Hans van Hemert
|Hans van Hemert|
Hans van Hemert and Sandra Reemer in 1976
April 7, 1945|
|Occupation(s)||Songwriter, record producer|
|Associated acts||Luv', Mouth & McNeal, American Gypsy|
Hans van Hemert (born April 7, 1945, Voorburg, Netherlands) is a Dutch ASCAP award winning record producer and songwriter. Mouth & MacNeal and Luv' are among the pop acts he produced. He also composed three songs for the Eurovision Song Contest.
He started his career in 1965 when he worked at Phonogram Records and his relationship with this record company lasted until 1979.
Mouth & MacNeal
- "Hey You Love" (a Dutch Top 5 single in 1971).
- "How Do You Do" (this single was a Dutch #1 hit in 1971 but also a German Top 5 hit and US Top 10 Hit in 1972 when it peaked at #8 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.) This song sold two million copies worldwide.
- "Hello-a" (a #1 hit in the Netherlands and Germany in 1972).
- "Ik Zie Een Ster" / "I See A Star" (a Dutch and English Top 10 hit, this song was chosen to represent the Netherlands at the Eurovision Song Contest in 1974 (the year ABBA won it) where it finished in third place.
Luv' (1977–present) is a female pop trio he formed with the help from Piet Souer and a manager, Han Meijer (later replaced by Pim Ter Linde). This girl group had popular hit records in large part of Continental Europe, South Africa, New Zealand, Australia and Mexico in the late 1970s and early 1980s. Among their hit singles were: "U.O.Me", "You're the Greatest Lover", "Trojan Horse", "Casanova" and "Ooh, Yes I Do". This formation sold seven million records.
Eurovision Song Contest
Van Hemert composed and produced "Wij houden van Oranje", a football song performed by André Hazes to support the Netherlands national soccer team at the UEFA Euro 1988. The same year, he wrote a track recorded by Yann Andersen for a UNICEF campaign. In the late 1990s, he created an independent music production company (Hans van Hemert Productions) that still licenses his hits to labels for 1970s nostalgia compilations.
In addition to Luv', he produced other girl groups:
- in 1981: Babe (this pop act was formed by Peter Koelewijn).
- in 1994-1995: Lily Marlene (this manufactured trio was one of his brainchild).
- in 1997: Patty Cash (whose members were chosen by Patty Brard).
- in 2005-2006: Bling Inc. (also created by him).
However, none of these groups reached Luv's level of success.
In April 2005, the Luv' ladies made a surprise showcase at his 40-year business anniversary and 60th birthday. In the spring of 2006, his production team remixed "Trojan Horse" (which was included in the box set Completely In Luv' (released by Universal Music Netherlands). Two years later, he produced and wrote a digital single for Mother and Father's day, "De allerliefste mama en papa" performed by his daughter Hannah and his granddaughter Britt.
- "How Do You Do" was sampled by Party Animals in 2006 and by Scooter one year later for his European hit "The Question Is What Is the Question?" (a Top 5 hit in Germany, Austria, Finland, Hungary, reaching the Top 20 in Ireland and the Top 50 in the Netherlands and UK).
- "You're the Greatest Lover" was covered by:
- "Trojan Horse" was sampled by Sheffield Jumpers for their jumpstyle single, "Jump With Me" (a minor hit on the German Media Control Charts) in 2008.
The eight #1 hits on the Dutch Top 40
Eight of his productions/compositions were #1 hits in the Netherlands (some of them world hits too):
- "Hair" by Zen (1968)
- "Mijn Gebed" by DC Lewis (1970)
- "How Do You Do" and "Hello-a" by Mouth & MacNeal (1972)
- "The Elephant Song" by Kamahl (1975)
- "You're the Greatest Lover" and "Trojan Horse" by Luv' (1978)
- "Shine Up" by Doris D & The Pins (1980)
Among the awards he received were:
- two Conamus Export Prizes (for his collaboration with the best Dutch export music acts): in 1972 (with Mouth & MacNeal) and in 1979 (with Luv').
- a Gouden Harp (Golden Harp) in 1974 for his talents as a producer.
- an ASCAP award in the United States for the song "How Do You Do" by Mouth & MacNeal.
- Forty gold and platinum records.
- Article published on July 7th 1979 in De Telegraaf about Van Hemert's departure from Phonogram records Henk van der Meyden; accessed 20 May 2010
- Dutch Top 40/Stichting Nederlandse Top 40
- Musikmarkt/Media Control
- Two million world sales for Dutch song. Billboard magazine. Retrieved 20 May 2010.
Article about the worldwide success of "How do you do", published in the Billboard magazine on May 20, 1972.
- "Peak positions of Mouth & MacNeal singles on the Dutch Top 40". Stichting Nederlandse Top 40. Top40.nl. 1965–2010. Retrieved 2010-05-20.
- "Peak positions on the Musikmarkt/Media Control charts in Germany". Media Control Charts. Musicline.nl. 1977–2010. Retrieved 2010-05-20.
- "Luv's biography on the Dutch Pop Institute website". Retrieved 20 May 2010.
- Total record sales mentioned at page 10 of CD booklet of 25 Jaar Na Waldolala, written by Skip Voogd
- "Een onverwoestbaar liefdeslied". Volkskrant. Retrieved 20 May 2010.
Article about the 20th anniversary of "Wij Houden van Oranje" published in the Volkskrant newspaper on May 31, 2008.
- Music video of 1988 UNICEF song campaign on YouTube
- "Tick-a-thumbs my heart". Retrieved 20 May 2010.
Informations about Babe single produced by Van Hemert on Peter Koelewijn's official website.
- "Van Hemert's anecdotes". Retrieved 20 May 2010.
Stories of Van Hemert's career including girl group "Lily Marlene".
- "Luv weer bij elkaar (Luv' together again)". Muziek Freaks.nl. Retrieved 20 May 2010.
Article about Luv's performance at Van Hemert's birthday party.
- Official site of the Van Hemert's song: De Allerliefste Mama en Papa
- "Hans van Hemert's Buma Harpen awards". Muziek Freaks.nl. Retrieved 20 May 2010.
List of Dutch music awards.
- "500 Nr.1 Hits uit de Top 40", book by Johan van Slooten, Gottmer Becht Publishing, 1997
- "Top 40 Hitdossier 1956-2005 (9e editie)", book by Johan van Slooten, Gottmer Bech Publishing, 2006
- "50 jaar nummer-1-hits 1956-2006", book by Johan van Slooten, Gottmer Uitgevers Groep, 2006
- "Albumdossier 1969-2002", book by Johan van Slooten, Becht's Uitgevers, 2002
- Hans Van Hemert official site
- Information about Van Hemert's career at the Popinstituut website [Dutch]
- Van Hemert's chart performances in the Netherlands on the DutchCharts.nl portal
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