Saturday, 24 July 2010

Hearts of Soul

The group Hearts of Soul was formed by three sisters: Bianca, Stella and Patricia Maessen. They worked in the late 60's as session singers.

In 1970, they won the Dutch national final with the song Waterman, at the Eurovision Song Contest in Amsterdam The Hearts of Soul came 7th. The Eurovision experience did not further their career as expected and in the mid-seventies the group moved to Belgium. There they formed Dream Express, with former Pebbles musician Luc Smets (who had married Bianca). In the summer of 1976 they scored a Flemish number 2 hit with the song Dream Express.

In 1977 Dream Express won Belgian pre-selection for the Eurovision Song Contest with the song A Million in One, Two, Three. The song was the big favorite to win but it came only 7th. Dream Express changed name in 1979, to LBS, which stood for Luc Bianca & Stella. Their singles LBS and Uncle Jim received much airplay in 1979.

Stella also released singles under the name of Stella Mason. She participated in the Belgian national final in 1981 with the song Veel Te Veel and she represented Belgium at the Eurovision Song Contest of 1982, with the song Si Tu Aimes Ma Musique which came 4th.

Bianca released several singles from the early 1980s through to 1993. The single Two Dolphins to the Range of Hawaii was released as a tribute to the 100th anniversary of the creation of the Antwerp zoo.

During the Eurovision Song Contest of 1986 Patricia was a backing singer of the winning entrant Sandra Kim. In 1987 Patricia was also a backing singer for Plastic Bertrand who sung Amour Amour for Luxemburg.

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