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Toni Willé
Colored photograph of Toni Willé standing onstage holding a mike. She has long blonde hair and is wearing a black top and off-white full-sleeved top with grey pants.
Toni Wille at NDR 1 Niedersachsen Oldies, Aurich, Germany, (October 2013)
Background information
Born (1953-06-26) 26 June 1953 (age 66)
Treebeek, Netherlands
GenresPop, Country
Occupation(s)Singer-songwriter
Years active1963–present
LabelsEMI Bovema
Associated actsZingende Zusjes, The BGs from Holland, Sweet Reaction, Pussycat
WebsiteToniwilleonline.com

Toni Willé (full name Antonia Johanna Cornelia Kowalczyk; born 26 June 1953) is a Dutch country pop artist who was lead vocalist of the band, Pussycat.

Background[edit]

A blonde with a distinctive gap in her upper front teeth, Toni is the daughter of Marie and Stefan Kowalczyk. Stefan was a Polish miner from Włoszczowa, Poland who came to the Netherlands in 1948 to work in the coal mines after serving in the US Army in Germany.[1]

Childhood[edit]

Marianne and Betty's biological father died from Hodgkin's disease shortly after her birth. At the time, her sister Marianne was two years old and Betty was only one. Five years later her mother, Marie Verheijen, married Stefan Kowalczyk, the Polish miner who brought up Toni and her sisters. He promoted their music talents. When Toni, Betty and Marianne were six, seven and eight, the family moved to Treebeek, a cityquarter in Brunssum in the south-east Netherlands. At the annual children's festivities of Sinterklaas, he bought them each an acoustic guitar and engaged Keuzenkamp as guitar tutor. With guitars they performed during carnivals, talent scoutings and parties as The Singing Sisters. It was during this time that their characteristic close harmony style singing came into being. Their repertoire initially consisted mostly of German pop songs. However they say, this kind of music soon ended with the arrival of the Beatles.[2] A few years later, Keuzenkamp introduced the sisters to 18-year-old Werner Theunissen, a guitarist from 'The Entertainers' whom he got in touch with through an ad in the papers. Werner taught them a lot of new guitar chords and acquainted them with contemporary pop music. It was then that they became a proper girl band with Betty on solo guitar, Marianne on bass, Toni on vocals and a friend Tonny Jeroense on drums.[2]

Musical career[edit]

The BGs from Holland – in the late 1960s (Left to Right) Tonny Jeroense, Marianne, Betty and Toni Kowalczyk

Toni's career as lead vocalist of Pussycat started with her two older siblings, Betty and Marianne Kowalczyk as The Singing Sisters (Zingende Zusjes) in 1963.[2]

When the beat-era came, The Singing Sisters changed their style. It was around this time they introduced a female drummer, Tonny Jeroense, and began to call themselves 'The BGs' or 'The Beat Girls from Holland', one of the first female groups in the Netherlands. They sang Bee Gees and Motown songs with close harmony and so people referred to them as the Dutch Beegees. They practiced in the garage under their house. The sisters recollect as those days being the best time of their lives. They even performed in the French part of Belgium. To make their travelling easier, their parents bought them a minivan along with some music equipment.[2]

A few years later, they recruited male members to the band. In 1973, the new ensemble led by guitar teacher Werner Theunissen was renamed 'Sweet Reaction'. The members now included Toni and her two sisters along with Lou Willé (guitarist from a band called Ricky Rendall and His Centurions), and Hans Lutjens (drummer from a band called Scum).[3] Werner, their composer continued writing songs with three part vocals. In the same year, Sweet Reaction released their first single "Tell Alain" on the 'Telstar label owned by Johnny Hoes. Although the single was unsuccessful as it didn't sell well, they ended up performing it on Eddy Becker's 'The Eddy-Go-Round Show'. Apart from Demis Roussos, another guest on that show was Soulful Dynamics which had a big hit with the song "Mademoiselle Ninette" at that time. With their Belgian producers, Toni's band the 'Sweet Reaction' recorded the song "Come Back my Dream", the successor of "Tell Alain". This song achieved reasonable success and acclaim. Soon after this success, Johnny Hoes released "Daddy" under his record label which was their third single in a row. It was around this time the band seemed to urgently need a name change. So when the single "Daddy" was released, underneath the band name on the cover it read in glaring letters "Now Pussycat". After this, Toni went on to record a solo single called "Let me Live my life", backed by "For You" under the moniker 'Sally Lane'. However, this single was not a success either.[4][5]

