George Baker (musician)

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George Baker
George Baker Selection.jpg
Background information
Birth nameJohannes Bouwens
Born(1944-12-08) 8 December 1944 (age 69)
OriginHoorn, Netherlands
GenresPop
OccupationsSinger, songwriter
Years active1967–present
Websitewww.georgebaker.com
 
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For the 18th/19th century English musician, see George Baker (English musician).
George Baker
George Baker Selection.jpg
Background information
Birth nameJohannes Bouwens
Born(1944-12-08) 8 December 1944 (age 69)
OriginHoorn, Netherlands
GenresPop
OccupationsSinger, songwriter
Years active1967–present
Websitewww.georgebaker.com

George Baker (born Johannes Bouwens, 8 December 1944) is a Dutch singer and songwriter best known for his global hit Paloma Blanca. He was the lead singer of the pop musical ensemble, George Baker Selection. He is now a solo artist.

George Baker Selection[edit]

In 1967, Bouwens joined the band Soul Invention, which later changed its name to "George Baker Selection." His Selection consisted of Jan Hop, Jacobus Greuter, George The and Jan Visser. Their first album, Little Green Bag (1970), gave them their first hit. Their debut single, "Little Green Bag" reached the #16 position on the Cash Box magazine chart and #21 in the Billboard Top 100 in the United States.[1] This disc sold over one million copies globally, and received a gold disc.[2] By 1972 the band had sold over 5 million records.[3]

Their fifth album Paloma Blanca was released in 1975, and the single "Paloma Blanca" reached #1 in the charts in several countries. Nelleke Brzoskowsky joined the band in 1975 and she is the female singer on "Paloma Blanca".[4]

In 1978 the George Baker Selection split up because "the pressure had become too much." The band has sold over 20 million records worldwide. George Baker formed a new George Baker Selection in 1985, which stayed together until 1989.[1] The band has released twelve albums and several compilation albums.

The band experienced a brief return to the international charts in 1992, when the song "Little Green Bag" was used in the title sequence of the film Reservoir Dogs, and a Chilean soap opera. The song is also featured in a Moto X smartphone commercial (circa 2013).

Solo career[edit]

After the George Baker Selection split up in 1978, Baker performed as a solo artist until 1985, when he briefly returned with a new George Baker Selection. Since 1989 he has once again worked solo.[1] In 2005 he released a remix of the song "Una Paloma Blanca" for the film Too Fat Too Furious. As a solo artist, he has released nine albums, and is currently managed by Jaap Buijs.

Discography[edit]

George Baker Selection albums[edit]

YearAlbum[5]Chart Positions
USCAN
1970Little Green Bag107
Love in the World
1972Now
1974Hot Baker
1975Paloma Blanca15350
A Song for You
1976River Song
So Lang die Sonne Scheint
1977Summer Melody
1983Paradise Island
1985Santa Lucia by Night
1987Viva America
1988From Russia with Love

George Baker albums[edit]

YearAlbum[5]
1978In Your Heart
Another Lonely Christmas Night
1979Sing for the Day
1980Wild Flower
1981The Winds of Time
1989Dreamboat
1991Love in Your Heart
1993Memories
2000Flashback
2009Lonely Boy

Singles[edit]

YearSinglePeak
positions
Album
US
[6]
US ACUS CountryCANCAN ACCAN CountryNLAU
1969"Little Green Bag"2116912Little Green Bag
1970"Dear Ann"93237
"I Wanna Love You"103
1974"Baby Blue"8[7]29Hot Baker[8]
1975"Paloma Blanca"261331013612Paloma Blanca
"Rose Marie"35
1976"Rosita"98In Your Heart

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "George Baker Biography". www.georgebaker.com. Retrieved 2007-05-25. 
  2. ^ Murrells, Joseph (1978). The Book of Golden Discs (2nd ed.). London: Barrie and Jenkins Ltd. p. 273. ISBN 0-214-20512-6. 
  3. ^ 5 jaar hits (gramophone record cover), George Baker Selection, ca. 1974.
  4. ^ The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits 7th Edition by Joel Whitburn
  5. ^ a b "George Baker Discography". www.georgebaker.com. Retrieved 2014-04-27. 
  6. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2011). Top Pop Singles 1955–2010. Record Research, Inc. p. 56. ISBN 0-89820-188-8. 
  7. ^ "dutchcharts.nl - George Baker Selection - Baby Blue" (in Dutch). Retrieved 2014-04-27. 
  8. ^ "Album: Hot Baker (1974) - Official George Baker website". Retrieved 2014-04-27. 

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