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Lena Valaitis (born September 7, 1943) is a Lithuanian-German Schlager singer. She had her greatest success during the 1970s and 1980s and competed in three Eurovision Song Contests. September 7 is the 250th day of the year (251st in leap years). ... 1943 (MCMXLIII) was a common year starting on Friday (the link is to a full 1943 calendar). ... Schlager (German Schlager, literally something that hits or, more loosely translated, a hit) is a style of popular music that is prevalent in northern Europe, in particular Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Scandinavia, Latvia and Lithuania, but also to a lesser extent in France, Belgium and the Netherlands. ... Ercole de Roberti: Concert, c. ... Eurovision Song Contest logo. ...


Personal life

Valaitis was born in Memel (Klaipėda), in 1943 part of the Memel Territory of East Prussia, Germany, now in Lithuania. Her father, a soldier of the Wehrmacht, was killed during World War II. At the end of the war, Valaitis, her mother, and her brother arrived as refugees in West Germany. She first attended Volksschule in Memmingen and then the Litauisches Gymnasium Hüttenfeld ("Lithuanian Gymnasium of Hüttenfeld") in Lampertheim, Hesse. Valaitis left for training with the Deutsche Bundespost in Frankfurt, where she received private singing instruction. Location Ethnographic region Lithuania minor County KlaipÄ—da County Municipality KlaipÄ—da city municipality Elderate Number of elderates 1 Coordinates General information Capital of KlaipÄ—da County KlaipÄ—da city municipality Population (rank) 187,442 in 2005 (3nd) First mentioned 1252 Granted city rights 1254 or 1258 (Lübeck); 1475... KlaipÄ—da Region (Memel Region, Memelland) is the name of the part of Lithuania Minor consisting of the coastland around KlaipÄ—da (formerly known as Memel) and along the Curonian Lagoon, on the right bank of Neman River. ... East Prussia (German: Ostpreu en; Polish: Prusy Wschodnie; Russian: Восточная Пруссия — Vostochnaya Prussiya) was a province of Kingdom of Prussia, situated on the territory of former Ducal Prussia. ... Wehrmacht troops of the Heer (military land forces) marching at a military parade in honour of the 50th birthday of Adolf Hitler, on April 20th, 1939. ... Combatants Major Allied powers: United Kingdom Soviet Union United States Republic of China and others Major Axis powers: Nazi Germany Italy Japan and others Commanders Winston Churchill Joseph Stalin Franklin Roosevelt Harry Truman Chiang Kai-Shek Adolf Hitler Benito Mussolini Hideki Tojo Casualties Military dead: 17,000,000 Civilian dead... A Volkschule was an eighteenth century system of state-supported primary schools established in the Habsburg Austrian Empire. ... Memmingen is a town in the Bavarian administrative region Swabia in Germany. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged into Secondary education. ... Lampertheim is a town and commune of the Bas-Rhin département, France. ... Hesse (German: Hessen) is a state of Germany with an area of 21,110 km² and just over six million inhabitants. ... This article needs copyediting (checking for proper English spelling, grammar, usage, tone, style, and voice). ... Main Station Frankfurt Frankfurt International Airport For other uses, see Frankfurt (disambiguation). ...

Valaitis has one son, Marco (born 1973), from her first marriage. In 1979 she married actor Horst Jüssen, with whom she had her second son, Don David (born 1983). Valaitis currently lives in Munich, Bavaria. Munich: Frauenkirche and Town Hall steeple Munich (German: München, (pronounced listen) is the capital of the German Federal State of Bavaria (German: Freistaat Bayern). ... The Free State of Bavaria  (German: Freistaat Bayern), with an area of 70,553 km² (27,241 square miles) and 12. ...


Valaitis began her musical career by joining the band Frederik Brothers. She signed a record contract with Philips in 1970 and released her first single, "Halt das Glück für uns fest", on June 13, 1970. She made her first television appearance in the same year, appearing on ZDF-Drehscheibe, a musical program on ZDF. Valaitis achieved her first hit with 1971's "Ob es so oder so, oder anders kommt". Under the production of Jack White, she hits in the following years with "So wie ein Regenbogen", "Bonjour mon amour", and "Wer gibt mir den Himmel zurück". Philips HQ in Amsterdam Koninklijke Philips Electronics N.V. (Royal Philips Electronics N.V.), usually known as Philips, (Euronext: PHIA, NYSE: PHG) is one of the largest electronics companies in the world. ... June 13 is the 164th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (165th in leap years), with 201 days remaining. ... 1970 (MCMLXX) was a common year starting on Thursday (the link is to a full 1970 calendar). ... Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen (Second German Television), ZDF, is a public service German-language television channel based in Mainz. ... Jack White (*September 2, 1940 in Cologne, Germany) is a music composer and producer by the real name of Horst Nussbaum. ...

In 1976 Valaitis reached the Top 20 of the German singles chart for the first time with "Da kommt José der Straßenmusikant" and "Ein schöner Tag", a German version of "Amazing Grace". She sang "Du machst karriere" in the German finals of the 1976 Eurovision Song Contest, achieving seventh place. She also sang the chanson in the 1977 feature film Der Mädchenkrieg. Amazing Grace is a well-known Christian hymn. ... Eurovision Song Contest logo. ... Chanson is a French word for song, and in English-language contexts is often applied to any song with French words, particularly a cabaret song. ...

