Thursday, April 09, 2015

Jay-Jays - Bald Headed Woman

When Holland’s most popular instrumental band The Jumping Jewels lost their name in a court case against their old manager Herman Batelaan, bandmembers decided to start with a new name in which the two “J” ‘s had to return. Instantly a new single was released, two covers from the first LP of The Kinks: Baldheaded woman coupled to Mystifying. As leadguitarist Hans van Eijck didn’t like beatmusic – he’d rather stick to the old instrumentals – he left The Jay-Jays two months later after the band did a very important TV-show promoting their first single. He was replaced by Leo Bennink, who used to play with The Black Albinos and Rene & his Alligators. The record was an instant success though, spurting into the Top Ten and getting the band a lot of work. The Jay-Jays sticked to the Kinks-repertoire but the second single fails to be a success. The band performs in the popular German TV-program ‘Beatclub’ and also rush-releases an LP, simply called Jay-Jays. On the album three Kinks covers are featured as well as the Tony Sheridan cover All around the world and the Ventures-cover Cruncher, besides some self-written titles. After hat nothing much is happening, although three other singles are released during 1966. Early 1967 Leo Bennink leaves the band to join The Motions after a short spell with Group Mack and Tjibbe Veelo opens  his own boutique in The Hague. They are replaced by Jan Vennik (Piano & sax,ex-Marks) and Willem Duin (voc), the latter being half of succesfull duo Mouth & MacNeal in the seventies.  A couple of other singles follow, all soul-influenced, all unsuccesfull and the end is near. Joop Oonk leaves the band as well, and is replaced by Hans Jansen (ex-Marks). Also, musicians like Bert Ruiter (pre-Focus) , John Schuursma (ex-Rob Hoeke) and Rudy Contini play in the band for a little while, but in 1969 it is all over.
During the last two decennia, record collectors worldwide are very interested in the group’s sole album, valued somehere between 200-250 dollars. At the end of the nineties the LP gets a CD-release but it is badly ruined by new mix and besides that, the record company changed the original mono into stereo. That means genuine record collectors are still hunting the LP.

Bald Headed Woman album for sale by Jay-Jays was released Jan 30, 2007 on the Phantom label.

The Jay-Jays (voorheen Jumping Jewels) kennen een vliegende start wanneer de eerste single Bald Headed Woman een top 10 hit wordt. Het is een ruig beatnummer dat gecomponeerd is door Kinks-producer Shel Talmy. Hans van Eijk is nog wel te horen op dit nummer, maar verlaat - teleurgesteld in de muziekbusiness - de band kort na het uitkomen ervan. Leo Bennink is zijn vervanger. De band treedt veel op en is tevens regelmatig te zien op tv, onder meer in Voor De Vuist Weg van Willem Duys. Dit jaar komt ook het debuutalbum uit: een volwassen beat-lp. Deze moet het qua verkoopcijfers echter afleggen tegen de langspelers van collega's zoals The Outsiders, The Motions en The Golden Earrings.Bennink en Veeloo verlaten de band en worden vervangen door Rudi Contini (gitaar) en Willem Duyn (zang, de latere 'Big Mouth' van Mouth & MacNeal), terwijl Duyn Jan Vennik (saxofoon) en Hans Jansen (toetsen) meeneemt uit zijn vorige groep The Marks. De band verlaat de beatmuziek en kiest voor een soul-gerichter aanpak. Een nieuwe single, Respect van Otis Redding, opent echter geen nieuwe deuren. Een periode van weinig succes en veel wisselingen in de bezetting volgt. Uiteindelijk verlaten ook de laatste oer-leden, Oonk en Kranenburg, de band. Zij worden vervangen door Bert Ruiter (bas, ex-Fullhouse) en Bart Terlaak (drums ex-Daddy's Act). Veel baat het allemaal niet en in 1969 wordt de band opgeheven. Hans van Eijk keert nog kortstondig terug op zijn schreden en richt The New Jumping Jewels op, maar de tijden van weleer komen niet terug.

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