The "BERT KAEMPFERT COLLECTION" During 25 years of cooperation with
POLYDOFt, Bert Kaempfert arranged, composed and produced a countless
number of songs. From 1961 until shortly before his death in 1980, close
to 40 LP productions with and by Bert Kaempfert and his Orchestra were
released in Germany alone under the Polydor label.
These albums contain
more than 460 productions of his own beautiful compostions together with
evergreens and world standards. Polydor considers it a duty to re-lease
the more popular albums with the original track-listing - and in the
apporoximate sequence - on the 10th anniverary of the death of this
excep-tional composer and bandleader. At the same time, the facilities
of the modern CD-technique are of benefit to reproduce the original
Article properties: Bert Kaempfert: Golden Memories (CD)
Hamburg orchestra chief, arranger and composer was born in Hamburg on 16 October 1923 and was the most successful German composer and orchestra chief after the Second World War before James Last. He began his career as a saxophonist in the orchestra of the Gdansk Radio Orchestra Hans Busch.
After the war Bert Kaempfert tingelte through English soldier clubs in Northern Germany. His first hits as producer and arranger were "Die Gitarre und das Meer" (Freddy, 1959) and "Morgen' (Ivo Robic, 1959). 1960 followed his own world hit "Wunderland bei Nacht', with which he achieved fame, success and gold records in the USA. "Afrikaan Beat' (1962), "A swingin' Safari' and "Red Roses for a blue Lady' were no less successful. As a composer he was responsible for the top hits "Spanish Eyes' (Al Martino, 1966) and "Strangers in the Night' (Frank Sinatra, 1966). But Bert Kaempfert missed his biggest chance in 1962, when he produced "My Bonnie' with the English singer Tony Sheridan.
At that time Bert Kaempfert engaged the still unknown Beatles, who were looking for a record deal. As "Beat Brothers' they played on the record. More than one LP did not come out of this short collaboration - today it is on the market as "Beatles in Hamburg' and helped the Beatles to a record deal at that time. Original Press Release: Deutsche Grammophon GmbH