Pussycat[edit]

Although we started as a hobby, we had to build a professional organization due to the success of "Mississippi". That wasn't so easy, especially when we started touring. We even went to South Africa. But after some time it became increasingly difficult to finance huge tours with that size of a group. During that time it also became popular to work with a tape instead of live musicians. With pain in our hearts we parted company with our backing band and started to perform with a tape. By 1985 my sisters wanted to spend more time for themselves and so we all agreed that stopping with Pussycat was the best thing to do.

– Toni recollects when asked about the final years of Pussycat.[6]

Pussycat Members in 1975 (standing) Marianne, Toni and Betty (seated from right) Lou, Theo, Werner and John

In 1975, EMI Bovema took Pussycat under contract with Toni as lead singer along with her two sisters as backing vocalists accompanied by Lou Willé (guitarist), Theo Wetzels (bassist), John Theunissen (guitarist), Theo Coumans (drummer from 1975 to 1978) and later Hans Lutjens (drummer from 1978). With EMI arranger Eddy Hilberts as producer, the new name Pussycat finally started taking its new shape.[3] Their first hits were all written and composed by Theunissen.

The name Pussycat will forever be linked to the 1976 number 1 hit "Mississippi". Although the band from Limburg, featuring the three sisters had many more hits the following years, "Mississippi" is still considered to be the band's undisputed masterpiece. In 1976 it remained for four weeks at No.1 in Britain[7] (UK Singles Chart) and (Germany)[8][9] and from there all over Europe, Latin America, Australia, Africa and Asia. Four million singles were sold in 1976. It was the most sold record in (Germany). In Brazil "Mississippi" stayed in the charts for 129 weeks . It became No.1 in 30 countries from Europe to South Africa. More than 5 million copies were sold worldwide.[10] On 5 January 1977, Pussycat was awarded the Conamus Export Prize by the British Ambassador to the Netherlands, Sir John Barnes, for being the first Dutch pop group in the British charts.[2]

Their follow-up Georgie reached at No.4 in the Netherlands, "Smile" (also in 1976) went to No.2 and My Broken Souvenirs, both became No. 1 hits in the Top 40. These songs were translated into German for single release in Germany. They also released a German version of "Mississippi". But it did not do as well as the English version. Apart from these songs, they also came out with German versions of "Take Me, Take Me" (Heute Heute Heute) and "Pasadena". With "Same Old Song" and "Doin' La Bamba" both huge hits of the 1980, they were able to get a taste of the old Motown songs once more. During the following 10 years, six albums and 17 singles were produced, all successful.[11]

Pussycat continued to record albums and singles as well as perform all over the world throughout the late 70's and early 80's before breaking up in 1985. Betty focused on raising a family, Marianne became the owner of a bar in Brunssum, and Toni, who has a son and daughter, is the only one who pursued a professional career in music. In 1999, however, the three of them got back together to perform at several reunion concerts. More recently Pussycat contributed to the country band Major Dundee's single "Somewhere Someone" in 2005 and singer Dennis Jones' Dutch reggae cover of their signature hit song "Mississippi" in 2007.[1]

The story behind Mississippi[edit]

The success of "Mississippi" overwhelmed us. We were more or less knocked out by it, because we never dreamed that the debut was such a strong one. As a matter of fact, we weren't ready for it. Pussycat was a kind of a hobby for us then. For instance, I was still working. Our lives went on an overdrive. We could not keep our jobs as typists as we were dragged all over the place, from one show to the other. "Mississippi" has made all our dreams come true. Everywhere the three of us go, we still get asked to sing it. Over the years we may have sung the song over ten thousand times, but we will never get tired of it!.

