In 1965, when Sydney Wachtel replaced Pierre van der Linden on drums
in the "Cellar Rockers", they decided to change their name
to "Johnny and the Hunters", wich became simply "The
Hunters" soon after.
Paul Hubert replaced Jan Burgers on guitar, while Wilfred Arens was
the new bassplayer. Wilfred was replaced by Ron Bijtelaar in 1966. Their
first singles featured Rita Severijnse and Floor Klomp on vocals, but
since "The Russian Spy and I", released in June 1966, they
shared the vocals themselves. That single became a Top 40 hit in The
Netherlands, as it reached no. 10. The next single "Janosh"
wasn't very successful (no. 40), but was a logical follow-up to its
After that single, Ron Bijtelaar was replaced by Frank Smit, before
Ron finally returned to The Hunters, to play on their last single "Lost
Money" in November 1968.
The Hunters were, just like the "Cellar Rockers", also a backing
group for several lead singers. For instance, they recorded a single
with vocaliste Peggy March in 1966. Recently, a photo from the recording
session turned up, and can be found below.
The Hunters, 1966 - left to right : Jan Akkerman Ron Bijtelaar,
Sydney Wachtel and Paul Hubert
Jan Akkerman and Sydney Wachtel during a 1966-recording session
Jan Akkerman and Peggy March, 1966
Jan and his 12 strings guitar in the line up of the Hunters,
Frank Smit,Jan Akkerman and Sydney Wachtel carrying Paul Hubert
Hunters promotion card
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