With meticulous detail work and with great enthusiasm the result was the typical The Free chart- and club compatible Euro-Pop-Housemusic style and also some sentimental Soul-ballads. Members were Charles Simmons (Vocals - rap), Ayla J. (Vocals), Virginia Michailoglou (Profi Dancer) and Nejet Yolcu (Profi Dancer). They recorded the album "Crazy Worlds" and hits like "Lover On The Line" 2- The Free was founded in 1967 in Michigan. Their graetest hits were „(Day Of) Decision For Lost Soul Blue“ and „What Makes You“ — which both can be found on a single released by Marquee later on by Atco. 3.
The Free (1968-1969) was a short-lived soul ensemble from The Netherlands. The Free was a 14-piece coverband from Rotterdam, deep into American soul. Their leadsinger Roy Nickelson, born on Aruba, was very much into Otis Redding, Wilson Pickett and the early James Brown material. The group, already existing as Free Unlimited, became a birthday present in 1968 for Ide de Jong, who wanted to manage a band when he turned 18, and his father, head of the Algemene Bank Nederland, saw no problem in arranging this for his son.
Thus they became The Free, made an album (the Funky Free, on Philips, 1969) produced by Fred Haayen (the man behind Golden Earring); supported Aretha Franklin during her Dutch concert in '68 (with the Paay Sisters as backing vocalists); and even performed at the Montreux Jazz Festival in '69. Their funky track Soul Party only came out as a single in '68. Near the end of their two year existence, Ferry Maat was their keyboardist; Maat would later become a famous radio dj with his Soul Show. Guitarist Egon Verhoeven played in Hans Dulfer's group during most of the '90's and nowadays is in a group called Mastodon, together with Free's leader and keyboardist Peter Vlietstra, who became a history teacher.
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