 45 Miles, were the first Golden Earring songs to get some U.S. media attention and airplay. The arrival of drummer, Cesar Zuiderwijk, in 1970, completed the line-up that is still active today.

1970 saw a dramatic shift in Golden Earring's musical style. After the melodic, often Beatle-esque sixties beat of The Golden Earrings and a brief phase of psychedelica and hippie rock, the single Back Home marked the birth of Golden Earring's trademark heavy, riff-based brand of rock with catchy hooks. Back Home hit #1 in the Dutch charts and 'broke' Golden Earring in European countries such as Germany, Switzerland, Austria and France.

It marked the start of a decade of domestic and international glory. Between 1966 and 1976 seventeen consecutive Earring singles rocketed into the Dutch Top 10, while their international popularity increased, especially after their lengthy 1972 tour of Europe, supporting The Who. The 1973 hit single 'Radar Love' marked their big break worldwide: #13 in the U.S., #5 in Britain, #8 in Australia, #10 in Canada, #5 in Germany, #6 in Belgium, #1 in Spain and also #1 in (last but not least) Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe). 1973's 'Moontan' LP was certified gold in the United States, Canada, Great Britain and Germany amongst others.

Between 1969 and 1985 Golden Earring completed ten major tours of North America, building a considerable North American fanbase, as well as five headlining tours of Great Britain in 1973 and 1974 alone, but the band failed to achieve similar chart success in the years after 'Radar Love'. Golden Earring was forgotten by many outside of The Netherland and by 1980 even Dutch audiences started to lose interest: albums such as 'No Promises... No Debts' (1979) and 'Prisoner Of The Night' (1980) were commercial flops, leading to the band's decision (in 1981) to record a 'farewell album' and then call it quits.

The lead single from 1982's 'Cut' LP, a George Kooymans-penned tune called 'Twilight Zone', surprisingly became an even bigger hit in the U.S. than Radar Love: #10 in the Billboard Hot 100 and #1 in Billboard Rock Tracks, thanks to heavy MTV rotation of the Dick Maas-directed video. The song (#1 in The Netherlan .... Click here to read the full bio on DISCOGS.

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