Saturday, April 16, 2011
Heino, born Heinz-Georg Kramm in Dusseldorf is one of the last schlager stars to have the seal of the 3rd Reich on his birth certificate. Born in 1938, his parents scrimped to buy him an accordian in war ravaged post-war Germany.
His musical talents were discovered in 1955 and he began recording and performing as Heino. In the 60s and 70s he sported a mop-top which with his trademark sunglasses (he has a congenital eye disease)gave him a kind of Germanic Roy Orbison ambience.
He eschewed the rock n roll invasion of the 50s and 60s and has become a pillar of the schlager music genre. Now in his 70s, he is still actively performing and recording and remains extremely popular in Germany.
For a more detailed look at Heino and more videos, go to the Chicago Schlager Music Review.
Here is Heino with Andre Rieu's orchestra performing Rosamunde which you might recognize in its Americanized form as as Roll out the Barrel: