Teach In

In was a Dutch band, founded in 1969 in Enschede.

They are best known for winning the Eurovision Song Contest in 1975 with their song “DING A DONG” (written by Dick Bakker, Eddy Ouwens & Will Luikinga), preceded the year before by ABBA with “WATERLOO”.

The group was formed back in 1969. The first lineup existed of Koos Versteeg (vocals & keyboards), Rudi Nijhuis (drums), Frans Schaddelee (bass), John Snuyerink (guitar & vocals), Hilda Felix (vocals) and Henk Westendorp (vocals). One of the first singles recorded by the band was "Spoke the Lord Creator", written by Thijs van Leer/Eric Cleuver which was originally recorded by the band FOCUS.

In 1971 the line-up drastically changed: both Koos and Rudi remained with the band, to be joined by John Gaasbeek (bass), Chris de Wolde (guitar), Ard Weeink (trumpet, keyboards bass) and Getty Kaspers (vocals).

The band then started working with producer and composer Eddy Ouwens Eddy Ouwens at which time they signed with record label CNR. It was then that they had their first modest hits like “IN THE SUMMER NIGHT” (written by Koos Versteeg), “FLY AWAY” (written by Gerard Stellaard) and “TENNESSEE TOWN” (written by Eddy Ouwens & Will Luikinga). But their international breakthrough followed when they entered the Euro Vision Song Contest in 1975 in Sweden with “DING A DONG”. It was to be the last time the Netherlands won, up until 2019, when Duncan Laurence, after 44 years, won the Euro Vision Song Contest with his song “ARCADE”.

“DING A DONG” became their biggest hit, reaching the # 1 position in Switzerland, and Norway and Top 10 positions in Germany and Belgium. Their follow-up single was “GOODBYE LOVE” (written by Koos Versteeg). Getty Kaspers left the band shortly after the release of single “ROSE VALLEY” (written by Bruinewoud/Wolde), to be replaced by two new female vocalists: Betty Vermeulen and Marianne Wolsink. They had a few more hits in this line-up, such as “UPSIDE DOWN”, “SEE THE SUN” (both written by Koos Versteeg) and “DEAR JOHN” (written by Eddy Ouwens and Ad Visser) – a song about the then very popular actor/dancer John Travolta. They toured Europe for the next few years, after which the band split up in 1979.

Later, Teach In have come back together, with founding members Rudi Nijhuis and Koos Versteeg – to be joined by Getty Kaspers occasionally for live shows, but their big success was in the 70’s.

Still available on Red Bullet Productions:

TEACH IN – THE BEST OF (including albums “FESTIVAL & “GET ON BOARD”)

TEACH IN – ROOM 115

Teach In - Tennessee town

Teach-In - Ding-a-Dong

Teach In - In The Summernight

Teach-In - Goodbye Love

Teach In - Rose Valley

Teach In - Upside down

Teach In - See the Sun

Teach In - Dear John