– Toni remembering the commotion around their debut.[6]

The particular country sound in our songs certainly has to do with our voices, which contain a country like warmth. But we can just as easily sing jazz or black music preferably old fashioned soul. Our producer Pim Koopman was also partly responsible for our change of sound.

– Toni talks about the country sound in their music[6]

"Mississippi" was another song composed by Werner Theunissen. It was written in the same vein as "Massachusetts" by the Bee Gees, a song he liked very much. The band started to play the song live for a few months and later they sent a demo of it to EMI Bovema in Heemstede, who were immediately interested. They ended up re-recording the song in the EMI Studio. But this did not work out as planned. Their producer at that time Eddy Hilberts who had success with a repertoire of country songs gave a country like twist to the song. Personally the sisters did not have anything with country music, although influenced by 'The Eagles', they liked country rock.[2]

"Mississippi" was released as a single in April 1975. Initially, it did nothing, until Meta de Vries, the Dutch radio jockey started playing it. She thought Pussycat was an English band. Hans Van Willigenburg played the song on his radio programme as well. During his broadcast, he would play three new songs, after which listeners could vote by postcard which artist should be invited to his studio. They voted for Pussycat. The group also performed the song for the TV show 'Herkent U Deze Tijd' by Kick Stokhuyzen. The same week the single entered the Top 40 in November 1975.[12] The following week, they performed "Mississippi" at TopPop and a week later, the single had climbed to # 1. Although Toni and Marianne still worked as typists for DSM, they were unable to maintain their jobs as besides the Netherlands, Mississippi had become No. 1 in (Germany) as well. As their fame grew, the band realized they needed a manager, so their record company got them their new manager Jan Buys.[13]

Oddly enough, at first they did not want to release the single in (Germany) nor UK because of the initial lack of interest. Eventually, the single was released in the U.K. on Sonet, a small record label. In the fall of 1976, the single was number 1 in the UK charts.[14]

In addition to the Netherlands, Germany and U.K., the single was #1 in Austria, Switzerland, Norway and Brazil. Though this song never became a hit in the United States, it was covered by a number of American artists such as Barbara Fairchild and Lucille Starr.[15]

1985 – Going solo[edit]

Marianne, Lou, Toni and Betty as the final line up of Pussycat in 1982
Toni (center) and sisters Betty and Marianne with a fan in Winterswijk, NL in 2001

By 1981, it became popular for artists to perform with a tape instead of backing band as this was much cheaper and more attractive for venue owners. So Toni and her sisters had no choice but to part with their backing band reducing the group to only Toni, Betty, Marianne and Toni's husband Lou Willé. Their new producer was now Pim Koopman.[5]

A few more hits and in the meantime, family life started to take effect within the band. Betty had a little child and so had Toni. This was partly the reason they were unable to accept invitations to visit Japan, Australia and Singapore, although they managed to schedule a one-month trip to South Africa. The group finally disbanded in the year 1985.[13]

Toni had a successful solo career covering songs by Chris Rea and Anne Murray on her albums. Three solo albums appeared: "Privilege" in 1985, "Working Girl" in 1987, and "New Words to an Old Love Song" in 1989. She recorded a number of solo albums and recorded duets with famous artists like Marco Bakker, Benny Neyman and Major Dundee Band. She recorded two singles with singer and songwriter Dick Van Altena of Major Dundee Band: "It turned Out To Be You" in 1990 and "Raised on Love" in 1995.[16] In 1999 she recorded "Mama", a single written by Dick Van Altena that appeared on many albums including Diverse Artiesten – De Geschiedenis Van De Limburgse Popmuziek 3, a compilation of songs from Dutch artists from Limburg. The Rarities bonus CD contains part of Toni's solo work. Besides "Love in a Heatwave", the theme of the film De Flat starring Rene Soutendijk, it also contains "Heart Half Empty", the duet with Danny Vera.[1]

