How Do You Do Mouth and MacNeal
Song Title: How Do You Do
Artist: Mouth and MacNeal
Date of release: January the 22nd 1971
Description: ” How Do You Do ” was by Mouth and MacNeal, a pop duo from the Netherlands. The duo consisted of Big Mouth ( Wilhelmus Jacobus Duyn, or just Willem Duyn ) and Maggie MacNeal ( Sjoukje van’t Spijker ).
The song was written by Hans van Hemert and Harry van Hoof. Hans van Hemert is a Dutch record producer, songwriter and Dutch ASCAP ( American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers ) award winner. Along with Mouth and MacNeal he also produced for Luv’, the female pop trio who have sold seven Million records.
Harry van Hoof is a Dutch conductor, composer and music arranger. He has conducted 15 Eurovision Song Contest entries between 1972 and 1994.
” How Do You Do ” was released by record labels Decca Records and Philips Records ( both now part of the Universal Music Group ), the single was taken from Mouth and MacNeal’s Album of the same name.
In 1971 record producer Hans van Hemert paired Big Mouth and Maggie MacNeal to form the successful duo. Big Mouth started his career as a drummer with the Holland Quintet and had sung with a number of bands during the 1960’s, which included Speedway, Jayjays and Les Etoiles.
Maggie MacNeal had released one single before becoming part of the duo, a cover of Marvin Gaye’s ” I Heard It Through the Grapevine “.
Mouth and MacNeal, Hans van Hemert and Harry van Hoof received the first ever Buma Export Award in 1972, the award is given to Dutch artists who sell the most records abroad in a year. Each year the prize is awarded by the Buma Cultuur foundation, other awards presented by the foundation include the Golden Harp and Zilveren Harp.
” How Do You Do ” was played on US radio by popular disc jockey Jim Connors, during his career he earned 13 Gold records for his discovery of artists. Due to his airplay the song made the top ten on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart in 1972, it was to be Mouth and MacNeal’s only chart success in the United States.
In the US the song peaked at number 8 on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart and spent a total of 19 weeks on the chart there. It was awarded a Gold disc by Recording Industry Association of America ( RIAA ) for sales of over a Million copies.
The song was a huge hit throughout continental Europe, making number one in several countries but wasn’t released in the United Kingdom. Worldwide sales for the sing was in excess of two Million.
BillBoard Hot 100 Highest Chart Position: 8
UK Highest Chart Position: N/A
Other Countries Highest Chart Positions: Belgium (VRT Top 30) 1, Canada (RPM) 2, Denmark (Tracklisten) 1, Germany (Media Control AG) 5, Netherlands (Dutch Top 40) 1, New Zealand (RIANZ) 1, Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade) 1
Official Website: Maggiemacneal.nl/nieuws
FaceBook Page: N/A
Wikipedia Page: Wikipedia.org/MouthandMacNeal