jeudi 28 mars 2019

35th anniversary of "Time Goes By"!!!

35 years ago, José Hoebee's single "Time Goes By" was released by CNR/Carrere Records. Though this record was not as popular as the previous singles, it achieved cult status among the fans. Let's celebrate the 35th anniversary of this iconic pop track.


After Luv's first break-up, José enjoyed success by covering American pop classics from the 1950s and 1960s. In 1982, she scored two smash hits in the Netherlands and Belgium: "I Will Follow Him" (originally performed by Little Peggy March in 1963) which hit the number one spot and "Secret Love" (originally performed by Doris Day in 1953) which peaked at #11 on the Dutch Top 40 and #3 on the Belgian BRT Top 30. In late 1983, she covered Leonard Cohen's "So Long Marianne" with Ron Brandsteder. It reached #11 on the Dutch Top 40 and #20 on the Belgian BRT Top 30

In early 1984, the talented singer, nicknamed "the cover queen", chose to render the pop song "Time Goes By" (originally recorded by Hungarian band Neoton Família (aka Newton Family). 

The original track won the Grand Prix at the World Popular Song Festival (aka Yamaha Music Festival) in Tokyo, Japan in 1983. 

José's version was produced by Pim Koopman (member of the legendary pop-rock band Kayak and producer of the sister duo Maywood). Pim had already collaborated with José on her first solo album "The Good Times" (which included "I Will Follow Him" and "Secret Love"). 

"Time Goes By" was also covered by other singers. 

The version of Bulgarian born French chanteuse Sylvie Vartan was entitled "Déclare l'amour comme la guerre":


Finnish singer Eini recorded the track as "Kellot Käy":

The Spanish version by Venezuelan singer José Luis Rodríguez was entitled "El tiempo se nos va":

On April 2nd, 1984, José's Time Goes By was the "Radio and TV tip" (record of the week) on the influential Hilversum 3 station and the music TV show AVRO's TopPop. It was included on José's CD compilation "Alle Hits & Unieke Bonustracks" in 2005. 


Dutch photographer and Facebook friend Chris van der Vooren took a beautiful picture of the singer for the front cover of the single. 

Commercial performance

Time Goes By entered the Tipparade at #25 on April 7th, 1984 and later peaked at #4. It stayed 4 weeks in this list of songs that didn't chart on the main hit parade. 

The single also reached # 16 on the Nationale Hitparade. Click here for information. It sold 10.000 copies in the Netherlands.


A side: Time Goes By - 4:15
Written by Emoke Zakanyi, Emese Hatvani, Gyorgy Jakab and Laszlo Pasztor

B side: Lonely Without You - 2:43
Written by Pim Koopman


Produced and arranged by Pim Koopman for Purple Eye Productions B.V.
Photography by Chris van der Vooren
Design: Myosotis - Baarn
Management: Interlinde Management

CNR/Carrere (which released the single in Benelux) licensed it to Rigo Records in Switzerland

Swiss cover of Time Goes By

TV performances

* March 29th, 1984: AVRO's TopPop (Netherlands)

* April 22nd, 1984: Nederland Muziekland (Veronica, Netherlands)

* May 1st, 1984: Vijf Tegen Vijf (VARA, Netherlands)

Source:, YouTube, Luv' Blog Archive,

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