Shocking Blue was a Dutch rock band from The Hague, the Netherlands, formed in 1967. Their biggest hit, 'Venus', went to #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in February 1970, and the band had sold 13.5 million discs by 1973, but the group disbanded in 1974. Shocking Blue was founded in 1967 by Robbie van Leeuwen. The group had a minor hit in 1968 with 'Lucy Brown is Back in Town'. After Mariska Veres took over the vocals, the group charted a world-wide hit with the song 'Venus', which reached #1 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 in February 1970. Initially the record was a big hit in the Netherlands, where it reached #3 in the summer of 1969. It subsequently sold 350,000 copies in Germany, and topped the U.S. chart for three weeks, becoming the Netherlands' first American #1 hit.
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