The Shepherds

The Shepherds

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Dutch vocal trio:
- Leni Schaap (Helen Shepherd) - Vocals
- Jan Schaap (RIP +) (John Shepherd) - Guitar, vocals and most of the re-arrangements of the repertoire.
- Nico Schaap (RIP +) (Nico Shepherd) - Contrabass and Vocals

1960 – 1963:
Two brothers and a sister grown up in a musical fisherman’s family in the city IJmuiden in the Netherlands. The family’s work is situated in the harbour of IJmuiden. Nico Schaap’s profession is called “porder”, which means he had to wake up local harbor workers early in the morning, his brother Jan included. Nico’s profession made sure he always had a lot of funny stories at family birthday parties ;-). Together with their sister Leni Schaap (Artist name: Helen Shepherd) they make music for fun at their home. To emphasize their musical roots, Nico and Jan made later in their career an album with their lovely mother, which contains famous old Dutch folk songs.
As a child Jan Schaap (Artist name: John Shepherd), is performing vocals in the VARA-program “De vrolijke klas”. Just after the war in 1945, at the age of 16, his father gave him a guitar and since than Jan and his guitar were inseparable. Later on Jan will study classic vocals. Helen is going in the same direction and gets educated by singing pedagogue Coby Riemersma.
Nico Schaap gets educated by the bass player of the “Noord-Hollands Philharmonisch Orchestra”.
Later on, in 1960 the be specific, they start to make professional music at the swinging “Ted Powder Kwinted”, starring Theo Kruijt as Ted Powder. In this formation they perform at many night clubs in The Netherlands, Germany and Sweden. In 1963 the two brothers and sister founded The Shepherds and started to perfect the world’s unique close harmony sound they became famous for.

1964-1971
During a performance in a club in a town called Zandvoort, the Shepherds got discovered by the record label Bovema. In less than no time The Shepherds are performing in TV-shows like Jan Koopmans’ Pallet Show and Willem Duys. The musical trio becomes popular with a repertory which differs from their jazz roots. The Shepherds interpreted English songs from groups as The Seekers, made their own songs from old famous Dutch folk songs as “De Scheresliep”, “Zeg Kwezelken”, “Allen die willen kap’ren varen” and “Wildet Gij Dansen”, together with religious songs. The three musicians also collaborated with Walt Disney fairytales, such as “Alice in Wonderland”, Lady & Rakker and “Bambi”.
The Shepherds are almost constantly touring the entire country without having any holidays. At first one season at the “Sleeswijkrevue met Snip & Snap”, later on they performed on cruise ships and in churches, even though the two brothers and sister are not committed to a church themselves.
Abroad they are performing in Belgium, Germany, Poland, Yugoslavia, England, USA and Japan.
Helen Shepherd reached the semi-finals of the National Dutch song festival with the songs “Over de horizon”, “Wereld” en “Ver hier vandaan”. During an illness of Jan and pregnancy of Helen, they stopped performing for a while. In 1969 they are performing a live concert together with well-known Dutch artist such as “Tante Leen”, “Johnny Jordaan”, “Cees de Lange”, “Bueno de Mesquita” and “Harry de Groot” at the Palladium in Hollywood. In the autumn of 1971 the single “Voor jou” reached the Dutch Top 40 chart lists for a couple of weeks.

21-07-1999 - Nico Schaap died at the age of 67 RIP
18-11-2016 - Jan Schaap died at the age of 87 RIP
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The Shepherds Discography

Albums

DB 6010 The Shepherds Dank U(LP, Album) Delta (2) DB 6010 Netherlands 1964 Sell This Version
The Shepherds The Shepherds His Master's Voice Belgium 1964 Sell This Version
XLPH 1033 The Shepherds Eens Werd Geboren(LP, Album) His Master's Voice XLPH 1033 Netherlands 1965 Sell This Version
SALI 8014 The Shepherds Toch Schijnt De Zon(LP) Imperial (2) SALI 8014 Netherlands 1969 Sell This Version
5C 027-25486 The Shepherds Piet van Egmond Speelt, The Shepherds Zingen(LP, Album) His Master's Voice, EMI-Bovema Holland 5C 027-25486 Netherlands 1977 Sell This Version
The Shepherds In Concert (Album) Imperial (2) Netherlands Unknown Sell This Version
5C050-24974 The Shepherds Met Vriendelijke Groeten(LP, Album, RE) Imperial (2) 5C050-24974 Netherlands Unknown Sell This Version
ILAS300 The Shepherds Mensen Zoals Wij(LP, Album) Imperial (2) ILAS300 Netherlands Unknown Sell This Version
5C-052-24 508 The Shepherds Blijf Mij Nabij(LP) Imperial (2) 5C-052-24 508 Netherlands Unknown Sell This Version
5C 062-24167 The Shepherds Something New(LP, Album) Imperial (2) 5C 062-24167 Netherlands Unknown Sell This Version
SHCLP1008 The Shepherds The Shepherds(LP, Album, Ltd, Mono) His Master's Voice SHCLP1008 Netherlands Unknown Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

7 QH 5039 The Shepherds Vier Weverkens / Piet Hein(7", Single) His Master's Voice 7 QH 5039 Netherlands 1964 Sell This Version
7 QH 5032 The Shepherds Finito L'amore / Droomland (Beautiful isle of somewhere)(7", Single) His Master's Voice 7 QH 5032 Netherlands 1964 Sell This Version
7 QH 5017 The Shepherds Dank U / Antwoord Op Alle Vragen(7", Single) His Master's Voice 7 QH 5017 Netherlands 1964 Sell This Version
7 EGH 210 The Shepherds Komt Vrienden In Den Ronde(7", EP) His Master's Voice 7 EGH 210 Netherlands 1965 Sell This Version
7 QH 5059 The Shepherds Mensen Zoals Wij / Het land van mijn dromen(7", Single) His Master's Voice 7 QH 5059 Netherlands 1965 Sell This Version
7 EGH 212 The Shepherds Ik Kwam Laatst Over Een Berg Gegaan(7", EP) EMI, His Master's Voice 7 EGH 212 Netherlands 1965 Sell This Version
E 22 952, 45-EG 9507 The Shepherds Menschen, So Wie Wir (I'll Never Find Another You)(7", Single) Electrola, Electrola E 22 952, 45-EG 9507 Germany 1965 Sell This Version
The Shepherds Morning Town Ride (Single) Columbia UK 1966 Sell This Version
7 QH 5091 The Shepherds Leer mij / Vrede(7", Single) His Master's Voice 7 QH 5091 Netherlands 1966 Sell This Version
7QH5088 The Shepherds 'K Heb Mijn Wagen Volgeladen / Er Was Een Oorlogsschip(7", Single) His Master's Voice 7QH5088 Netherlands 1966 Sell This Version
RC 165 The Shepherds Klokjes klinken / Kleine herder(7", Single, Ltd, S/Edition) N.V. Bovema, Chappell-H RC 165 Netherlands 1966 Sell This Version
7 QH 5110 The Shepherds Shenandoah / The water is wide(7", Single) His Master's Voice 7 QH 5110 Netherlands 1967 Sell This Version
7QH 5108 The Shepherds De Sleep van Rio / Dronken Zeeman(7", Single) His Master's Voice 7QH 5108 Netherlands 1967 Sell This Version
7QH 5108 The Shepherds De sleep van Rio / Dronken zeeman(7", Single) His Master's Voice 7QH 5108 Netherlands 1967 Sell This Version

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