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AVRO's TopPop, 1983 (Bron: fotocollectie Beeld en Geluid)


1979 - 1988


girl groups, pop


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Dolly Dots

Very successful Dutch girl group from the '80s.
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Biography Dolly Dots

Very successful Dutch girl group from the '80s.


Promotiefoto 1979 (Bron: Collectie Popinstituut, UvA Bijzondere Collecties) Dancers Angéla Kramers, Anita Heilker, Esther Oosterbeek and Patty Zomer form the Dolly Dots with singers Ria Brieffies and Angela Groothuizen. In June they score their first hit single with 'Boys', followed by 'Radio' in October and 'Rollerskating' in December.

Howlin' Hurricane Peter van Asten Richard de Bois The Rhinestone All Stars The Surfers The Vips


The Dots keep scoring hits: 'We Believe In Love' and 'Hela-Di-Ladi-Lo' both enter the Top 10. They are also gaining in popularity in neighbouring countries.


This year sees the release of the greatest hits album 'Forever' and an extensive tour of Japan.


While most other Dutch girl groups (Luv, Babe, Sugar & Lollipops) are experiencing difficult times, the Dolly Dots continue being successful.


AVRO's TopPop, 1983 (Bron: fotocollectie Beeld en Geluid) The Dolly Dots have their own TV-series and in October they go on a theatre tour with a live band. 'Love Me Just A Little Bit More' hits the number one spot.


'She's A Liar' enters the Top 10. In June the Dolly Dots perform at the Montreux Golden Rose Festival. Later that month they play at the Parkpop festival in The Hague.

Kees ten Dam Lex Bolderdijk Marcel Schimscheimer Peter Schön Rob ten Bokum


The Dolly Dots break up with producers De Bois and Van Asten who are replaced by Jochem Fluitsma & Eric van Tijn. Anita Heilker quits the group because she finds it difficult to combine her musical career with being a mother.

Fluitsma & Van Tijn Peter van Asten Richard de Bois


Success is failing, but the good news is that they finally get the go-ahead for making a motion picture, a project with the American Cannon Motion Pictures.



The film 'Dutch Treat' is showing in Dutch cinemas, but it's not a box-office hit. In order to break Europe the Dots hire the renowned Stock, Aitken and Waterman to write a hit record for them. The result is the single 'What A Night', but it fails to enter the Top 10 and the Dots are hugely disappointed when it becomes clear that their attempts to make it big in Europe have failed.


The girls announce the end of the group. On October 2 they play a farewell gig in club Escape in Amsterdam.


The compilation album 'Gold' enters the charts and the song 'Love Me Just A Little Bit More' is being remixed.


BMG releases a new compilation album called 'The Collection'. It contains all singles plus a new single (a remix of 'What A Night'). The girls reunite on two occasions: for a television show on October 1 and again on December 17 when they perform in front of two hundred fans and the employees of a Dutch company in household appliances.

Cor Bakker Paul de Leeuw


September sees the premiere of Love Me Just A Little Bit More, a musical in which the music of the girl group plays an important role.

Charly Luske Linda Wagenmakers


On July 10 Esther Oosterbeek is hospitalised due to a brain haemorrhage. After an operation she's home again on August 5.


Ria Brieffes joins the '80s (dance classics) Flasback Theatre Tour.


In January Dolly Dots temporarily reunite for an eight-pice concert series Vrienden Van ('Friends of') Amstel in Ahoy'. On January 28 RTL4 televises a live registration. The successful reunion leads to three sold out headline shows at Ahoy' on May 25, 26 and 27. A registration of the reunion concert is released on CD and DVD on 29 June.



The last reunion shows of the Dolly Dots take place in the spring. The Goodbye For Now Tour kicks off on 12 April in Martiniplaza in Groningen and ends on 7 June in the Rijnhal in Arnhem. The Dolly Dots end the year with a performance during the Top 2000 In Concert at the Heineken Music Hall on 11 December. Ria Brieffies is ill and cannot not be present.


On Monday 20 July Ria Brieffies dies of lung cancer at the age of 52.

Discography Dolly Dots

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