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Shocking Blue was founded in 1967 by Robbie van Leeuwen . Other members of the group at this time were Fred de Wilde, Klaasje van der Wal, and Cor van der Beek. The group had a minor hit in 1968 with "Lucy Brown is Back in Town". After de Wilde left in 1968, Mariska Veres took over the vocals and the group charted a world-wide hit with the song " Venus ", which peaked at No. 3 in the Netherlands in the autumn of 1969. The song was released in America and Great Britain at the end of the year, and it reached No. 1 on the . Billboard Hot 100 in February 1970. It subsequently sold 350,000 copies in Germany , and topped the . chart for three weeks, the first song from the Netherlands to do so. It sold over one million copies there by January 1970, and received a gold record awarded by the Recording Industry Association of America . Global sales exceeded five million copies. [1] The song was based on "The Banjo Song" (1963) by The Big 3 .


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