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Wanda & Joyce

Wanda & Joyce
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Dutch postcard by Gebr. Spanjersberg NV, Rotterdam, no. 153. Photo: Combi-Press, Amsterdam.

Dutch-Indonesian duo Wanda & Joyce recorded several Indo-rock songs in the early 1960s which were very successful hits in the Netherlands, Germany and the Far East. And surprise, they were mother and daughter!

Wanda Elvira Carolina de Fretes was born in Bandung, Indonesia, in 1946. She was the daughter of musician George de Fretes and singer Joyce Aubrey. In 1951, De Fretes and his 5-year-old daughter Wanda recorded the song Pretty Baby. During the recording, the small Wanda stood on a chair behind the microphone. After the divorce in 1952, Joyce expatriated to the Netherlands with Wanda. Here, Joyce started to work as a singer for The Mena Moeria Minstrels. Under the name The Amboina Serenaders they recorded the song Ik Wil Klappermelk Met Suiker which was a big hit in the Netherlands in 1956. A year later Joyce married pianist Fred Hoogduin.

In 1962, 16-years old Wanda recorded with Johnny & His Cellar Rockers (including the young Jan Akkerman) the covers Let's Twist Again and Shall We Twist. That same year, she also teamed up with her mother as the duo Wanda & Joyce. They recorded several Indo-rock songs which were very successful hits in the Netherlands, Germany and the Far East. They were accompanied by The Rhythm Brothers consisting of studio musicians, supplemented by George de Fretes and the famous Surinamese guitarist Lex Vervuurt. Hits were Potong Padi and Ajoen Ajoen. Solo, Wanda has success in 1963 with covers of Locomotion (Little Eve), Sweetie (Peter Kraus), In Yokohama (Sukiyaki van Kyo Sakamoto), In De Kelder Van Billy (Old Smokey Locomotion van Little Eve) and Wow Wow Wee (The Angels). Nowadays Wanda Aubrey lives in the USA. Her mother Joyce had died and is buried in Den Haag (The Hague). In 2010, her father George de Fretes was inducted into the European Steel Guitar Hall of Fame posthumously.

Sources: Discogs and Indo-Rock gallery (Dutch).
Date: 2015-11-02 05:45:49

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