Music & Lyrics: George Kooymans/Barry Hay
“Radar Love” is a song by the Dutch rock band Golden Earring.
The single version of “Radar Love” reached #10 on the Cash Box Top 100 and #13 in Billboard in the United States.
It also hit the Top 10 in many countries, including the United Kingdom, Australia, Germany, and Spain.
The subject of the song is the point of view of an automobile driver who drives to his lover (“baby”) and communicates with her without physical means such as telephone or letters. On his radio, he hears Brenda Lee’s “Coming on Strong”, and the newsman “singin’ his same song”.
Golden Earring is a Dutch rock band, founded in 1961 in The Hague as the Golden Earrings (the “s” was dropped in 1969).
They achieved worldwide fame with their international hit songs “Radar Love” in 1973, which went to number one on the Dutch charts, reached the top ten in the UK and went to number thirteen on the American charts,”Twilight Zone” in 1982, and “When the Lady Smiles” in 1984.
During their career they had nearly 30 top-ten singles on the Dutch charts; over the years they produced 25 studio albums.
The band’s lineup currently consists of co-founders Rinus Gerritsen (bass and keyboards) and George Kooymans (vocals and guitar), along with Barry Hay (vocals, guitar, flute and saxophone), and Cesar Zuiderwijk (drums and percussion).
All musicians in the present lineup of the band have been continuous members of the band since 1970, although other musicians have joined and left the band during the intervening years.