Tee-Set was a pop rock band formed in 1965 by singer Peter Tetteroo in Delft, Netherlands. The band is best-known for their single "Ma Belle Amie", which was a No. 5 hit in the United States.

Tee-Set
TV programma '...Puntje, puntje, puntje...'. Popgroep Tee Set, Bestanddeelnr 921-5933.jpg
Tee-Set 1968
Background information
OriginDelft, Netherlands
GenresNederbeat, Pop rock
Years active1965–1979
LabelsTee-Set Records
MembersPeter Tetteroo
Dihl Bennink
Ray Fenwick
Ferry Lever
Joop Blom
Franklin Madjid
Hans Van Eijck

The band had a number of other hit songs in the Netherlands, including the number one song "She Likes Weeds". The band underwent numerous changes in its members; the only constant was its lead singer Peter Tetteroo, who died in September 2002 at the age of 55.[1]

HistoryEdit

The band was formed in 1965 in Delft, Netherlands by singer Peter Tetteroo [nl]. Other early members were Gerard Romeyn on guitar, Polle Eduard on bass, Carry Janssen on drums, and Robbie Plazier on keyboard. Their first single released in 1966 on the Delta label, "Early in the Morning", was successful in The Netherlands.[2] The band had a top 10 hit "Don't You Leave" the same year, selling 10,000 copies in its first week of release.[3] The band underwent numerous changes in its line-up though the years; the keyboardist Hans Van Eijck [nl] joined in 1966, replacing Robbie Plazier. Romeyn, Eduard and Janssen left, to be replaced Ray Fenwick on guitar, Franklin Madjid on bass, and Joop Blom on drums. Van Eijck also left and was replaced by Jan-Pieter Boekhoorn on keyboard (Van Eijck later returned in 1969).[4] Fenwick then left and later reappeared in The Spencer Davis Group.[2] He was replaced by Ferdi Karmelk. Dihl Bennink also joined the band. In 1969, Tetteroo founded their own label Tee-Set Records.[4]

The group recorded a single in 1969 titled "Ma Belle Amie", which was a hit in their native country, selling over 100,000 copies.[5] The group released an album in the United States on Colossus Records in 1970 titled Ma Belle Amie (the single of the same name listing the artist as 'The Tee Set'), which reached No. 158 on the Billboard 200 chart,[6] just as the single took off in the United States, eventually reaching No. 5.[7] The single sold over 1 million copies, and was awarded a gold disc.[8] The version of "Ma Belle Amie" released in 1970 on Major Minor records in the UK is a different studio version of the song, slower in tempo and beginning in a lower key than the hit U.S. version.

In the Netherlands, Tee-Set's single "She Likes Weeds" reached No. 1 on the Dutch charts. However, the track was banned[by whom?] in the U.S. because it was said to be referring to drug use, although the title was taken from the film Funeral in Berlin. The follow-up single "If You Do Believe in Love" hit No. 81.[7] The group disbanded in 1975, but briefly reunited in 1978 and 1983. Since 1983 the band was revived, although its work was mainly nostalgic "sixties".

MembersEdit

 
Peter Tetteroo
 
Hans van Eijck
  • Peter Tetteroo (vocals) (born 7 August 1947, Delft, Netherlands; died 9 September 2002 age 55)
  • Gerard Romeyn (guitar)
  • Polle Eduard (bass)
  • Carry Janssen (drums)
  • Robbie Plazier (Keyboards)
  • Hans Van Eijck (keyboards)
  • Franklin Madjid (bass guitar)
  • Ray Fenwick (guitar), around 1965 to 1967
  • Ferdi Karmelk (guitar)
  • Dihl Bennink (guitar, flute, banjo) (born 15 February 1948, The Hague) 1967 to 1970
  • Ferry Lever (guitar), from 1970 to 1979
  • Joop Blom (drums)
  • Jan-Pieter Boekhoorn (keyboards), from 1967 to 1969
  • Herman van Boeyen (drums, 1970)
  • Henry van der Bos (keyboards)
  • Max Spangenberg (drums, 1970-79)
  • Peter Seilberger (organ, piano)

Peter TetterooEdit

Peter Tetteroo (Petrus Gerardus Anthonius Tetteroo) (8 July 1947 − 9 September 2002) was a Dutch composer, pop musician and singer born in Delft. He became known in 1966 as founder and lead singer of Tee-Set. In 1968, he had a top 10 hit with a solo album, his version of Red Red Wine. Despite a severe liver disease, Peter remained active to the end. He died at his home in Delft from liver cancer at the age of 55.[1]

DiscographyEdit

AlbumsEdit

Studio albumsEdit

Title Album details Peak chart positions
NL
[9]
US
[10]
Emotion
  • Released: December 1966
  • Label: Delta
8[A]
Join the Tea Set
  • Released: 1968
  • Label: Tee-Set
Ma Belle Amie 158
In the Morning of My Days
  • Released: 1970
  • Label: Negram
Non-Perishable
  • Released: 1972
  • Label: Negram
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that territory.

