Novo Band

Dutch funkband from Utrecht, the Netherlands, formed in 1977 by brothers Bas & Ernst Teule and Johannes Blanksma. They play a mix of Earth, Wind & Fire and Stevie Wonder. As the band expands they release some singles, none of them actually being hits. In 1989 the two last singles are released, again without succes, so the band decides to stop.

Bas Teule (Bass)
Eric Thuis (Vocals)
Ernst Teule (Keyboards & Vocals)
Ester Teule (Vocals)
Johannes Blanksma (Drums)
Ruud Voerman (Guitar)

The Novo Band originated from the Novo Cabaret, a cabaret group of the Utrecht Herman Jordanlyceum, consisting of the brothers Bas and Ernst Teule and Johannes Blanksma. As the Novo Band they register for an amateur festival in the Utrecht cultural center 't Hoogt. The funky style was initially influenced by Earth, Wind & Fire, George Duke and Stevie Wonder.

The group now operates in the above line-up and in June will release the debut single, produced by American Gypsy singer Steve Clisby: Funk Will Come To You.

The song did not become a hit, despite reasonable airplay and a television debut in the Netherlands Music Country. A second single is recorded (Slow Dancing), which is pressed but not released. The Novo Band does grow into a much sought-after live act. A performance in the Utrecht Free Floor is broadcast by the AVRO radio.

The next single Let's Go Dancing is self-recorded and released by Ariola. The song reached 31st place in April.

The single You're Gonna Be Mine reached 19th place in May. The next single Straight From The Heart does nothing.

Meanwhile, the group has built up a loyal following (De Novo Band Fanclub) and they record the songs mostly written by the brothers Teule and Ruud Voerman in their own studio. There is talk of a debut album to be produced by Jaap Eggermont. For the time being, the single Feeling Good is not a hit.

The singles Take It To The Street (in March at number 28) and Dance Non-Stop (a tip listing in June) are the last signs of life of the Novo Band.

Singer Esther Teule releases a solo album under the name Esther Tuely. It earns her a Silver Harp.

Singles & EPs

812 086-7 Novo Band - Funk Will Come To You album art Novo Band Funk Will Come To You (Single) Philips 812 086-7 Netherlands 1983 Sell This Version
601 637, 601.637 Novo Band - Let's Go Dancin' album art Novo Band Let's Go Dancin' (Single) Ariola, Ariola 601 637, 601.637 Europe 1984 Sell This Version
822 256-7 Novo Band - Slow Dancin' album art Novo Band Slow Dancin'(7", Single) Philips 822 256-7 Netherlands 1984 Sell This Version
107 408, 107.408 Novo Band - Girl, It's You album art Novo Band Girl, It's You (Single) Ariola, Ariola 107 408, 107.408 Europe 1985 Sell This Version
108 097 Novo Band - You're Gonna Be Mine album art Novo Band You're Gonna Be Mine (Single) Ariola, Ariola 108 097 Europe 1986 Sell This Version
108 959 Novo Band - Straight From The Heart album art Novo Band Straight From The Heart (Maxi, Single) Ariola 108 959 Netherlands 1987 Sell This Version
109.221 Novo Band - Feelin' Good album art Novo Band Feelin' Good (Single, Maxi) Ariola 109.221 Europe 1987 Sell This Version
112 310, 112.310 Novo Band - Dance Non-Stop album art Novo Band Dance Non-Stop (Maxi, Single) Ariola 112 310, 112.310 Europe 1989 Sell This Version
111 890, 111.890 Novo Band - Take It To The Street album art Novo Band Take It To The Street (Maxi, Single) Ariola, Ariola 111 890, 111.890 Europe 1988 Sell This Version