lundi 19 février 2018

Patty's latest news: Utopia, Koffietijd, 3 Uurkes Vurraf, Columns in Weekend, Mischa says Hi!

* On February 8th, Roy Donders and Patty Brard gave a performance at Utopia (the multi-service centre in Laren, NL created by the candidates of SBS 6's reality show "Utopia") for a Carnival party. Recently, the duo released a single (see news posted on January 11th, 2018). The February 13th episode of Utopia featured the performance of the duo and attracted 530.000 viewers (market share: 9%)

Click here to watch an interview with Roy & Patty

* On February 9th, Patty Brard appeared on RTL 4's morning program "Koffietijd" (which drew 187.000 viewers (market share: 26,9%). The TV show was hosted by Pernille La Lau and Loretta Schrijver

Among the subjects, La Brard discussed the dress worn by Princess Amalia (eldest daughter of King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima). Amalia wore it during the photo session for the 80th birthday of her grandmother Princess Beatrix (former Queen of the Netherlands). The diva even called Amalia a "fashion icon". Patty told that she ordered the same dress in black and white (sold by the Greek brand "Devotion"). Click here to watch an excerpt. 

Dutch Royal Family

The ex-Luv' singer (who promoted her latest duet with Roy Donders) also took part in a Carnival quiz. Click here to watch an excerpt. 

Source: RTL 4, RTL Boulevard, SKO

* On February 9th, Patty Brard and Roy Donders gave a flamboyant performance at the Pullman Hotel Eindhoven Cocagne as part of the "3 Uurkes Vurraf" party.  Other artists (including De Deurzakkers, Gerard Joling, Vader Abraham, John de Bever, Snollebollekes and Lamme Franssang on the same show (organized by the local broadcaster Omroep Brabant). 

Source: Omroep Brabant, Patty Brard's Facebook Page

* Patty's latest columns for Weekend magazine:

  • February 7th: about the high-rated AVROTROS/NPO 3 series "De Luizenmoeder". It takes place in a primary school and it is a satire on the behaviour of parents, teachers and pupils. Click here to read the column. 

  • February 14th: about RTL 4's talent show "The Voice of Holland". The elimination of the talented candidate Kimberly Maasdamme caused a sensation. Coach Anouk (known for her straightforwardness) was shocked and called the Dutch "dumb people". Patty thought that Kimberly was "the only who could sign an international deal with an American record label". She was convinced that Kim would have the greatest career despite her defeat. Some news sites and social media explained that a technical problem related to the vote counting might explain this disappointing result. Jim van der Zee eventually won the competition. Click here to read the column. 
Source: Weekend

* Korean born Dutch media personality Mischa Blok currently hosts "Mischa says Hi!", a program on NPO Radio 1 which deals with the funny aspects of Korean culture. This series was filmed on the occasion of the PyeongChang Olympic Winter Games. The February 17th episode featured Mischa showing South Korean people pictures of Dutch celebrities. Mischa asked them who these VIPs might be. When she showed the photo of Patty, a man thought that she was a politician and that she looked "big" 😜😜😜

Click here to watch Mischa Says Hi! #9.

Source: NPO Radio 1

dimanche 18 février 2018

José down memory lane with René and Hans!!!

Yesterday, Luv' singer José Hoebee had a lunch with long-time fan and friend René Moonen and legendary producer Hans van Hemert to discuss sweet memories of the group's glorious past. 

A couple of pictures (courtesy of René) were posted on Facebook

 René, José & Hans

René has a special place in the Luv' world. As a great lobbyist, he made prestigious projects possible in the 2000s: the double CD compilation "25 Jaar Na Waldolala" (see article posted on November 7th, 2013), the Box set "Completely In Luv'" and the "Back In Luv" DVD. On behalf of the fans, I want to thank him for his input!!!

René, José, Hans and Ria at the release party of "25 Jaar Na Waldolala"

Source: Facebook

De TV Kantine (including an impersonation of Luv') draws more than 1 million viewers!!!

Yesterday, the latest episode of RTL 4's show "De TV Kantine" included an impersonation of Luv' (with Irene Moors as Marga Scheide and Carlo Boszhard as José Hoebee and Patty Brard). The program drew 1.159.000 viewers (market share: 17%). It reached #8 on SKO's Dag Top 25 (the daily list of the 25 most-watched programs (conceived by Dutch audience measurement company Stichting KijkOnderzoek). 

José reacted to the show on her Facebook page and considered it as "a good publicity for the group". 

Click here to watch "De TV Kantine" (Luv' sketch appears at 17:16). 

Source: RTL 4, KijkOnderzoek, Facebook

jeudi 15 février 2018

Marga's birthday

Today Luv' singer Marga Scheide is celebrating her birthday!!!

