Australian singles charts:
Venus entered the Kent charts on 5 January 1970 and was a #1 hit. The song was #14 on the Top 100 of 1970.
Robbie van Leeuwen
Robbie van Leeuwen, Jerry Ross
Record label of Australian release:
Venus by Dutch rock band Shocking Blue featured lead vocals performed by Mariska Veres. The music is from The Banjo Song by ‘Tim Rose and the Big 3’ with new lyrics by Robbie van Leeuwen, the band’s guitarist, sitarist and background vocalist, who also produced along with record producer Jerry Ross.
Read more: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Venus_(Shocking_Blue_song)
The group is from The Netherlands, which led to an interesting translation problem when Shocking Blue lead singer Mariska Veres sang the English lyrics. Van Leeuwen wrote the first line down incorrectly: what was supposed to be “A goddess on the mountain top” he wrote as “A goddness on the mountain top,” and that’s exactly how Veres sang it. Most listeners didn’t notice, and the many cover versions corrected the error, but the result was a #1 hit with a misspoken first line thanks to a typo.
Read more: www.songfacts.com/facts/shocking-blue/venus
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