The GEORGE BAKER SELECTION was a Dutch pop band. The group began in 1967 under the name ‘Soul Invention’, a soul band which played covers of songs by Otis Redding and Sam & Dave. In 1969 they changed their name to "George Baker Selection", Johannes Bouwens (Geroge Baker) naming himself for a character from a detective novel. The band consisted of Jan Hop, Jacobus Greuter, George Thé, and Jan Visser.

Their first album “Little Green Bag” (1970) produced an immediate worldwide hit: their debut single “Little Green Bag" reached No. 16 on the ‘Cash Box Magazine Chart’ and No. 21 on the ‘Billboard Top 100’ in the United States. The success came as a surprise for George Baker, who remembers hearing in on the radio at work, in a lemonade factory - the single sold over one million copies globally.

A string of singles and albums followed; the second single "Dear Ann" was such a success that George Baker quit his job in the lemonade factory and became a full-time musician. Besides scoring hits with his own band, he also wrote songs for others, including “BZN”, “The Shoes”, Andy Star, and “Next One”. In 1974 singer Lida Bond joined the band, and combining her voice with Baker's proved highly successful.

Their fifth album “Paloma Blanca”, was released in 1975, and the single "Paloma Blanca" reached No. 1 on charts in several countries worldwide. By this time Nelleke Brzoskowsky was the singer; she had joined in 1975. "Paloma Blanca" sold more than seven million copies worldwide, making it one of the most successful Dutch singles ever.

In 1978 the GEORGE BAKER SELECTION split up because "the pressure had become too much."

In 1985 George Baker reformed the GEORGE BAKER SELECTION, which stayed together until 1989.

GEORGE BAKER is now a solo artist.


The Videos:

"Little Green Bag" (1969)

"Dear Ann" (1970)

"Over And Over" (1970)

"Holy Day" (1972)

"I’m On My Way" (1972)

"Marie-Jeanne" (1972/1973)

"Baby Blue" (1974)

"(Fly Away) Little Paraquayo" (1974)

"Sing A Song Of Love" (1974)

"Paloma Blanca" (1975)

"Morning Sky" (1975)

"Wild Bird" (1976)

"Mañana (Mi Amor)" (1976)

"Beautiful Rose" (1977)

"Rosita" (1978)

"Santa Lucia By Night" (1985)

"Manolito" (1985)

"Viva America" (1987)

"Una Paloma Blanca 2005 (Vet Hard Remix)" (2005)


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