I previously posted about the music associated with the documentaries made about a couple of footballing household names; George Best and Zinedine Zidane. This is another entry into that series, only this time you may not know this name. He is Gerald Vanenburg.
“Born in Utrecht of Surinamese descent, Vanenburg finished his football formation with AFC Ajax, and made his Eredivisie debuts exactly one month after his 17th birthday, against ADO Den Haag. He finished his first season with 11 games and three goals, being soon dubbed Vaantje and Geraldinho for his above-average skills.
Vanenburg became an undisputed starter for the Amsterdam side shortly after, providing countless assists for strikers Marco van Basten and Wim Kieft and adding 30 himself in two seasons combined as the club won back-to-back national championships; before leaving in June 1986, he scored in double digits in two more seasons. Himself, van Basten, Kieft were amongst a steady stream of talented youngsters that also included Frank Rijkaard that helped to the conquest of three league titles between 1982 and 1985.”
There was a documentary made about his exploits at Ajax whilst he was there. The full doc is below. It is in Dutch obviously, but you can skip through to see Vanenburg in action:
The accompanying music used in the title song of the documentary came from an American implant now residing in Holland, but again like the footballer you might not have heard of Omar Dupree.
He is a background singer on many, many songs by various artists. He was one of the singers in the (Dutch) soul group Band Of Gold, but is now leading his own group True Colors.
And then in 1984 he was given the opportunity to sing the theme tune:
Here is a couple more examples of Omar on lead vocals:
This is from the same year and a cover version of the Moments & Whatnauts song “Girls”
And finally going back to 1972 with the man himself doing some serious funk: