George Baker Selection

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George Baker Selection
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George Baker Selection in 1974.
Background information
Origin Hoorn, Netherlands
Genres Pop Rock
Years active 1967 - 1978
1982 - 1989
Associated acts George Baker
Members George Baker (voice)
Georges Thé (guitar)
Jan Hop (drums)
Jacques Greuter (órgan)
Henk Kramer (saxo)
Martín Schoen (bass)
Lida Bond (voice)

George Baker Selection was rock band of Hoorn, Netherlands.


In 1967, Johannes Bouwens was living in Wormerveer and joined the band Soul Invention, a soul band which played covers of songs by Otis Redding and Sam and Dave. They changed their name to "George Baker Selection", Bouwens naming himself for a character from a detective novel.[1] The band consisted of Jan Hop, Jacobus Greuter, George The, and Jan Visser. Their first album, Little Green Bag (1970), produced an immediate worldwide hit:[1] their debut single, "Little Green Bag" reached No. 16 on the Cash Box magazine chart and No. 21 on the Billboard Top 100 in the United States.[2] The success came as a surprise for Baker, who remembers hearing in on the radio at work, in a lemonade factory.[1] The single sold over one million copies globally, and received a gold disc.[3] A string of singles and albums followed; the second single, "Dear Ann", was such a success that Baker quit his job in the lemonade factory and became a full-time musician. Besides scoring hits with his own band, he also wrote songs for others, including BZN, The Shoes, Andy Star, and Next One. In 1974 singer Lida Bond joined the band, and combining her voice with Baker's proved highly successful.[1]

Their fifth album, Paloma Blanca, was released in 1975, and the single "Paloma Blanca" reached No. 1 on charts in several countries. By this time Nelleke Brzoskowsky was the singer; she had joined in 1975. "Paloma Blanca" sold more than seven million copies worldwide, making it one of the most successful Dutch singles ever.[1]

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.[2] 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 in a Chilean soap opera. The song is also featured in a Moto X smartphone commercial circa 2013.


  • Johannes Bouwens (as George Baker) (composer, voice, guitar, mandolin, flauta, piano and organ) between 1967, 1977, 1982 and 1989.
  • Elly Bloothoofd (voice, guitar) between 1982 and 1989.
  • Lida Jonkman-Bont (voice) between 1974 and 1977.
  • Nelleke Brzoskowsky (voice) between 1982 and 1989.
  • Willy Delano (voice) between 1977, 1982 and 1989.
  • Pieter Goeman (organ and piano) between 1982 and 1989.
  • Jacques Greuter (voice, organ, flute and piano) between 1967 and 1982.
  • Jan Hop (drums) between 1969-77 and 1983-1989.
  • Henk Kramer (saxophone) between 1967 and 1970.
  • Nathalie Más (voice) between 1977 and 1982.
  • Job Netten (guitar) between 1967 and 1970.
  • Martin Schoen (bass) between 1974 and 1982.
  • George Thé (voice, guitar and bass) between 1969-77 and 1983-1989.
  • Cor Veerman (as Alan Decker ) (bass) between 1971 and 1974.
  • Theo Vermast (bass) between 1967 and 1968.
  • John Visser (bass) between 1968 and 1971.
  • Ton Vredenburg (drums) between 1967 and 1970.


Year Album[4] Chart Positions
1970 Little Green Bag
Love in the World
1972 Now
1974 Hot Baker
1975 Paloma Blanca
A Song for You
1976 River Song
So Lang die Sonne Scheint
1977 Summer Melody
1983 Paradise Island
1985 Santa Lucia by Night
1987 Viva America
1988 From Russia with Love


Year Single Peak
1969 "Little Green Bag" 21 16 9 12 17 Little Green Bag
1970 "Dear Ann" 93 2 37
"I Wanna Love You" 103
1974 "Baby Blue" 8[6] 29 1 Hot Baker[7]
1975 "Paloma Blanca" 26 1 33 10 1 36 1 2 1 Paloma Blanca
"Rose Marie" 35
1978 "Rosita" (solo artist) 98 In Your Heart


  1. ^ a b c d e "Weekartiest: George Baker Selection" (in Dutch). NPO Radio 5. Retrieved 7 March 2015. 
  2. ^ a b "George Baker Biography". Retrieved 2007-05-25.  External link in |work= (help)
  3. ^ Murrells, Joseph (1978). The Book of Golden Discs (2nd ed.). London: Barrie and Jenkins Ltd. p. 273. ISBN 0-214-20512-6. 
  4. ^ "George Baker Discography". Retrieved 2014-04-27.  External link in |work= (help)
  5. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2011). Top Pop Singles 1955–2010. Record Research, Inc. p. 56. ISBN 0-89820-188-8. 
  6. ^ " – George Baker Selection – Baby Blue" (in Dutch). Retrieved 2014-04-27. 
  7. ^ "Album: Hot Baker (1974) – Official George Baker website". Retrieved 2014-04-27. 

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