Shocking Blue


ok, I am Dutch and maybe a bit prejudiced, but what great songs they recorded and what great voice mariska has.

>>By petros44   (Thursday, 2 Jan 2003 22:11)

I'm nearly 46 I was a fan of the band during the seventies. I appreciated singles like inkpot rock in the sea oh lord and then I bought a kind of golden hits album where singles like Venus, Mighty Joe and so on could be found. I also heard Shocking Blue on stations like radio north sea int.
I was very pleased to discover new songs but they disappeared too quickly.
my address is ""

>>By absolutefreelineinternational   (Monday, 13 Jan 2003 17:59)

what more can be said? the music is groovy, the babe looks fabulous & I'm in love with it! bg...

>>By maxmcbyte   (Sunday, 23 Feb 2003 08:18)

just another good underated Band

>>By Wizard2465   (Saturday, 22 Mar 2003 02:41)

What is there to tell, being the son of the late Cornelius van der Beek (drums) I know from the inside that it was a crazy time for everybody involved.
For a band without ferm management it´s still unbelieveble that they could cope for such a long periode.
I believe it is not up to me to explaine all the in´s and out´s, but if you have any questions regarding my point of view, let me know.
By the way, if you can help me finding lost video material of concerts and stuff, please let me know.

>>By Rodin Raoul van der Beek   (Saturday, 29 Mar 2003 18:59)

they're created their music was easy listening......they're genius person

>>By arief   (Monday, 31 Mar 2003 14:28)


>>By RICK BROOKLYN N.Y. USA   (Thursday, 17 Apr 2003 02:08)


>>By RICKYBKLYNN@AOL.COM   (Thursday, 17 Apr 2003 04:55)

a special message for Rodin, I am one of the biggest fans of Shocking Blue and just heard recently about the lost of your father. I have nice material and of course would love the share it with you. my emailadress (do no be surprised) is
Ik zit echter midden in een verbouwing en kan niet gelijk reageren. Also reaction of other who like to know more, or are intrested in some videomaterial are welcome.
groeten Peter

>>By Peter/petros44   (Saturday, 3 May 2003 21:26)

VENUS is my all time favorite song.

they were an extremely underappreciated especially here in the states where I reside and it's a shame they didn't get much more promotion than they did.

>>By Frank Bender   (Thursday, 12 Jun 2003 19:43)

I live in rural western Pennsylvania. I remember hearing "Venus" on the radio when I was 7 years old. I ALWAYS played both sides of a 45 and thought that "Hot Sand" was also a great tune. Years later when I was working in a record store in nearby Indiana, PA, a job that put me very much in my element, I got into a "deep" musical discussion with the other guy who worked there. The subject of Dutch bands came up which, of course, lead to a discussion of the merits on the best Dutch bands. I told him that I always wanted to hear more Shocking Blue. He loaned me his sole SB album, an import copy of a greatest hits package. I was NOT disappointed. Shortly thereafter, a used copy of their first LP (on Colossus) showed up in the store in excellent shape. I bought it immediately! Then I learned that SB "Classics" (on 21 records) was available so I ordered it. This, at least to my ears, is without a doubt some of the coolest rock & roll anyone could ever want to hear! I think the Dutch bands had something very special. I'd love to hear more. I'm also deeply saddened at the loss of their drummer. He was great!

>>By Nathan   (Tuesday, 8 Jul 2003 18:09)

Can anybody send me the lyrics of Let me carry your bag

>>By meri   (Sunday, 7 Sep 2003 13:09)

Anyone who has video material or foreign magazine articles,
please let me know! I have a lot myself,but I know there is much more


>>By Frans   (Friday, 17 Oct 2003 21:37)

Anyone who has Shocking Blue/Suzi Quatro/Runaways/Gary Glitter video material please let me know (especially Shocking Blue videos). Thank you. My e-mail:

>>By Quatro69   (Thursday, 8 Jan 2004 06:00)

Hi Rodin Raoul van der Beek,

I am the founder of the 1st Shocking Blue Fanclub in the Netherlands. So I used to know your father a bit and have some stuff concerning that period. If you like to contact me: send me an email.


