José Hoebee

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José Hoebee
José Hoebee.jpg
Background information
Birth name Josina van de Wijdeven
Also known as José and José Andreoli (in the beginning of her career)
Born (1954-03-29) 29 March 1954 (age 63)
Best, Netherlands
Origin Netherlands
Genres Pop
Occupation(s) Singer
Instruments Singing
Years active 1977 – present
Labels Carrere, RCA, WVS Music, Marista
Associated acts Luv', Patty Brard, Marga Scheide
Website Official Fan Club

Josina van de Wijdeven (born 29 March 1954), known as José Hoebee, is a Dutch pop singer. She was a member of Luv', a famous Dutch girl group in the late 1970s and early 1980s that scored hits in a dozen countries.[citation needed] In late 1981, she went solo and was successful in her homeland and in the Flanders region of Belgium between 1982 and 1985. She formed an occasional duo known as Bonnie & José with Bonnie St. Claire to record Dutch cover versions of some of ABBA's songs. She currently performs solo and with Luv'. In 2009, she covered Phil Spector's Be My Baby with former BZN singer Anny Schilder.


José started her career as a professional singer in the early 1970s as a member of a folk & country band, Young Tradition, formed with her two sisters. This formation took part in talent shows, changed its name into Elongi and recorded a single produced by Piet Souer, who later suggested that José join Luv'.

In 1976, she became a member of girl group Luv' with Patty Brard and Marga Scheide. She chose José Andreoli as an artist name. From 1977 to 1981 Luv' was the Netherlands's biggest hit machine and scored a string of hit records in the Benelux countries, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Denmark, France, South Africa, New Zealand and Mexico. In March 1981, the group announced its dissolution. The original formation reunited twice (in 1993-1996 and 2005–2012).

After Luv' had split up, José went solo, gave up her artist name (José Andreoli) and married record producer Will Hoebee. The wedding reception took place in David Soul's[1] villa in Los Angeles. Her new career was less international than the one she had as a Luv' member. Artistically, she chose a repertoire featuring a majority of cover versions of pop standards with the help of her husband. Her first album The Good Times was released in 1982.

Hoebee at Nederland Muziekland, 17 August 1983

Twelve of her singles (among them a #1 hit and duets) entered the record charts; twelve in the Netherlands and five in Flanders.[2] José was the first female singer who had #1 hits on the Dutch Top 40 as a member of a group (Luv') and as a solo artist.[3][4] Then, Diana Ross (of the Supremes), Yvonne Keeley (of the Star Sisters), Melanie C (of the Spice Girls), Sita (of K-Otic) and Beyoncé (of Destiny's Child) established the same record in the hit parade.

After the birth of her son Tim (on 14 October 1985), José slowed down her career. She retired from show business in 1989 to devote herself to her family. Four years later, she made a brief comeback with Luv' and then escaped from entertainment again to live with her relatives in Best, a village near Eindhoven. For one year and a half, she was the owner of a video rental shop (The Movie Store) that she sold in the summer of 2003.

Then, with the help from Corry Konings (a popular singer in the Netherlands) and her management agency (CK Produkties), José decided to go back on stage. Her live shows attracted fans who hadn't seen her for years. In early 2004, she recorded under the pseudonym Stuff a dance oriented cover version of a Four Tops hit (Walk Away Renée)[5] downloadable on internet. Moreover, she sang two tracks as a guest artist on a tribute album to Doris Day (Marjan Berger meets Doris Day). She later left CK Produkties and signed a deal with WVS Management. This transfer was accompanied by José's move from the Netherlands to Lommel, Flanders, Belgium.

In the fall of 2004, José hosted a music talent contest show (Tijd Voor Muziek) on a Dutch local channel (VSM TV). Her husband collaborated on the production of this programme.

In 2005, WVS Music released her first compilation Alle Hits & Unieke Bonustracks. This anthology includes the singer's greatest hits, b-sides, album tracks and bonus tracks.[6] In 2009, she has covered a Phil Spector classic hit (Be My Baby) rendered as a duet with former BZN member Anny Schilder and produced by Will Hoebee and Piet Souer.

Bonnie & José: the ABBA project[edit]

In 1984, she formed with her best friend in the show business, Bonnie St. Claire, an occasional duo, credited as Bonnie & José. The two vocalists recorded a Dutch cover version of ABBA's Cassandra which became a Top 40 hit in the Netherlands in the summer of 1984. A few months later, Bonnie & José were involved in the ABBAcadabra project (a TV musical for children based on songs of ABBA). Bonnie played the role of Sleeping Beauty and José had the role of Snow White. Other Dutch celebrities took part in this music show: Marga Scheide of Luv' (as "Carabosse/the Bad Fairy"), Ron Brandsteder (Patty Brard's first husband) and Benny Neyman. In 1985, Bonnie & José recorded a whole LP (entitled Herinnering) with ABBA's standards. This opus contained another Top 40 hit: Zoals Vrienden Doen (The Way Old Friends Do). In 1986, the duet recorded a TV special in Sweden: Bonnie en José in Zweden aired on the NCRV channel. The two singers were filmed in Stockholm (including a scene[7] in the Polar Music Studios, ABBA's recording studios) performing ABBA's songs in Dutch. Björn Ulvaeus (member of the Swedish pop band) was interviewed for this special and acknowledged the duet's initiative. After the broadcast of this show, they performed from time to time on TV and on stage, even with a non-ABBA repertoire but no new records were released. In 1987, they broke up. Eight years later, they made a comeback by recording a single 'n Engel Als Jij (a cover version of a German song: Engel Wie Du originally sung by Juliane Werding, Maggie Reilly & Viktor Lazlo). In December 2004, José acted as a witness at Bonnie's wedding (aired live on SBS 6, a Dutch TV channel).

In March 2011, José re-recorded "I Will Follow Him" with Peggy March who originally had a #1 hit with the song in 1963. The two singers appeared in several Dutch television programmes. The release of the song, however, was delayed one year and finally released on the German edition of March's album "Always And Forever", April 2012,[8] together with an original track "My Christmas Wish".

Background vocals[edit]

José worked as a backup singer for other artists including:



    • Elongi (Philips, 1976)
    • I'm So Sorry (Carrere, 1981)
    • I Will Follow Him (Carrere, 1982)
    • Secret Love (Carrere, 1982)
    • The Good Times (Carrere, 1982)
    • I Can Hear Music (Carrere, 1983)
    • Hey Now, Watcha Gonna Do (Carrere, 1983)
    • So Long, Marianne (with Ron Brandsteder, CNR, 1984)
    • Time Goes By (Carrere, 1984)
    • Cassandra (with Bonnie St. Claire, Philips, 1984)
    • Wij Zijn Vrij (taken from the ABBAcadabra TV musical, Indisc, 1984)
    • I Love You (CNR, 1984)
    • Zoals Vrienden Doen (with Bonnie St. Claire, RCA, 1985)
    • Waarom (with Bonnie St. Claire, RCA, 1985)
    • De Flierefluiter (with Bonnie St. Claire, RCA, 1986)
    • Herinnering (with Bonnie St. Claire, RCA, 1986)
    • All Around My Hat (RCA, 1986)
    • In The Sign Of Love (Corduroy, 1987)
    • N Engel Als Jij (with Bonnie St. Claire, Bunny Music Bucs/Dino, 1994)
    • Walk Away Renée (STUFF a.k.a. José, download on internet, 2003)
    • I Will Follow 2005 (WVS Music, 2006)
    • Be My Baby (Marista, 2009)


    • The Good Times (Carrere, 1982)
    • ABBAcadabra[10] (Dutch version, Indisc, 1984)
    • Herinnering (with Bonnie St. Claire, RCA, 1985)
    • Nederland Muziekland - 14 'Nooitgedachte' Hoogtepunten[11] (CNR, 1986)
    • Wie Gaat Er Me Naar Dinoland[12](Dino, 1993)
    • Marjan Berger Meets Doris Day[13](2003)
    • Alle Hits & Unieke Bonustracks (compilation, WVS Music, 2005)

Notable record charts[edit]

Year Title Chart positions
Europarade[14] NL (Top 40)[15] NL (Nationale Hitparade)[16] B (FL)[17]
1981 I'm So Sorry[18] - - 39 -
1982 I Will Follow Him[19] 6 1 2 1
1982 Secret Love[20] 19 11 14 3
1982 The Good Times - - 37 28
1983 I Can Hear Music[21] - - 48 13
1984 So Long, Marianne[22] [José & Ron Brandsteder] - 11 6 20
1984 Time Goes By[23] - - 16 -
1984 Cassandra[24] [Bonnie & José] - 24 19 -
1985 Zoals Vrienden Doen[25] [Bonnie & José] - 36 18 -
1985 Waarom[26] [Bonnie & José] - - 35 -
2006 I Will Follow Him 2005[27] - - 90 -
2009 Be My Baby [Anny & José] - - 92 -


