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Bert Kaempfert

Background information
Birth name Berthold Heinrich Kaempfert.
Also known as "Fips"
Born October 16, 1923
Barmbek, Hamburg, Germany
Origin German.
Died June 21, 1980 in Majorca.
Genre(s) Easy Listening, Instrumental, Jazz, Big band.
Occupation(s) Orchestra leader, Composer.
Instrument(s) Accordion, Clarinet, Piano, Saxophone.
Years active 1939-1980.
Label(s) Polydor, and Decca USA.
Website http://www.kaempfert.de/en/index.htm

Bert Kaempfert (born Berthold Kämpfert; October 16, 1923 - June 21, 1980) was a German orchestra leader and songwriter. He made easy listening and jazz-oriented records, and wrote the music for a number of well-known songs, such as "Strangers in the Night" (originally recorded by Ivo Robić) and "Spanish Eyes". Image File history File links Bert_Kaempfert_CD_cover. ... October 16 is the 289th day of the year (290th in leap years). ... 1923 (MCMXXIII) was a common year starting on Monday (link will display the full calendar). ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Germany. ... Hamburg from above Hamburgs motto: May the posterity endeavour with dignity to conserve the freedom, which the forefathers acquired. ... June 21 is the 172nd day of the year (173rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar, with 193 days remaining. ... 1980 (MCMLXXX) was a leap year starting on Tuesday. ... Location Location of Mallorca in Balearic Islands Coordinates : 39° 30’N , 3°0E Time Zone : CET (UTC+1) - summer: CEST (UTC+2) General information Native name Mallorca (Catalan) Spanish name Mallorca Postal code 07001-07691 Area code 34 (Spain) + 971 (Illes Balears) Website http://www. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Easy listening music is a style of popular music which emerged in the mid-20th century. ... An instrumental is, in contrast to a song, a musical composition or recording without lyrics or any other sort of vocal music; all of the music is produced by musical instruments. ... Jazz is a style of music which originated in New Orleans, Louisiana, United States at around the start of the 20th century. ... A big band is a type of musical ensemble associated with playing jazz music and which became popular during the Swing Era from 1935 until the late 1940s. ... A composer is a person who writes music. ... A musical instrument is a device constructed or modified with the purpose of making music. ... This does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... 1920s vintage Polydor export label with its double-horn gramophone logo In 1954 Polydor Records introduced their distinctive orange label. ... It has been suggested that Decca Music Group be merged into this article or section. ... October 16 is the 289th day of the year (290th in leap years). ... 1923 (MCMXXIII) was a common year starting on Monday (link will display the full calendar). ... June 21 is the 172nd day of the year (173rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar, with 193 days remaining. ... 1980 (MCMLXXX) was a leap year starting on Tuesday. ... This article does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... A songwriter is someone who writes the lyrics to songs, the musical composition or melody to songs, or both. ... Easy listening music is a style of popular music which emerged in the mid-20th century. ... Jazz is a style of music which originated in New Orleans, Louisiana, United States at around the start of the 20th century. ... Strangers in the Night is a song made famous by Frank Sinatra, who recorded it in 1966. ... Ivo Robić (January 29, 1923 - March 9, 2000) was a popular Croatian singer and songwritter. ...


