Long Tall Ernie & The Shakers as a group
was born in 1972, as a joke of the group THE
MOANS, lateron MOAN, inwich
members were like Herman Brood, keyboard-player Jaap Dekker and the Cuby
& The Blizzards bass-player and Music Maker Chief-Editor Jaap van Eijk.
At the performances 'MOAN' did play progressive popmusic, after the the
break, they came back in a different outfit as rockers and performed a
set of rock 'n roll covers as Long Tall Ernie & The Shakers. Singer
Arnie Treffers also is active in the group Arnhem
at that time.
In 1973 manager Rein Muntinga is coming, also
active in The Spijkerkwartet
and business is going on to be serious. Moan is dead and The Shakers are
launched in a publicity campaign, as rough rockers with rock 'n roll act.
There were rumours about agressive and criminal bandmembers, fighting with
recordmanagers and a rough act on stage did complete the job. The Shakers
did score their first hits at the rock & roll revival with singles
as Big Fat Mama,
yourself together and Allright.
acts and concerts in Germany did come up then.
Johnny' Rietman and Henk 'The
Knife' Bruysten did leave the group, lateron followed by Alfons
'Muscles' Haket and Alan 'Tenderfoot' MacFarlane. Rietman is going to play
with Unit Gloria
and is solo as The Killer.
Treffers makes the Arnie solo Album.
Henk Bruysten is the founder of Hank The Knife & The Jets (with Duane
Eddy sound) and does have great hits as f.i. Guitar
King and Stan The
Gunman. The New Shakers around 'Long Tall' Arnie Treffers after
some changements, are Tony Britnell
(saxofonist of Shakin' Stevens & The Sunsets), Karl
Busköhl (guitar), Ruud van Buuren (bass) (ex-Livin' Blues)
and Jan Pijnenburg (drums) (ex-Lucifer and Sweet d'Buster).
Treffers sings on the album Rhythm
And Booze van G.T. Walls, synonymous of Telegraaf sports- reporter
Gert-Rein van der Waal. Hank the Knife is recording Silverstone
after the break of The Jets. The Shakers did have their greatest hits with
medley's of old rock & roll successes, Do
You Remember (producer Jaap Eggermont) and Golden
Years Of Rock & Roll.
Together with Tony Britnell, Arnie Treffers
composed hits like Shirley
(It's Me, 1977), Snoopy (It's
All In The Bible, 1979), Albert
West (Girls & Cadillacs, 1980) andSugar
& the Lollipops (I Can Dance en Dancing Dymamo uit 1981).
I Can Dance even becomes nr.1 in the Danish charts.
UNKNOWN CONCERT 1973 ??
The Rock 'n Roll acts are gone in 1979. The
concept-album Meet The
Monsters, about monsters on the wide screen, could not save the
group anymore. Hank The Knife is coming back with Hank
The Knife & The Crazy Cats, a year later there's still one
more hit to go. Guitarist Jos Jaspers and drummer Eugene Arts are going
on with Turbo.
In the 80's Treffers did make the solo-album
In The Crowd synonymous as Schultz. To get rid of the Dutch contract
with The Shakers uses the groupname 'The
Block' in releasing a single for the German market.
BY COURTESY OF TON ODIJK
In 1982 The Shakers did split-up. The ex-Shakers,
which will become famous are Rietman,
as bandleader, piano-player of the Los/Vast orchestra and TV host of the
same called NCRV t.v.-program, Karl
Bushkohl as Carl
Carlton & The Songdogs, and Hank
The Knife & The Jets.
In 1983 Arnie moved to Denmark and also got
On August 25 in 1995 Arnie Treffers died
at home of his brother Ebe in Groningen, suffering of cancer.
Arnie Treffers did reach the age of 48 years old. A great lost for all
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