BZN

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BZN discography

BZN in 1971
Releases
Studio albums 33
Live albums 2
Compilation albums 8
Singles 73
Video albums 21
BZN
Origin Volendam, Netherlands
Genres Pop, chanson, schlager
Pop rock
Years active 1966–2007
Labels Negram
Phonogram
Mercury Records
Universal
Website www.bzn-online.com
Past members Jan Keizer
Carola Smit
Jack Veerman
Jan Tuijp
John Meijer
Dick Plat

BZN (Band Zonder Naam) (Dutch for: "Band Without a Name") was a highly successful Dutch pop music band. Combining high productivity and a disciplined work ethic with an exceptionally good feeling for what their audience liked, the band achieved a thirty year music chart presence in the Netherlands, to an extent comparable to that of Cliff Richard in the United Kingdom, and rewarded by likely record-breaking numbers of platinum certifications for their albums.

BZN recorded mostly in English and French, but also had success with material in Dutch and German.

History[edit]

BZN started out as a pop-rock band in their native Volendam in 1966, playing early-Bee Gees-like harmony pop. The initial line-up consisted of Jan Veerman (vocals), Cees Tol (guitar), Evert Woestenburg (guitar) Jan Tuijp (bass guitar) and Gerrit Woestenburg (drums).

In the early 1970s, the band switched to hard rock and had its first successes, including a brace of Top 40 hits. After original lead singer Veerman left the band, and drummer Jan Keizer took his place, the band made a musical U-turn and opted for commercial middle-of-the-road pop, adding female co-vocalist Anny Schilder and laying the foundation for their status as the most popular Dutch band ever (in terms of hit singles and albums). BZN has had over 50 hits in the Dutch hit charts to date, and are the only music act to have had top 40 hit singles for 26 consecutive years (1973-1998). Album chart presence was even stronger, without interruption from 1977 - 2008.

BZN's big breakthrough started with the song "Mon Amour" (1976), which held the #1 hit parade ranking for over 5 weeks. Outside of the Netherlands the band has had some success as well, amongst which several hits in South Africa (such as "Yeppa" in 1990) and minor successes with their French-language songs in Canada.

Through the years there have been many lineup changes, the most important of which have been the departure of Schilder in 1984 (replaced by Carola Smit) and in 1988 of the brothers Cees and Thomas Tol (keyboards), who until then had been responsible for most of the music and lyrics. The band remained nevertheless successful, making their last major change in strategy when they decided to write in Dutch instead of English as of 2003.

BZN are also responsible for the initial success of singer Jan Smit, who was discovered by BZN at the age of 10 and went on to have pop and schlager successes in the Netherlands, Germany, and Belgium.

On October 14, 2005, four members of BZN were recognized with a Dutch order of chivalry for their contributions to Dutch music history.

On February 15, 2006, BZN announced they would do one final tour and then call it quits. This goodbye tour ended 16 June 2007.

Amassing gold and platinum records[edit]

In spite of having enjoyed limited international success, BZN acquired remarkable, and possibly record breaking numbers of gold and platinum certifications for their albums. Estimated worldwide sales of 15 million records resulted in a grand total of 88 gold and (double) platinum records. Thirty different albums (including greatest hits compilations) went platinum in the Netherlands, and the band released platinum achieving albums in 22 consecutive years (1977 through 1998).

Final lineup until 16 June 2007[edit]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Hard rock[edit]

  • The Bastard (1971)

Radio pop[edit]

