Very successful, but essentially a one-hit-wonder-, group of the late sixties.
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song: Vincent, Vanholme, Mackay
Production : David Mackay
Year : 1969
Record co. : EMI/Odeon
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song: Ghazarian, Vanholme, Penny Els
Production : S. Vanholme
Year : 197?
Record co. : EMI/Pathé
Wallace Collection was a group that was founded on the remains of the group
Sylvester's Team. Three of the original member (namely Sylvain Vanholme, Freddy
Nieuland and Marc Hérouet) then went on to form the band 16th Century, together
with bass-player Christian Janssens and the classical musicians Raymond Vincent
and Jacques Namotte. These two were members in the Belgian National Philharmonic
Orchestra, but had been flirting with popular music already in a band called Stradivarius.
The group was launched from Britain, and a new name was found in a museum next
to the EMI-headquarters : The Wallace Collection. Australian David Mckay did the
production of the first record of the band "Laughing cavalier"
The band and the album were an instant success due to the single "Daydream".
It became a hit in over 20 countries and sold millions of copies.
Sylvain Vanholme recalls how this breakthrough was also responsible for the
downfall of the band in "Wit-Lof from Belgium" : "There was
chaos. One day we would be playing in the North of Holland, the next day in Spain.
We didn't have time to rehearse or write new material. Between to concerts, they
booked us a studio and said : quickly record a song like "Daydream".
The quality of the singles that followed went steadily downward. "Love"
and "Serenade" at least made it to the Belgian Top 30.
In 1971 the band decided to call it a day. Freddy Nieuland however has continued
to record under the name Wallace Collection.
Raymond Vincent later on formed a band called Esperanto (with German and British
strings, Italian keyboards, with singers from Hawaï, Papoea and Australia. After
four records the band was dumped by record company A&M in 1975.
Marc Hérouet, the organ-player of the band, enjoyed some success with his group
Salix Alba (Hope I can add this band to the Archives shortly).
Anno 2001, the Wallace Collection still remains "in the picture",
because ""Daydream" is becoming somewhat of a "standard",
covered all around the globe. In 2001 for example there was a mellow version of
Paul Michiels, a cool version by I Monster and an awesome
one by the Beta Band (as "squares" on their album "hot shots II").
- Sylvain Vanholme (guitar)
- Freddy Nieuland (drums)
- Marc Hérouet (organ, keyboards)
- Raymond Vincent (violin)
- Jacques Namotte (cello)
- Christian Janssens (bass)
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