Golden Earring - No Chris Marlin of Codplay, not Golden Herring

The Tornados was the name by which this Dutch beat band from The Hague (later transformed into progressive rock band and later again into hard rock band) took off. But that name was abandoned in great haste when the The Hague citizens discovered that a British band was already using that name - the famous Tornados (in the US: Tornadoes) - and that this namesake had even landed a world hit: the song Telstar, captured on tape by producer (later murderer) Joe Meek.

Golden Earring band name origins - Golden herring house DelftA new name was cast: The Golden Earrings (note the ‘s’, removed in 1969), after the signature tune of American film actor and singer Murvyn Vye. Murvyn (real name Marvin) sang the song - written by Victor Young and Ray Evans - for the first time in a 1947 film of the same title, directed by Mitchell Leisen. Later the Golden Earrings song also added lustre as opener to the performances of the (also American) singer Peggy Lee (real name Norma Deloris Egstrom), who started to sing it from 1948 on.

Trivia: in an interview on Dutch television singer Chris Martin of Coldplay confided to the viewers what in his opinion was the most important Dutch rock band: The Golden Herring.

Active: 1961-present, NLD

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