The Bert Kaempfert Story
Everyone knows his songs, but until recently very little was known
life of the composer and orchestra director Bert Kaempfert.
Swing and easy
listening – catchy melodies and infectious rhythms –
making a comeback over the past few years. What is more
natural than to find
out more about Bert Kaempfert, one of the most famous
representatives of easy
listening, in the first of his biographies?
At at early stage, with songs such as Danke Schoen,
A Swingin’ Safari and Strangers in the Night he developed
his own unmistakable style and wrote musical history.
He discovered the Beatles, arranged for Elvis and, with
Spanish Eyes, helped Al Martino make a comeback.
International stars sang and played his compositions.
Marc Boettcher tells the story of a man from a simple background
who rose to become a world famous star. His friends
and companions, such as Freddy Quinn, James Last, Hilde Knef
and Paul McCartney,
are quoted, as well as Bert Kaempfert’s
family, whom Boettcher has to thank for many details and insights,
and especially for photos which were previously unknown.
The book also comes with a CD of rare recordings, some unreleased,
which is a special treat for all Kaempert and music fans.