lundi 4 décembre 2017

35th anniversary of José's single "The Good Times"!!!

Photo edited by Co Rnz

35 years ago, on December 4th, 1982, "The Good Times" (a single by José Hoebee) entered the Nationale Hitparade (currently known as the Single Top 100). 1982 was the year José reached her peak as a solo artist.

Song History

After the huge success of "I Will Follow Him" and "Secret Love" in the Netherlands and Flanders (see articles posted on July 3rd, 2017 and September 18th, 2017), CNR/Carrere Records released José's solo album "The Good Times" (see article posted on November 17th, 2017). A single named after the LP came out simultaneously. 

Unlike the two previous records which were cover versions, "The Good Times" was an original track penned by Piet Souer (who co-wrote Luv's hits with Hans van Hemert) and produced by Pim Koopman (member of the legendary pop-rock band Kayak and producer of the sister duo Maywood). Lucy Steymel recorded backing vocals. Renowned photographer Govert de Roos took a beautiful picture of José for the front cover of the single. 


Photo by Govert de Roos - edited by Co Rnz

  • A side: The Good Times (Piet Souer) - 4:00
  • B side: Say No More (Pim Koopman) - 3:25


José: lead vocals, backing vocals
Lucy Steymel: backing vocals
All instruments played by Pim Koopman 
Song recorded at D.M.C studios, Baarn, Holland
Engineered by John Smit and John Sonneveld

Produced by Pim Koopman for  Purple Eye Productions B.V.
Marketed and distributed by  B.V. Grammofoonplatenmaatschappij CNR
Management: Interlinde Management
Photography by  Govert de Roos
Make-up: Frans Sam
Styling: Stinx - Hilversum - Amsterdam

YouTube videos

José performed "The Good Times" on two major TV shows in the Netherlands: "AVRO's TopPop" and "Nederland Muziekland" (Veronica).

AVRO's TopPop - broadcast date: December 5th, 1982

Nederland Muziekland - video uploaded by Jos Theuns

Moreover, José sang the track live on the NCRV radio program "Los Vast" on November 13th, 1982. Click here to listen to this performance (courtesy of Jos Theuns). 

Chart performance

On November 20th, 1982 "The Good Times" entered the Tipparade (a list of singles that didn't chart on the main hit parade) and later peaked at #2. It failed to break into the Dutch Top 40 but reached #37 on the Nationale Hitparade (currently Single Top 100). Moreover, the single peaked at #28 on the BRT Top 30 and #35 on the Ultratop in Flanders (Belgium). 

To know more about José's first solo releases, please visit Karin's Facebook Page about "The Good Times" era (1982-1983):

Site about Pim Koopman's music:

Thanks Co Rnz for making this article possible!!!

Source: Wikipedia,, Dutchcharts, Facebook

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