He was born in Hamburg, Germany, and studied at the School of Music there. A multi-instrumentalist, he was hired by Hans Busch to play with his orchestra before serving as a bandsman in the German Navy during World War II. He later formed his own big band, toured with them, then worked as an arranger and producer, making hit records with Freddy Quinn and Ivo Robic. In 1961, he hired The Beatles to back Tony Sheridan on "My Bonnie (Lies Over the Ocean)," "When the Saints Go Marching In," "Ain't She Sweet" and "Cry for a Shadow," in a session for Polydor. These turned out to be the Beatles' first commercial recordings. When Beatles manager Brian Epstein asked Kaempfert about further promoting The Beatles, Kaempfert informed Epstein that the company was only interested in The Beatles as Tony Sheridan's backup group. (It also turned out British Decca executive Dick Rowe turned them down in favor of local beat combo Brian Poole and the Tremeloes.) He then released The Beatles from their contract with Polydor. Hamburg from above Hamburgs motto: May the posterity endeavour with dignity to conserve the freedom, which the forefathers acquired. ... German frigate Karlsruhe rescuing shipwrecked people off the coast of Somalia while participating in the international anti-terror operation ENDURING FREEDOM, April 2005 The Laboe Naval Memorial for sailors who lost their lives at sea during the World Wars and while on duty at sea and U 995 Modern Air... Combatants Allied powers: China France Great Britain Soviet Union United States and others Axis powers: Germany Italy Japan and others Commanders Chiang Kai-shek Charles de Gaulle Winston Churchill Joseph Stalin Franklin Roosevelt Adolf Hitler Benito Mussolini Hideki Tōjō Casualties Military dead: 17,000,000 Civilian dead: 33,000... A big band is a type of musical ensemble associated with playing jazz music and which became popular during the Swing Era from 1935 until the late 1940s. ... In music, an arrangement refers either to a rewriting of a piece of existing music with additional new material or to a fleshing-out of a compositional sketch, such as a lead sheet. ... In the music industry, a record producer (or music producer) has many roles, among them controlling the recording sessions, coaching and guiding the musicians, organizing and scheduling production budget and resources, and supervising the recording, mixing and mastering processes. ... The seafaring image typical of Quinns early career Freddy Quinn (born September 27, 1931) is an Austrian singer and actor whose popularity within the German-speaking world soared in the late 1950s and 1960s. ... Ivo Robić (January 29, 1923 - March 9, 2000) was a popular Croatian singer and songwritter. ... 1961 (MCMLXI) was a common year starting on Sunday (the link is to a full 1961 calendar). ... The Beatles were an English rock band from Liverpool whose members were John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr. ... Tony Sheridan (born Andrew Esmond Sheridan McGinnity on May 21, 1940), is an English rock and roll singer-songwriter and guitarist. ... My Bonnie was a 1962 album by Tony Sheridan and the Beat Brothers, better known as the Beatles. ... When the Saints Go Marching In, so well-known that it is often referred to merely as The Saints, is a United States gospel hymn that has taken on certain aspects of folk music. ... Aint She Sweet was an American album featuring four tracks recorded in Hamburg in 1961 by The Beatles featuring Tony Sheridan (except for the title song with vocal by John Lennon) and cover versions of Beatles and British Invasion songs recorded by The Swallows. ... Cry for a Shadow is an early Beatles instrumental. ... Polydor Records is a record label once headquartered in Germany. ... Brian Samuel Epstein, born in Liverpool, Lancashire, England (19 September 1934 – 27 August 1967), was an English businessman best known as the manager of The Beatles. ...


Kaempfert's own first hit with his orchestra had been in 1960 with "Wonderland by Night". Many of his tunes became better known as hits for other artists:

  • "Strangers in the Night" (with words by Charles Singleton and Eddie Snyder, originally composed by Ivo Robić), was originally recorded as part of his score for the 1965 film A Man Could Get Killed. It became a #1 hit for Frank Sinatra in 1966.
  • "Wooden Heart," sung by Elvis Presley in the film GI Blues was a hit in 1961.
  • His instrumental "Moon Over Naples," when given words by Snyder, became "Spanish Eyes", originally a hit for Al Martino and also recorded by Engelbert Humperdinck, Presley, and many others.
  • "Danke Schoen", with words added by Kurt Schwabach and Milt Gabler, became Wayne Newton's signature song.
  • "L-O-V-E", with words added by Milt Gabler, was a hit for Nat King Cole
  • "Tenderly", "Three O'Clock in the Morning", "Red Roses for a Blue Lady" and other romantic songs were covered frequently by other easy-listening or middle-of-the-road performers.
  • A jazzier number called "A Swingin' Safari" was the initial theme tune for a long-running TV quiz show called The Match Game.
  • Kaempfert's orchestra made extensive use of horns. A couple of numbers that featured brass prominently, "Magic Trumpet" and "The Mexican Shuffle", were covered by the Tijuana Brass, whose initially Mariachi style in fact evolved towards the Kaempfert style as the 60s progressed. The latter song was also used in a TV ad for a fruit-flavored chewing gum, redubbed "The Teaberry Shuffle" for that purpose.

