Isaac Hayes Stars in MIDEM Gala
Isaac Hayes transformed the usual prevailing mediocrity of the MIDEM gala concerts with an eye-opening exercise in well rehearsed precision. His dancers, his musicians and himself climaxed the
first gala show with some classic showmanship that should stand as an object lesson and a standard to be strived for at future MIDEMs.
Hayes is no great shakes as a solo vocalist as he revealed during "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face" but as the figurehead of a tremendous team of dancers and musicians and as dynamic conductor of his own band augmented by the Franck Pourcel orchestra, he was in a class of his own.
Otherwise the galas followed their customary course and level. There were highlights provided by Esther Ofarim, Udo Jurgens, Gilberto Gil, Anne Murray, Hurricane Smith and a very competent American beat group called the Raspberries, and Britain's Peter Skellern, making his major stage appearance, obviously has a glowing future ahead of him in terms of different charm and indisputable talent.
Midemitis was present as always in the form of strict instructions to be seated by a certain time or forfeit your place, only to be followed by a 30 minute wait in the street before the first gala because things weren't ready inside. And the standard of compering was typically abysmal, with the honorable exception of Georges Ulmer on the last night who coped with an unbelievable series of delays between acts with unfailing wit and good humor.
Polydor recording artist Udo Juergens sang a medley of his own compositions as featured guest in the "Music of the World" color TV program aired April 8 by the NHK national broadcasting network.
[Kuno von Einem has succeeded Wolfgang M. Arming as director of Polydor K.K. and Japan representative, Polydor International GmbH. Besides the presidents of the record manufacturing companies in Japan, Mrs. George Thomas Folster, head of the Folster copyright agency, Mrs. Brigitta E. M. Peschko, director, Warner Pioneer Corp., Robert Ascott, resident EMI Group representative in Japan; Reinier R. Garettsen, liaison officer, Phonogram International B.V.; C. Bossers, president, Philips Industrial Development & Consultant Co., Ltd., and scores of other music business executives bade farewell to the outgoing Polydor director and greeted his successor at a reception at the Tokyo Hilton. An unexpected guest at the party was Austrian vocalist Udo Juergens, currently performing in Japan.]
Reinhard Mey, Udo Juergens and Mary Roos will represent Germany at the Knokke Song Contest in Belgium on July 6 .
Montana, German Co., Gets 11 Gold Record Awards
In the past 10 years, Montana, the German company involved in music publishing, promotion, recording, management and agency, has been presented with 11 gold disk awards, according to Hans Beierlein.
Montana handles on an exclusive basis several local artists including Udo Juergens, Heino, Jurgen Marcus and Michael Schanze in addition to several other foreign acts which have scored in Germany including Gilbert Becaud and Adamo.
One of the most successful of the Montana acts is Udo Juergens, the winner of the 1966 Eurovision song contest. A new double album by the artist has recently been released. Called "Udo In Concert", it was recorded during his recent European tour, reputed to be one of the most successful undertaken by an artist on the continent.
In addition to its company in Germany, Montana also has firms in Austria, Switzerland, France and the Benelux countries.
Udo Jurgens has released a new single "Der Teufel hat den Schnaps erfunden" [sic!] ("The Devil Invented Schnaps") and an album "Es ist Zeit fur die Liebe" ("It's Time for Love").