Robbie van Leeuwen
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Robbie van Leeuwen
Robbie van Leeuwen in 1970
|Born||29 October 1944|
The Hague, Netherlands
|Genres||Rock and roll|
|Occupation(s)||Musician, guitarist, songwriter|
|Associated acts||The Motions, Shocking Blue, Galaxy-Lin|
Robbie van Leeuwen (born 29 October 1944, The Hague) is a Dutch musician who was guitarist, sitarist, background vocalist and main songwriter for Dutch bands, including The Motions and Shocking Blue. As of February 2018, he is the only surviving member of Shocking Blue's best known four-piece lineup.
In 1974 he released the successful single "Long Hot Summer" with his new band Galaxy-Lin. He was the founder and main composer for this band which released two albums, "Galaxy Lin" in 1974 and "G" in 1975. The singer was Rudy Bennett, with whom van Leeuwen already collaborated in The Motions. Galaxy-Lin disbanded in 1976. Together with Rick van der Linden, van Leeuwen founded Mistral in 1977. The group scored three hits during this period, "Jamie", "Starship 109" and "Neon City". The main instrument used was the synthesizer. The group produced three more singles in 1980, but these were not as successful as the former singles. In 1984 he released two more singles under the name Cat's Eye. Except for producing two singles for former Shocking Blue singer Mariska Veres in 1977, titled "Too Young" and in 1994, "Body and Soul", Robbie van Leeuwen withdrew from the music business and moved to Luxembourg. In 2013 he received the Buma Lifetime Achievement Award. As of 2018 he, again, lives in the Netherlands, in Wassenaar.[circular reference]
His best-known compositions are Shocking Blue's most famous songs, "Venus", which was in 1970 a US and UK No. 1 hit, "Love Buzz", which was covered by Nirvana and released as their first single, and "Daemon Lover".
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