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Biografie Hu And The Hilltops
The Hague rhythm & blues group that never breaks through on a large scale and is especially important as a supplier of more and less well-known musicians.
Hu and The Hilltops play a lot in pubs and discotheques in The Hague. The band mainly plays rhythm & blues. Record company Polydor shows interest and signs the group.
In the GTB studio in The Hague, which has since become a hit factory, the band records the first singles. Cry Me A River, a cover from Julie London, reaches number 27 in the Top 40. After this success, the band members give up their regular jobs and embark on the music. However, the second single Can't You Hear Me does nothing. The third single Something You Got is recorded in London and just reached the Top 40 in September. Den Heyer is being replaced by keyboard player Roy van der Merwe (also known as Roy Marley) to make the sound of the group sound more professional. Despite the lousy sound, the first and only album I'll Follow You gets some attention from the press and music world.
Drummer Henk van Meerbeek is going abroad and is being replaced by Cesar Zuiderwijk (former Ladybirds). If the new single Touchin 'You Is Lovin' Flops You, the group will give up. Singer Fred de Wilde switches to Shocking Blue after Barry has thanked Hay (ex-Haigs) for this vacancy. Hans van Toorn continues as a solo artist under the name Ralph Anderson. Cesar Zuiderwijk will play drums with Livin 'Blues and from 1970 with Golden Earring.
On 13 June a large-scale reunion concert will take place in The Hague under the name of The Hague Beatnach. For this occasion, Hu and The Hilltops are once again on stage, alongside bands such as Q 65 and Shocking Blue.
Hans van der Toorn and Fred de Wilde perform Cry Me A River by Hu & The Hilltops during the Beatnach in The Hague on Parkpop
"I hope for nothing, I fear nothing, I am free"