De Swinging Soul Machine

The Swinging Soul Machine is one of the few bands in Holland that play original soul music. Since the very beginnings of the soul period, they have been playing the authentic soul of the sixties and seventies turning each performance into an energetic, swinging, sparkling show never to be forgotten.

Initially they enjoyed success playing all the hits of the soul era, from Otis Redding, Sam and Dave to Edwin Starr, Eddy Floyd and all the other greats. After Iwan Groeneveld (better known as “Spooky”) joined the band they were equally successful playing music written by themselves.The first single released was ‘Nobody wants you’ with the instrumental ‘Spooky’s Day Off’ on the flip side.

It was Lex Harding, working as a DJ for radio Veronica in those days who, as it turned out later, correctly preferred the flip side and played this on the radio. The result left nothing to be desired, a gigantic hit in the Netherlands and Belgium was born! ‘Spooky’s Day Off’ was in the top 40 fourteen weeks in a row of which 6 weeks at number 2. It was aired a lot and sold well in England, Germany and France. Even up till 2004 it could always count on a spot in the ‘All-Time’ Top 2000.

Not only in Holland had the Swinging Soul Machine become a ‘household’ name, all the ‘Greats’ of Soul found their way to them. The band was invited to tour with celebrities like Percy Sledge, and The Trammps. None other than ‘The Godfather of Soul’, James Brown himself asked the Swinging Soul Machine to be the supporting act in his show.

Next to their numerous performances on their own as a solo band they regularly accompanied artists such as The Supremes, Sister Sledge, The Three Degrees, Jimmy ‘Bo’ Horne, Eddy Floyd and CB Milton on their tours to Europe.

The Swinging Soul Machine is still a band as a real Soul Band should be. 11 members strong; with their fantastic horns section and female backing vocalists they treat you to a gripping, dynamic Soul Show taking you by the hand down memory lane as once again you will hear all the hits of the sixties sounding as exiting and inviting as they did then, an unforgettable experience!