Hans van Hemert

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Van Hemert is very known for his successful career as producer in the ‘60s ‘70s and ‘80s. He produced albums for groups like Q65, Ro-D-Ys, Zen, Big Wheel, Sommerset, Ramses Shaffy & Liesbeth List, Sandra & Andres. Besides producing songs he wrote many songs for Mouth & McNeal, Glennis Grace en Luv’.

Hans van Hemert is a Dutch ASCAP award winning music producer and songwriter. Mouth & MacNeal and Luv’ are among the greatest pop acts he produced. Moreover, he composed three songs for the Eurovision Song Contest. He started his career in 1965 when he worked at Phonogram Records (a record label founded by the Philips group, inventor of the Compact Disc; then, this record company was part of PolyGram which became Universal Music in 1998). He produced and/or (co-)wrote records for pop acts such as Q65, The Motions, Ro-d-ys,Zen, Group 1850, Big Wheel, Somerset, Ramses Shaffy & Liesbeth List, Sandra & Andres, Kamahl, American Gypsy and Vulcano.

Among the bands Van Hemert worked with: Mouth & MacNeal. This duo scored big hits not only in their homeland but also abroad between 1971 and 1974: 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 reached the 8th position of the Billboard Hot 100 Charts.) Hello-a (a #1 Hit in Holland 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) and become third).

Then came Luv’ (1977–1981), 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 chart toppers in large part of Continental Europe, South Africa and Mexico. Among their greatest hit singles: U.O.Me, You’re the Greatest Lover, Trojan Horse, Casanova and Ooh, Yes I Do. This formation sold seven million records (singles and albums).

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