How Do You Do - Mouth and MacNeil & "The Windows" cover

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"How Do You DO" was written by
(Hans van Hemert - Harry van Hoof)

Hans van Hemert (Dutch) was the one who formed "Mouth & MacNeil" in the Netherlands and it seems that 1972 was a good year for him, because I have found three versions - all from 1972 - from three different countries! I have yet to find a recording in Dutch - if anyone has one...?

There have recently been remixes by "Party Animals" "Scooter" along with German & English remixes by Ballermann Andy & Die Bürokaufmannsfrau

In English, Mouth & MacNeil (and Jigsaw) and then the German version by "The Windows"

"Mouth & MacNeal" in English:

"The Windows" in German:

The "Jigsaw" Australian version (in Australian *L*)

Mouth & MacNeal was a pop duo from The Netherlands. They were formed in 1971 when producer Hans van Hemert brought together the solo talents of Big Mouth (born Willem Duyn, March 31, 1937) and Maggie MacNeal (born Sjoukje van't Spijker, May 5, 1950) together. Big Mouth had previously sung in a number of 1960's bands, including Speedway. In contrast, MacNeal had had an unsuccessful career as a solo artist.
The duo released their first single almost immediately. This first single, 'Hey You Love', reached #5 in the Dutch Top 40 while the next two singles 'How Do You Do' and 'Hello-A' both reached #1. In 1972 Mouth & MacNeal reached the top of the charts all over Europe, with their fame (especially in Germany) reaching almost hysterical proportions. "How Do You Do" was made popular in the United States by legendary radio personality Jim Connors. The song eventually reached #8 in the U.S. in July 1972. This propelled their 1972 US album How Do You Do into the Billboard 200 (US #77). More hit singles followed in 1973, and in 1974 Mouth & MacNeal represented the Netherlands in the Eurovision Song Contest placing 3rd, behind ABBA and Gigliola Cinquetti with their song "I See a Star", which went on to be a #1 hit in Ireland.
In December 1974, shortly after their success with "I See a Star", Mouth and MacNeal suddenly parted ways. Big Mouth and his wife Ingrid Kup continued and formed the act Big Mouth & Little Eve, whereas Maggie MacNeal went back to solo performing.
"Big Mouth" Willem Duyn died from a heart attack in his hometown of Roswinkel on December 4, 2004 at the age of 67.

How Do You Do
(Hans van Hemert - Harry van Hoof)
Australia 1972
#3 Sydney #1 Melbourne #2 Brisbane #2 Adelaide

Co-charted in some cities with Mouth & MacNeal and/or Windows.
Melbourne country-pop band Jigsaw was formed in 1968 with foundation members who had been in The Tamlas, The Fabulous Blue Jays and The Phantoms.

Jigsaw also worked with Johnny Chester and were heard on many of his hits in the 1970s: see Shame And Scandal (In The Family) by Johnny Chester and Jigsaw.

Eurovision Song Contest 1974
Willem 'Mouth' Duyn (67) died

Willem Duyn, better known as Mouth from the duo Mouth & MacNeal, died yesterday at the age of 67 years old. A heart attack on his way to the hostpital became fatal.
Willem Duyn and Sjoukje van 't Spijker (Mouth & MacNeal) ended up third at the 1974 Eurovision Song Contest with the song I see a star, best known in the Netherlands as Ik zie een ster, representing the Netherlands. The Dutch version of the song won the Dutch national final, the duo sang in English at the Eurovision Song Contest. Duyn started his carreer as a drummer at the Holland Kwartet in 1960. He scored hits with songs as Woenderbaar, Willem, Uncle (as part of the duo Big Mouth & Little Eve, which he formed with his wife Ingrid Kup) and How do you do (the biggest hit of Mouth & MacNeal, it became a top 10 hit in the United States).