#MUZIEKTIJDSCHRIFT 😍 Yesterday I posted an article about the birthday of Cliff Richard and yes I have one more: A Music Express with Cliff Richard on the front page. Now I have a completely different question: What did you read in your childhood?
Was that the Music Express or #Muziekparade or Tuney Tunes or #Hitkrant ?
Additional info 😍 Music Express was a Dutch #muziektijdschrift which appeared monthly between January 1956 and December 1989. Until June 1963, the magazine appeared in black and white, then (partly) in colour. Until the mid-seventies Muziek Expres at distance was the largest Dutch pop magazine. The edition of Muziek Expres reached a peak in 1974 (375,000 copies). Founder and publisher Paul Acket, also active as a concert organizer, then sold the magazine, together with Popfoto, for a million dollars to the publishing house VNU. From the proceeds he founded the North Sea Jazz Festival. In 1975 Acket also resigned as director of Muziek Expres B.V. and also left long-year editor-in-chief Ruud van Dulkenraad. He was succeeded by Paul Deckers (1975-1976), Dick Kooiman (1977-1985; also editor in chief of Popfoto), Tineke Verhoeven (1985-1988) and Jan Groenewold (1988-1989). After several changes in formulas, the edition of Muziek Expres fell rapidly from 1974 - to 137,015 copies in 1979 and 77,813 in 1989. VNU then decided to stop the publication of the magazine: in December 1989 the 645th and last issue was published.
The content of Music Expres mainly consisted of articles about and interviews with the artists that were popular at that time. Conversely, a report in the magazine could also lead to a sudden increase in record sales. At that time, many teenage rooms were wallpapered with the posters from the magazine. Monthly lyrics were printed of some songs that were high in the hit parade. This was eagerly used by artists and bands. Although the name of the music publishing company was neatly printed under the texts, most of the texts were reproduced by the editors of the magazine by ear. This sometimes led to strange results. In 1965, the first line of We've gotta get out of this place by The Animals was printed as “In the studio part of the city” where it was supposed to be “In this dirty old part of the city”. The result was that in many dancings and parish halls hits with flawed “Music Express lyrics” were performed. From 1960, the magazine also published the programming of Radio Veronica. Veronica diskjockey Joost den Draaijer had his own section in the magazine between 1961 and 1964. From June 1958 “ME” printed its own (monthly) hit parade. Its popularity declined in the mid-1960s as weekly charts emerged, such as the Time For Teenagers Top 10, the Parool Top 20 and the Veronica Top 40, of which free printed copies were distributed every Friday.