Sunday, 15 July 2012

Saskia & Serge

Saskia & Serge are a Dutch vocal duo consisting of singer Trudy van den Berg (born April 23 1947, Grootebroek) and singer-guitarist Ruud Schaap (born March 22 1946, Den Helder). They are known for their participation in the 1971 Eurovision Song Contest, and have enjoyed a long and successful career in the Netherlands, where they were awarded the title of Knights of the Order of Orange-Nassau in 2004.

Trudy van den Berg and Ruud Schaap first attracted attention when, as Trudy & Ruud, they won a talent contest organised by singer Max van Praag in 1967. The couple married in 1969 and changed their professional name to Saskia & Serge, as their gentle, folk style began to attract favourable attention.

In 1970, Saskia & Serge took part in the Dutch Eurovision selection with Het spinnewiel, which was narrowly and controversially beaten into second place. They returned in 1971, this time singing all six songs in the national selection, and Tijd was chosen to go forward to the 16th Eurovision Song Contest, held in Dublin on April 3. Although Saskia suffered a microphone malfunction at the start of the song, Tijd finished in 6th place of the 18 entries.

After releasing several folk-themed albums to a largely indifferent response, Saskia & Serge changed direction in 1976 by releasing a successful country music-style album, We'll Give You Everything, the title track from which was a top 10 hit. The album got them noticed outside the Netherlands, and they became the first Dutch artists to appear at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville. Further hit singles followed, including Mama, He's a Soldier Now which became their biggest hit, peaking at #6 in 1980.

Saskia & Serge have continued to release popular albums of both original material and cover versions. Their fifteenth studio album, Mooie liedjes, came out in December 2008, consisting of new adaptations of well-known Dutch songs.

1 comment:

  1. Recently, Saskia & Serge sent me his autograph, you will have the opportunity to ask them a signed photo. You write your posts from the newspaper?