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Beste koop: Vaya Con Dios "The Best Of"
Uitgebracht in 1996 is dit de beste samenvatting van de carrière van Dani Klein en Vaya Con Dios. "Don’t Cry for Louie", "Just a Friend of Mine", "Puerto Rico", "Nah Neh Nah", "Heading for a Fall" ... ze staan er allemaal op
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World-class group centered around the personality of singer Dani Klein, a fantastic woman who had previously developed a career as a backing vocalist for many Belgian groups (e.g. Arbeid Adelt!).


"Puerto Rico"
45,9 sec. - 90 Kb.
song : Dirk Schoufs, Dani Schoovaerts
Produced : Mark François
Year : 1987
Record co.: BMG Ariola

"Don't cry for Louie"
48,2 sec. - 95 Kb.
song : Schoufs, Schoovaerts
Produced : Klein, Schoufs
Year : 1988
Record co.: BMG Ariola

"Nah neh nah"
37,1 sec. - 73 Kb.
song : Schoufs, Klein, Balfe
Produced : Schoufs, Klein
Year : 1990
Record co.: BMG Ariola

"Heading for a fall"
47,5 sec. - 93 Kb.
song : D.Klein, D.Collins
Produced : Klein, Allaert
Year : 1992
Record co.: BMG Ariola

"So long ago"
44,3 sec. - 87 Kb.
song : D.Klein, Prestigiacomo
Produced : Dani Klein
Year : 1993
Record co.: BMG Ariola


The story of Vaya Con Dios (a Spanish phrase which means "go with the gods") started in 1986. The group was formed by Dani Klein, Dirk Schoufs (bass from the rockabilly group The Wild Ones) and Willy Lambregt (guitar player for the Scabs). Their first release, the single "Just a friend of mine" characterizes the group with its love for Spanish-influenced music and acoustic instruments. It becomes an overnight hit (300.000 sold copies in France) and their career is on the way.


Willy Willy decides to spend all his time with the Scabs (Vaya Con Dios wasn't "rock'n'roll" enough) and the first full album is recorded with session musicians. The singles "Puerto Rico" and "Don't cry for Louie" open even more doors for the group

The second album continues the success story (with hits like the melancholic "What's a woman" and the joyous European hit "Nah neh nah"). The influence of Spanish flamenco shifts to "old American jukebox hits although with unmistakable influences from gypsy music and French chanson" (Oor).

In 1991 the pair of Dirk Schoufs and Dani Klein lose interest in each other and Dirk leaves the band. Soon afterwards he dies of a drugs-related infection disease. The Album "Time Flies" which is released a year after, is the saddest thus far, with a lot of soul influences but also trips across the border to music of Latin-America. The album is entirely a Dani Klein product, which makes it clear that the group is in fact a singer, a "femme fatale".


According to the record company, this was also the album which had to lift them to the status of superstar, but that wasn't to be. The black but mediocre single "Heading for a fall" got very heavy "rotation" on MTV but didn't produce a lot of excitement.

The group has built a very considerable following all over the world (but especially in Germany, France and Scandinavia) and the band makes a very successful tour around the world in 1993.

The 1995 album "Roots and Wings" doesn't change the musical direction of the group drastically (mainly r&b, but this time also with some musical accents from India and Arabian music). It is recorded in the Muscle Shoals Studios in Alabama (the legendary studio for artists like Etta James and Aretha Franklin). The horn section from Muscle Shoals accompanies Dani on her European tour in 1996. Her son (19-year old Simon Schoovaerts) plays the keyboards on stage.


After 7,000,000 copies of albums sold, Dani Klein felt trapped by the success, however. In 1996 she had become fed up with the circus the group had become, and retired from showbizz to travel and "live her life". She explained the process a few years later : "In the latest phase it was no pleasure anymore. Vaya con Dios felt like a machine that had to be kept turning. I had to cancel the last concerts because I fell ill, the stress was terrible. I didn't have a bond with the musicians anymore, they just came to do their job for two months. I didn't even know if they even liked the music. We didn't talk about such things. No, that was not my cup of tea anymore. But I guess that is how it goes : you start small and then the thing starts getting bigger and bigger." She explained in an interview with Peter Van Dyck in Weekend-Knack "The pressure had become to high, the expectations for each new album had grown too much."
It wasn't until four years later that Dani Klein emerged on the music scene again, with a new band called Purple Prose.

Members :
- Dani Klein (Danielle Schoovaerts) - vocals
- Dirk Schoufs : (acoustic) bass
- Willy Willy : guitar
- Jean-Michel Gielen : guitar
- Philippe Allaert : drums

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Albums :
- Vaya Con Dios (Ariola - 1988)
- Night Owls (Ariola - 1990)
- Time Flies (Ariola - 1992)
- Roots and Wings (Ariola - 1995)

Compilations :
- The Best of Vaya Con Dios (Ariola - 1996)

Websites :
- Purple Prose, Dani Klein's current band.
- Vaya Con Dios-site
- fan site from Germany
- Fan site in Hungary
- Helene Marquant made a fansite in French

Forum :
- Lees de berichten over Vaya Con Dios
- Voeg een bericht, vraag, cd- of concertverslag ... over Vaya Con Dios toe


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