lundi 17 septembre 2018

NPO Radio 5's Top 150 van de Jaren 80: Vote for José!!!

Dutch station NPO Radio 5 has asked its listeners to vote for the 150 greatest songs from the 1980s. José Hoebee's #1 hit single "I Will Follow Him" (released in 1982) has been preselected. Click here to vote for this pop classic and other tracks. 

Source: NPO Radio 5

Anneke Grönloh's death: José's reaction

Anneke Grönloh in 1966

Yesterday, the media announced the death of the legendary Dutch singer Anneke Grönloh at age 76. Many artists reacted to this sad news. Among them: José Hoebee. The Luv' lady posted a message on her Facebook page to express her feelings. She regretted the fact that in recent years Anneke wasn't celebrated enough whereas she was very popular in the 1960s. According to José, the Netherlands neglect mature artists (who haven't scored hits for a long time). Belgium, Germany or the USA seem to be kinder to senior artists. 

José also told in her message that after the death of her husband, record producer Will Hoebee, Anneke asked her if she wanted to come to her house in France in order to rest. José declined her generous offer although she appreciated it. 

In 2012, the Luv' singer attended the presentation of a triple diamond award for the 3.5 million sales of "Brandend Zand" (a single by Anneke Grönloh). This event (which was combined with the release of Grönloh's compilation) took place at the Golden Tulip Hotel in Loosdrecht, Netherlands (see news posted on December 6th, 2012). 

Jose Hoebee, Vivian Boelen, Anneke Grönloh, Viola Holt and Astrid Engels (2012)

Source: Facebook (José Hoebee)

lundi 27 août 2018

35th anniversary of "Hey Now, Watcha Gonna Do"

Photo edited by Marco Rens

35 years ago exactly, on August 27th, 1983, "Hey Now, Watcha Gonna Do" (a single by José Hoebee) entered the Tipparade (a list of songs that didn't chart on the main Dutch Top 40). It was not a triumph like her previous hits "I Will Follow Him" and "Secret Love". However, this record has achieved a cult status among the fans. Let's celebrate the 35th anniversary of this 80s dance-pop track.


José proved that she could be very successful as a solo artist after Luv's first break-up in 1981. In the summer of 1982, her cover version of Peggy March's pop classic "I Will Follow Him" was a chart-topper in the Netherlands and Belgium (see article posted on July 3rd, 2017). The follow-up single "Secret Love" (a cover version of a Doris Day's song) was also popular on the singles charts:  #11 on the Dutch Top 40 and #3 on the Flemish BRT Top 30 (see article posted on September 18th, 2017). 

Her next step was to release her first solo album. This LP was produced by Pim Koopman (member of the legendary pop-rock band Kayak and producer of the sister duo Maywood) and was named after the song "The Good Times" (penned by Piet Souer and released as a single - see article posted on December 4th, 2017). 

In February 1983, CNR/Carrere Records put out another single entitled "I Can Hear Music" (taken from José's album). Once again it was a cover version. This track was made famous by The Beach Boys in 1969. José's version peaked at #11 on the Tipparade in Holland. It failed to break into the Dutch Top 40 but it reached #48 on the Nationale Hitparade (currently Single Top 100). Moreover, the single peaked at #13 on the BRT Top 30 and #15 on the Ultratop in Flanders (Belgium). See article posted on March 5th, 2018. 

Photo montage by Marco Rens

On August 17th, 1983, "Hey Now Watcha Gonna Do" (written and produced by Pim Koopman) came out. Though this uptempo dance-pop song was catchy, it was not popular. It was included on José's CD compilation "Alle Hits & Unieke Bonustracks" in 2005. 


Renowned photographer Govert de Roos took a beautiful picture of the singer for the front cover of the single. 

