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Tuesday, 8 May 2018

Mouth & MacNeal "How Do You Do?“ 1972 Dutch Pop


Mouth & MacNeal  "How Do You Do?“ 1972 Dutch Pop Rock
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This is Mouth & MacNeal’s biggest claim to fame and their only hit in the US. To clear up some confusion, this song has nothing to do with Natasha Bedingfield’s 2007 "How Do You Do?” - give them both a listen, they’re completely different songs. 

Mouth & MacNeal were Willem “Mouth” Duyn and Maggie MacNeal (real name Sjoukje Van’t Spijker), a pop duo formed in the Netherlands in 1971 by Hans van Hemert, a record producer who saw the value in adding two moderately successful solo artists to make one great team. 
“How Do You Do?” got some heavy airplay on the stateside thanks to American DJ Jim Connors at stations along the eastern seaboard. Thanks to this exposure, the song spent 19 weeks on the Billboard Hot 100. The single sold over a million copies in the US and was certified gold by the RIAA in August of 1972. 
Mouth & MacNeal had a moderately successful career in Scandinavia and Europe, but never again charted in the US. Amongst their other notable hits were “I See a Star,” which hit #1 in Ireland, “Hey You Love,” which charted #5 in the Dutch Top 40, and “Hello-A.” They also made some appearances on the Eurovision Song Contest, once coming in third behind ABBA. 
Mouth & MacNeal broke up soon after “How Do You Do?” to go back to their respective solo careers. Willem “Mouth” Duyn passed away from a heart attack in 2004 at age 67; Maggie MacNeal went on with her solo career…..~


Mouth & MacNeal were Willem Duyn (Haarlem, 31 March 1937 – Amsterdam, 4 December 2004) and Sjoukje van ’t Spijker (Tilburg, 5 May 1950). Willem had been a member of several unsuccesful bands in the 1960s and he was about to give up music when he teamed up with producer Hans van Hemert and female singer Sjoukje van ’t Spijker. Although Willem was much older than Sjoukje (thirteen years), there was some kind of chemistry between the two: Willem as the rough and loud-mouthed (hence his artist name) singer, and Sjoukje as the soft and tender girl. Their career started in 1971 with Hey You Love, after which two number one hits followed: “Hello-A” and “How Do You Do”. The latter even reached the American top ten. In 1974 they performed Ik Zie Een Ster at the national final, but they sang it in English at the ESC, where they finished third (not a bad result, given the fact that the top two were ABBA and Gigliola Cinquetti). “I See A Star” even went on to become an international hit. Mouth & MacNeal suddenly split up in December 1974, after which the Mouth teamed up with (future wife) Ingrid Kup to form the duo Big Mouth & Little Eve. It was clearly a wrong career move, as Willem never had the success he had enjoyed with Sjoukje…..~


A colorful pop duo from the Netherlands best known for their 1972 international hit “How Do You Do,” Mouth & MacNeal came to be in 1971 when producer Hans van Hemert brought together the talents of former construction worker-turned-rocker Willem Duyn (aka “Big Mouth”) and classically trained vocalist Sjoukje Van’t Spiijker (aka “Maggie MacNeal”). The duo wasted little time in issuing their first single, “Hey You Love,” which was a huge regional hit. But it was the next two singles, “How Do You Do” and “Hello-A,” that shot to the number one spot on the Dutch charts, with the former becoming an international phenomenon, spending 19 weeks on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart and eventually going gold – that would become their bread and butter. That success helped the group’s debut LP crack Billboard’s Top 100 albums chart, but it would be their last hit , the duo had parted ways, with Big Mouth pairing up with Ingrid Kup, whom he would eventually marry, and MacNeal continuing on with her solo career. ~ James Christopher Monger…..~



Tracklist 
A1 A.B.C. 4:32 
A2 I Almost Lost My Mind 3:00 
A3 I Heard It Through The Grapevine 3:15 
A4 Hey, You Love 3:35 
A5 Remember (Walking In The Sand) 2:25 
A6 Rosianna 2:50 
B1 Why Did You, Why? 2:55 
B2 How Do You Do? 4:04 
B3 Land Of Milk And Honey 3:22 
B4 Tell Me World 3:09 
B5 It Happened Long Ago 3:46 
B6 Isolation 3:36






Albums 
Hello (1972, LP only) 
Mouth & MacNeal (1972, LP only) 
How Do You Do (1972, LP only) 
Hello and Thank You (1972, LP only) 
Mouth & MacNeal II (1972, LP only) 
Pocketful of Hits (1973, LP only) 
Singles (1995, CD) 
How Do You Do (1999, CD) - not the same as 1972 LP 
Absolutely the Best (2000, CD) 
The Singles + (2001, 2-CD set) 

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