Valaitis is perhaps best known for her performance in the 1981 Eurovision Song Contest in Dublin, Ireland. She represented Germany with the song "Johnny Blue", which finished second to the British entry, "Making Your Mind Up" by Bucks Fizz. In the following years she made additional recordings, including a duet with the Greek-born German singer Costa Cordalis in 1984. WGS-84 (GPS) Coordinates: 53. ... Johnny Blue was the German entry in the Eurovision Song Contest 1981, performed in German by Lena Valaitis. ... Making Your Mind Up is a song by Bucks Fizz who represented the United Kingdom in the Eurovision Song Contest 1981. ... BUCKS FIZZ - Cheryl Baker, Bobby G, Mike Nolan and Jay Aston For the cocktail of the same name see the article Bucks fizz (cocktail). ...

Her last Eurovision attempt was in 1992 with "Wir sehen uns wieder", which came third in the German selection show, Ein Lied Für Malmö. Valaitis left show business in the end of 1993, but began releasing new material in the 2000s. She released "Ich lebe für den Augenblick" in 2001 and "Was kann ich denn dafür", a duet with the Austrian singer Hansi Hinterseer, in 2002. Valaitis recorded another duet with Hinterseer, "Muss i denn zum Städtele hinaus", in summer 2006. Hansi Hinterseer Hansi Hinterseer (born February 2, 1954) is known as an Austrian singer, actor and entertainer. ...


  • 1970 "Halt das Glück für uns fest"
  • 1970 "Und das Leben wird weitergehen"
  • 1971 "Ob es so oder so oder anders kommt"
  • 1971 "Alles was dein Herz beghert"
  • 1971 "Die kleinen Sünden und die kleinen Freuden"
  • 1972 "Und da steht es geschrieben"
  • 1972 "Lächeln ist der Weisheit letzter Schluß"
  • 1973 "So wie ein Regenbogen"
  • 1973 "Die Welt wird nicht untergeh´n"
  • 1973 "Ich freu' mich so auf morgen"
  • 1974 "Bonjour mon amour"
  • 1974 "Wer gibt mir den Himmel zurück"
  • 1974 "Ich möchte die Gitarre sein"
  • 1975 "Was der Wind erzählt"
  • 1975 "Immer die schönen Träume"
  • 1975 "Im Regen kann man keine Tränen sehen"
  • 1976 "Da kommt José, der Straßenmusikant"
  • 1976 "Ein schöner Tag" (Amazing Grace)
  • 1976 "Komm wieder, wenn du frei bist"
  • 1977 "Heinz, lass doch die Pauke stehn"
  • 1977 "...denn so ist Jo"
  • 1977 "Cheri je t´aime"
  • 1978 "Ich spreche alle Sprachen dieser Welt"
  • 1978 "Oh Cavallo"
  • 1978 "Ich bin verliebt"
  • 1979 "Auf der Strasse ohne Ziel"
  • 1979 "Nimm es so wie es kommt"
  • 1980 "Jamaika Reggae Man"
  • 1981 "Johnny Blue"
  • 1981 "Johnny Blue (English Version)"
  • 1981 "Rio Bravo"
  • 1982 "Highland oh Highland" (with the German national football team)
  • 1982 "Gemeinsam mit Dir"
  • 1982 "Gloria"
  • 1983 "Worte wie Sterne"
  • 1984 "So sind meine Träume"
  • 1984 "Wenn der Regen auf uns fällt" duet with Costa Cordalis)
  • 1985 "Mein Schweigen war nur Spiel"
  • 1986 "Männer sind ´ne verückte Erfindung"
  • 1987 "Ich liebe dich"
  • 1988 "Nastrowje Mr. Gorbatschow"
  • 1992 "Wir sehn uns wieder"
  • 1993 "Menschen mit Herz"
  • 2001 "Ich lebe für den Augenblick"
  • 2002 "Was kann ich denn dafür" (duet with Hansi Hinterseer)
  • 2002 "Und wenn ich meine Augen schließ"
  • 2003 "Still rinnt die Zeit"
  • 2004 "Morgen soll die Hochzeit sein"
  • 2005 "Komm lass uns tanzen (Arabische Nächte)"
  • 2006 "Muss i denn zum Städtele hinaus" (duet with Hansi Hinterseer)

Amazing Grace is a well-known Christian hymn. ... Johnny Blue was the German entry in the Eurovision Song Contest 1981, performed in German by Lena Valaitis. ... First international Switzerland 5 - 3 Germany (Basel, Switzerland; 5 April 1908) Germany 4-0 Switzerland (Stuttgart, Germany; 19 December 1990) Largest win Germany 16 - 0 Russia (Stockholm, Sweden; 1 July 1912) Worst defeat England 9 - 0 Germany (Oxford, England; 16 March 1909) World Cup Appearances 16 (First in 1934) Best... Hansi Hinterseer Hansi Hinterseer (born February 2, 1954) is known as an Austrian singer, actor and entertainer. ...


  • 1972 Die Welt der Stars und Hits
  • 1974 Wer gibt mir den Himmel zurück
  • 1975 Star für Millionen
  • 1975 Da kommt Lena
  • 1976 Meinen Freunden
  • 1976 Komm wieder, wenn du frei bist
  • 1977 ...denn so ist Lena
  • 1978 Ich bin verliebt
  • 1978 Stardiscothek
  • 1979 Nimm es so, wie es kommt
  • 1981 Johnny Blue - Meine schönsten Lieder
  • 1982 Lena
  • 1989 Weihnachten mit Lena Valaitis


This article incorporates text translated from the corresponding German Wikipedia article as of October 28, 2006. October 28 is the 301st day of the year (302nd in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 64 days remaining. ... 2006 (MMVI) is a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ...

External links

  • Official website (German)



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