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Shocking Blue
Origin The Hague, Netherlands
Genres Rock
Years active 1967 – 1974
Labels Pink Elephant, Polydor
Former members
Mariska Veres
Robbie van Leeuwen
Cor van der Beek
Klaasje van der Wal
Fred de Wilde

Shocking Blue was a Dutch rock band from The Hague, the Netherlands, formed in 1967. Their biggest hit, "Venus," went to #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in February 1970, and the band had sold 13.5 million discs by 1973, but the group disbanded in 1974.[1]



The initial line-up consisted of:


Before the breakthrough of "Venus," the group had a minor hit in 1968 with "Lucy Brown Is Back In Town". Once Mariska Veres took over the vocals bigger hits followed:

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The group charted a world-wide hit with the song "Venus," which reached #1 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 in February 1970. Initially the disc was a big hit in the Netherlands, where it reached #3 in the summer of 1969.[1] It subsequently sold 350,000 copies in Germany, and topped the U.S. chart for three weeks, becoming the Netherlands' first American #1 hit.[1] It sold over one million copies there by January 1970, and received a gold disc awarded by the Recording Industry Association of America.[1] Global sales exceeded five million copies.[1]

Other hits include "Send Me A Postcard" in 1968/69 and "Long and Lonesome Road" (often mistakenly named as Long Lonesome Road) in 1969. "Hot Sand", the flip-side of "Venus" was also heavily plugged on Dutch radio.

Many more Dutch hits followed including "Mighty Joe" in 1969/70. This was the group's second million seller.[1] In 1970 "Never Marry a Railroad Man" (flip-side "Roll Engine Roll"), their third to sell over one million[1] and "Hello Darkness". In 1971 there followed "Shocking You", "Blossom Lady" and "Out of Sight Out of Mind". In 1972 came "Inkpot" and "Rock in the Sea"; plus "Eve and the Apple" in 1972/73 and finally "Oh Lord" in 1973. None of these latter songs charted in the U.S.

In 1974 lead singer Mariska Veres left the group to start a solo career. Her only solo hit was "Take Me High" in 1975. From the 1990s, Veres toured with a new group under the Shocking Blue banner, with permission of her former bandmates. On December 2, 2006 Dutch news service ANP reported that Veres had died from cancer at the age of 61.



  • 1968 Beat With Us (Polydor, Karussell)
  • 1969 At Home (Pink Elephant)
  • 1970 Scorpio's Dance (Pink Elephant)
  • 1971 Third Album (AKA Shocking You, Pink Elephant)
  • 1972 Inkpot (Pink Elephant) - The official music of Mark Six
  • 1972 Inkpot (Polydor – West German release with several different tracks)
  • 1972 Live in Japan (Pink Elephant)
  • 1972 Attila (Pink Elephant)
  • 1972 Eve and the Apple (Same as "Attila" with one different track, Polydor)
  • 1973 Dream on Dreamer (Polydor)
  • 1973 Ham (Same as "Dream On Dreamer" with 3 different tracks, Pink Elephant)
  • 1974 Good Times (Pink Elephant)

All of these albums have been reissued on CD except Beat With Us and Live in Japan. Eve and The Apple and Ham were not re-issued as they feature tracklistings almost identical to Atilla and Dream on Dreamer, respectively.


  • 1967 "Love Is In The Air" / "What You Gonna Do" (Polydor)
  • 1968 "Lucy Brown Is Back In Town" / "Fix Your Hair Darling" (Pink Elephant)
  • 1968 "Send Me a Postcard" / "Harley Davidson" (Metronome)
  • 1969 "Long And Lonesome Road" / "Fireball Of Love" (Metronome)
  • 1969 "Venus" / "Hot Sand" (Pink Elephant)
  • 1969 "Mighty Joe" / "Wild Wind" (Metronome)
  • 1969 "Scorpio's Dance" / "Sally Was A Good Old Girl" (promo)
  • 1970 "Never Marry A Railroad Man" / "Roll Engine Roll" (Metronome)
  • 1970 "Hello Darkness" / "Pickin' Tomatoes" (Metronome)
  • 1971 "Shocking You" / "Waterloo" (Metronome)
  • 1971 "Serenade" / "Sleepless At Midnight" (Buddah)
  • 1971 "Blossom Lady" / "Is This A Dream" (Polydor)
  • 1971 "Out Of Sight Out Of Mind" / "I Like You" (Polydor)
  • 1972 "Inkpot" / "Give My Love To The Sunrise" (Polydor)
  • 1972 "Rock In The Sea" / "Broken Heart" (Polydor)
  • 1972 "Eve And The Apple" / "When I Was a Girl" (Polydor
  • 1973 "Let Me Carry Your Bag" / "I Saw You In June" (Polydor)
  • 1973 "Oh Lord" / "In My Time Of Dying" (Polydor)
  • 1973 "Oh Lord" / "Everything That's Mine" (Pink Elephant)
  • 1974 "This America" / "I Won't Be Lonely Long" (Polydor)
  • 1974 "Dream On Dreamer" / "Where The Pick-Nick Was" (Polydor)
  • 1974 "Good Times" / "Come My Way" (Pink Elephant)
  • 1975 "Gonna Sing Me A Song" / "Get It On" (Decca)
  • 1986 "The Jury And The Judge" / "I Am Hanging On To Love" (Polydor)
  • 1994 "Body And Soul" / "Angel" (Red Bullet)


  • 1986 Best of Shocking Blue (CNR)
  • 1986 Classics (21)
  • 1990 The Very Best of Shocking Blue (Red Bullet), (Arcade, 1993)
  • 1997 Singles A's and B's (Repertoire)


  1. ^ a b c d e f g Murrells, Joseph (1978). The Book of Golden Discs (2nd ed.). London: Barrie and Jenkins Ltd. p. 267 and 285. ISBN 0-214-20512-6. 

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