Kate's Kennel was a folkrockband centered around the "flamboyant"
singer Kate (Griet de Bock) at the end of the sixties / start of the seventies.
uit "Cardinal Masters Series - Kleinkunst"
1 min 10 sec. - 137 Kb.
song : J.Blaute, D.Baekelandt
53,8 sec. - 106 Kb.
song : J.Blaute, D.Baekelandt
Year : 1970
Record co. : Cardinal / CNR
The band (in fact Dré Baekelandt and his wife) was one
of the remnants of the well-known ballroomrockband Clee's
Five. Soon the young keyboard-player from Zottegem called Jean Blaute (who
was playing with "The Eagles", an orchestra that did the accompaniments
of Marino Falco & the likes) was integrated in the band.
This extravagant and funny band came to the attention of the general
public when they participated in the talent hunt Canzonissima (a contest in which
the Flemish participant for the Eurovision Song Contest
was selected). They were noted for their "sloppy" appearance between
the glitzy acts, which caused some sort of a "scandal" in those conservative
days. Kate in "de komplete kleinkunstgeschiedenis" about this : "we
were provoking out of misery, because hardly anyone liked us. This made us say
"To hell, now we ain't gonna try harder". In two hours time we made
the songs for the next broadcast. We were "wayward", but to our surprise
this waywardness gave us a certain success : as an anti-band, the underdog.".
Another quote that probably does give a good description of the
band is from an introduction Rudy Vandendaele wrote for a Humo-interview with
Jean Blaute : "I have known JB since the early seventies when he was playing
with the hilaric popband Kate's Kennel speelde. I remember a little festival for
peasant hippies in Wetteren, where Jean was producing some sort of kosmic zooming
noise from his keyboard, completely in line with the spirit of the era, and said
with a pinched voice as in the old American science-fictionfilms "This is
the intergalactic pop group Kate's Kennel". After which the ensemble suddenly
burst into a jolly march-song and sung "Drie grenadiers, pom pom pom pompiers."
After a album "Kate" on Rocco
Granata's Cardinal label and a few singles (which includes a version of Wanda
Jackson's "Let's Have a Party"), the members of Kate's Kennel threw
themselves on the theatrical world, such as their performances in the plays of
the Dutch Hans Polzer, aka Drs. P, as "Sursum Corda" and "Middelpracht
& Eeuwse praal".
After the decease of Dré Baekelandt "Kate" went
on in the theatrical world. She later got into a relation with Loet Hanekroot
(another Flemish actor, best known for a role in the success series "De Collega's"),
with whom she left Belgium for Italy in 1982, without leaving a single trace.
Jean Blaute went from the theater back to his keyboards (he has played with a
large number of bands, such as Johan Verminnen, Raymond
van het Groenewoud, The Radio's ...) and he had a
short solo-career in the eighties and a blooming career as a producer (from Urbanus
to The Pop Gun, from Roland
to K's Choice, from Clouseau
to Hennie Vrienten ...).
Band members :
- Griet De Bock / Kate (vocals)
- Dré Baekelandt (drums, guitar)
- Jean Blaute (keyboards)
- Kate (Cardinal, 1970)
- de songs "popartiest", "lentewindje" en "de mensen"
werden later heruitgebracht in de Cardinal Master Series in 1999 (Cardinal/CNR,
- Mister no name / The News (Cardinal, 1970)
- Tchoo tchoo wang wang / My baby's gone (Biram, 1970)
- Let's have a party / See me now (Emi, 1972)
- Levenslied / In het huis der schande (Vogue, 1974)
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