Hearts of Soul

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Hearts Of Soul in 1970

Hearts of Soul was formed by three Dutch Indo sisters from Harderwijk: Bianca, Stella (born 1953) and Patricia Maessen (1952–1996). They later moved to Veghel, also in the Netherlands.

They worked in the late 1960s as session singers for Dusty Springfield until 1968. In 1969, they recorded their debut album. In 1970, they sang Waterman (written by Pieter Goemans) as the Netherlands entry to the Eurovision Song Contest. They finished 7th out of 12 participants. Their single "It's Great Fun" was arguably their most popular at the time.[citation needed] They collaborated in 1972 on a single with Marius Monkau. The song "Oh Complete Jesus" is still popular, especially among religious people.[citation needed]

In the mid-1970s the group moved to Belgium. There they formed Dream Express in 1975 with former Pebbles musician Luc Smets (who married Bianca). In the summer of 1976 they had a Flemish number 2 hit with the self-titled song "Dream Express". On 5 February 1977 they won the national finals in Belgium to enter the Eurovision Song Contest 1977, which was held in Wembley, London on Saturday 7 May. This was the first time that Belgium had entered a song to be sung entirely in English. With the song "A Million in One, Two, Three" they reached 7th place out of 18 participating countries.

Dream Express changed names again in 1979 to LBS, which stood for Luc Bianca Stella. Their singles LBS and Uncle Jim received much airplay in 1979.

Stella also released singles under the name of Stella Mason. She represented Belgium (singing in French) in the Eurovision Song Contest 1982, with the song "Si tu aimes ma musique". On 24 April 1982 she finished 4th.

Bianca released several singles from the early 1980s through to 1993. The single "Two Dolphins to the Range of Hawaii" was released as a tribute to the 100th anniversary of the creation of the Antwerp zoo.

During the Eurovision song contest of 1986 Patricia was the backing singer of winning entrant Sandra Kim. In 1987, Patricia was also a backing singer for Plastic Bertrand's, Luxembourg entry.

Patricia Maessen died on 15 May 1996 in Mortsel near Antwerp at the age of 44, from the effects of a stroke.[1]

Discography[edit]

Singles[edit]

Singles in the Dutch Top 40
Title Release
date
Entry
date
 Highest 
position
 #Weeks  Remarks 
"Oh what a price" 1969 15-2-1969 tip
"Everybody goes for Joe / Abraham, Martin & John" 1969 11-10-1969 tip
"Fat Jack" 1970 31-1-1970 18 5
"Waterman" 1970 14-3-1970 tip
"It's great fun" 1972 8-7-1972 tip
"I can hear you calling" 1971 ? tip
"Dream express" 1976 7-2-1976 tip As Dream Express
"A Million in One, Two, Three" 1977 23-4-1977 tip As Dream Express

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://archief.nrc.nl/index.php/1996/Mei/18/Kunst/6/Patricia+Maessen+overleden/check=Y
Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Lenny Kuhr
with "De troubadour"
Netherlands in the Eurovision Song Contest
1970
Succeeded by
Saskia & Serge
with "Tijd"
Preceded by
Pierre Rapsat
with "Judy et Cie"
Belgium in the Eurovision Song Contest
1977
Succeeded by
Jean Vallée
with "L'amour ça fait chanter la vie"

Cagegory:Sibling musical trios