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Luv' & José's news: Casanova dolls, Top 40 (192TV), International ABBA Day, VARA Gids


Photo edited by Marco Rens


* On September 8th, Cw Miniaturen Dolls posted pictures of Luv' dolls wearing the iconic "Casanova" costumes on its Facebook page.






Cw Miniaturen Dolls previously produced other Luv' dolls wearing their iconic 1979 "Ooh, Yes I Do" leather costumes, 1978 "Greatest Lover" outfits, "U.O.Me" golden dresses, the 1980 "One More Little Kissy" costumes, the 1979 "Lots Of Luv'" cowgirls outfits, and the 1980 "My Number One" and "Ann-Maria" costumes.


* On October 1st, the music channel 192 TV broadcast the Dutch Top 40 from September 29th, 1979. On this date, the position of Luv' single "Eeny Meeny Miny Moe" on the Dutch hit parade was #27. Luv's performance of the song on AVRO's TopPop (broadcast on September 6th, 1979) was used to illustrate the 192 TV program.



Dutch Top 40 on September 29th, 1979


September 6th, 1979: Eeny Meeny Miny Moe on AVRO's TopPop


Eeny Meeny Miny Moe, whose melody was highly inspired by Boney M's Rasputin, entered the Dutch Top 40 on August 25th, 1979, peaked at #11 and spent 7 weeks on this hit parade. It also reached #6 on the Nationale Hitparade, the other significant Dutch hit list (weeks on chart: 9), #9 on the Flemish BRT Top 30 (weeks on chart: 8), #10 on the Ultratop Flanders (weeks on chart: 6), #36 on the German Musikmarkt/Media Control chart (weeks on chart: 7), #8 on the Danish BT Hitlisten (weeks on chart: 4) and #17 on the Schweizer Hitparade (Switzerland, weeks on chart: 6).


* On October 1st, the International ABBA Day attracted hundreds of fans from all over the world in Roosendaal, the Netherlands. José Hoebee was present for an hour at the invitation of Franklin van Liempt. The former Luv’ singer took part in an autograph session to sign copies of the 2020 reissue of her duet album with Bonnie St. Claire “Herinnering” (including Dutch cover versions of ABBA songs). Two years ago, Franklin reissued Bonnie & José’s LP on CD/DVD via his label CD-Licious, after a crowdfunding campaign. ABBA fans posed with José for pictures. Flemish author Stany Van Wijmeersch made José sign his book entitled “We All Love ABBA”.


Photos by Lut Kuppens, Diana Kint Verplanke, Karin Angeleyes, Rob Boullart (edited by Co Rnz) and Stany Van Wijmeersch.


José & Franklin







Stany & José










* The latest issue of VARA Gids features an article about the story of the classic pop single "I Will Follow Him". It was originally a French tune entitled "Chariot" written by Frank Pourcel (as J.W. Stole) and Paul Mauriat (as Del Roma). It was first recorded by "Frank Pourcel et Son Grand Orchestre" and appeared as an instrumental piece on the 1961 French LP "Amour, danse et violons No. 17". Jacques Plante wrote French lyrics, and British vocalist Petula Clark recorded the track, which became very popular in France. The song was later adapted into English by Arthur Altman and Norman Gimbel. 15-year-old artist Little Peggy March performed it as "I Will Follow Him" and made it a world sensation when it reached #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in April 1963 in the USA. In 1982, José covered it and had a #1 hit with it in the Netherlands and Belgium. In 2011, José and Peggy March recorded a new version of their signature song as a duet. It was released as a bonus track on Peggy's album "Always and Forever" one year later. "I Will Follow Him" enjoyed a revival in the 1990s when a scene of the US comedy "Sister Act" (starring Whoopi Goldberg) featured a funny cover. This version is currently trendy on TikTok.







Source: Facebook (Official Luv', José Hoebee's Fan Page, Cw Miniaturen Dolls), Marco Rens, Michael Verkooyen, 192 TV...

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