Girl – “Shizgara”
The songs of the Dutch group “Shocking Blue” in the USSR were incredibly popular, and especially “Venus”, which is still popularly called “Schizgara”. True, little was known about the members of the group then. Rumor had it that the soloist was found in a brothel, that she was a black American. In fact, the life of Marishka Veresh was far from all these legends, and the fans did not even suspect what the “Shizgar” girl really was …
Maria Elizabeth Ender was born in The Hague in a family of emigrants. Her father is a Hungarian gypsy, and her mother had Russian-French roots. Father, being a violinist and conductor, performed in a gypsy ensemble, and both of his daughters, Marishka and Ilona, went on stage with him from his youth. True, the girls did not plan to become singers then. Everything was decided by chance. At the age of 16, Marishka won first place in the musical talent competition, and since then she was attracted attention as a talented vocalist and began to be invited to various musical groups. Rumors that in her youth she worked as a waitress and a singer in a brothel were far from reality. She had to perform in taverns, but her reputation was impeccable.
In addition to good vocal skills, Marishka conquered with her bright exotic appearance – dark hair, dark skin and huge eyes – and many musicians expressed a desire to cooperate with her. Before she got into Shocking Blue, she managed to change 2 groups and try to build a solo career.
Initially, the Dutch group “Shocking Blue” had 4 members, but when the vocalist was taken into the army, there was a need to find a replacement for him. And they decided to take a soloist girl into the collective. It was in this composition that the whole world recognized this group. Their hits came out one after another and became so popular that many contemporary singers still often sing them. And the younger generation probably no longer remembers in whose performance the songs “Venus”, “Love Buzz”, “Demon lover”, “Lonesome road” were first sounded. But absolutely everyone knows their business card – “Venus”, which we immediately called “Shizgara” (transformed from the line of the refrain “She’s got it”). This song became the band’s only super hit known in all corners of the globe.
In the mid-1970s the Shocking Blue band broke up. All their producers expected the musicians to perform exclusively compositions in the style of “Shizgara”, and they did not want to sing endless variations of the same song. Marishka later explained: “I have no desire at all to sing“ Venus ”until I am eighty years old. When we returned from a tour of Japan and Indonesia, Robbie van Leven fell ill with jaundice, and for about six months he could not perform at all. Then, after some time, we decided: let’s split up, because the last records turned out to be not so successful. And when the contract expired, we cut the knots. ” All attempts to revive the group failed – Marishka took up a solo career and did not want to return to the team. “Perhaps I was too proud,” she said later, not without regret.
Unlike many pop stars, Marishka Veresh did not have bad habits, did not twist novels with musicians and was very shy, naive and vulnerable. Having barely appeared in the Shocking Blue group, she immediately warned all the musicians that their relationship could not go beyond the professional. Perhaps because of her pride and shyness, she was never able to find family happiness – she was never married, she had no children. Off stage, she led a very modest life and avoided publicity.