Mariska Veres of the Dutch group Shocking Blue
You might not know her name, but you’ve heard her voice. The girl vocalist who sang “Venus” for the Dutch group Shocking Blue in the late 60’s.
People, seeing her exotic features may have thought, well, what is she? French? Spanish? maybe Italian?
well, no to all of the above.
Mariska Veres was born in The Hague, Netherlands.
Her father, Lajos Veres, was a violinist, he was Hungarian of Romani ancestry (Gypsy/Roma). Her mother was born in Germany of French and Russian parents. Her elder sister Ilonka accompanied her father on the piano. Her youngest sister, Irene, never had a career in music.
Mariska, then, is of French/Russian and Hungarian/Roma – Gypsy ancestry.
Shocking Blue – Venus
Sadly, Mariska, who was born on the first of October 1947, died of cancer on December 2, 2006 at the age of 59.