Born April 7 1945 in Voorburg, Netherlands is a Dutch ASCAP award winning
music producer and songwriter. Mouth & MacNeal and Luv’ are among the greatest pop acts he produced. Moreover, he composed three songs for the Eurovision Song Contest.He started his career in 1965 when he worked at Phonogram Records (a record label founded by the Philips group, inventor of the Compact Disc; then, this record company was part of PolyGram which became
Universal Music in 1998). His relationship with Phonogram asted until 1979. He produced and/or (co-)wrote records for pop acts such as Q65, The Motions, Ro-d-ys,Zen, Group 1850, Big Wheel, Somerset, Ramses Shaffy & Liesbeth List, Sandra & Andres, Kamahl, American Gypsy and Vulcano.
Among the bands Van Hemert worked with: Mouth & MacNeal. This duo scored big hits not only in their homeland but also abroad between 1971 and 1974: Hey You Love (a Dutch Top 5 single in 1971) How Do You Do (this single was a Dutch #1 hit in 1971 but also a German Top 5 hit and US Top 10 Hit in 1972 when it reached the 8th position of the Billboard Hot 100 Charts.) Hello-a (a #1 Hit in Holland and Germany in 1972) Ik Zie Een Ster / I See A Star (a Dutch and English Top 10 hit, this song was chosen to represent the Netherlands at the Eurovision Song Contest in 1974 (the year ABBA won it) and become third).
Then came Luv’ (1977–1981), a female pop trio he formed with the help from Piet Souer and a manager, Han Meijer (later replaced by Pim Ter Linde). This girl group had popular chart toppers in large part of Continental Europe, South Africa and Mexico. Among their greatest hit singles: U.O.Me, You’re the Greatest Lover, Trojan Horse, Casanova and Ooh, Yes I Do. This formation sold seven million records (singles and albums).
In April 2005, Luv’ made a surprise showcase at his 40 year business anniversary and 60th birthday.
In the spring of 2006, his production team remixed Trojan Horse (which was included in the Luv’s Box set entitled Completely In Luv’ (released by Universal Music Netherlands). Two years later, he produced and wrote a digital single for Mother and Father’s day, De allerliefste mama en papa performed by his daughter Hannah and his grand daughter Britt.
In recent years, some of his compositions have been rendered by contemporary artists from the Dance and Techno scene.
How Do You Do by Mouth & MacNeal has been sampled by Party Animals in 2006 and by Scooter one year later for his European hit The Question Is What Is the Question? (a Top 5 hit in Germany, Austria, Finland, Hungary, reaching the Top 20 in Ireland and the Top 50 in the Netherlands and UK)
The eight #1 hits on the Dutch Top 40
Eight of his productions/compositions were #1 hits in the Netherlands (some of them world hits too):
Hair by Zen (1968)
Mijn Gebed by DC Lewis (1970)
How Do You Do and Hello-a by Mouth & MacNeal (1972)
The Elephant Song by Kamahl (1975)
You’re the Greatest Lover and Trojan Horse by Luv’ (1978)
Shine Up by Doris D & The Pins (1980)
Among his most prestigious awards, he received:
two Conamus Export Prizes (for his collaboration with the best Dutch Export music acts): in 1972 (with Mouth & MacNeal) and in 1979 (with Luv’).
a Gouden Harp (Golden Harp) in 1974 for his talents as a producer.
an ASCAP award in the United States for the song How Do You Do by Mouth & Mac Neal.
40 gold and platina records thanks to his music productions.