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Shocking Blue is a Dutch rock band made famous among others by the song Venus, taken over in 1986 by the band Bananarama with so many successes. It was distinguished by an innovative sound for the time, by the showman abilities of guitarist Robbie van Leeuwen and by his singer Mariska Veres.

The group was formed in 1967 by Robbie van Leeuwen, former guitarist of another Dutch band, The Motions, with drummer Cor van Beek, bassist Klaasje van der Wal and singer Fred de Wilde. This one was replaced a year later by Mariska Veres and one of the first singles of the new version of the band was Venus. The song took first place in Belgium, France, Italy, Spain and Germany, before landing the first place in the United States in 1970.

After a few other successes that did not reach worldwide fame (Never Marry a Railroad Man, Ink Pot, Hello Darkness, Mighty Joe), Robbie van Leeuwen was more and more frustrated by the group's performance in sales rankings. The group was dissolved in 1974.

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