mardi 25 avril 2017

Damages and apologies to Martien Hunnik (ex-accused of Bart van de Laar's murder)

                                                            Martien Hunnik

Last year, Martien Hunnik (ex-accused of Bart van de Laar's murder) was acquitted. Recently, Netherlands Public Prosecution Service announced that he would received damages (probably more than 1 million euros) and apologies from the State. 

Record executive and producer Bart van de Laar was shot in his house in Hilversum, NL on November 10th, 1981. Three days later, he died from his wounds (see article posted on November 11th, 1981). He was involved in Carrere/CNR records in the late 1970s.  Luv' signed a 750.000 Dutch guilder deal with him in October 1979. He followed the ladies when they went on a memorable promo tour in Mexico in May 1980. The group received two gold records there (one for "Si, Que Si" (the Spanish version of "Ooh, Yes I Do") and another one for the 50.000 sales of their "True Luv" album in Holland). 

Gay prostitute Martien Hunnik was arrested and convicted on the basis of a confession he made but later retracted. He was released from jail in the early 1990s. Van der Laar's death remained a mystery.  

Hunnik then tried to get hold of his file and when he was refused, his lawyer and the public prosecutor requested a new trial. It became apparent that Hunnik was probably innocent. Two people known to Van der Laar most likely killed him on the orders of a business partner. In addition, medical experts said that Hunnik was ‘very susceptible to suggestions’ and inclined to exaggerate at the time of his confession. 

In 2016, a musical based on this showbiz murder was prepared by Janke Dekker Producties. This project has been lately cancelled. 

Source:,, Business Insider....

samedi 22 avril 2017

Luv' to perform at "Back to 538" party!!!

Luv' will be performing at the "Back to 538" party at the car park of the swimming pool "De Dinge" in Uithuizen, NL on September 16th, 2017 between 11.15 pm and 11.45 pm. 

Concert ticket price: €15 (presale - see website of Facebook page) or €22.50 (at the ticket office).

Facebook page:

This event will also feature a "Boney M" tribute band (including Facebook friends Beckie Bell and Orlando Louis).

Beckie has an amazing career as a backup singer for famous artists (Johnny Hallyday, Mylène Farmer, Céline Dion, Jean-Jacques Goldman, Elton John...) and had a Top 5 hit in Holland and Belgium with her dance song "Steppin' out tonight" in 1992. Orlando is an all-round entertainer who performs in the whole world. 

Source: Facebook

vendredi 21 avril 2017

Luv' biography - Chapter XI (2013 - 2017)

Luv's resurrection

Between 2005 and 2012, the original Luv' singers were active in the Netherlands and Belgium in addition to their solo activities. They could not complain about their hectic agenda (see previous Chapter). The girl group disbanded after their final show at the Dutch valley festival in Spaarnwoude, NL on August 11th, 2012. It was supposed to be their definitive break-up. The fans were very disappointed but something unexpected would rejoice them later....

Luv's demise didn't mean that the members vanished without trace. 

José: from darkness to light

After Luv's disbandment, José Hoebee went through tough times mainly due to the passing of her husband, record producer Will Hoebee.

It took her months to recover. In January 2013, she took part in the SBS 6's celebrity figure skating show "Sterren Dansen Op Het Ijs". She was rapidly eliminated from the competition but the artist considered it as a great learning experience.

In the summer of 2013, she relaunched her duo with Bonnie St. Claire. In the mid-1980s, the ladies had been popular in Holland with their cover versions of ABBA's songs (see Chapter VI of the biography). They appeared on SBS 6's music program "Nederland Muziekland" (broadcast on October 12th, 2013) to perform their signature song "Zoals Vrienden Doen" (The Way Old Friends Do). Several sporadic live shows of the duo followed. Bonnie & José also had recording projects. They planned to release their "Herinnering" album on CD. All the tracks of the LP (which initially came out in 1985) were expected to be digitally remastered from the original tapes. The two singers wanted to add a bonus track to it. Unfortunately this project never saw the light of day. In the Spring of 2014, they ended their partnership. 

José preferred to focus on her solo career. In June 2014, she released a digital single entitled "Noheyo", a cover version of a 2011 song by Polish band Blue Café. This single quickly became a #1 hit on SBS 6 download chart in the "Dutch speaking" category. José had a hectic schedule again. She promoted her new track on TV and on the radio. She gave several interviews in the press and was booked for gigs. 

Video music for "Noheyo"

September 2014 saw the re-issue of "Who's sorry now?" (a song recorded 10 years earlier and made famous by Connie Francis in the late 1950s). 

José performing on "Who's sorry now?" on "Life is beautiful" on RTL 4 

In March 2015, "STARS OF 80s DANCE POP - THE EUROPEAN EDITION" (a book written by American author James Arena) came out and featured interviews with 50 European Dance-pop artists from the 1980s (including José Hoebee). The singer discussed her glory years with Holland's greatest girl group in the late 1970s and her solo career in the 1980s. 

Marga: peace, harmony and discretion in Ibiza

Marga retired from show business and enjoyed life in her second home on the sunny Ibiza island. Articles were published sporadically in celebrity gossip magazines. She planned an art exchange program with artists from Ibiza. She wanted to set up an exhibition on the Balearic Island. Her intention was to present works of Spanish painters ans sculptors in the Netherlands.  

In 2012, she became an ambassador for Podencoworld (a foundation which protects and promotes Podencos, agile dogs of the hound family).

