Mariska Veres (1 October 1947 – 2 December 2006) was a Dutch singer who was best known as the lead singer of the rock group Shocking Blue.
Veres began her career as a singer in 1963 with the guitar band Les Mysteres. In 1965 she joined the Bumble Bees, the Blue Fighters, Danny and his Favourites and General Four in 1966, and the Motowns later in 1966. In 1968 she was invited to join Shocking Blue to replace lead singer Fred de Wilde who had to join the army. Shocking Blue gained worldwide fame with the hit single “Venus”. The month of their arrival in the United States gossip columnist Earl Wilson referred to Veres as a beautiful busty girl. However, when she joined Shocking Blue she made it clear to the other band members that romantic relationships were not going to happen.
Mariska Veres Remembered
Mariska Veres died of cancer on 2 December 2006, aged 59. Reminiscing to the Belgian magazine Flair, she remarked about her early fame, “I was just a painted doll (back in those days), nobody could ever reach me. Nowadays, I am more open to people.”