Hartelijk Gefeliciteerd Met Je Verjaardag!!!

mercredi 14 février 2018

Impersonation of Marga and José on "De TV Kantine"

The latest season of RTL 4's show "De TV Kantine" (featuring Carlo Boszhard and Irene Moors who impersonate Dutch celebrities) started on January 20th. A new episode will air on February 17th at 8.00 pm and will include a parody of Marga Scheide and José Hoebee

Yesterday, as a foretaste, Irene posted on Instagram a funny picture of herself as Marga and Carlo as José:

Click on the link to watch previous episodes:

Former Luv' singer Patty Brard has often been impersonated on the TV program since its launch nine years ago (see news posted on November 10th, 2016). 

In 2009, José Hoebee appeared in a parody of Patty's wedding with The Mask (a candidate of SBS 6's paranormal talent show "De Nieuwe Uri Geller"). 

Carlo as Mari van de Ven and José as herself on "De TV Kantine" (May 1st, 2009)

Irene as Patty and The Mask

Source: Instagram, RTL 4

lundi 12 février 2018

Welcome To Waldolala!

40th anniversary of "Het is Weer zo laat!" and "U.O.Me" - Luv's ticket to stardom

40 years ago, on February 12th, 1978 the broadcast of Dutch TV series "Het is weer zo laat!" changed the destiny of Marga Scheide, José Hoebee and Patty Brard better known as Luv'. The show featured the ladies performing the theme song "U.O.Me (You Owe Me)" during the opening credits. "Het is weer zo laat!" was an instant hit in the Netherlands and Flanders (Belgium) making Luv' a household name in the Low Countries.

Montage by Marco Rens 


In 1977, Luv's debut single "My Man" scored quite well on the Dutch and Flemish charts but it did not change the girls into pop stars (see article posted on June 11th, 2017). The follow-up record "Dream, Dream" flopped (see article posted on December 17th, 2017). 

In late 1977, Dutch TV channel VPRO commissioned Hans van Hemert to write the theme song for the burlesque series "Het is weer zo laat" which was conceived by Wim T. Schippers (in association with Gied Jaspars), directed by Wim van der Linden and produced by Ellen Jens

Assisted by Piet Souer, Van Hemert wanted a new sound for the girl group. Something more festive and less ABBAesque than the previous records. He wrote the Carnival and disco track "U.O.Me (You Owe Me)" and let it record by Luv'

Here's what Hans recalled when I asked him how he penned the song: 

"In late 1977, I was asked to write a tune for the VPR0 show "Waldolala". As always after I finished a track, I let it listen to several persons.  One of them was Luv's manager at the time Han Meyer who was immediately enthusiastic about it and suggested me to record it with the girls. Gied Jaspars and Wim T. Schippers were satisfied with the song but didn't want Luv' to appear on the show. They thought the ladies were "too commercial". The director Wim van der Linden loved this idea and insisted on the group being present on the TV program. It was a fabulous opportunity because the previous single had flopped. This exposure was more than welcome (to Waldolala)!!! LOL...I called the track "U.O.Me (You Owe Me)" but no-one in Holland understood it. People called it UOOMU and rapidly everybody called it "Waldolala". It was not the first time that a singer or a band had a hit record with a song which was initially meant for someone or something else. The same thing happened with "The Elephant Song" (a #1 hit single performed by Kamahl in 1975 and meant for Frank Sinatra) and "Wij Houden van Oranje" (a Top 3 hit in 1988 by André Hazes which was supposed to be recorded at first by Willeke Alberti). Sometimes when I write songs I'm inspired by tracks that I like. Raffaella Carra's signature song "A Far l'Amore Cominicia Tu" motivated me for "U.O.Me"

"Het is weer zo laat" starred Dolf Brouwers as Waldo van Dungen, owner of the nightclub "Waldolala". The series aired weekly from February 12th to April 23rd, 1978 and was a high-rated TV program. The fact that Luv' appeared during the opening credits to perform their song was a fabulous publicity stunt for the trio. José, Patty and Marga 
rapidly became Holland's sweethearts and sex symbols. Their career really took off. 

Het is weer zo laat! was released on DVD in 2008.

The earliest mention of "U.O.Me" in the media dated back to January 5th, 1978 in the Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf. The use of the song in a TV series was considered as a "free promotion for Hans van Hemert".

