GEORGE KOOYMANS

George Kooymans was the guitarist and co-founder of Golden Earring, the longest-lived and most successful rock group the Netherlands ever produced. Kooymans co-founded in the early sixties the band the Golden Earrings. In 1965, having adopted a British beat style, they became the first Dutch rock group to record a full-length album, Just Earrings, and landed their first hit in their home country, the Top Ten “Please Go”. Three years later, they scored their first Dutch number one with “Dong-Dong-Di-Ki-Di-Gi-Dong,” and followed it with another chart-topper, the Kooymans-penned epic “Just a Little Bit of Peace in My Heart.” In 1970, Kooymans branched out into songwriting for other groups, penning Earth & Fire’s Dutch hit “Seasons.” Meanwhile, his main band shortened its name to Golden Earring and set about revamping its sound to keep up with the times, eventually settling on a straightforward, hard-rocking brand of AOR. Kooymans (like lead singer Barry Hay) made a brief detour into solo recording in 1971, cutting an album called Jojo that was released on Polydor.

Hay and Kooymans co-wrote much of Golden Earring’s material, including the international smash “Radar Love,” which broke them in America in 1974 and remains an album rock radio staple. They returned to international prominence in 1982 with the album Cut and the U.S. Top Ten hit “Twilight Zone,” a Kooymans composition that had actually been planned as a solo release at first. Golden Earring returned to a major label in 1990 and recorded a string of successful albums and singles that lasted right up into the new millennium.

In 1995, Kooymans and Hay discovered female rock singer Anouk, and wrote material for her 1997 debut album, Together Alone, which made her a star in the Netherlands. Golden Earring celebrated their 40th anniversary in 2001, and Kooymans reached the Dutch charts in 2010 with On Location, recorded as part of a duo with American singer Frank Carillo.

In 2016 Kooymans formed the supergroup ‘Vreemde Kostgangers’ (Awkward Lodgers) with ‘Doe Maar’ front man and producer Henny Vrienten and singer-songwriter Boudewijn de Groot. In between tours they released an album early 2017; a third tour is scheduled for 2018.

On February 5, 2021, it was announced that George Kooymans suffers from the progressive nerve disease ALS. Unfortunately performing was no longer possible for him.

SPECIFICATIONS:
HOMESTEAD STORK

Body Shape
Regular Grand Auditorium
Cutaway
Venetian Cutaway
Top Wood (Solid)
Adirondack AAA
Back and side wood (solid)
Javanese Rosewood
Nut & Saddle
Tusq
Neck & Heel
Mahony 1 piece
Fretboard wood
Ebony
Headstock overlay/veneer
Ebony
Headstock shape
Closed Headstock
Peg head
Gold plated
Nut width
44,45 mm
Number of frets
14 (from nut to body)
Fretboard Inlay decoration
Storks, see design
Body Binding
Ebony
Fretboard Binding
As previous order
Body Purfling
Abalone
Rosette
Abalone
Fretboard Purfling
None
Headstock custom brand/ornament
Custom Homestead G
Pickguard
No pick Guard
Pickup
LR Baggs VTC
Back of the guitar (body)
Three pieces
Colour top
Little darker/warmer top

SPECIFICATIONS:
HOMESTEAD BLUE PIGEON

Shape
Regular OM
Cutaway
Florentin Cutaway
Top Wood (Solid)
Adirondack AAA
Back and side wood (solid)
Javanese Rosewood
Nut & Saddle
Tusq
Neck & Heel
Mahony 1 piece | Blue color
Fretboard wood
Ebony
Headstock overlay/veneer
Ebony
Headstock shape
Slotted Headstock
Peg head
Gold plated
Nut width
44,45 mm
Number of frets
14 (from nut to body)
Fretboard Inlay decoration
Doves
Body Binding
ABS White
Fretboard Binding
None
Body Purfling
Abalone
Rosette
Abalone
Fretboard Purfling
None
Headstock custom brand/ornament
Homestead "K" ( K letter in golden colour) 'Homestead' from Abalone and 'K' from brass
Pickguard
No pick Guard
Pickup
LR Baggs VTC
Back of the guitar (body)
Two pieces
Colour top
Dark Blue

Sample of the Blue Pigeon

Recorded with: Microtech Gefell microphone.
Played by: George Kooymans

Een fragmenten van:
Going to the Run
The Naked Truth
e.a.