Cargo

Biography

In 1970 Ador Otting (organ, his real name was Jan Otting, he died in 1998), Jan de Hont (guitar), Frans Smit (drums), who all played with De Maskers and Willem de Vries (vocals, bass guitar) formed a band called September. In 1970 September released a single on Bovema, Little Sister/Walk on by. The a-side was written by the band, and it sounds like hardrock with some progressive influences.

A year later the line-up of the band was already changed. There was a new drummer, Jerry Göbel who replaced Frans Smit, and a new vocalist/keyboardist, Hessel de Vries who had replaced Ador Otting. Hessel de Vries also wrote September's second single, Yelly rose/If Mr. Right comes along, which was released in 1971. 

Their third single was also released in 1971, Choker/Lydia Purple. By this time Jerry Göbel was replaced for a short time by a drummer who went under the name Snuffel (real name Frans Krachten) but later was permanently replaced by former Ekseption drummer Dennis Whitbread (real name Dennis Witbraad) and they were joined by Adrie de Hont (brother of Jan and he had also played with De Maskers) who also played guitar. 

Cargo

By now the manager of the band, John van Setten, wanted to record an album with the band. But he had the luminous idea to put no name on the sleeve. He thought it would make the media curious, and hence the album sales would rise. Their record company EMI, booked a studio for only two days, and they could record whatever  they wanted. They decided to play as if it was a live performance, and they wouldn't restrict each other in the improvisations they would play.

When the record was released, they only put Cargo on the sleeve. But unfortunately the media never got curious, and the album didn't sell much. The band broke with manager van Setten, and after a while the band broke up.

(sources: Oor Popencyclopedie, Nationaal Pop Instituut, Album sleeves, Nederpop)

September: Frans Smit, Ador Otting, Willem de Vries, Jan de Hont