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Roy van der Veen & Akkelien Edes cover Bonnie & José's classic hit "Zoals Vrienden Doen"

In 1985, "Zoals Vrienden Doen", a duet by Bonnie St. Claire and José Hoebee, reached the Top 40 in the Netherlands. This song inspired other Dutch artists (including Anny Schilder, Janneke de Roo and Amira, winner of Holland's Got Talent 2013) who covered this classic of Dutch pop music.

On May 12th, ANRO Productions VOF released a new cover of "Zoals Vrienden Doen", recorded by Roy van der Veen & Akkelien Edes.

"Zoals Vrienden Doen" by Roy van der Veen & Akkelien Edes - music video

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Roy & Akkekien's version got airplay on Dutch radio stations, including Nationaal FM and Oranje TV broadcast their music video.

The original song by ABBA

"Zoals Vrienden Doen" was a Dutch cover version of "The Way Old Friends Do", originally performed live by ABBA at the Wembley Arena in London in November 1979. The Super Trouper album (released by the Swedish Fab Four in late 1980) closed with this song. On June 6th, 2016, the members of ABBA took the world by surprise when they appeared together at a private party at Berns Salonger in Stockholm, which was held to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus's first meeting. On this special occasion, Agnetha Fältskog and Frida Lyngstad performed "The Way Old Friends Do" live before they were joined on stage by Andersson and Ulvaeus.

Zoals Vrienden Doen by Bonnie & José

"Zoals Vrienden Doen" (released in June 1985 by RCA Records) is considered the signature song of the Bonnie & José duo. The legendary singer Benny Neyman wrote the Dutch lyrics of "Zoals Vrienden Doen". José's husband, Will Hoebee, a sought-after producer at the time, produced the record and the Eurovision Song Contest conductor Harry van Hoof arranged it.

Bonnie & José on July 11th, 1985 on Nederland Muziekland (Veronica TV channel)

"Zoals Vrienden Doen" was the foretaste of Bonnie & José's LP entitled "Herinnering" (including Dutch cover versions of ABBA songs) that came out in September 1985. In November 2020, Bonnie & José's album was reissued on CD/DVD by the independent label CD-licious, thanks to a successful crowdfunding campaign initiated by Franklin van Liempt.

Source: ANRO Productions VOF, Facebook, Apple Music, Spotify, YouTube, Amazon Music, Luv' weblog archives...

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