  1. ^ David Soul is famous for his role in Starsky & Hutch and is a good friend of Will and José Hoebee. Moreover, Will produced his The Best Days Of My Life album (released in 1982).
  2. ^ *Dutch singles charts.: (in Dutch) Stichting Nederlandse Top 40 Archived 18 May 2011 at the Wayback Machine., Peak position on the Nationale Hitparade, currently Single Top 100*Flemish Charts : BRT Top 30/VRT Top 30/Radio 2 Top 30 Archived 13 November 2007 at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ detail mentioned in "500 Nr.1 Hits uit de Top 40", book by Johan van Slooten, Gottmer Becht Publishing, 1997
  4. ^ [José's number-one hits with Luv' and solo in "50 jaar nummer-1-hits 1956-2006", book by Johan van Slooten , Gottmer Uitgevers Groep, 2006]
  5. ^ This track refers to the divorce of Patty Brard and her third husband (René Muthert).
  6. ^ Among the bonus tracks:
  7. ^ Video of Bonnie & José performing "Herinnering" in ABBA's Polar Music Studios on YouTube
  8. ^
  9. ^ Details about "The Best Day Of My Life" album produced by Will Hoebee with José Hoebee-Van de Wijdeven as back-up singer
  10. ^ ABBAcadabra is a musical for children originally broadcast on the French TV channel TF1 on Christmas 1983 and composed by Alain Boublil et Daniel Boublil. It was based on songs of ABBA. Among the performers of this show: Fabienne Thibeault, Daniel Balavoine, Plastic Bertrand and Anni-Frid Lyngstad (of ABBA). A Dutch version of this musical was recorded at the end of 1984 with José Hoebee and Marga Scheide and aired on TV in 1985. José sang a solo track Spiegel but also Wij Zijn Vrij and Laat Het Feest Beginnen with other Dutch vocalists.
  11. ^ José sings De Postkoets in duet with Bonnie St. Claire
  12. ^ On this compilation, José sings three tracks: De dinosaurus deel 2 / De dinosaurus deel 3 / Tim en de brontosaurus
  13. ^ José sings two solo tracks: My Happiness and Who's Sorry Now
  14. ^ Europarade (currently Eurochart Hot 100 Singles)
  15. ^ Top 40-artiest: José, Media Markt Top 40. Accessed 28 February 2016.
  16. ^ Netherlands: Nationale Hitparade (currently Single top 100)
  17. ^ Belgium (Flanders): BRT Top 30 (currently VRT Top 30/Radio Top 30) Archived 9 April 2012 at the Wayback Machine.
  18. ^ This song was covered in 1982 by French/Bulgarian chanteuse Sylvie Vartan
  19. ^ This track is a cover version of a French song (Chariot) originally performed by Petula Clark in 1962. One year later, English lyrics were written and it was entitled I Will Follow Him and sung by Little Peggy March. It reached the first position on the Billboard Hot 100 charts. It became a standard and was featured in the 1992 movie Sister Act(with Whoopi Goldberg).
  20. ^ Cover version of a song originally performed by Doris Day in 1954. George Michael recorded his own version of this standard in 1999.
  21. ^ Cover version of a song originally performed by the Ronettes in 1966 and popularized by the Beach Boys in 1969
  22. ^ Cover version of a song of Leonard Cohen in duet with Ron Brandsteder, a famous TV host in the Netherlands and the first husband of Patty Brard.
  23. ^ The original version of Time Goes By was the Grand Prix winning song performed by Hungarian band Newton Family in 1983 at the World Popular Song Festival (Yamaha Music Festival)
  24. ^ Dutch cover version of an ABBA's track, in duet with Bonnie St. Claire.
  25. ^ Dutch cover version of The Way Old Friends Do by ABBA in duet with Bonnie St. Claire.
  26. ^ Dutch cover version of Move On by ABBA in duet with Bonnie St. Claire.
  27. ^ José's I Will Follow Him was remixed in 2005 by Serge Ramaekers, a Flemish eurodance producer who collaborated with famous Dance acts such as 2 Unlimited, Confetti's and Cartouche in the 1980s and the 1990s.

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