In 2007, Toni sang "I Wanna Love You" from her new album "Fantastic Stores" as a duet with Jess Robin on the Slovenian breakfast TV show.[11]

With her album Pussycat – The Collection and More she re-recorded the hits of Pussycat with "I'll be your woman" along with new songs like the ballads "Desperado", "Still on my mind" and the Elkie Brooks hit, "Pearl's a Singer".[11]

Accolades[edit]

Toni's first accolade came with Pussycat in 1977, when the band won a Goldener Lowe Award in Germany and subsequently an Edison and a Silver Harp in the Netherlands, awarded to them by the Dutch Ambassador.[13]

Privilege in 1985 was followed by Working Girl in 1987 and New Words to an Old Love Song in 1989 for which the Dutch magazine Country Gazette named her best female country singer of the year and the album became the best country CD of that year. She received the same accolade in 1990, 1991 and 1992. She sang the theme song "Love in a Heatwave" for the movie thriller De Flat in 1994.[1]

Comeback[edit]

Besides the 'Single Luck' Television programme which focuses on the success of 'Mississippi', we also get requests for interviews and shows. Although we are certainly willing to accommodate these requests, we will only do the things we like. This means that we might do the occasional Pussycat show, but there will be no real comeback. As of now, we limit our singing to our hobby band and to birthdays and family parties.

– Toni and her sisters confirming that they will be no official comeback.[6]

Toni Willé in a radio interview programme with Dennis Jones (left) at Radio Nederland Wereldomroep in 2007

In 1995 Toni and her sisters appeared on the Single Luck program where they looked back at the success of "Mississippi".[2]

In 2001, they held a reunion show at the Zomerparkfeest in Venlo, to a stubborn crowd of 30,000. In 2005, they get together again to back "Somewhere Someone" for the band Major Dundee's album Young Gods, with whom Toni had performed in 1995. She also features in another song with them titled "You Ain't What You Ain't" from the same album.[16][1]

In late February 2001 the double CD – 25 Years After Mississippi (25 Jaar Na Mississippi) appeared. It had the hits and best album tracks in chronological order. In March the same year, EMI released on CD all original Pussycat LPs.[17]

In 2004 EMI released Pussycat – The Complete Collection on DVD, a box which contains three CDs and a DVD with all the hits plus extra tracks complemented by a booklet of 40 pages.[18]

In 2007 the sisters backed Dennis Jones' reggae cover of "Mississippi" which was produced by Kees Tel. The sisters also featured in a video clip with him in The Making of Mississippi as well as for the cover version of the same song. In the same year, Toni also met Jones on a radio tour with Radio Nederland Wereldomroep to promote her newly solo album Fantastic Stories as well as "Mississippi", which was Dennis's first single.[4]

Recordings in 2000s[edit]

Toni Willé in recording studio recording her single "Happy" with songwriter Paul Logister in 2012
Toni Willé with Fijian band The Cruzez in 2010
Toni Willé at the Golden Memories Tour Concert, Suva, Fiji (15 July 2010)

Toni sang "Oh, How I Miss You" with Benny Neyman and recorded the album American Duets with him in 2000. In 2004 she sang "Heart Half Empty" with Danny Vera.[19] She also worked with singer Jo Smeets on a Dutch and English duet mix titled "Maedjes van 50" (Girls in their Fifties) which was included in the Dutch album released in 2009 that featured artists from her native Limburg titled Diverse Artiesten – Limburg Allein Deil 3.[20]

In 2006, she recorded 14 songs for the album "Fantastic Stores",[21] 11 songs for Worlds United in 2009,[22] and a third in 2012 released as a single called "Impressions".[23] dedicated to Werner Theunissen, who died on 18 January 2010, in Great Britain of heart failure.