Commercial performance

"Hey Now Watcha Gonna Do" entered the Tipparade at #27 on August 27th, 1983 and later peaked at #6. It stayed 5 weeks in this list of songs that didn't chart on the main hit parade. Info:


  • A side: Hey Now, Whatcha Gonna Do - 3:09
  • B side: Hey Now, Whatcha Gonna Do (Instrumental Version) - 3:09


Written, produced and arranged by Pim Koopman for Purple Eye Productions B.V.
Design: Myosotis
Management: Interlinde Management
Photography By Govert de Roos
Styling: In Wear
Makeup: Frans Sam

TV performances

José performed the song twice on television:

Zomerhits 1983 on TROS - broadcast date: September 1st, 1983

Nederland Muziekland on Veronica - broadcast date: September 5th, 1983

Cover version

A Norwegian singer named Kate covered the song in her language in 1984. Her version was entitled "Hjelp meg" and was released by Arco Records

Source:,, Beeld en Geluid, Marco Rens, Jos Theuns

jeudi 23 août 2018

José @ Vlegeldag Bennekom

Yesterday, José Hoebee gave a solo performance during the "Vlegeldag Bennekom", an event in Bennekom, Netherlands. Other singers (including José's friend Ramon Beenseperformed.

I Will Follow Him (Video by David Hay Gibson)

Ramon Beense & José Hoebee (photo by David Hay Gibson)

Photo by Dennis van Korven

Photo by Vlegeldag Bennekom (Facebook)

Photo by Jacky van Caem-Jense (Facebook)

Source: José Hoebee's fan page (Facebook)

dimanche 5 août 2018

José @ Canal Parade (Amsterdam Gay Pride)

Yesterday José Hoebee took part in the Canal Parade (Amsterdam Gay Pride) with friends (including Marco Rens (with whom I update the Luv' and José Facebook Pages) and Gert Schans (formerly of Luv' lookalike act Luv' Unlimited). José and her buddies really spent a very good time.

The Luv' singer was even interviewed by Shownieuws (SBS 6's entertainment news show).

Even my Luv' friend Martin Vink was present and took a picture of José from a bridge.

Gert & José

José & Marco

Source: Facebook (Marco Rens, Gert Schans), Martin Vink 

mardi 31 juillet 2018

José Hoebee in "EUROPE’S STARS OF 80s DANCE POP VOL. 2"

Earlier this year, American author and Facebook friend James Arena published a book entitled "EUROPE’S STARS OF 80s DANCE POP VOL. 2" (see news posted on March 16th, 2015). He interviewed 33 incredible singers, songwriters, DJs, producers and industry pros from one of dance music’s most spectacular eras (including Engelbert Humperdinck  ("Traumen Mit Engelbert"), Tony Esposito ("Kalimba De Luna"), Ben Liebrand (remixer of "Happy Station" (Fun Fun), Sven van Veen of MC Miker G & DJ Sven ("Holiday Rap"), Kurt René Plisnier of Opus ("Live Is Life"), Helen Scott of The Three Degrees ("Set Me Free"), Lino Nicolosi of Valerie Dore ("The Night") and Precious Wilson - formerly of Eruption ("Cry To Me")

Luv's lead singer José Hoebee has got a magnificent chapter in the book. She discussed her glory years as a member of Holland's greatest girl group and as a solo artist. On July 28th, I met José at the Ambacht café in Best, NL so she could sign my copy of James' publication and pose for a couple of photographs:

Photo montage by Marco Rens

Click here to buy a copy. E-book & Kindle can be downloaded right now.

Source: James Arena, Amazon, Ralph Ruiz

vendredi 13 juillet 2018

José discusses summer holidays in Party Hollandse Mix

The latest issue of Dutch magazine "Party Hollandse Hitmix" features a short interview with José Hoebee about summer holidays.

Thanks Michael Verkooyen and Martin Vink for the tip.

Click on the images to enlarge them.

Source: José Hoebee Fan Page (Facebook), Party, Michael Verkooyen and Martin Vink.