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1-CD with 12-page booklet, 28 tracks. Playing time approx. 68 mns. -- The kid from Rhode Island... more

Gus Backus: Hillbilly Gasthaus

1-CD with 12-page booklet, 28 tracks. Playing time approx. 68 mns. -- The kid from Rhode Island could sing more than Schlager. In the 1950s, several years before he came to Germany, he was a member of the vocal group The Del-Vikings. Then, after some incredible successes in Germany, Gus went to Nashville in 1964 to record two albums which were identical except that Gus sang the songs in English on one LP and in German on the other. The German 'Hillbilly Gasthaus' became the English 'Hillbilly Inn.' Gus recorded well-known country songs like 'Tennessee Waltz', 'Saginaw Michigan', 'Don't Fence Me In', 'Home On The Range', 'San Antonio Rose' and 'On Top Of Old Smokey', as well as originals specially written for his Nashville trip. This CD contains the English and German versions of the original LPs.

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  • Interpret: Gus Backus

  • Album titlle: Hillbilly Gasthaus

  • Genre Schlager und Volksmusik

  • Label Bear Family Records

  • Price code AH
  • Artikelart CD

  • EAN: 4000127157652

  • weight in Kg 0.12
Backus, Gus - Hillbilly Gasthaus CD 1
01 Saginaw Michigan Gus Backus
02 Terribly Pretty Gus Backus
03 Tennessee Waltz Gus Backus
04 Oh! Susanna Gus Backus
05 Laughin' And A Singin' Gus Backus
06 The House I Call My Home Gus Backus
07 Don't Fence Me In Gus Backus
08 Home On The Range Gus Backus
09 San Antonio Rose Gus Backus
10 Long Is The Road Gus Backus
11 Reach For Me Gus Backus
12 Paint And Glue Gus Backus
13 On Top Of Old Smokey Gus Backus
14 I'm Coming Home Gus Backus
15 Deshalb zog ich nach Alaska Gus Backus
16 Das Grossstadtmaedchen Gus Backus
17 Tennessee Waltz Gus Backus
18 Oh! Susanna Gus Backus
19 Nur in Tennessee Gus Backus
20 Der letzte Trapper Gus Backus
21 Oh! Cathrin Gus Backus
22 Heim will ich gehn Gus Backus
23 San Antonio Rose Gus Backus
24 Lang, lang, lang ist das her Gus Backus
25 He! Alter John Gus Backus
26 Es wäre alles halb so schwer Gus Backus
27 Ein Haus auf der Sierra Gus Backus
28 Es ist schön, Mutter Gus Backus
Gus Backus September 12, 1937 - February 21, 2019 He was one of the great hit idols of the... more
"Gus Backus"

Gus Backus

September 12, 1937 - February 21, 2019

He was one of the great hit idols of the 60s. His hits were real popular hits at that time and are still unforgotten today. From 1960 to the beginning of 1964 he ranked one record success after the other and occupied almost constantly top positions in the bestseller lists. He brought a total of 21 titles to the German charts. He received the'Golden Lion' from Radio Luxemburg and twice the'Silver Otto' from BRAVO readers. There was hardly a music film he wasn't in. Altogether he participated in more than 20 of these strips. At the same time he was one of the most employed artists in radio and television.

His songs were original and catchy, mostly had humorous, funny lyrics and reached the audience. Gus Backus was regarded as a carefree sunny boy who always had fun and was popular with young and old alike.

Born on September 12, 1937 on Long Island, New York, Donald Edgar Backus grew up with four siblings. After school he begins to study medicine. During his military service with the Air Force he joins a band called The Del-Vikings. In 1957 the formation can land a top 10 hit with Come Go With Me. In the same year Gus Backus is detached from the US Army to Wiesbaden in Hesse. Here he first formed a new band, but then applied as a soloist at the record company Polydor, which also signed him and sent him to their Vienna studio to the successful producer Gerhard Mendelson. After five unsuccessful single releases, he made his first entry into the German charts in 1960 with the Indian love story Brauner Bär und weiße Taube, the German version of the US hit Running Bear. The title makes it into the top 20 and is listed for 27 weeks.

In the same year the next hit follows, this time a cover version of the Elvis Presley number Wooden Heart, to which the old German folk song Muß i denn zum Städtele delivered the original. "A lot was expected from this title," Gus Backus recalls, "but because the'Brown Bear' was so successful before, Gerhard Mendelson said, that an Indian still had to come". That's why the Werner Scharfenberger composition Da sprach der alte Chief was chosen for the B-side, which tells a funny story from the Wild West and is spiced up with Indian howls. Must i then starts very well and quickly makes the jump into the hit parades. When the backside is played on the radio from time to time, it becomes a hit and reaches position 3 in the hit parade. The former soldier from the USA with a mischievous smile is now one of the absolute favourite stars of the German pop audience. He receives the'Golden Lion' from Radio Luxemburg, which is presented to him at a major event in the Rhein-Main-Halle in Wiesbaden.

The potential that Gus Backus has as a musical funmaker is not yet quite acknowledged by the producer, because afterwards he is sent into the race with the folk song Goodbye. To please the many fans in Austria, Gerhard Mendelson records two Viennese songs with the singer: I bin a stiller Zecher and Heut' d'Engerln come on holiday to Vienna. A publication in Germany is not originally planned. But because the recordings are also frequently used by German radio stations, the single is also released here and is also on the hit lists.

After this popular interlude, it's time to write another modern number for Gus Backus. Composer and lyricist Charly Niessen takes up a highly topical topic. Developments in space research are making rapid progress, the'Sputnik' satellite launched into space by the Soviet Union is making headlines and the first space ships for manned flights are being developed. The song of the man in the moon, who watches all the hustle and bustle from above, is just right. The idea of starting the recording with a countdown and the sound of a rocket launch proves to be extremely effective and provides the desired attention. Gus Backus can thus book his greatest record success and conquer the top position in the German charts.

In the 1961 Schlager balance sheet he is listed as the most successful singer, and soon afterwards he can be glued to the wall in full size as a'BRAVO' star cut.

Musically he is now subscribed to Jux and Gaudi and has enormous success with this trick. Sauerkraut-Polka, Alle Schotten sparen or No Bier, no Wein, no Schnaps are all great sales successes. But also with more romantic songs like Linda, Der Mondschein an der Donau and Mein Schimmel wartet im Himmel he achieves excellent sales figures.

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Tracklist
Backus, Gus - Hillbilly Gasthaus CD 1
01 Saginaw Michigan
02 Terribly Pretty
03 Tennessee Waltz
04 Oh! Susanna
05 Laughin' And A Singin'
06 The House I Call My Home
07 Don't Fence Me In
08 Home On The Range
09 San Antonio Rose
10 Long Is The Road
11 Reach For Me
12 Paint And Glue
13 On Top Of Old Smokey
14 I'm Coming Home
15 Deshalb zog ich nach Alaska
16 Das Grossstadtmaedchen
17 Tennessee Waltz
18 Oh! Susanna
19 Nur in Tennessee
20 Der letzte Trapper
21 Oh! Cathrin
22 Heim will ich gehn
23 San Antonio Rose
24 Lang, lang, lang ist das her
25 He! Alter John
26 Es wäre alles halb so schwer
27 Ein Haus auf der Sierra
28 Es ist schön, Mutter