She recorded an album with Fijian artist Daniel Rae Costello called "Let the World Sing" and released her Fiji tour live concert album on DVD as The Golden Memories Tour, Fiji in 2010. This album contains the song "Impressions" which was the last Theunissen had written for her.[24]

Toni recorded a duet "Our Love is So Big" with Eddy Hilberts, the producer of Pussycat, for his dance album 'Honey come on, Dance with Me' in 2011. The CD was released in July 2013 on iTunes[25]

In 2012, Toni recorded two singles – "Happy" and "What Love can Do" – with songwriter and composer Paul Logister. They were released in August 2013[20] on iTunes.

At present[edit]

Toni Willé with daughter Kimberly and grand daughter Genyva

Toni lives in Brunssum. She has two children, Nick and Kimberly, and a granddaughter, Genyva.

In October 2006, she performed for 15,000 people at the Köln Arena in Cologne together with Chris Andrews and Harpo.[19] She also gives concerts in countries like Bulgaria, Slovenia and Greece.[8]

On 15 July 2010 she performed in Fiji at two shows organized by Fijian artist Daniel Rae Costello and his band, The Cruzez. One at the Vodafone Arena, Suva and the other at the Denarau Golf and Racquet Club, Nadi, as a part of the Golden Memories Tour concert. She sang "Bad Boy", "Mississippi", "Smile", "Same Old Song" and "Georgie". Costello and The Cruzez played their hits, "Take Me to the Island" and "Samba".[20]

Toni Willé with George Baker and BZN at Moreleta Park, Pretoria, South Africa in 12 May 2012

On 12 May 2012, Toni shared stage with George Baker and Jan Keizer & Anny Schilder in "Goue Stemme in Koncert" (Golden Voices in Concert), presented by King Entertainment in the theatre of Moreleta Park in Pretoria, South Africa. She was backed by Dutch vocalists Lana Wolf, Pien Schneider and Ewan Mack. She sang a Pussycat medley for the first time in 15 years since her last visit. She also sang "Mississippi" in celebration of the 35th anniversary of the song.[20]

On 27 September 2013, she returned to South Africa to perform at the Clover Aardklop festival at Potchefstroom. There she entertained the screaming crowds with "Mississippi", "Georgie" and "My Broken Souvenirs" with Steve Hofmeyr, Nadine and other South African singers.[20] On 5 October 2013, she performed at the Stellenbosch Dorpstraat Restaurant Theatre, Western Cape, South Africa with backing vocals from the South African singers.

She took part in the NDR 1 Niedersachsen Oldie Show at Lower Saxony at seven concert halls of Lower Saxony, sharing the stage with Smokie, Middle of the Road, the Tremeloes and the Smashing Picadillys.[26]

Toni's live stage performance on 12 July 2014 at the Americana International Festival, Prestwold Airfield, Loughborough, U.K., one of the longest running tribute to the American dream in entire Europe, met with an enormous cheer. Some of the popular numbers she performed were "Mississippi", "Georgie", "Raised on Love" and "That will be the day" (originally sung by Buddy Holly). Other artists from USA, UK and Europe included Chas'n'dave, The Country Sisters (CZ), Bo Walton, T.Rextasy and Lazy Dog among many others who performed a mixture of Rock 'n' Roll, country, R&B, Blues and Alternative Music from the last five decades.[27]

Discography[edit]

Album Cover Art for 'Fantastic Stories'
Album Cover Art for 'Worlds United'
Toni Willé live in Lingen, Germany (October 2013)
Toni Willé at the NDR 1 Niedersachsen oldies show, Aurich, Germany (October 2013)

Albums – Toni Willé[edit]