By the 1970s, sales of Kaempfert's music had dropped off somewhat, but he continued to record (his version of the "Theme from Shaft" was admired by Isaac Hayes himself) and remained popular with audiences. He expanded the musical scope of his band and recorded in a wide variety of styles. He also began to play live concerts with his orchestra, beginning in 1974 with a successful appearance at London's Royal Albert Hall. A cigarette smoker (as illustrated on the posthumous Best of CD), he died suddenly, at the age of 56, following a stroke at his home on Majorca, shortly after a successful tour of Britain. Strangers in the Night is a song made famous by Frank Sinatra, who recorded it in 1966. ... Ivo Robić (January 29, 1923 - March 9, 2000) was a popular Croatian singer and songwritter. ... 1965 (MCMLXV) was a common year starting on Friday (the link is to a full 1965 calendar). ... A Man Could Get Killed is a well-received 1966 adventure comedy shot on location around the Mediterranean and starring James Garner, Melina Mercouri, Sandra Dee, Anthony Franciosa, and Robert Coote. ... Francis Albert Sinatra (December 12, 1915 – May 14, 1998) was an American singer and Academy Award-winning actor, often cited as the finest male American popular song vocalist of the 20th century. ... 1966 (MCMLXVI) was a common year starting on Saturday (the link is to a full 1966 calendar). ... Wooden Heart (Muss I Denn) is a song best known for featuring in the 1961 Elvis Presley film G.I. Blues. ... Elvis Aron Presley (January 8, 1935 – August 16, 1977), often known simply as Elvis and also called The King of Rock n Roll or simply The King, was an American singer, musician and actor. ... 1961 (MCMLXI) was a common year starting on Sunday (the link is to a full 1961 calendar). ... Snyder may refer to: Cities and towns Snyder, Texas Snyder, Oklahoma Snyder, Nebraska Persons Suzanne Snyder Schnitzer (s3) Bill Snyder, former head football coach of Kansas State University Tom Snyder, former host of The Late Late Show on CBS Gary Snyder, poet, essayist, social and evironmental activist, often associated with... Cover of the album Come Share the Wine Al Martino (born October 7, 1927 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania as Alfred Cini) is an Italian-American singer and actor. ... Engelbert Humperdinck Engelbert Humperdinck (b. ... Danke Schoen is a 1962 song first recorded by Bert Kaempfert, however it gained its fame in 1963 when American singer Wayne Newton recorded his version of it. ... Milt Gabler (20 May 1911 - 20 July 2001) was a noted American record producer. ... Carson Wayne Newton (born April 3, 1942 in Roanoke, Virginia) is an American singer and entertainer based in Las Vegas, Nevada. ... Milt Gabler (20 May 1911 - 20 July 2001) was a noted American record producer. ... Nathaniel Adams Coles, known professionally as Nat King Cole (March 17, 1919 – February 15, 1965) was a popular American singer, songwriter, and jazz pianist. ... Match Game was an American television game show where contestants tried to match a panel of six celebrities in answering fill-in-the-blank questions. ... Herb Alpert (born March 31, 1935 in Los Angeles, California) is an American musician most associated with the Tijuana Brass, a now-defunct brass band of which he was leader. ... Mariachi is a type of musical group, originally from Mexico. ... Binomial name Gaultheria procumbens L. Eastern Teaberry (Gaultheria procumbens), also known as Checkerberry, Boxberry and American Wintergreen, is a small shrub native to northeastern North America. ... 1970 (MCMLXX) was a common year starting on Thursday. ... DVD cover Shaft is a 1971 blaxploitation film which tells the story of a detective, John Shaft, who travels through Harlem and to the Italian mob in order to find the missing daughter of a black mobster. ... For the American arctic explorer, see Isaac Israel Hayes Isaac Lee Hayes (born August 20, 1942, in Covington, Tennessee) is an actor, soul singer, Academy Award-winning songwriter, musician, and arranger. ... A stroke, also known as cerebrovascular accident (CVA),[1] is an acute neurological injury in which the blood supply to a part of the brain is interrupted. ... Majorca (Mallorca in Catalan and Spanish, sometimes also encountered in English),: from Latin insula maior, later Maiorica, (major island) is one of the Balearic Islands (Catalan: Illes Balears, Spanish: Islas Baleares), which are located in the Mediterranean Sea and are a part of Spain. ...


