Label: Polydor - 2925 044 • Format: Vinyl LP, Compilation • Country: Netherlands • Genre: Rock, Pop • Style: Pop Rock, Symphonic Rock
Earth and Fire were a Dutch progressive and symphonic rock band who over time evolved into a pop group. Formed in the Netherlands by twin brothers Chris Station Man - Fleetwood Mac - Kiln House Gerard Koerts, and most popular in the s when fronted by singer Jerney KaagmanEarth and Fire had many chart topping hits in the Netherlands and elsewhere in Europe, though they never gained much popularity in the United Gale Storm - Collectibles or the Americas.
Their biggest international hit was " Weekend ", a number one single in the Netherlands, Switzerland, Germany, Denmark and Portugal. Ininfluenced by beat musicthey joined a local beat band, playing mostly instrumental music until early ; the Koerts brothers were remembered as musical perfectionists even at an early age. They I Know - Fats Domino - Fats Is Back their name to The Swinging Strings in and began singing, covering hits by the Beatles, the Byrds, and others.
They played regularly and saved enough money to buy Are You Lonesome Tonight - The Mills Brothers - Their Famous Hits and add three female dancers.
While they played all over the provinces of North and South Holland, they rarely performed in their own area as The Hague had its own scene of beat bands.
By the Koerts brothers were dissatisfied with playing cover music and were looking to increase the technical level of their music. Somewhat abruptly, according to the other members, they broke up the Strings and renamed the band Opus Gainfull, and were looking for a rhythm section. They found a bass player in Hans Ziech born of the local band The Soul, and also picked up that band's drummer, Cees Kalis. The Soul's guitar player, Eric Wenink, also joined, for a couple of years. Throughout and the band practiced new music, while listening to the music of Jimi HendrixMoby GrapeJefferson Airplane.
The decision was made to look for a singer, and Manuela Berloth joined them. Meanwhile, their music continued to evolve, with ideas for concept albums brought in from the US West Coast and improvisational practice sessions. Inbefore a show in Beverwijkthe band's name was changed to Earth and Fire. The band recorded two songs as the prize for winning a talent show inbut were not offered a record contract; by the end of the year, Berloth, who in Gerard Koerts' words "was not a rock 'n roll woman", left.
The Koerts brothers, who were graduating school at the time, took over on vocals, and the band continued touring, opening for established beat band Golden Earring. In Septemberthey met and hired Jerney Kaagman. The band's first album, Earth and Fireproduced three hits: "Seasons" reached no.
Byafter four albums and nine hits, particularly songs such as "Memories" Which became their first number one single and "Maybe Tomorrow, Maybe Tonight", the band found the Dutch musical atmosphere had changed considerably: new bands, influenced by disco, punk, and new wave, threatened to render many of the previously popular Dutch groups obsolete.
They therefore moved away from the heavier pop sound they had been making and moved to a Various - Hardcore Heaven Presents Weekender 2010 (Volume One) mainstream style, focusing on Disco. Drummer Ton van der Kleij left in Augustfollowed shortly thereafter by bass player Theo Hurts. Despite rumors that Kaagman Dont Get Around Much Anymore - Natalie Cole - Unforgettable With Love go solo or take a job at TopPopa popular music television show, she stayed with the Koerts brothers, who quickly found another drummer, Ab Tamboer, and another bass player, Bert Ruiter Kaagman's partner in life and formerly with Focus.
In they achieved their second number one single "Weekend", but soon afterwards, Chris Koerts left, feeling that he had achieved everything he wanted with the band. The band split inwith Kaagman moving onto a solo career, before a short lived reunion inthough she was the only known member. Gerard Koets died in From Wikipedia, the Damnation - Earth And Fire - The Story Of Earth & Fire encyclopedia. Earth and Fire are also the pseudonyms of the owners of Erowid.
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This article needs to be updated. In particular: No text for period from to Please update this article to reflect recent events or newly available information. August Gerard Koerts - keyboards —; died  Chris Koerts Damnation - Earth And Fire - The Story Of Earth & Fire guitars — Hans Ziech - bass — Cees Kalis - drums —; died Manuela Berloth Damnation - Earth And Fire - The Story Of Earth & Fire vocals — Jerney Kaagman - vocals —, — Ton van der Kleij - drums —; died Theo Hurts - bass — Bert Ruiter - bass —, — Ab Tamboer - drums —, —; died  Johan Slager - guitars — Ronnie Meyjes - guitars — Age Kat - guitars — Jons Pistoor - keyboards — Ton Scherpenzeel - keyboards — Mark Stoop - drums Retrieved Archived from the original on Top 40 Hitdossier in Dutch 9th, revised ed.
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