Artist: Mouth & MacNeal

How Do You Do ~ Mouth & MacNeal

mouthMouth & MacNeal was a pop duo from The Netherlands. They were formed in 1971 when record producer Hans van Hemert brought together the solo talents of Mouth (born Willem Duyn) and Maggie MacNeal (born Sjoukje van’t Spijker) together. ‘Big Mouth’ had previously sung in a number of 1960s bands, including Speedway. In contrast, MacNeal had had an unsuccessful career as a solo artist.

The duo released their first single almost immediately, “Hey You Love”, which 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 the radio personality Jim Connors. The song eventually reached #8 in the U.S. in July 1972. “How Do You Do” spent 19 weeks in the Billboard Hot 100 and won the R.I.A.A. gold disc on 2 August 1972. Selling over a million copies in the U.S. alone, global sales exceeded two million.

This propelled their 1972 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 third, 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?

How Do You Do” released in 1971 was an international hit single for Dutch duo Mouth & MacNeal. It was #1 in the Netherlands,Belgium, Denmark, Switzerland and New Zealand. It also spent 19 weeks in the Billboard Hot 100 a year later, and a cover version by Scots-German duo Die Windows (later Windows) reached #1 in Germany. The single earned Mouth & MacNeal, and its composers Hans van Hemert and Harry van Hoof, the 1972 Buma Export Award for the most records sold abroad by a Dutch musical act in that year.

Once I said I wanted you
I don’t remember why
I often wonder if it’s true
That you could make me cry

I only know it’s long ago
You said “I love you” too
But I got one solution left
We’re gonna start anew

How do you do, mm-hmm
I thought, why not, na-na, na-na
Just me and you
And then we can na-na, na-na

Just like before
And you will say na-na, na-na
Please give me more
And you will think na-na, na-na
Hey, that’s what I’m livin’ for

How do you do, ooh-hoo
I thought, why not, na-na, na-na
Just me and you
And then we can na-na, na-na

Just like before
And you will say na-na, na-na
Please give me more
And you will think na-na, na-na
Hey, that’s what I’m livin’ for

Once I said I wanted you
And I remember why
I often wonder why it’s true
You still can make me cry

And now it’s not so long ago
You said “I love you” too
‘Cause I had one solution left
And that’s to start anew

How do you do, mm-hmm
I thought, why not, na-na, na-na
Just me and you
And then we can na-na, na-na

Just like before
And you will say na-na, na-na
Please give me more
And you will think na-na, na-na
Hey, that’s what I’m livin’ for

How do you do, uh-huh
I thought, why not, na-na, na-na
Just me and you
And then we can na-na, na-na

Just like before
And you will say na-na, na-na
Please give me more
And you will think na-na, na-na
Hey, that’s what I’m livin’ for

How do you do, ooh-hoo
La-la, la-la, la-la-la-la
La-la, la-la
La-la, la-la, la-la-la-la

La-la, la-la, la-la-la-la
La-la, la-la
La-la, la-la, la-la-la-la
La-la, la-la
Hey, that’s what I’m livin’ for

How do you do, aha
La-la, la-la, la-la-la-la
La-la, la-la

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