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Golden Earring is the best known and internationally most succesful rock band to come out of The Netherlands. From 1963 to 1969 they were called The Golden Earrings. In 1961 George Kooymans (age 13) and his neighbour Rinus Gerritsen formed a group named The Tornados in their home town of The Hague. The band's first line-up mainly played The Shadows covers. and other instrumentals. In 1963, as the band found out that there was an older British band called The Tornados, they decided to change their name into The Golden Earrings (after a Peggy Lee song).