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Ma Belle Amie by The Tee Set

Album: Dutch TreatsReleased: 1969Charted:
  • Recorded in 1969 by this Dutch quintet, this was a pleasant piece of pop/rock first issued in Holland, where it sold 100,000 copies. In February 1970 it climbed to #5 in the US charts where it remained for 10 weeks. (thanks, Rato - Lisbon, Portugal)
  • The title translates to: "My beautiful (female) friend." The rest of the French part in the lyrics translates to: "After all the beautiful days, I tell you thank you, thank you." (thanks, Rich - Bellevue, WA)
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Comments: 24

I was a young child when this song was popular and I always loved it. Now that I am older it sounds to me like this song is about either a father or a step-dad (or maybe even a uncle or Grandpa) talking to the daughter (or niece-whomever) at her wedding. Telling her thank you for all the beautiful days they had together, but that now he is excited for her to start a new life with her new love, but that he will always be there waiting if she needs him. The singer is the man after her new #1.Rita - California
On March 8th 1970, "Ma Belle Amie" by the Tee Set peaked at #5 (for 1 week) on Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart; it had entered the chart on January 18th at position #83 and spent 12 weeks on the Top 100 (and for 3 of those 12 weeks it was on the Top 10)...
The group had one other record make the Top 100, "If You Do Believe In Love", it stayed on the chart for 4 weeks, peaking at #81...
Sadly, lead singer Peter Tetteroo passed away on September 9th, 2002 at the young age of 55 (liver cancer)...
May he R.I.P.
Barry - Sauquoit, Ny
I have it on a CD 'Baby Boomer classics'...with 'Venus' by Shocking Blue and others. The 'B' side of the Major Minor single is the same as my 'Hansa' german single which is the same version as on various CD versions!Eddie - Drogheda, Ireland
I have the UK release of 'Ma Belle Amie' on MAJOR/MINOR Records and it is a different take of the recording. it plays slower and runs for almost four minutes!Eddie - Drogheda, Ireland
This is just an adorable song. Just enough French in there to make the ladies fall in love with the sound of this guy's voice. He definitely sounds much older, in a good way, than he looks in the video...nothing wrong with that baby face, tho! That raspy sound when he declares, "I'm in LOVE with you!!" is very appealing, and the words, "Ma Belle Amie"are perfectly poetic and flow from the lips, soft and sweet.Camille - Toronto, Oh
Mark Lancaster PA, I'm looking at the B side of the Ma Belle Amie 45 record and the song is Angels Coming In The Holy Night.
Jeff Montecillo MI.
Jeff - Sterling Heights, Mi
As near as I can piece it together: his girlfriend left him, but he's happy (let the bells ring/let the birds sing) that she's with a new man (let's give my substitute a big cheer) because he still thinks she'll leave the new man and come back to him (for the man after him waits here).Edward - Henderson, Nv
Just sitting having lunch with two of my kids who work with me and we heard Ma Belle Amie on the radio. They love the song and they are only 20 and 22 years old. I am 59. They enjoy all the oldies just as well as they enjoy all the latest music of their era. 1969 was my first year out of school and it has good memories. We like this site when we have a question on oldies but goodies.Garry - Sydney, Australia
To Mark in Lancaster,PA.;The "B" side was "Angels Coming In The Holy Night." No kidding!!!Charles Hollingswort - Leeds, Al
This song can be found on Super Hits of the 70s Have A Nice Day Vol. 2Roland - Marshfield, Wi
According to a number of websites, Peter died of liver cancer -- at the age of 55. Gone too soon.Mark - Los Angeles , Ca
i was only 10 years old when ifirst herd this song but i allways rememberd listenind to it it is a great song the b side was allso good but i cant remember the name of it if anybody remembers let me know thanksMark - Lancaster, Pa
Bob,TX--------to my knowledge, it is NOT Paul McCartney singing harmony on that. yet i do agree with Does sound a bit like him.Adam - Los Angeles, Ca
Love that song - wish I could get a cd somewhere! Any clues as to were I can find one?Judy Carpenter - Ft. Wayne, In
Like most people, I was just a kid when this song came out, and I thought it had something to do with golf! (Because of the band's name, of course--nothing in the lyrics to suggest it). But impressions are formed early on, and to this day, I can't play or watch golf without thinking of this song. This band should have had more hits in the states.Steve - Flossmoor, Il
In this song's chorus, when Peter Tetteroo sings, "For the man after him waits here", is that Paul McCartney backing him up? It sure sounds like him.Bob - Kingwood, Tx
Actually Tony, Peter Tetteroo wrote the lyrics to a lot of the Tee Set's songs so they weren't learned phonetically. He wrote the lyrics to this song. I've seen a few performances posted on you tube and most are sung in English. I'm not sure if he spoke English so I'm going to assume he did. Of course you know what happens when you assume..... Gosh, he was a hottie!!Marz - Kalamazoo, Mi
i remember this song..from when i was in high school..Mr meridith was our home room teacher, and also the french we asked him..what does it mean? belle beautiful friend.Beth - Pittsburgh, Pa
I first heard this song from a movie...just can't remember what movie it This song brings back many memories for me which is probably why I like it so much. Won't win any awards but it is "catchy". First song I ever heard with foreign words in it(french). Not too foreign to me anymore...being from Montreal.Michael - Montreal,que., Canada
There were a few hits by Dutch bands around this time, and I remember hearing that - like the early ABBA tunes later on - the singers did not actually speak English and that the songs were simply learned phonetically. Not sure if it's true (maybe someone can verify), but it sounds likely...Tony - Vero Beach, Fl
The Singer of Tee Set, Peter Tetteroo, died on 9-9-2002.
In 1968 he made a Top Ten Hit version of Neil Diamond's "Red Red Wine", which was a in 1983 a nr.1-hit in Holland by UB 40 (Dutch Charts).
"Ma Belle Amie" was a nr.1-hit in Italy (1970).
Bevaart - Pijnacker, Netherlands
In 1970 the band released the single "She likes weeds". It became a number one hit in the Netherlands.
It wasn't released in the U.S. due to the obvious connection with drugs.
Patrick - Wevelgem, Belgium
When I was younger, I always thought the lyric Ma Belle Amie was "My brother and me." This was one of the first 70s songs to contain foreign lyrics.Howard - St. Louis Park, Mn
always remember the film clip...set along one of the canals in AmsterdamPete - Nowra, Australia