  • Golden Memories Tour, Fiji (2010)
  • Worlds United (2009)
  • Fantastic Stories (2006)
  • Country Duets with Major Dundee (2005)
  • American Duets – Benny Neyman & Willé (2001)
  • New Words to an Old Love Song (1989)
  • Working Girl (1987)
  • Privilège (1985)

Top singles – Toni Willé[edit]

  • "Happy" (2013)
  • "Impressions: dedicated to composer Werner Theunissen" (2012)
  • "Doin' la Bamba" (2012)
  • "Mississippi" (2012)
  • "I Wanna Love You" (2012)
  • "Dreaming of a Christmas With You" (2012)
  • "Like a Child (Radio Version)" (2012)
  • "Can't Get Over You" (2012)
  • "Fantasy" (2012)
  • "Never Wanna Lose" (2012)
  • "I'm Only Dreaming" (2012)
  • "As Long As You Are Mind (Radio Version)" (2012)
  • "Time Slips Away (Radio Version)" (2012)
  • "Good Times" (2005)
  • "Somewhere Someone / Slow Train – The Major Dundee Band & Toni Willé with Pussycat" (2004)
  • "Heart Half Empty – Danny Vera & Toni Willé" (2003)
  • "What If I Say Goodbye – Benny Neyman & Toni Willé" (2001)
  • "Two Piña Coladas – Benny Neyman & Toni Willé" (2001)
  • "Oh, How I Miss You Tonight – Benny Neyman & Toni Willé " (1999)
  • "Raised on Love – The Major Dundee Band & Toni Willé" (1995)
  • "Love in a Heatwave" (theme song for Motion Picture 'De Flat') (1994)
  • "It Turned out to be You / Sometimes Love – The Major Dundee Band & Toni Willé " (1990)
  • "Good Year for the Roses / The Writing on the Wall" (1989)
  • "Roll On / Help Me Make It Through The Night" (1989)
  • "Incredible You / Drift Away" (1989)
  • "Falling in and out of Love / Working Girl" (1987)
  • "Sweet Music to my Soul / What do you do to Me" (1987)
  • "Out of Reach / Have You Ever" (1986)
  • "Every Beat Of My Heart / Sunday Sunrise" (1985)
  • "Hungry Nights / Sail Away" (1985)
  • "We'll Put the World Together Again / What's Forever For – Marco Bakker & Toni Willé" (1982)[28]

Compilations – Pussycat feat. Toni Willé[edit]

  • De Top 10 Van: Pussycat feat. Toni Willé (2011)
  • Pussycat – The Complete Collection (2004)
  • Hollands Glorie: Pussycat feat. Toni Willé (2001)
  • 25 Jaar Na Mississippi: Pussycat feat. Toni Willé (2001)
  • The Very Best of Pussycat: Pussycat feat. Toni Willé (1996)
  • The Collection & More: Pussycat feat. Toni Willé (1994)

Albums – Pussycat[edit]

  • Pussycat – First Of All (1976)
  • Pussycat – Souvenirs (1977)
  • Pussycat – Wet Day In September (1978)
  • Pussycat – Simply To Be With You (1979)
  • Pussycat – Blue Lights (1981)
  • Pussycat – After All (1983)

Vinyl singles – Sweet Reaction[edit]

  • "Come back my dream / Call me Maria" (1970
  • "Tell Alain / If it's only love" (1971)
  • "Daddy / Tell Alain" (1975)
  • "Daddy / It's long ago" (1977)[29]

Music charts[edit]

Toni Willé music in the Dutch charts[edit]

Date Position Title Weeks
25 December 1999 49 Neyman & Willé – Oh, How I Miss You Tonight (Single) 5
31 March 2001 78 Neyman & Willé – American Duets (Album) 2

Pussycat album in the Dutch charts[edit]

Date Position Title Weeks Label
24 March 2001 26 25 jaar na Mississippi 7 EMI
6 June 1981 10 Blue Lights 15 EMI
17 April 1976 4 First Of All 21 EMI
14 May 1977 6 Souvenirs 8 EMI
5 November 1994 60 The Collection & More 3 EMI
23 September 1978 16 Wet Day in September 7 EMI

