Golden Earring - Did You Know?

Golden Earring - Did You Know?February 25, 2019

Music facts, music trivia, interesting stories and much more. Introducing the "Did You Know" page about Dutch rock band, Golden Earring.




Golden Earring is a Dutch rock band that was founded in 1961 in The Hague as the Golden Earrings. The lineup of the band consists of Rinus Gerritsen (bass and keyboards), George Kooymans (vocals and guitar), Barry Hay (vocals, guitar, flute and saxophone) and Cesar Zuiderwijk (drums and percussion). All musicians in the present lineup of the band have been continuous members of the band since 1970, but other musicians have joined and left the band during the years.

Golden Earring achieved fame and success all over the world with their international hit songs, "Radar Love" from 1973, "Twilight Zone" from 1982, and "When the Lady Smiles" from 1984.

The song "Twilight Zone" tells the story of an espionage agent, on the run from enemy spies before being cornered. The song has nothing to do with "Twilight Zone" by The Manhatten Transfer. This is the "Twilight Zone" that was written by George Kooymans, the band's lead guitarist.

Kooymans was inspired by the novel The Bourne Identity written by Robert Ludlum, a novel which later turned into a popular movie featuring Matt Damon.

The song was also used as the theme to the Twilight Zone pinball machine. This song is also sometimes used as bumper music for the radio show Coast to Coast AM, the all-night paranormal talk show.

During the band's career, they released 25 studio albums and have had nearly 30 Top 10 singles on the Dutch charts.

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