>>By railroadman   (Saturday, 17 Jan 2004 19:51)

Hi guys,

SB fan from Holland. Never had the opportunity to see them in their prime. Last time I saw them was in Doorn, in 2001, it was a great experience, I sang along so enthousiastically that Mariska beckoned me on stage to sing along with her in Shocking You, so I found myself onstage with my teenage idol! She signed my copy of the Scorpio's dance elpee for me. She recalled that the foto sessions for the cover picture and the poster were done in Mallorca, Spain. It was terribly hot when they did the shooting for the pictures in the cactea gardens. At the gypsy camp (poster) the people thought she would bring luck, and wanted her to stay. Some of the tracks from Scorpio's Dance were recorded in the USA. Mariska could not remember which ones. Does any one know?

Gerrit Jan

>>By gerritjan   (Sunday, 21 Mar 2004 18:49)

By the way, the picture on my profile is of me and Mariska on stage in the above mentioned occasion

>>By gerritjan   (Sunday, 21 Mar 2004 18:54)

Hello! "Venus" was a very important song to me way back in 1970 in small-town rural Texas. Recently got their first album and am blown away by the musicianship. I've done some looking up of facts on the web, but still can't find out the answer to this question: WHO PLAYED KEYBOARDS? Nobody's ever given credit for the keyboard work, and without it, the band wouldn't have sounded the same! If anyone can fill me in, I'd appreciate it! Thanks!

>>By beebs   (Wednesday, 18 Aug 2004 01:00)

Hello again! Just bought the DVD compilation called "GREATEST HITS/AROUND THE WORLD". After seeing these videos, I, of course, have more observations and questions...In their first videos, the bass player (Klassje) seems to be having the most fun of anyone in the band! Anyone know what the circumstances of his leaving the group were? Also, there seems to be a lot of conflicting info out there about the date of his leaving, some sources say as early as 1971, others say as late as 1974. It is also interesting to watch Mariska transform from the rather awkward and shy performaner of the very first Venus video into a more confident Rock Goddess in the later ones. And drummer Cor appears to be both the backbone and the joker in the band. So very sorry to read of his passing in the posts above! None of the web pages I've found have any reference to to the circumstances of his passing, so an updated biography of the band seems long overdue. Especially interested in what happened to Klassje van der Wal after he left the group...he seemed to be the most at-ease in front of the camera and a natural performer in the videos. The "Around The World" film which makes up the second half of the DVD was ahead of its time as far as documenting their touring experiences, but it would have been great to see more actual LIVE performances. All in all, it leaves me wanting to see and know more about these people! And I'd still love it if someone could tell me who played the piano and organ on their first records...without that screaming organ, "Long and Lonesome Road" wouldn't have been the same song! "Venus" without the electric piano just ain't the same! Anybody who can shed some light on any of these questions please let me know! I'm still blown away by that first Colossus LP....I play it daily! Thanks!

>>By beebs   (Tuesday, 30 Nov 2004 22:12)

Shocking Blue was my first love. I was 8 years old, when I first heard them. I thought they all looked fabulous, I sort of had a pure, unspoiled admiration for them. I was too young to notice that Mariska looked sexy. The purity of my admiration never ceased. Media have the annoying habit of never missing the fact that Mariska used to look different thirty years ago. Mariska will always be beautiful in my eyes, as much as The Hague will always be Shocking Blue city for me. I pass through The Hague several times a week by train and each time I thing of my alltime favourite band.

>>By ceejay   (Saturday, 12 Aug 2006 20:15)

Hi, everybody who loves good music,

A tribute Mariska Veres , divine singer

I'm glad to inform you about new video clips of Mariska Veres at
Please kindly inform fan people this about!

Thank you

>>By tohir   (Tuesday, 3 Jul 2007 09:06)

Hi Everybody!

The long awaited Shocking Blue Memorial Website is here! You can join now for free, make a profile, add photographs, videos and blogposts, meet other Shocking Blue friends and co-create this site in English and Dutch.

The Shocking Blue Memorial Website is now online at

Best regards by Huub!

>>By huubkoch   (Monday, 16 Jul 2007 16:48)

Hi, there is little I could find about the drummer Cornelius van der Beek from this band. Quite good with natural ability. I notice that his son left a comment on this page. I just wanted to say Thanks ...... your
dad will be remembered always. I remember when the band first made the music seen. Seems like yesterday. Dave

>>By davidson   (Wednesday, 24 Oct 2012 12:15)

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