Spargo

In the eighties the Amsterdam based funk disco group Spargo scored one hit after the other, like You and Me (1980), Head Up To The Sky (1980), One Night Affair (1981), Just for you (1981) and Hip Hap Hop (1982) and released the following albums: Good Time Spirit (1980), Go (1981), Hold On (1982) and Step by Step (1984).

Spargo was founded in Amsterdam in 1975 by Ruud Mulder (guitar, vocals), Hans Elbersen (guitar, vocals), Ellert Driessen (keys, vocals, composer), Jef Nassenstein (bass, vocals) and Leander Lammertink (drums). In the late 70s, after the departure of Elbersen, the group got reinforcement from the originally American singer Lilian Day Jackson. Lilian is the daughter of jazz drummer Art Blakey and had sung with Hans Dulfer among others. With Jackson as lead singer and Driessen as singer, the group got its distinctive sound and broke through. Their single You and Me became the best-selling record in the Netherlands in 1980 and reached the number 1 position. You and Me was also a big hit in Italy, Belgium, Iceland, Peru and Suriname.

After that, Spargo scored four top-5 hits in the Netherlands, but the international success of You and Me was no longer equaled. Other known songs from that period were: Worry (1980), Back in my arms again (1980), Inside Your Heart (1980), Hey you! (1981), Running From Your Lovin’. Spargo broke up in 1985.

At the end of 2015, Spargo gave a mini-concert during Humberto Tan Let’s Dance event in a sold out Ziggo Dome. In June 2017 the band played at the 40 UP festival in Eindhoven. That was a big success.  On Friday, June 1, Spargo is going to play in their hometown on the Opening Night of the Red Light Jazz festival.

Bezetting

  • Lilian Day Jackson
  • Lead-vocals
  • Ellert Driessen
  • Keyboards, Vocals
  • Ruud Mulder
  • Guitar
  • Jef Nassenstein
  • Bass
  • Leander Lammertink
  • Drums

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Schedule of this event:

19.30 Doors open
20.00 – 20.45 WILD Organ & Drums
21.00 – 22.15 Tom Browne
22.30 – 23.15 Spargo
23.15 – 02.00 DJ Maestro & poledancers
Red Light Jazz - Spargo in 1981

Foto: Spargo in 1981 © KIPPA