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Ekseption bij het programma Fanclub 1967 (bron: fotocollectie Beeld en Geluid)


1967 - 1978


instrumental, symphonic rock


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Symphonic rock band that was highly successful in the late 1960s and early 1970s.
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Peter de Leeuwe   drums
Dick Remelink   saxofoon
Cor Dekker   basgitaar
Rein van den Broek   flugelhorn, trompet
Rick van der Linden   arrangeur, dirigent, orgel, toetsinstrumenten

Former members

Dennis Witbraad   drums
Michel van Dijk   zang
Koen Merkelbach   zang
Jan Vennik   saxofoon
Pieter Voogt   drums
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Biography Ekseption

Symphonic rock band that was highly successful in the late 1960s and early 1970s.


Ekseption Hans Alta (bass), Rein van den Broek (trumpet), Tim Griek (drums) and Huib van Kampen (guitar/saxophone) form The Jokers, a school band that plays a mixture of rhythm & blues, jazz and pop.


Ekseption bij het programma Fanclub 1967 (bron: fotocollectie Beeld en Geluid) The Jokers are now called Ekseption. Rob Kruisman (saxophone, flute, guitar, vocals) and Rick van der Linden (keyboards) join the band.

Occasional Swing Combo


Ekseption enters a local jazz contest and wins a record deal with Phonogram. Tim Griek and Hans Alta are replaced by Cor Dekker (bass) and Peter de Leeuwe (drums).

The Hottletts Tony Vos


The band's first single, The Fifth, based on Beethoven's Fifth Symphony, reaches number three in the Dutch Top 40. The Fifth is followed by the singles Rhapsody In Blue and Air. All three songs are taken from the band's first album, Ekseption, that debuts in the Top 10 of the Dutch albums charts. In August Kruisman and original band member Van Kampen leave the band.



This year sees the release of two concept albums: Beggar Julia's Time Trip and Ekseption 3. Beggar Julia's Time Trip is about a woman from the Middle Ages who makes a musical time trip. The album is awarded an Edison Music Award. The single Italian Concerto becomes a hit. Ekseption 3 is based on the story of Le Petit Prince by Saint Exupéry. The single Peace Planet is a big hit.

Ginger Ale Les Baroques Steve Allet


Ekseption The album 00.04 reaches number one in the album charts.


Ekseption 5 is released.


The frequent touring through Europe (especially Scandinavia where the band is very popular) and Israel takes its toll. Sales of the new album Trinity are disappointing.


Rick van der Linden leaves the band and forms the group Trace. The first Ekseption album without Van Der Linden is called Bingo. Although the album itself fails to make a massive impact in the album charts, the single De Fietser ('The Cyclist') does well in the charts.

Hans Hollestelle Trace


After the release of the album Mindmirror, which fails to make any impact, the band decides to split up.

Penney de Jager


Former Ekseption members Van den Broek, Vennik, Jansen and Hans Hollestelle release a jazz-rock album under the name Spin.



Two years after the break-up the album Back To The Classics is released, but lacks commercial success.


Ekseption releases Ekseption '78.



Rein van den Broek and Rick van der Linden release a very successful album under the name Cum Laude.

Cum Laude


The old Ekseption line-up once again records a reunion album: Ekseption '89.


Rick van der Linden releases the album Vivace.

Rick van der Linden


Rick van der Linden and Thijs van Leer go into the studio to record their first ever album together. Rick van der Linden tours the Netherlands and Belgium under the name Ekseption. With the exception of his wife Inez, the entire band consists of Canadian musicians: Mark Inneo (drums/percussion), Bob Shields (guitar), Meredith Nelson (bass) en Peter Tong (keyboards). German broadcasting company WDR films Van der Linden for a documentary about his life and work. On May 13 guitarist, sax player and co-founder of Ekseption Huib van Kampen dies at the age of 59.

Thijs van Leer


Late October bassist Cor Dekker dies at the age of 57. On 19 November Rick van der Linden suffers a cerebral infarction. Shortly before, he is interviewed by TV show Top 2000 a Go-Go. It turns out to be his last public appearance.


Rick van der Linden dies on 22 January at the age of 59.


The DVD Last Traces is released on the Musea label in October. The DVD is a registration of Rick van der Linden's last tour in 2003. Belgian band Rockenbach plays arrangements by Van Der Linden on the album Ekseptional: Tribute To Rick Van Der Linden. The release leads to a tribute show with An Ekseptional Tribute op 10.

Discography Ekseption

In the discography you will find all recordings that have been released listed chronologically. We restrict ourselves to the title, the type of audio, year of publication or recording, label, list of guest musicians, plus any comments on the issue.

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Beat-in voor Artis (1970)
Beat-in voor Artis (1970)
Optreden Ekseption (1980)
Optreden Ekseption (1980)
Ekseption - Peace Planet
Ekseption - Peace Planet
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Optreden Ekseption (1980)

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