- Bert Kaempfert
Infobox musical artist |
Name = Bert Kaempfert
Background = non_vocal_instrumentalist
Birth_name = Berthold Heinrich Kämpfert
Alias = "Fips"
Born = birth date|1923|10|16|df=y Barmbek,
Died = death date and age|1980|6|21|1923|10|16|df=y
Accordion, clarinet, piano, saxophone
Easy listening, instrumental, jazz, big band
Orchestra leader, Composer
Years_active = 1939–1980.
Label = Polydor, Decca USA, MCA
URL = [http://www.kaempfert.de/en/ www.kaempfert.de/en/]
Bert Kaempfert (born Berthold Kämpfert;
16 October 1923– 21 June 1980) was a German orchestraleader and songwriter. He made easy listeningand 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".
He was born in
Hamburg, Germany- where he received his lifelong nickname, Fips - and studied at the School of Music there. A multi-instrumentalist, he was hired by Hans Buschto play with his orchestra before serving as a bandsman in the German Navyduring 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 Quinnand Ivo Robic. In 1961, he hired The Beatlesto back Tony Sheridanon " 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, the Beatles' first commercial recordings.
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 Singletonand 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 Sinatrain 1966.
Wooden Heart," sung by Elvis Presleyin the film " GI Blues" was a hit in 1961. A cover of " Wooden Heart" performed by Joe Dowellbecame a big hit in the summer of 1961, reaching #1 on the Billboard Hot 100, on August 28 of that year.
*His instrumental "
Moon Over Naples," when given words by Snyder, became "Spanish Eyes", originally a hit for Al Martinoand also recorded by Engelbert Humperdinck, Presley, and many others.
Danke Schoen", with words added by Kurt Schwabachand 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-listeningor middle-of-the-roadperformers.
*A jazzier number called "
A Swingin' Safari" was the initial theme tune for the long-running TV game show, " The Match Game" used on the NBCversion from 1962-67. " A Swingin' Safari" also hit the Billboardcharts by Billy Vaughn, the single release peaking at #13 in the summer of 1962. Another 1962 single, " That Happy Feeling", became well-known as background music for children's television programming, most notably that of Sandy Becker.
*"Tahitian Sunset" was sampled extensively by the lo-fi dance artists
Lemon Jellyas their track "In the Bath".
Kaempfert's orchestra made extensive use of horns. A couple of numbers that featured brass prominently, "Magic Trumpet" and "The Mexican Shuffle", were played by both Kaempfert's orchestra and by the Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass, whose initially
Mariachistyle, in fact, evolved towards the Kaempfert style as the 1960s progressed. The Brass covered "Magic Trumpet", and Kaempfert returned the favor by covering Brass compadre Sol Lake's number, "The Mexican Shuffle". The latter tune evolved into a TV ad, "The Teaberry Shuffle".
Many of his hits during this period were composed and arranged with the help of fellow German Herb Rehbein, who became a successful bandleader in his own right. Rehbein's death in 1979 shook Kaempfert deeply. Both Kaempfert and Rehbein were posthumously inducted into the
Songwriters Hall of Fame.
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 Hayeshimself)Fact|date=May 2007 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 strokeat his home on Majorca, shortly after a successful tour of Britain.
Kaempfert used many musicians who were available in
Germanyand other parts of Europe, including many of the same players who played for James Last, Kai Warnerand Roberto Delgado. He featured such top soloists as trumpeters Charly Tabor, Werner Gutterer, Manfred Mochand Ack van Rooyen, trombonists Ake Perssonand Jiggs Whigham, and sax/flute player Herb Geller. Drummer Rolf Ahrenssupplied the characteristically simple but steady beat, often playing just a snare drum with brushes. Another contributor to Kaempfert's music was guitarist/bassist Ladislav "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 Ladislav "Ladi" Geisler who lent his guitar amplifier to
The Beatlesfor their recording session with Tony Sheridan, after the band's own equipment proved to be inadequate for recording purposes.Fact|date=May 2007
* Kaempfert is referenced in the hit song "
One Week" by the Barenaked Ladies. [http://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/barenakedladies/oneweek.html]
Jimi Hendrixincluded the melody of " Strangers in the Night" in his improvised guitar solo for his famous guitar-burning version of "Wild Thing" at the 1967 Monterey Pop Festival.Fact|date=May 2007
Note: titles are for European releases. U.S. releases have other titles.
ingles and famous songs
* Swingin' Safari
* Afrikaan Beat
* Holiday for Bells
* "April In Portugal" (1958)
* "Ssh! It's Bert Kaempfert & His Orchestra" (1959)
* "Combo Capers" (1960)
Wonderland by Night" (1960)
* "The Wonderland of Bert Kaempfert" (1961)
* "Dancing In Wonderland" (1961)
* "Solitude" (1962)
* "With A Sound In My Heart" (1962)
A Swingin' Safari" (1962)
* "90 Minuten nach Mitternacht" (1962)
* "Dreaming In Wonderland" (1963)
* "Living It Up" (1963)
* "Christmastide with Kaempfert" (1963)
* "That Latin Feeling" (1964)
* "Blue Midnight" (1964)
* "Let's Go Bowling" (1964)
* "The Magic Music of Far Away Places" (1964)
* "Love Letters" (1965)
* "Bye Bye Blues" (1965)
* "Three O'Clock in the Morning" (1965)
* "A Man Could Get Killed" (1966)
* "Strangers In The Night" (1966)
* "Hold Me" (1967)
* "The World We Knew" (1967)
* "Love That Bert Kaempfert" (1968)
* "My Way Of Life" (1968)
* "Ivo Robic singt Kaempfert-Erfolge" (with Ivo Robic, 1968)
* "One Lonely Night" (1969)
* "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)
* [http://www.kaempfert.de/en/index.htm www.kaempfert.de] en icon
* [http://www.classicthemes.com/arrangerStylists.html#bertKaempfert www.classicthemes.com]
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