Q65 was a Dutch Garage rock/Psychedelic rock/Rhythm and blues group formed in 1965 and categorised in the Netherlands as being part of the Nederbeat genre.


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1965: Formation[edit]Edit

Q65 was formed in early 1965 when guitarists Joop Roelofs and Frank Nuyens decide to start a band with singer Willem Bieler. The line-up was completed by bass player Peter Vink and drummer Jay Baar. The band was inspired by rhythm and blues traditionals and the songs of Robert Johnson and Willie Dixon as well as The KinksThe Animals and The Rolling Stones. Q65 started their performances in the Spring of 1965. During a concert at skating ring De Eenhoorn, they met producerPeter Koelewijn. Very impressed by their show, he invited them to an audition at the Phonogram studio, where they recorded two of their own songs; "And Your Kind" and "You're The Victor". Koelewijn decided to release them on vinyl.

1966-1968: The Golden Years[edit]Edit

In January 1966, their debut single "You're The Victor" was released and later peaked at #11 on the Dutch Top 40. Then Hans van Hemert replaced Koelewijn. Two other singles reached the Dutch charts the same year; "The Life I Live" (#5) and "I Despise You" (#19). Under Van Hemert's guidance their first album entitledRevolution was recorded and released by Decca Records. In 1967, they hit the charts again with the singles "From Above" (#13) and "World of birds" (#8). Due to drug problems and military service duties of singer Wim Bieler, Q65 disbanded in 1968.


Q65 reformed in 1970, with Beer Klaasse on drums, and signed to Negram Records, staying together for one year and two LPs, Afghanistan and We Are Gonna Make It, which had a slightly more psychedelic orientation. Q65's line-up changed during the early 1970s as Nuyens exited to join Baar in a band called Rainman, while Q65 continued with a new line-up, featuring John Frederikz on vocals and Joop van Nimwegen on guitar. The original Q65 reunited in 1980 and toured that year. The group continued in various configurations in the mid-1980s. Jay Baar died in 1990, but a version of the band, with Wim Bieler as leader, continued playing into the 1990s.



  • You're The Victor / And Your Kind : Decca AT10189 (1966)
  • The Life I Live / Cry In The Night : Decca AT10210 (1966)
  • The Life I Live / Ann : Philips 6817052 (1966)
  • I Despise You / Ann : Decca AT101248 (1966)
  • From Above / I Was Young : Decca AT10248 (1967)
  • World Of Birds / It Came To Me : Decca AT10263 (1967)
  • World Of Birds / Ain't That Lovin' You Babe : Decca AT10263 (1967)
  • So High I've Been So Down I Must Fall / Where Is The Key : Decca AT10286 (1968)
  • Ann / Sour Wine : Decca AT10336 (1968)
  • Sundance / World Of Birds : Decca AT10383 (1968)
  • Don't Let Me Fall / Crumblin' : Negram NG172 (1970)
  • Don't Let Me Fall / Crumblin' : Hansa 14588 AT [German pressing]
  • Sexy Legs / There Was A Day : Negram NG196 (1970)
  • Sexy Legs / There Was A Day : Cardinal 3121
  • Sexy Legs / We Are Happy : Hansa 14804 AT [German pressing]
  • Love Is Such A Good Thing / Night : Negram NG220 (1971)
  • I Just Can't Wait / We're Gonna Make It : Negram NG230 (1971)
  • Fighting Is Easy / Country Girl : Polydor 2050181 (1971)
  • Hoonana / Troubles (Kjoe) : Polydor 2050181 (1972)
  • Lady Of Love / Fighting Is Easy (Wim Bieler & Dambuster) : Polydor 2050338 (1974)
  • Mean Woman / Think It Over : CNR (1980) [unreleased]
  • Let's Roll / Are You Home : Jaws 5517 (1988)


  • Kjoe Bloes (4 tracks) : Decca BU70025 (1967)
  • Sexy Legs (4 tracks) : I Go Ape (1989)


  • Revolution (Decca QL625363, 1966)
  • Revival (Decca XBY846515, 1969)
  • Afghanistan (Negram NELP075, 1970)
  • We're Gonna Make It (Negram ELS914, 1971)
  • Trinity (Mohican MH001/Munich, 1997)
  • Revolution (Re-issue, Rotation/Universal, 2002)


  • Complete Collection 1966-1969 (PolyGram, 1998)
  • The Life I Live (Rotataion/PolyGram, 1998)
  • Alle 13 Haags (Pink Records, 2001)
  • Singles A's and B's (Hunter Music, 2002)
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