  • Making a Name (1977)
  • You're Welcome (1978)
  • Summer Fantasy (1979)
  • Grootste hits (1980)
  • Green valleys (1980)
  • Friends (1981)
  • We Wish you a merry Christmas (1981)
  • Pictures of Moments (1982)
  • The best of BZN (1982)
  • 28 Golden Hits (1983)
  • Desire (1983)
  • Falling in Love (1984)
  • Reflections (1984)
  • Maid of the Mist (1985)
  • Christmas with BZN (1985)
  • Heartbreaker (1986)
  • BZN live - 20 jaar (1987)
  • Visions (1987)
  • Endless Dream (1988)
  • Crystal Gazer (1989)
  • Bells of Christmas (1989)
  • Horizon (1990)
  • Congratulations (1991)
  • Rhythm of my Heart (1992)
  • Gold (1993)
  • Sweet Dreams (1993)
  • Serenade (1994)
  • Summer Holiday (1995)
  • 'Round the Fire (1995)
  • A Symphonic Night (1996)
  • Pearls (1997)
  • A Symphonic Night II (1998)
  • The best Days of my Life (1999)
  • Gold & More (2000)
  • More Gold (2000)
  • Out in the Blue (2001)
  • Tequila Sunset (2002)
  • Leef je leven (2003)
  • Die mooie tijd (2005)
  • The Singles Collection (2005)
  • Adieu BZN - The Final Concert (2007)
  • BZN Top 100 (2008)

Singles[edit]

Harmony pop[edit]

  • Maybe Someday (1968)
  • Waiting for You (1968)
  • Everyday I have to Cry (15 February 1969)
  • Gonna take my Mind off Maria (1969)
  • Mother can you See me (1969)

Hard rock[edit]

  • This is what I feel (1970)
  • Rock and roll woman (1971)
  • Bad bad Woman (1971)
  • I can't See (1972)
  • Riding on (1972)
  • Rolling around the Band (10 March 1973)
  • Sweet silver Anny (6 October 1973)
  • Barber's Rock (2 March 1974)
  • Love me like a Lion (10 August 1974)
  • Goodbye Sue (31 May 1975)
  • Djadja (1976)

Radio pop[edit]

  • Mon Amour (18 September 1976)
  • Don't say Goodbye (12 February 1977)
  • Sevilla (9 September 1977)
  • The Clown (3 December 1977)
  • Lady McCorey (6 June 1978)
  • Felicidad (2 December 1978)
  • Oh me oh My (28 April 1979)
  • Marching on (8 September 1979)
  • Pearly Dumm (16 February 1980)
  • Rockin' the Trolls (23 August 1980)
  • Chanson d' Amour (11 April 1981)
  • The old Calahan (15 August 1981)
  • Blue Eyes (15 May 1982)
  • Twilight (11 September 1982)
  • Put on your Make-Up (1982)
  • Just an Illusion (12 March 1983)
  • Le Legionnaire (17 September 1983)
  • If I say the Words (7 April 1984)
  • La saison Francaise (22 September 1984)
  • The Summertime (27 April 1985)
  • Run Away Home (21 September 1985)
  • Waltzing Maria (19 April 1986)
  • La France (30 August 1986)
  • Amore (26 September 1987)
  • La Difference (30 April 1988)
  • La Primavere (10 September 1988)
  • Wheels on Fire (19 November 1988)
  • El Cordobes (20 May 1989)
  • If I had only a Chance (9 September 1989)
  • Help me (5 May 1990)
  • Yeppa (1 September 1990)
  • Over the Hills (10 November 1990)
  • It happened 25 Years ago (31 August 1991)
  • Che Sara (1992)
  • My Number One (1993)
  • Desanya (1993)
  • Quiereme Mucho (1994)
  • Banjo Man (1994)
  • Santo Domingo (1995)
  • Sing of Love and Faith (1996)
  • Mama (1996)
  • La Spagnola (1997)
  • Wedding bells (1997)
  • Mother (1997)
  • The Gypsy Music (1998)
  • Mexican Night (1998)
  • Don't give up, don't give in (1998)
  • Baby Voulez-Vous? (1999)
  • Isles of Atlantis (1999)
  • Keep Smiling (2001)
  • Where the Nightingales sing (2001)
  • Will the be a Time (2002)
  • De zon, de zee (2003)
  • The hitmedley (2005);
  • Goodbye (2007);

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