This double CD released by Dutch Rock & Pop Institute
is actually a complete historic document on the early musical career of Jan Akkerman!
Ян Аккерман - выдающийся гитарист, композитор и аранжировщик, в 70-е - член крупной
голландской арт-группы FOCUS, автор великолепных сольных работ, участник ряда
интересных музыкальных проектов, концертирующий гитарист.
Ян Аккерман родился 24 декабря 1946 года в Амстердаме. Его отец неплохо играл на
гитаре, однако по-настоящему Ян пристрастился к музыке благодаря матери, которая
поощряла его желание освоить аккордеон. В возрасте 8 лет Ян все-таки решил отдать
предпочтение гитаре, уроки игры на которой он начал брать. При обучении в
амстердамском Музыкальном лицее Аккерман получал именную стипендию. В 12 лет со своей первой группой JOHNNY AND THE CELLAR ROCKERS (в которую одно время входил барабанщик Пьер Ван Дер Линден (Pierre Van Der Linden), будущий соратник Яна по другим группам).
Аккерман записал свой первый "сингл" – собственную версию джазового стандарта
"Exodus", а также некую "Melody In F Rock" (впоследствии ансамблем было сделано еще
несколько записей). Большое влияние на Яна оказал джаз и этническая музыка (включая
латино), а также английский рок (THE SHADOWS, THE BEATLES и др.) и творчество Фрэнка
В конце 50-х юный гитарист участвовал также в THE FRIENDSHIP SEXTET, а в 60-е проявил
себя как лидер THE HUNTERS – группы, исполнявшей в основном кавер-версии, но
также прославившейся и собственной темой под забавным названием "Russian Spy And I"
(1966). Своего друга Пьера Ван Дер Линдена Аккерман в конце 60-х пригласил в
сформированный им хард-роковый BRAINBOX (а позже коллеги воссоединились в
"классическом" составе FOCUS). Соратником Аккермана по BRAINBOX был также
вокалист/автор текстов Каз Лукс (Kaz Lux). BRAINBOX в 1969 году выпустил одноименный
альбом на Parlophone Records. В том же году на голландском отделении "EMI" в 1969-м
Аккерман записал свой первый сольник "Talent For Sale", который, однако, прошел
малозамеченным (переиздан в 1973 под названием "Guitar For Sale" фирмой "Electrola").
Pierre van der Linden
(Info,single covers taken from
1961 SP Exodus/Melody in F Rock (NL Decca FM 264.399) (GE Fontana 266.273 FE)
1961 SP Hits In Rock Medley 1/Hits In Rock Medley 2 (NL Decca FM 264.400)*
[Non Je Ne Regrette Rien-Surrender-Tommy Uit Tennessee/Wheels-Pepe-Are You Sure]
1962 SP Blue Tango/Una Aventura Mas (NL Decca FM 264.478)*
1962 SP Namrekka/Bonzo (NL Decca 264.479)*
1962 EP Blue Tango (NL Decca FM V 63119)
1963 SP Close Your Eyes/Be-Bop-A-Lula (NL Decca AT 10049)
1964 SP I Love You Yes I Do/Why (NL Decca AT 10106)
"...In 1961 -- the year 15-year-old Jan Akkerman founded Johnny & his Cellar Rockers -- I was 14 years old. As a member of one of the many youth clubs Amsterdam counted, I was aloud to fix the stage every saturday night for the local bands who came to play. One of that early rock groups was Johnny & his Cellar Rockers. As a 'thank you' Jan gave me a copy of their first single witch I considered as one of my personal jewels for a long time. Besides Jan Akkerman and his 8-year-old brother Cocky, the band consisted of Pierre van der Linden on drums, later joined by Cor Engelsma (bass) and Jan Burgers (second guitarist).
The band started some months earlier. And because of their unbridled and loud enthusiasm during music practice, they were regularly banned to the cellar of the Akkerman family. The Cellar Rockers first played without a singer. They did not need one, for they played instrumental rock, a musical style that was very popular at the time. It was introduced in 1960 by the world-famous band The Shadows. The genre was eagerly picked up by young Dutch people and many Dutch musicians started copying it. With the talented Jan Akkerman as front man, the band soon became very popular in Amsterdam and its surroundings. They managed to get a record deal with Philips and released their first instrumental single "Exodus"/"Melody in F Rock" on Decca -- the one Akkerman gave me. "Blue Tango"/"Una Aventura Mas" were the first productions in 1962. Jan also started to play his own material with Johnny & his Cellar Rockers and two of his compositions, "Namrekka" (Akkerman in reverse) and "Bonzo", were released on vinyl. Both singles also appeared on an EP called "Blue Tango". Read on +/-
Pierre van der Linden was replaced in 1962 by Sydney Wachtel. The members of the band figured it was time for something new. Instrumental music decreased in popularity, so they decided to try out a new musical genre. The Beatles, who conquered the whole world with their music, were a great source of inspiration for many bands, including Jan and his crew. The song "All My Loving", written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney, provided the basis for their next single, which finally got the title "Close your eyes". The B-side of that single was the rock classic "Be-Bop-A-Lula". These two songs proved that Johnny & his Cellar Rockers could handle vocal repertoire just as well. Many artists heard of the band's musical growth and as a result they were frequently asked to accompany various solo artists during studio recordings. In between collaborations, the band also recorded the single "I love you, yes I do"/"Why"..."
1965 SP Mr.Tambourine Man/It Ain't Me Babe (NL RCA Victor 47-9597)
1965 SP You Were On My Mind/Bury Me Beneath The Willow
(NL RCA Victor 47-9599)
1966 SP Peggy March - Too Long Away (Jan Akkerman guitar)/Kilindini Docks
(NL RCA Victor 47-9655)
1966 SP Russian Spy And I/Spring (NL RCA Victor 47-9656)
1966 SP Janosh/When I See Babette (NL RCA Victor 47-9657)
1967 SP I'm The King/The Consul Of Sidney (NL RCA Victor 47-9751)
1968 SP Lost Money/Shovel Man (NL Imperial IH 818)
1968 SP Strange Things Appear/Blues In G (NL Imperial IH 791)
"..In 1965 Jan Akkerman and his band decided to change their name to "Johnny and the Hunters", wich became simply "The Hunters" soon after. Paul Hubert replaced Jan Burgers on guitar, while Wilfred Arens was the new bassplayer. Wilfred on his turn was replaced by Ron Bijtelaar in 1966. Their first singles featured Rita Severijnse and Floor Klomp on vocals, but since "The Russian Spy and I", released in June 1966, they shared the vocals themselves. That single became a Top 40 hit in The Netherlands, as it reached #10. The next single "Janosh" wasn't very successful (#40) and not very good aether. But it was a logical follow-up to its predecessor, who became one of the milestones in Dutch pop history. After that single, Ron Bijtelaar was replaced by Frank Smit, before Ron finally returned to The Hunters, to play on their last single "Lost Money" in November 1968. The Hunters were, just like the "Cellar Rockers", also a backing group for several lead singers. For instance, they recorded a single with vocaliste Peggy March in 1966. Recently this photo from the recording session turned up. For more info about Jan Akkerman -- Holland's best guitar player ever: janakkerman.com"