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TEE-SET - Ma Belle Amie - REVISITED (Official Promo Video)

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Uploaded on Nov 15, 2011

TEE-SET - Ma Belle Amie - REVISITED (Official Promo Video)
(H. v. Eijck / P. Tetteroo)

Video Clip & Sound: REVISITED

Recorded in 1969, unreleased Stereo Remix 2011 by Maurice 'Mouse' Bom. Original Single Version Mono released in 1969.

Joop Blom: drums * Franklin Madjid: bass guitar, backing vocals * Hans van Eijck: piano, organ, acoustic guitar * Peter Tetteroo: vocals, backing vocals, drums
guest appearance - Maurice 'Mouse' Bom: hand claps

Ma Belle Amie had been recorded on eight tracks in the Soundpush studio in 1969. Drummer Joop Blom twisted his ankle during a break, so Peter Tetteroo had to finish playing the drum part. Franklin Madjid played bass, Hans van Eijck piano and organ. Dihl Bennink originally played acoustic guitar, but Peter Tetteroo wasn't satisfied with his performance so Hans van Eijck, who had co-written Ma Belle Amie, decided to play the part instead.

In 1969 the American producer Jerry Ross came to Europe. He was building up his own label, which would be christened Colossus. During his travels he decided to release Ma Belle Amie in the USA. There were many accounts of how the signing of various Dutch groups -- Shocking Blue, Tee-Set and George Baker Selection -- came about. Journalist Oscar van der Kroon heard Peter Tetteroo's version some years later: "One of our fans from Delft took the record with him to Switzerland and had it played in a discotheque. The American record producer Jerry Ross was there at the time and it grabbed his attention. He came to the Netherlands and enquired about us via Jan van Veen of Radio Veronica." Because Ross insisted on recording Ma Belle Amie in stereo, Shocking Blue's Venus was released in the USA first. "When Venus shot to the top of the US charts we started to believe that we could be a success, too."

At the beginning of March 1970 Henk van der Meyden announced in the Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf that three Dutch groups had made it into the American hit parade. Ma Belle Amie finally reached the number three position. It was the first time ever that Dutch music had achieved this sort of success in the USA. Hans Kellerman, director of Negram, the Tee-Set's recording company, explained why: "The famous beat groups that had dominated the American hit parades for many, many years had become so experimental that they were really only making music for themselves. Their records now missed that elusive, intangible quality that had appealed to the mass audience." The Dutch groups had a 'happy sound'; their singles caught on with the young public.

Ma Belle Amie werd op acht sporen in de Soundpush-studio opgenomen. Tijdens een pauze verstuikte de toenmalige drummer Joop Blom zijn enkel. Peter Tetteroo moest de drumpartij voltooien. Franklin Madjid speelde bas, Hans van Eijck piano en orgel. In eerste instantie speelde Dihl Bennink akoestische gitaar. Zijn spel werd door producer Peter Tetteroo evenwel niet goed genoeg bevonden. Hans van Eijck, de componist van Ma Belle Amie, besloot die partij over te spelen.

In 1969 kwam de Amerikaan Jerry Ross naar Europa. Hij was in de weer met een eigen label dat Colossus gedoopt zou worden. Tijdens zijn reis besloot hij Ma Belle Amie in de VS uit te brengen. Over het contracteren van de Nederlandse groepen Shocking Blue, Tee-Set en George Baker Selection deden heel wat verschillende verhalen de ronde. Journalist Oscar van der Kroon hoorde de versie van Peter Tetteroo enkele jaren later: "Eén van onze fans uit Delft nam de plaat mee naar Zwitserland en liet de single in een discotheek draaien. Daar was ook de Amerikaanse platendirecteur Jerry Ross aanwezig en die was onmiddellijk geïnteresseerd. Hij kwam naar Nederland en informeerde via Jan van Veen van Radio Veronica naar ons." Omdat Ross erop stond de single in stereo uit te brengen werd eerst Venus van Shocking Blue in de VS uitgebracht. "Toen Venus het begon te maken, gingen wij er ook in geloven. Ma Belle Amie bereikte in Amerika de derde plaats."

Op 6 maart 1970 kon Henk van der Meyden in de Telegraaf melden dat drie vaderlandse groepen de Amerikaanse hitlijsten hadden gehaald. Zoiets was nog nooit vertoond. Hans Kellerman, directeur van Negram, de platenmaatschappij van de Tee-Set: "De befaamde beatgroepen die jarenlang de Amerikaanse hitparades hebben beheerst, zijn nu zó experimenteel geworden dat zij te veel muziek maken voor zichzelf. Ze missen dat wat hun platen bij het grote publiek zo prettig in het gehoor doet liggen." De Nederlandse groepen hadden een 'happy sound', een fris geluid. Dat soort singles sloeg bij een jong publiek aan.

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