José Hoebee, whose real name is Josina Van de Wijdeven, is a Dutch singer who began her artistic career in the group Young Tradition, a group formed with 2 of her sisters in the early 1970s.
But it was especially in another group, namely Luv’, a German group which would experience its heyday in the late 1970s/early 1980s, that she achieved her first notable successes as a singer. Adventure that will last until 1981, when the group broke up.
Her solo career really started from the year 1982, when she released her only album called "The good times", album from which her 2 biggest record hits single side will be extracted, namely "I will follow him" and "Secret love".
Another major success 2 years later in 1984 with the single "So long, Marianne". A year 1984 that particularly smiles on her as she also joins forces that year with her best friend Bonnie St Claire to form the duo Bonnie & José. Duo which will make itself known in the years that will follow with successful covers of ABBA group standards.
This will be the last successes because the adventure will almost come to an end when the duo decide to go their separate ways at the end of the decade.
To discover or rediscover.
Discography (among others ...) :
I’m so sorry 1981
I will follow him 1982
Secret love 1982
The good times 1982
I can hear music 1983
So long, Marianne 1984
Time goes by 1984
I love you 1984
Zoals Vrienden Doen 1985
All around my hat 1986
1976 ... nice first steps but which are taken together. And which are above all somewhat insufficient to hope to be among the best, it is clear ...
1981 ... we find her a few years later with obvious evolutions, both sound side and style side. Rather a good omen for the rest of the events ...
1982 ... it is with this cover of the tille of Peggy March dating from 1963 that she will obtain one of her biggest discographic successes. An unpretentious title but obviously effective !
1982 ... a second title of big caliber to return definitively in the musical history of the 80s. All again on a cover this time of the title of Doris Day dating from 1953. Of course, the singer will not stay like the most gifted of her generation but her career in the big leagues will be most honorable ...
1982 ... a year 1982 which will undoubtedly remain its best vintage. Nothing exceptional but a good job, quite simply !
1983 ... this time, it's a Ronettes song dating back to 1966 that she brings up to date. The Beach Boys version will surely remain as one of the most famous but she does not have to be ashamed of hers, far from it ...
1984 ... in the series of luxury covers, here she covers Léonard Cohen dating from 1967. Once again, she delivers here a revisited version for the less sympathetic. But beware, too many covers risk killing the covers ...
1984 ... the adventure continues for some reason but it is clear that the best years on the solo side are behind. Be careful when leaving the road ...
1984 ... it is his association with Bonnie St Clair that will allow her to stay afloat in extremis. On the other hand, it is clear that with this style of music, the 2 girls are unlikely to finish N°1 of the Charts ...
1984 ... here she covers the huge Moody Blues title from 1967. The copy is certainly not worth the original and is more anecdotal than anything else ...
1985 ... a nice duo but which constantly borders on caricature. But that's also the 80s and we love them for that too !
1986 ... here she covers a title whose origins go back straight to the early 1800s. At one point, too much kitsch kills kitsch. It is high time to bow out as they say ...