Golden Earrings* ‎– Dong-Dong-Di-Ki-Di-Gi-Dong

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Polydor ‎– S 1277
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Vinyl, 7", 45 RPM, Single, Mono
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Made in Holland

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  • Matrix / Runout (Runout Side A): AA 1277 1F 1 670 1 1 4
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout Side B): AA 1277 2F 1 670 1 1 1
  • Rights Society: B.I.E.M.

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April 5, 2017
Story sourced from "The Devil Made Us Do It" compilation.

In 1968, The Golden Earrings recorded their third album, Miracle Mirror. After the single of it, "I've Just Lost Somebody" got out of focus, it was decided to release a single to keep the momentum going, while the band prepared themselves for the sessions of the next album.
At the same time, their main rivals, The Motions, just fired their bass player, Henk Smitskamp. George Kooymans and Rinus Gerritsen came up with the idea to pass him the most commercial composition among the ones they were working on. So Henk would have a hit record with an Earring song, eventually outselling any Motions single at that time.

The plan was made and discussed with GE's producer/manager Freddy Haayen. After hearing the track, he got furious. "No way! You should not give it to him, you should release it yourself!"
And so, the Golden Earrings got themselves their first domestic No. 1 hit record, a feat The Motions never accomplished (although band leader Robbie van Leeuwen would not have many reasons to complain, as he would form Shocking Blue thereafter and achieve worldwide fame with the Billboard No. 1 "Venus")...