Saturday, November 15, 2008


Rob Hoeke ah Boogie Woogie Quartet

The last days I had some boogie woogie on my Blog. I must admit I had an 'hidden agenda'... Today's article reveals what it's all about.

Rob Hoeke, born in January 1939, was in the sixties and seventees the most well known boogie woogie piano player in the Netherlands. He lost a few fingers in a car accident but managed to keep on playing his favorite music. Rob Hoeke passed away november 1999 in Krommenie due to cancer.
BinkySpoons (one of those UK soccer hooligans sometimes coming to Europe) will like the above picture : Rob with a cigaret and a Heineken beer..

On another Blog I found the following text and Youtube video's (...I edited it...).
Rob Hoeke founded his first Boogie Woogie Quartet during the mid 1950s featuring himself at the piano, Wim Bitters on guitar, Kees Kuypers bas and his brother Paul Hoeke on drums. They became known due to the fact that they won prices at the Loosdrecht Jazz Concours early 1960s. Thanks to this success they were allowed to make a record, titled Boogie Hoogie for the Philips label. I found a great film fragment from a Polygoon film journal, as played in the cinemas, about the Blues- and boogie festival for amateur piano players in Bergen, in the north western part of The Netherlands, probably somewhere in the 1970s. The Dutch speaking visitors of this blog will understand the commend of the announcer; others should know that the film fragment shows the winner of the contest, Gé van der Pol. The members of the jury were the three major boogie woogie piano players of the Netherlands, Rob Hoeke, Jaap Dekker and Rob Agerbeek. The piano player who sings is Rudy van Ingen and the woman is mrs Bluys. The final shot is the winner Gé van der Pol playing a boogie together with the three members of the jury (double quatre-main for the connesseurs....).

On the right : Boogie Train (Dutch Rob Hoeke, Jaap Dekker, Rob Agerbeek and the Metropole Orchestra) - Boogie on the move. Rob Hoeke is the guy on the left with the moustache and red blouse.

Moustache ?? All pianoplayers wear a moustache ! Hey moustache BinkySpoons..!!

I have 3-4 LP's of the guy including today's offer. It's a reissue in the Philips serie Favorieten Parade. The LP contains 12 tracks (mostly Rob's own compositions) with titles as Astrid's Blues, Jungle Boogie, Schoolday Boogie and Breakdown Boogie.
Mid 60's a house-organ, a Philips invention called the Philicorda, came on the market. Rob Hoeke had a contract with the Philips Grammophone company and so he was asked to promote this new organ. Half of the tracks are pure piano playing, the other half is organ playing.
I added some Philips Philicorda GM 754 series soundsamples (not on the LP itself).

Rob Hoeke ah Boogie Woogie Quartet - Boogie Hoogie _1964
02-You Are My Sunshine
03-Astrid's Blues
04-Honky Tonk Train Blues
05-Tony's Blues
06-Swanee River Boogie
07-Boogie Woogie Stomp
08-Schoolday Blues
09-Jungle Boogie
10-Walkin' The Rock
11-Blues For Kid
12-Breakdown Boogie

Philips Philicorda GM 754 soundsamples : Chord / Pointless melody / Whistling / Sounds like plastic / Vibrato effect / Mellow sound / Close encounters / Trying to sound like an oboa / Wheeeee
Take another step to the comments...

By the way, I am really interested what you think about the music of this LP.
I am also interested in your opinion about the results of my effort to digitalize this vinyl I did in 2001.... I do better nowadays I think. I use CoolEditPro if you are interested. Reach (some or a lot of) my offers the quality of a CD ?

Note : full screen window gives you the best view of the comments !

Link :
Of course you understand to replace in r#pidsh#re twice the # in an a otherwise you don't have a 'valid' link !!
Paste this valid link in your browser-url and hit RETURN. You can also copy/paste the link into your 'downloadmanager'.

Pass to extract the file : 081112
The file is a small 30MB, 'cause the songs are only in very low bitrate.
Please donnut give a nasty comment about that : check 'My opinion about bitrates' on 2008_jan_25.

The next depends, amongst other things, on your security options in your browser and by so the ability to copy/paste the link.
When you see this in Google or Yahoo cache or by my Blog's search function read first the RED instructions at the top left of my Blog !
Direct link (after that go to the plain comment of this 2008_november article !) : JeansMusicBlog
Also possible : just click the 'post a comment' section here and you are able to copy/paste !

....And while you are there you might as well give a comment yourself....
What a great guy !!!!
Lost fingers ,cigarettes, Heineken and a magnificent moustache !!!PLUS a very large organ !!!
The world needs more guys like this- fabulous !!!!!!
Great Music!!!!
I'll paste your link in my blog right now!

Just found your blog while searching for Rob Hoeke. Great stuff!
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