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Luv' is a Dutch pop girl group which scored a string of successful hit records in a large part of Continental Europe (Benelux, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, France, Denmark, Poland) and also South Africa and Mexico in the late 1970s and early 1980s. In 1979, Luv' was Holland's best export act and thus received the Conamus Export Prize. Among their greatest hits: U.O.Me (Welcome To Waldolala), You're the Greatest Lover, Trojan Horse, Casanova and Ooh, Yes I Do. This female vocal formation made several comebacks. After a hectic schedule in 2006-2008 when they frequently appeared on TV and on stage across the Netherlands and the Flanders, nowadays they rarely perform together.In 1976, two Dutch music producers, Hans van Hemert and Piet Souer, and a manager Han Meijer, twenty years before the Spice Girls phenomenon, decided to form a girl group, inspired by the German disco trio Silver Convention. They had already recorded the music of a self penned composition My Man and were looking for singers. They recruited three women :
José Hoebee, born on March 29. 1954 in Best. She started her career as a professional singer in the early 1970s as a member of a folk & country band, Young Tradition, formed with her two sisters. This formation took part in casting shows, changed its name into Elongi and recorded a single produced by Piet Souer who suggested José to join Luv'.
Marga Scheide, model, born on February 15. 1954 in Amsterdam.
Patty Brard, from Sorong in New Guinea, born on March 25. 1955, who first applied for a job as a secretary by Hans van Hemert who offered her a career in the show business.After the singles My Man (#12 in Holland and a Flemish Top 10 hit) and Dream, Dream (which failed to top the charts) had come out in 1977, Van Hemert was asked by VPRO (a Dutch TV channel) to write a theme for a TV series: Het is weer zo laat (a.k.a Waldolala) (a spin-off from Van Oekels Discohoek, which started in 1974). With the help from Souer, he composed U.O.Me (Welcome To Waldolala) which was recorded by the girls. Moreover, Luv's appeareance performing the song on this TV show was a great publicity stunt. It became an instant hit in the Netherlands and Flanders (Belgium) (a Top 5 hit in both countries).The You're the Greatest Lover single was their international breakthrough in 1978 and sold one million copies. Apart from their homeland, Luv' topped the music charts in Belgium, France, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Denmark, South Africa and Mexico. The follow-up singles (Trojan Horse (a million seller), Casanova, Ooh, Yes I Do...) were also successful. Their albums were big selling records (especially With Luv' and Lots Of Luv').
In 1978-1979, Luv' was Holland's best export act and received for their works the Export award from Conamus, a foundation dedicated to the promotion and support of Dutch music abroad.
In Germany, the trio was often invited on two popular TV programmes: Disco and Musikladen (other celebrities such as ABBA, Amanda Lear, Boney M, Wham, Village People, The Jacksons, Sister Sledge, Chic or Blondie also sang in these shows). You're the Greatest Lover (which sold 600 000 copies and earned a gold certification in Goethe's country) was also used for the soundtrack of the fifty fourth episode (entitled Anschlag auf Bruno) of Derrick[3]. Two decades later, a dance music oriented cover version of this track by Loona renamed Latino Lover[4] was a hit single in German speaking countries (#6 and gold single (250 000 units sold) in Germany, #9 in Austria and #6 in Switerzland in 2000).
Some tracks were recorded in Spanish. Eres Mi Mejor Amante (a.k.a You're the Greatest Lover) was a minor hit in Spain and Si, Que Si (a.k.a Ooh, Yes I Do) was a #1 single in Mexico where it reached the gold status.
Their discs were also popular behind the Iron Curtain, especially in East Germany, Poland and Hungary. Their songs were frequently aired on communist radio stations. However, records distribution was limited in the Eastern Bloc. That's why, it is hard to evaluate their sales in this part of the world.
In 1979, the three singers, their producers and their new manager (Han Meijer was replaced by Pim Ter Linde who ran Interlinde Management) changed their strategy for better opportunities. That's why, they founded a limited company, Interluv'/Luv' BV , to control every aspect of their career. They chose a new publisher and a new record company (after a deal with Philips Records, they signed a 750 000 Dutch guilder contract with CNR/Carrere, a Dutch French joint venture).
After the One More Little Kissie single was released during the summer of 1980, Patty Brard suddenly left the band. She was immediately replaced by a model and limbo dancer from the Ricardo and The Flames revue, Ria Thielsch born on August 25. 1951 in Manokwari, New Guinea. Ria was officially introduced to the public when the My Number One single and the Forever Yours album were released in the fall of 1980.

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