George Baker (musician)
|Birth name||Johannes Bouwens|
|Born||8 December 1944|
George Baker (born Johannes Bouwens, 8 December 1944) is a Dutch singer and songwriter best known for his global hit Paloma Blanca. He was the lead singer of the pop musical ensemble, George Baker Selection. He is now a solo artist.
George Baker Selection
In 1967, Bouwens joined the band Soul Invention, which later changed its name to "George Baker Selection." His Selection consisted of Jan Hop, Jacobus Greuter, George The and Jan Visser. Nelleke Brzoskowsky joined the band in 1975 and she is the female singer on "Paloma Blanca". Their first album, Little Green Bag (1970), gave them their first hit. Their debut single, "Little Green Bag" reached the #16 position on the Cash Box magazine chart and #21 in the Billboard Top 100 in the United States. This disc sold over one million copies globally, and received a gold disc. By 1972 the band had sold over 5 million records.
Their fifth album Paloma Blanca was released in 1975, and the single "Paloma Blanca" reached #1 in the charts in several countries.
In 1978 the George Baker Selection split up because "the pressure had become too much." The band has sold over 20 million records worldwide. George Baker formed a new George Baker Selection in 1985, which stayed together until 1989. The band has released twelve albums and several compilation albums.
The band experienced a brief return to the international charts in 1992, when the song "Little Green Bag" was used in the title sequence of the film Reservoir Dogs, and a Chilean soap opera. The song is also featured in a Moto X smartphone commercial (circa 2013).
After the George Baker Selection split up in 1978, Baker performed as a solo artist until 1985, when he briefly returned with a new George Baker Selection. Since 1989 he has once again worked solo. In 2005 he released a remix of the song "Una Paloma Blanca" for the film Too Fat Too Furious. As a solo artist, he has released nine albums, and is currently managed by Jaap Buijs.
George Baker Selection albums
|1970||Little Green Bag||107||—|
|Love in the World||—||—|
|A Song for You||—||—|
|So Lang die Sonne Scheint||—||—|
|1985||Santa Lucia by Night||—||—|
|1988||From Russia with Love||—||—|
George Baker albums
|1978||In Your Heart|
|Another Lonely Christmas Night|
|1979||Sing for the Day|
|1981||The Winds of Time|
|1991||Love in Your Heart|
|US AC||US Country||CAN||CAN AC||CAN Country||NED|
|1969||"Little Green Bag"||21||—||—||16||—||—||9||Little Green Bag|
|"I Wanna Love You"||103||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|1976||"Paloma Blanca"||26||1||33||10||1||36||1||Paloma Blanca|
- The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits 7th Edition by Joel Whitburn
- "George Baker Biography". www.georgebaker.com. Retrieved 2007-05-25.
- Murrells, Joseph (1978). The Book of Golden Discs (2nd ed.). London: Barrie and Jenkins Ltd. p. 273. ISBN 0-214-20512-6.
- 5 jaar hits (gramophone record cover), George Baker Selection, ca. 1974.
- "George Baker Discography". www.georgebaker.com. Retrieved 2007-05-25.
- Whitburn, Joel (2011). Top Pop Singles 1955–2010. Record Research, Inc. p. 56. ISBN 0-89820-188-8.