Luv': Reunions, The Story of Luv' & Comeback

A series of unexpected events happened in the aftermath of Luv's dissolution. 

May 25th, 2013 saw the unbelievable reunion of Luv's 1980-1981 lineup. José Hoebee, Marga Scheide and Ria Thielsch devoted time to their fans for pictures and autographs. They also received a copy of the double DVD conceived by Peter Boonstra. This event caused a sensation among the fans who had resigned themselves to the end of Luv'

In January 2014, the German subsidiary of Universal Music put out the compilation "The Best of Luv" to commemorate the 35th anniversary of the group's success in German speaking countries. 

In late 2014 and early 2015, Peter supervised a long-awaited project: the publication of a photo book entitled "The Story of Luv'" including exclusive pictures and a CD compilation (with their greatest hits as well as remixes of "Trojan Horse" and "Life Is On My Side" by highly acclaimed remixer-producer Matt Pop). Marga and José supported this initiative. 

On May 1st, 2014 the press launch of "The Story of Luv" took place at the Wisseloord Studios in Hilverseum, NL. The author of the book, JoséMarga, Ria, Hans van Hemert (who conceived Luv') and Dutch illusionist Hans Klok (who hosted the event) were present.

The day after, a meet'n greet afternoon with fans combined with a release party were held in the same location.

Former Luv' singer Patty Brard wanted to ban the book. Shortly afterwards, Peter was obliged to stop the sale of the book due to copyright issues about some photographs. This cruel decision led to a great disappointment and provoked (once again) a feud between Patty and her ex-colleagues.

In late October 2015, the media speculated about a comeback of Luv'. A German talent agency announced on its website that Marga and José could be booked as Luv' for live shows. In interviews, the ladies remained vague about plans to reactivate the group.

In early March 2016, Luv' gave a secret performance at Bells Club in Amstelveen, NL during a private party (organized by Robert Halewijn and his fiancé, the editor in chief of Privé magazine Evert Santegoeds). This special show coincided with the show of Luv's lookalike act "Luv' Unlimited". 

Finally, several days later, on March 16th, 2016, a dream came true when Marga, José and Ria  announced officially their comeback in De Telegraaf (Holland's most read newspaper) and its sister magazine Privé. This great news generated publicity in the media (radio interviews, articles in the tabloid press and news websites...). 

Item about Luv's comeback on Privé TV

The absence of Patty and her replacement by Ria did not affect Luv's attractiveness. The trio's agenda was full again. 

The first performance of the newly reformed group took place at the "Hilversum Alive" festival on June 26th, 2016. 

Other shows followed:

July 2nd, 2016: "Toppop Roadshow" at the DelfSail festival in Delfzijl, NL

August 6th, 2016: EuroPride 2016 (hosted in conjunction with the Amsterdam Gay Pride)

  "Zomeravond Spektakel" in Etten-Leur, NL on August 11th, 2016

"Ladies Day" in Hellevoetsluis, NL on August 13th, 2016

Luv' and O'G3NE (who will represent the Netherlands at the next Eurovision Song Contest) backstage at Ladies Day

Ploegfestival in Bergeijk, NL on August 28th, 2016

Café Oncle Jean in Breda, NL on September 10th, 2016

"Keerweer Parade" at Café Keer Weer in Rotterdam, NL on September 23rd, 2016

"Septemberpop" in Workum, NL on September 23rd, 2016

Studio 54" show at the Sportpaleis in Antwerp, Belgium on October 1st, 2016

Paviljoen De Rietzoom in Kropswolde, NL on November 26th, 2016

"Mega Piraten Festijn" at the GelreDome stadium in Arnhem, NL on December 10th, 2016

Luv' @ Mega Piraten Festijn

"Big Revival"  Festival in Steenwijk, NL on April 1st, 2017

Luv' also attended several events:

Studio 54 press conference with Flemish dance singer Kate Ryan on May 24th, 2016 in Antwerp, Belgium

Release party of  Stany Van Wijmeersch's book "We All Love ABBA" (featuring interviews with Marga and José and a photonovel with the ladies) on May 26th, 2016

Luv' backstage at "House of Horror" (the sensational show of Hans Klok at the Royal Theatre Carré in Amsterdam) on September 18th, 2016

Luv' and Ted Neeley (of the legendary musical "Jesus Christ Superstar") backstage at Heineken Music Hall in Amsterdam on December 17th, 2016

At the moment, a break-up is out of question. As soon as the ‘fun factor’ fades away, Luv' will quit.

This year is special as Luv' celebrates its 40th anniversary. On July 9th, 2017, a special party will be held at the Quatre Bras restaurant in Best, NL. Click here for details.

LUV': a never-ending story!!!!

Record release

The Best of Luv'
Compilation released by Polydor/Universal Strategic Marketing (Universal Music Germany) in January 2014

Track listing:

1 Casanova
2 Life Is On My Side
3 If you love me
4 You're the Greatest Lover
5 Ann-Maria
6 Tingalingaling
7 Don Juanito de Carnaval
8 Flash
9 Ooh I like it too
10 Saint Tropez
11 U.O.Me (You Owe Me)
12 Stop Me
13 Everybody's Shakin Hands On Broadway
14 My Number One
15 I.M.U.R.
16 My Man
17 Ooh, Yes I Do
18 One More Little Kissie
19 Eeny Meeny Miny Moe
20 Trojan Horse

Press clippings

Source: Wikipedia, Luv' Official Facebook Page,, De Telegraaf, Privé, Weekend, YouTube...