The Dutch press published other articles prior to the broadcast of the TV show:

Het Vrije Volk - February 11th, 1978

Limburgsch Dagblad - February 11th, 1978

"U.O.Me" was supposed to be the "record of the week" on the highly influential NCRV radio station. But things went wrong at the last moment. "We'd already had a party. When your single is chosen as the "record of the week", it's a wonderful promotion. To my great surprise, I was told that we couldn't continue," Luv' manager Han Meyer explained to De Telegraaf. The fact that Luv' performed "U.O.Me" on a risqué VPRO program didn't match with the Christian target group of NCRV. However, Meyer was confident. "U.O.Me will surely enter the hit parade. Luv' is much more than three good looking women. They can also sing," he added. 

De Telegraaf - February 11th, 1978

This bad situation was rapidly forgotten as U.O.Me became the "Radio and TV tip" of the AVRO broadcaster. This is why Luv' was scheduled on the iconic music TV show AVRO's TopPop. The record even entered the Tipparade (that ranked singles that did not enter the Dutch Top 40on Veronica radio station. It was even part of the playlist of the popular Hilversum 3 station. 

De Telegraaf - February 16th, 1978

Not all the broadcasters appreciated Luv's single. A group of artists and professionals from the Dutch record industry (including Han Meyer, Hans van Hemert and Luv' as well as Vader Abraham, BZN, Teach In, Pussycat and George Baker) felt unfairly treated because the socialist VARA Broadcasting Association boycotted their productions. Under the aegis of Meyer, they intended to take the matter up with the authorities. 

De Telegraaf - February 18th, 1978

The girls were shocked by the racy image of "Het is weer zo laat!" and were happy that they were not involved in the sketches of the series. Despite its weird content, the program brought Luv' fame and fortune. 

By the Spring of 1978, U.O.Me reached its peak in the Netherlands and Flanders (Belgium).

Het Parool - April 18th, 1978

Limburgs Dagbald - April 19th, 1978

Chart performance

"U.O.Me" was released in February 1978 by Phonogram/Philips Records. On March 11th, the single entered the Dutch Top 40 and later peaked at #3. It reached the same position on the Nationale Hitparade and #2 on the BRT Top 30 in Belgium as well. The record sold 150.000 copies. It came out abroad (France, Germany, Finland, Turkey, Philippines...) but was not a success outside Benelux. Luv's international breakthrough happened with the next single "You're the Greatest Lover".

TV performances

Het is weer zo laat (Waldolala)! - broadcast on VPRO between February 12th and April 23rd, 1978

AVRO's Toppop - February 18th, 1978

Countdown on Veronica (1978)

 "In Een Groen Groen Discoland" (TROS) - April 18th, 1978

MOT (Music On Top) - NDR/ARD (Germany) - April 20th, 1978

Mix of "Het is weer zo laat" and "All You Need Is Luv'" TV special on TROS - November 19th, 1978

Tracklisting & release


7" vinyl single (45 rpm) - original release by Philips/Phonogram Records in February 1978

  • A side : "U.O.Me" (Janschen & Janschens) – 2:55

  • B side : "Hang On" (Janschen & Janschens) – 3:07

Click here to be informed about the several editions of U.O.Me

Original Dutch cover

French record sleeve

German record sleeve

Filipino pressing

Turkish pressing 

Cover versions

* Dutch band Conquistador (also produced by Hans van Hemert and Piet Souer) recorded an instrumental version of this song in 1978: 

* Schlager singer Peter Petrel sang a German version entitled "Wer Hat Hier Denn Wohl Wen Verführt" in 1978: 

* De Strangers recorded a parody in Dutch entitled "'t Sauna Bad" in 1978:

* Finnish girl group Mirumaru covered the track in their language and named it "Sun Vain Oon"  in 1978. 

* De Vedettes recorded their version of Luv's breakthrough hit to support the Dutch national football team (the famous Oranjes) at the 2010 FIFA World Cup. This cover was entitled "Oh! Wat Een Mooie Goal!" (Oh! What a beautiful goal!) and peaked at #39 on Holland's Single Top 100 in July 2010.

* In 2015, Pop singer Tamara Tol released a Dutch cover version entitled "Dan Gan We Dansen". The track reached #23 on Oranje Top 30 (a Gfk chart of the 30 most popular Dutch music productions): 

* In 2016, Dutch rapper Def Rhymz & Ronnie Ruysdael covered the legendary pop song and named it "Fawaka":

* In January 2018, the TV commercial for breakfast cereals "Granooolala" featured three lovely ladies dressed in 1970s outfits (with Charlie's Angels-like wigs) and lip-syncing to a new version of "U.O.Me" (see news posted on January 17th, 2018):

* Bibliography

  • Top 40 Hitdossier 1956-2005 (9e editie) by Johan van Slooten, publisher: Gottmer Bech 
  • The Story of Luv' by Peter Boonstra

Source: Marco Rens, Blog archives, Wikipedia,, De Krant van Toen, Beeld en geluid,, BRT Top 30,, YouTube...