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Pussycat singles in the German charts[edit]

Date Position Title Weeks Top 10 Label
26 January 1976 1 Mississippi 32 21 EMI
6 April 1976 1 Mississippi * 16 8 EMI
12 April 1976 24 Mississippi (dtsch) 8 EMI
19 April 1976 6 Georgie 24 16 EMI
21 April 1976 14 Mississippi (dtsch) 6 EMI
5 May 1976 8 Georgie * 16 4 EMI
7 July 1976 18 Georgie (dtsch) 2 EMI
27 September 1976 9 Smile 27 6 EMI
30 September 1976 22 Smile * 8 EMI
15 December 1976 10 Ein Altes Lied 8 2 EMI
7 February 1977 41 Ein Altes Lied * 2 EMI
17 April 1977 41 My Broken Souvenir 2 EMI
18 April 1977 22 My Broken Souvenir * 10 EMI
16 August 1977 13 Abschiedssouvenir 4 EMI
21 December 1977 38 If you ever come to Amsterdam 6 EMI
1 September 1978 9 Wet Day in September 10 EMI
15 September 1980 46 Doing La Bamba 2 EMI

*=Airplay Charts[8]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e IMDb. "Biography for Toni Willé". woodyanders.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g 3 FM. "Pussycat Biography".
  3. ^ a b Pussycat. "alex gitlin".
  4. ^ a b Pussycat. "Stars of the Past".
  5. ^ a b Muziek Encyclopedia. "Biografie Pussycat".
  6. ^ a b c d Brothers Gibb. "Covers and Rarities".
  7. ^ Official Charts Company. "Pussycat Singles".
  8. ^ a b c "Pussycat". Gerd Kehren.
  9. ^ German Top 20 – Top 300 of the Years 1975 – 1979. "Mississippi – Pussycat".
  10. ^ Tsort. "Pussycat Singles".
  11. ^ a b c Golden Oldies. "Toni Willé (Pussycat)".
  12. ^ Dutch Charts. "Pussycat Singles".
  13. ^ a b c NPO Radio 5. "Weekartiest – Pussycat".
  14. ^ UK Top 100 – 1976. "Mississippi".
  15. ^ Mississippi. "covers info database".
  16. ^ a b Dick Van Altena. "Discography".
  17. ^ Discogs. "25 Jaar Na Mississippi".
  18. ^ Discogs. "Pussycat – The complete Collection".
  19. ^ a b IMDb. "Biography for Toni Willé".
  20. ^ a b c d e The Voice of Pussycat, Toni Wille. "News Articles".
  21. ^ Willé, Toni. "Fantastic Stories (feat. The Voice of Pussycat)". iTunes Store.
  22. ^ Wille, Toni. "World's United". iTunes Store.
  23. ^ Wille, Toni. "Impressions". iTunes Store.
  24. ^ "Golden Memories Fiji 2010 – Payloadz". 2010.
  25. ^ Badische Zeitung. "Eddy Holland stellt seine neue CD vor".
  26. ^ NDR 1 Niedersachsen. "Die Oldie Show 2013".
  27. ^ Americana International. "Americana International Festival 2014".
  28. ^ NL Discografie. "Tony Willé".
  29. ^ NL Discografie. "Sweet Reaction".
  30. ^ Dutch Charts. "Pussycat Album".

Further reading[edit]

External links[edit]

Television interviews[edit]

Year Title
2013 Good afternoon Limburg
2013 TVL HoogstPersoonlijk met Toni Willé on YouTube
2012 Pussycat Documentary on YouTube
2011 Ellermanns Morning Show on YouTube
2010 Pussycat Documentary on YouTube
2007 Dennis Jones & Pussycat – The making of Mississippi on YouTube
1994 Pussycat Interview on YouTube (Single Luck Part 1, 2, 3)