Saturday, April 7, 2018

Ramona - 50 internationale Erfolge (2-CD)

 Dutch pop duo with a touch of teenage rock'n'roll! Tracks sung in German, English, Spanish and French! Includes all of their hits!
Ruud de Wolff (born on 12.05.1941, deceased on 18.12.2000) and Riem de Wolff (born on 15.04.1943, deceased on 12.09.2017) were born in Indonesia. Together with their parents and siblings they came to the Netherlands in 1949. The parents supported the musical ambitions of the brothers.

At a concert they were discovered by a talent scout and signed under the name "Blue Diamonds". Their first single "'Till) I Kissed You", a cover version of the successful Everly Brothers song, sold so well that further cover versions were produced.

In a Dutch television programme the Blue Diamonds presented their title "Ramona" for the first time, a new recording of a waltz from the 1920s, which immediately hit the audience. After more than 250,000 sold singles in the Netherlands, the "Blue Diamonds" also released the title in German (1960, first place), Spanish and French. "Ramona" was to become the duo's greatest success and even placed in the American Billboard Top 100 charts.

Numerous TV appearances throughout Europe followed, as well as further hit parade successes such as "Ein Schiff fährt nach Schanghai" (1961, rank 13), "Wie damals in Paris" (1961, rank 3), "Down By The Riverside" (Norway 1961, rank 2) and "Blaues Boot der Sehnsucht" (1962, rank 13).

After a forced break because of their military service, the two brothers continued their career in 1963 and were still able to record a few chart successes. In the following years it became quieter around the Blue Diamonds, but you could see them from time to time as guests in TV Oldie shows.

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