Kaempfert used many of the top musicians available in Germany and Europe, including many of the same players who also played for James Last, Kai Warner and Roberto Delgado. He featured such top soloists as trumpeters Charly Tabor, Werner Gutterer, Manfred Moch and Ack van Rooyen, trombonists Ake Persson and Jiggs Whigham, and sax/flute player Herb Geller. Drummer Rolf Ahrens supplied the characteristically simple but steady beat, often playing just a snare drum with brushes. Another contributor to Kaempfert's music was guitarist/bassist Ladi Geisler, who popularized the famous "knackbass" (crackling bass) sound, which became the most distinctive feature of many Kaempfert recordings - a treble staccato bass guitar sound in which the bass string was plucked with a pick and immediately suppressed to cancel out any sustain. Note: it was Ladi Geisler who lent his guitar amp to The Beatles for their recording session with Tony Sheridan, after the band's own equipment proved to be inadequate for recording purposes. James Last 2006 James Last together with fan Guenter Krueger from Berlin James Last (born Hans Last on April 17, 1929 in Bremen) is a German composer and big band leader with a large fan base in Europe and world-wide. ... Pops For Minis, 1967 Kai Warner (born October 27, 1926 in Bremen, died July 9, 1982 in Hamburg), real name Werner Last, was a German musician. ... Horst Wende (born in Zeitz, Saxony, November 5, 1919; died January 23, 1996) was a German bandleader, arranger and composer. ... Manfred Moch is a German trumpet player. ... Jiggs Whigham (born Oliver Haydn Whigham III on 20 August 1943) is one of the finest living jazz trombonists. ... The Beatles were an English rock band from Liverpool whose members were John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr. ... Tony Sheridan (born Andrew Esmond Sheridan McGinnity on May 21, 1940), is an English rock and roll singer-songwriter and guitarist. ...


Trivia

One Week is a 1998 hit single by Barenaked Ladies. ... Barenaked Ladies (often abbreviated BNL or occasionally BnL) is a Canadian alternative rock band currently composed of Jim Creeggan, Kevin Hearn, Steven Page, Ed Robertson, Tyler Stewart, and formerly Andy Creeggan. ... This article contains a trivia section. ... Strangers in the Night is a song made famous by Frank Sinatra, who recorded it in 1966. ... Wild Thing is a hit song written by New York-born songwriter Chip Taylor and originally recorded by The Wild Ones in 1965 (United Artists 947) (see external link below). ... Poster promoting the festival The Monterey International Pop Music Festival took place from June 16 to June 18, 1967. ... Danke Schoen is a 1962 song first recorded by Bert Kaempfert, however it gained its fame in 1963 when American singer Wayne Newton recorded his version of it. ... Known as the original teen comedy, Ferris Buellers Day Off is a 1986 comedy film written and directed by John Hughes. ...

Discography

Note: titles are for European releases. U.S. releases have other titles.

  • Ssh! It's Bert Kaempfert & His Orchestra (1958)
  • April In Portugal (1959)
  • Combo Capers (1960)
  • Wonderland By Night (1960)
  • The Wonderland of Bert Kaempfert (1960)
  • Dancing In Wonderland (1961)
  • With A Sound In My Heart (1961)
  • Dreaming In Wonderland (1961)
  • Solitude (1962)
  • A Swingin' Safari (1962)
  • Living It Up (1962)
  • Christmas Tide with Bert Kaempfert (1963)
  • That Latin Feeling (1963)
  • Blue Midnight (1964)
  • Let's Go Bowling (1964)
  • The Magic Music of Faraway Places (1964)
  • Love Letters (1965)
  • Bye Bye Blues (1965)
  • A Man Could Get Killed (1966)
  • Strangers In The Night (1966)
  • Hold Me (1966)
  • The World We Knew (1967)
  • Love That Bert Kaempfert (1967)
  • My Way Of Life (1968)
  • Ivo Robic singt Kaempfert-Erfolge (with Ivo Robic, 1968)
  • One Lonely Night (1968)
  • Traces Of Love (1969)
  • The Kaempfert Touch (1970)
  • Free And Easy (1970)
  • Orange Coloured Sky (1971)
  • Bert Kaempfert Now! (1971)
  • 6 Plus 6 (1972)
  • Yesterday and Today (1973)
  • To The Good Life (1973)
  • The Most Beautiful Girl (1974)
  • Gallery (1974)
  • Live In London (1974)
  • Love Walked In (1975)
  • Forever My Love (1975)
  • Kaempfert '76 (1976)
  • Safari Swings Again (1977)
  • Tropical Sunrise (1977)
  • Swing (1978)
  • In Concert (with Sylvia Vrethammar, 1979)
  • Smile (1979)

External link

  • www.kaempfert.de

  Results from FactBites:
 
Bert Kaempfert - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (518 words)
Kaempfert's own first hit with his orchestra had been in 1960 with "Wonderland by Night".
By the 1970s, sales of Kaempfert's music had dropped off somewhat, but he continued to record (his version of the "Theme from Shaft" was admired by Isaac Hayes himself) and remained popular with audiences.
Bert Kaempfert is referenced in the hit song 'One Week' by the BareNaked Ladies.
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