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Subject: Hans van den Berg became Harry Vanda

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Date Posted: 04:49:40 04/30/17 Sun

Being a Dutchman I am proud to say that Harry Vanda was part of the beginning of Australians Rock ´n Roll. Hans van den Berg (born March 22, 1946 The Hague - Holland) changed his name to Harry Vanda after he had emigrated in 1963 with his parents to Australia. And while his parents returned to Holland a year later Harry stayed. The manager of the band proposed to change his name to Harry Vandah but that didn’t sound too sexy for a rockstar and the 'h' was dropped.

At that time Harry was just 18 and starting to make history with his band The Easybeats. Iconic are his licks that make “Friday on my Mind” such a recognisable song, even 50 years later. In a 2011 interview on Dutch TV Harry Vanda explained where he got these licks from.

“We had been writing songs and playing music all day and decided to take a break and go to the movies. Before the main feature was a film with the (a cappella) close harmony group called The Swingle Singers and there I picked up the idea for the licks.”

Guess you guys in Australia know all this but it was new to me.

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