CompilationsEdit

Title Album details Peak chart positions
NL
[9]
Tee Set Songbook
  • Released: 1967
  • Label: Teenbeat
Forever
  • Released: 1969
  • Label: Tee-Set
T-Five T-Set
  • Released: 1971
  • Label: Tee-Set
Tee Set Toppers
  • Released: 1973
  • Label: Negram
Do It Baby
  • Released: 1975
  • Label: Negram
14 Gouwe Ouwe
  • Released: 1976
  • Label: Negram
Golden Greats of the Tee Set
  • Released: 1979
  • Label: Bovema Negram
Tea's Ready
  • Released: 1980
  • Label: Picc-a-Dilly
  • US-only release
The Hits Collection
  • Release date: 1988
  • Label: EMI
Greatest Hits – Hot Nights
  • Release date: 1988
  • Label: Corduroy
Timeless (The Best Of...)
  • Release date: 1992
  • Label: Quality Entertainment
Golden Classics
The Best of Tee-Set
  • Release date: 1994
  • Label: Red Bullet
24 Carat
Ma Belle Amie
  • Release date: 2001
  • Label: Neon
She Likes Weeds – Collected
  • Release date: November 2011
  • Label: Pseudonym
12
Ma Belle Amie: The Album
  • Release date: 16 December 2013
  • Label: Pseudonym
23
Mythology
  • Release date: May 2014
  • Label: Pseudonym
40
The Golden Years of Dutch Pop Music 58
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that territory.

SinglesEdit

Single Year Peak chart positions Album
NL 40
[11]
NL 100
[12]
AUS
[13]
BE
(FLA)

[14]
BE
(WA)

[15]
CAN
[16][17]
GER
[18]
NZ
[19]
SA
[20]
SWI
[21]
US
[22]
"Early in the Morning" 1966 27 Non-album singles
"Believe What I Say" 31
"Don't You Leave" 9 8 Emotion
"Please Call Me" 1967 22 Non-album singles
"Now's the Time" 13 13
"What Can I Do" 31
"Tea Is Famous (In the Whole Wide World)" 1968 12 11 Join the Tea Set
"Life's but Nothing"
"Trip Trap Door de Tulpjes" (as Tinus Plotseling) Non-album singles
"This Rose in My Mind" 16 17
"Mr. Music Man" 1969 39 Ma Belle Amie
"Ma Belle Amie" 6 6 3 4 3 3 8 5 1 2 5
"Finally in Love Again" 1970 26 22
"If You Do Believe in Love" 22 17 42 31 81
"She Likes Weeds" 1 1 3 18 In the Morning of My Days
"Marie Claire" (Belgium-only release) 1971
"In Your Eyes (I Can See the Lies)" 9 7 21 Non-album singles
"Little Lady" 19 19 29
"A Sunny Day in Greece" 20 18 19
"Shotguns" 1972 16 17 30
"Mary Mary (Take Me 'Cross the Water)" 20 17 27 Non-Perishable
"Long Ago" Non-album single
"There Goes Johnny (With My Lady)" Non-Perishable
"You Bringing Me Down" 1973 Non-album single
"The Bandstand" 1974 16 25 Do It Baby
"Do It Baby" 1975 13 22 21
"Baby Let Your Hair Grow Long" 1976 Non-album singles
"I'll Be Lost Without Your Lovin'" 1977
"Linda-Linda" 1979 20 19 17
"TV Boy" 1980
"Tribute to the Spencer Davis Group" (as T.E.E. Set) 1983
"Rollerskater" (as T.E.E. Set)
"Hot Nights" 1988 Greatest Hits – Hot Nights
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that territory.

NotesEdit

  1. ^ Peaked in 2014 after being reissued the previous year

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Thedeadrockstarsclub.com Accessed April 2010
  2. ^ a b Jancik, Wayne (1998). The Billboard Book of One-hit Wonders. Billboard Books. p. 273. ISBN 9780823076222.
  3. ^ "From the Music Capitals of the World". Billboard. 4 February 1967. p. 72.
  4. ^ a b Horst, Rudolf (2021). Der Beat fiel vom Himmel. Band 1. utzverlag GmbH. pp. 233–234. ISBN 9783831622184.
  5. ^ Biography, Allmusic.com
  6. ^ Billboard, Allmusic.com
  7. ^ a b Billboard Singles, Allmusic.com
  8. ^ Murrells, Joseph (1978). The Book of Golden Discs (2nd ed.). London: Barrie and Jenkins Ltd. p. 268. ISBN 0-214-20512-6.
  9. ^ a b "Dutch Charts - dutchcharts.nl". dutchcharts.nl. Retrieved 2021-10-07.
  10. ^ Whitburn, Joel (1996). Joel Whitburn's Top Pop Albums 1955–1996. Record Research. p. 771. ISBN 0898201179.
  11. ^ Top 40, Stichting Nederlandse. "Tee-Set". Top40.nl (in Dutch). Retrieved 2021-10-07.
  12. ^ "Dutch Charts - dutchcharts.nl". dutchcharts.nl. Retrieved 2021-10-07.
  13. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992 (illustrated ed.). St Ives, N.S.W.: Australian Chart Book. p. 306. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.
  14. ^ "ultratop.be - ULTRATOP BELGIAN CHARTS". www.ultratop.be. Retrieved 2021-10-07.
  15. ^ "ultratop.be - ULTRATOP BELGIAN CHARTS". www.ultratop.be. Retrieved 2021-10-07.
  16. ^ "Image : RPM Weekly". www.bac-lac.gc.ca. 2013-07-17. Retrieved 2021-10-07.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  17. ^ "Image : RPM Weekly". www.bac-lac.gc.ca. 2013-07-17. Retrieved 2021-10-07.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  18. ^ "Suche - Offizielle Deutsche Charts". www.offiziellecharts.de. Retrieved 2021-10-07.
  19. ^ "flavour of new zealand - search listener". www.flavourofnz.co.nz. Retrieved 2021-10-07.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  20. ^ "South African Rock Lists Website - SA Charts 1969 - 1989 Acts (T)". www.rock.co.za. Retrieved 2021-10-07.
  21. ^ "Die Offizielle Schweizer Hitparade - hitparade.ch". swisscharts.com. Retrieved 2021-10-07.
  22. ^ Whitburn, Joel (1994). Joel Whitburn's Top Pop Singles 1955–1993. Record Research. p. 593. ISBN 9780898201048.

External linksEdit