Years: 1965 - 2000
Styles: Beat, Blues Rock, Garage Rock, Psychedelic Rock, Rhythm and Blues
Peter Vink - Bass Guitar, Double bass, Harmonium, Percussion, Vocals (in band: 1965 - 1969; 1970 -1974; 1980)
Jay Baar - Bongos, Cymbal, Drums, Harmonium, Percussion, Piano, Tabla, Timpani, Vocals, Washboard (in band: 1965 - 1969; 1980 - 2000)
Joop Roelofs - Acoustic guitar , Guitar, Lead guitar, Percussion, Rhythm guitar, Steel guitar (in band: 1965 - 1972; 1980 - 1999)
Frank Nuyens - Acoustic guitar , Bagpipes, Flute, Guitar, Harmonica, Jew's harp, Lead guitar, Percussion, Rhythm guitar, Saxophone, Slide guitar, Vocals (in band: 1965 - 1972; 1980 - 2000)
Willem Bieler - Harmonica, Percussion, Vocals (in band: 1965 - 1972; 1980 - 2000)
Eric Finck - Bass Guitar
Eric van de Berk - Guitar, Keyboards
Rene van Spanje - Keyboards
Rinus Hollenberg - Guitar
Rob Lauwers - Drums
Fred van Vloten - Drums
Beer Klaasse - Drums (in band: 1970 - 1974, 1980)
John Frederiksz - Vocals (in band: 1972)
Joop van Nimwegen - Guitar (in band: 1973 - 1974; 1980)
Derk Groen - Guitar (in band: 1999 - 2000)
Dick Schulte Nordholt - Bass Guitar (in band: 2000)
Hans Waterman - Drums (in band: 2000)
Q65 was a Dutch R&B-based garage rock and psychedelic group formed in 1965, that is often considered one of the more prominent bands associated with theNederbeat rock wave that took place in the Netherlands in the 60s.
In early 1965 guitarists Joop Roelofs and Frank Nuyens joined with singer Willem Bieler to start the band. The line-up was completed with the addition of drummer Jay Baar, formerly of Leadbelly's Limited, and bass player Peter Vink. The band was inspired by rhythm and blues traditionals and the songs of Robert Johnson and Willie Dixon, as well as new bands, such as The Kinks, The Animals and The Rolling Stones. They started performing publicly in the Spring of 1965, and later that year, would start using the name, Q65.
In early 1966, they debuted with the Peter Koelewijn-produced "You're The Victor", which narrowly missed the Top 10. They tried to draw attention to the release of "The Life I Live" by sailing to England in a rubber motor boat, but a popular magazine revealed pictures where the band was towed by a ship full of photographers. Also some of the band members got seasick and spent most of the crossing lying in a bunk aboard the larger vessel. But the stunt worked out well in the end, as they got back into the rubber boat close to Scheveningen beach, where a crowd was awaiting them. "The Life I Live" proceeded to reach #5 in the charts.
Later that year, they released their first album, "Revolution", which over the years has become an internationally acclaimed garage-rock classic. It included original material, but also covers like Otis Redding's "Mr. Pitiful" and blues classics "I'm A Man" and the 14-minute plus "Bring It On Home"
In late 1966, they had another hit with "I Despise You", the flipside of which, the ballad "Ann", would become one of the most requested songs in radio programs and as such has become one of the band's classics (it was even re-released as an A-side after the band split). In 1967, dissension set in. Some members (especially drummer Jay Baar) were heavy drug users and also the alcohol intake of the band was legendary. In late 1967 they split up after the last three singles had failed to repeat the success of their string of hits from 1966. The best record from the period is the EP, “Kjoe Blues”, which showed they could play the blues like a (freak)beat group.
Jay Baar was arrested in a drug bust and went to jail. Willem Bieler joined the army, Peter Vink formed Big Wheel and Joop Roelofs went to work as a social worker. In 1968, Jay Baar and Frank Nuyens formed Circus.
The renewed interest in Q65 led to an offer by Negram Records and the band decided to reform in early 1970. Original members Bieler, Roelofs, Nuyens and Vink were joined by drummer Beer Klaasse (ex-Groep 1850 and Boots) as Jay Baar was playing in Tantalus by now. In the following years the band released two albums and the single, "Sexy Legs", was a small hit, but they never reached the heights of the '66-'67 era. Slowly the band started to fall apart: Frank Nuyens left in 1971 to record a solo album as "Rainman". He would later appear in Red White & Blue, Cuby + Blizzards and The Freelance Band. He was replaced by Joop van Nimwegen (ex-Ex). Then Wim Bieler left to form his own band called Dambuster. Johnny Frederiksz (ex-George Cash) came in as a singer and the band name was changed to Kjoe (Dutch phonetic for Q). In 1974, the band called it a day.
The original Q65 reunited in 1980 and toured throughout that year. The group continued with various different lineups in the mid-1980s. Jay Baar died in 1990, but a version of the band, with Wim Bieler as leader, continued performing into the 1990s.
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