Golden Earring

Golden Earring was a Dutch rock band that started life in 1961 as The Tornadoes. The band released two Nederbeat albums on Polydor between 1965 and 1967 under variations of the pluralized “Golden Earrings” banner before the arrival of vocalist Barry Hay. Between 1968 and 1981, the band recorded 16 albums for the label before Mercury promoted the 1982 release Cut to a global audience. From 1970 onward, their albums bear the singular “Golden Earring” nameplate.

Members: George Kooymans (vocals, guitar), Rinus Gerritsen (bass, synthesizer, keyboards), Hans van Herwerden (guitar, 1961-63), Fred van der Hilst (drums, 1961-64), Peter de Ronde (guitar, 1963-66), Frans Krassenburg (vocals, 1964-67), Jaap Eggermont (drums, 1964-69), Barry Hay (vocals, guitar, flute, saxophone, 1967-present), Sieb Warner (drums, 1969-70), Cesar Zuiderwijk (drums, percussion, 1970-present), Robert Jan Stips (keyboards, 1975-76), Eelco Gelling (guitar, 1976-78)


Golden Earring was formed in 1961 in The Hague by teenage guitarist George Kooymans (13) and his bassist neighbor Rinus Gerritsen (15). They originally called themselves The Tornadoes. After learning about the English instrumental band with that name, the boys renamed their band The Golden Earrings, taken from the title of a song performed by another UK instrumental act, The Hunters.

Guitarist Hans van Herwerden and drummer Fred van der Hilst completed the original Golden Earring lineup. By 1964, they were replaced by Peter de Ronde (guitar) and Jaap Eggermont (drums). Frans Krassenburg joined on vocals and they signed to Dutch Polydor.

1965: Just Earrings

As The Golden Ear-Rings, they debuted with the album Just Ear-rings in November 1965 on Polydor. It features three songs by Kooymans (“She May Be,” “Holy Witness,” “Now I Have”), two by Gerritsen (“No Need to Worry,” “I Am a Fool”), and six co-writes, including “I Hate Saying These Words” and “When People Talk.” Side two opens with a cover of the Titus Turner standard “Sticks and Stones,” also covered by The Zombies.

Just Ear-rings was co-produced by Arie Merkt and Fred Haayen, who also produced Nederbeatsters Hu & The Hilltops. Sessions took place over two days at Phonogram Studios Hilversum in October 1965.

Two tracks, “Please Go” and “Lonely Everyday,” date from an earlier session on 8/8/65. Polydor lifted both songs as singles, respectively backed with the non-album co-writes “Chunk of Steel” and “Not to Find.”


The Golden Earrings released their second album, Winter-Harvest, in April 1967 on Polydor. This is their second of two albums with singer Frans Krassenburg.

“In My House”
Released: April 1967
Released: 1967
“Call Me”
Released: 1967

Miracle Mirror

The Golden Earrings released their third album, Miracle Mirror, in May 1968 on Polydor. This is their first album with singer Barry Hay.

On the Double

The Golden Earrings released their fourth album, On the Double, in January 1969 on Polydor. It’s a nineteen-song double-album with fourteen Kooymans originals and five Gerritsen numbers. This is their final album with “s” at the end of their name.

Eight Miles High

The Golden Earring released their fifth album, Eight Miles High, in November 1969 on Polydor. This is their last album with “The” before the name.

Golden Earring

Golden Earring released their sixth album, simply titled Golden Earring, in September 1970 on Polydor.

Seven Tears

Golden Earring released their seventh album, Seven Tears, in September 1971 on Polydor.


Golden Earring released their eighth album, Together, in June 1972 on Polydor.


Golden Earring released their ninth album, Moontan, in July 1973 on Polydor.


Golden Earring released their tenth album, Switch, in March 1975 on Polydor.

To the Hilt

Golden Earring released their eleventh album, To the Hilt, in January 1976 on Polydor.


Golden Earring released their twelfth album, Contraband, in late 1976 on Polydor.


In August 1977, Polydor issued the double-album Live, culled from a Golden Earring performance at London’s Rainbow Theatre on March 25, 1977.

Grab It for a Second

Golden Earring released their thirteenth studio album, Grab It for a Second, on September 22, 1978, on Polydor.

No Promises … No Debts

Golden Earring released their fourteenth album, No Promises … No Debts, in July 1979 on Polydor.

Prisoner of the Night

Golden Earring released their fifteenth album, Prisoner of the Night, in October 1980 on Polydor.


Golden Earring released their sixteenth album, Cut, on September 10, 1982, on Polygram and Mercury.


Golden Earring released their seventeenth album, N.E.W.S., on February 24, 1984, on Polygram and Mercury.

The Hole

Golden Earring released their eighteenth album, The Hole, in May 1986 on Twenty One.

Keeper of the Flame

Golden Earring released their nineteenth album, Keeper of the Flame, on May 8, 1989, on Batabak.

Bloody Buccaneers

Golden Earring released their twentieth album, Bloody Buccaneers, on April 19, 1991, on First Quake.


  • Just Earrings (1965 • The Golden Ear-Rings)
  • Winter-Harvest (1967 • Golden Earrings)
  • Miracle Mirror (1968 • Golden Earrings)
  • On the Double (1968 • Golden Earrings)
  • Eight Miles High (1969 • The Golden Earring)
  • Golden Earring (1970)
  • Seven Tears (1971)
  • Together (1972)
  • Moontan (1973)
  • Switch (1975)
  • To the Hilt (1976)
  • Contraband (1976)
  • Grab It for a Second (1978)
  • No Promises … No Debts (1979)
  • Prisoner of the Night (1980)
  • Cut (1982)
  • N.E.W.S. (1984)
  • The Hole (1986)
  • Keeper of the Flame (1989)
  • Bloody Buccaneers (1991)


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