He is a singer-songwriter, guitarist, keyboardist and
producer born Hans Gerard Jozef Vermeulen in Voorburg, The Netherlands. His father was a saxophonist, his
mother a choral singer brother was the guitarist Jan Vermeulen and his son
David is also a musician.
He was drawn to music as a child and greatly encouraged
by his parents, so joined Voorburg’s Hadriana Forum as a horn player.
He began his musical career in 1961 at the age of fourteen
when he put together the group Sandy Coast Skiffle Group. The name changed when his brother
Jan was asked to join the band but refused to unless they widened their
horizons from just skiffle.
Thus they became Sandy Coast Rockers and eventually just became
known as Sandy Coast. They had
several hit records that include “Capitol Punishment”, “I See Your Face”, “Just
a Friend”, “Sumer Train” and “True Love”.
Sandy Coast called it a day in the mid-1970s and Hans
went on to form Rainbow Train in 1975 with his brother. His wife at the time, Hilde Dianne
Marchal, sang with the group and in later years Hans wrote “Hilde” about
her, which appeared on his solo album. They released the single “Heaven on Earth” and “Another
Band” in 1978 and the album Accompanied By. The following year Hans decided to
shorten the group’s name to Train and they released the album Gentlemen
Street and the single of the same name in 1980.
He also worked as a producer during these years and
saw success with Anita Meyer and Daisy Eshuijs and received an Edison Award
in 1977 for his work with Anita..
In 1981 he was called upon by Stars On/Starsound to
sing on the Beatles medley they were putting together. He became the voice of George
Harrison on the resultant single, which would become a huge international
The early 1980s also saw the return of Sandy Coast who
returned to the charts with their “The Eyes of Jenny”. They appeared again later in the
decade with a new album release.
During the 1980s he also continued to produce new artists such as
Niamh Kavanagh and Nadieh and was a recipient of the Golden Harp Award in 1987.
Things quietened down during the ‘90s for Hans so he packed
up and moved to Thailand where he married the Thai singer known as Aom. He released the single “A Kiss and a
Hug” which was a minor success and in 1994 worked with the group called The
Rest. The television documentary
Hans Vermeulen: Gogelvrij was released in 1998.
In the new millennium he worked on the TV broadcast The
Friends of Amstel LIVE with City to City and Precious in 2001. In 2007 he gave a performance with the
Metropole Orchestra and continues to periodically return to the Netherlands
Stars on 45 recordings
“Venus” – Sugar Sugar – No Reply – I’ll Be Back – Drive My Car – Do You
Want to Know a Secret – We Can Work it Out – I Should Have Known Better –
Nowhere Man – You’re Going to Lose That Girl – Stars on 45 (Jeff Barry/Martin
Duiser/Jaap Eggermont/Andy Kim/Robbie van Leeuwen/John Lennon/Paul