Udo Jürgens - Presented by Arthur J. Tait and the German Australian Music Society
Town Hall Saturday, April 5th * Dallas Brooks Hall Thursday, April 10th * Town Hall Saturday, April 12th
Town Hall Monday, April 7th * Wednesday, April 9th
Town Hall Thebarton Friday, April 11th
Enjoy udo the Singer
Five times he was chosen 'BEST SINGER OF THE YEAR' by the German experts. His records play on millions of turn-tables all over the world. Some of his songs became world hits: "Merci Cherie" won
the 'GRAND PRIX DE LA CHANSON', the most attractive prize that Europe may award to a singer or composer. Among the audiences of his concerts there are to be found such world-wide personalities of
classical music as Herbert von Karajan and Rolf Liebermann as well as Prime Ministers and politicians, top managers and sports-idols. An article of the Austrian Chancellor Dr. Bruno Kreisky was
published in a leading Austrian newspaper.
IT WAS A HYMN ON UDO.
Enjoy udo the Composer
'WALK AWAY' maintained for serveral months the top of the English and American charts. Shirley Bassey, James Last, Matt Monro, Nancy Wilson, Brenda Lee, Caterina Valente, Jean Claude Pascal, Sacha Distel, Frank Pourcel, Paul Mauriat, sing and play his tunes. His records are not only registered by the show-journalists but also argued by writers of editorials and by political commentators. The television invites politicians to discuss his songs.
Enjoy udo the Pianist
On his piano international awards are accumulating: 'THE EDISON', the most important phonographic prize of the Netherlands, 'THE GOLDEN LION' of Radio Luxembourg, the 'GRAND PRIX EUROVISION DE LA CHANSON', and the 'GOLDEN COCK OF RIO' - awards upon awards varying with golden records.
The Udo Jürgens Story
Udo was born on September 30th 1934 in Austria. His grandfather, one of the richest bankers in the Russia of the last Czar, was married to a lady of the French aristocracy. One of Udo's uncles is to-day chairman of an oil company, one became Lord Mayor of Frankfurt/West Germany. Udo's father studied agriculture and bought Ottmanach Castle, where Udo was born. And with this distinguished family tree, all Udo wanted to become was a musician.
He eventually persuaded his parents to enroll him at the Academy of Music in Klagenfurt/Austria. There he studied composition, piano and theory of harmony. In his spare time, on weekends, he appeared with his "Udo-Bolan-Band" in penny-gaffs. Out of 400 succesful composers, the 16 year old Udo snatched the first prize at a competition for song writers by Radio Austria, with his song "Je t'aime". Some weeks later he won a vocal competition with the same song. Udo became well kown among the experts and RIAS Band Leader Werner Mueller sent him a plane ticket to Berlin and secured a recording contract for him. But his records did not sell. He worked like a slave, singing at galas, in night clubs, at festivals. He went on a tour through Russia.
At the song contest in Knokke, Holland, in 1960 Udo was chosen "Best Singer of the Festival" with his own composition "Jenny".
Nothing much happend until he met Hans R. Beierlein, a young publisher and expert in show business. And he met a lovely young girl called Panja. It was love at first sight on both sides. But it was not until four years later that they were married. Beierlein, who became his Manager, sent Udo abroad - and away from Germany he was elected "Best German-speaking Singer" by international journalists. Recording performances at festivals and concerts took their toll. He suffered a breakdown and was forced to relax. But he would not give up. After his recovery he again sang at a festival - and with his "Merci Cherie" he had drawn the winner. At last, he was a star in Germany, too.
The audience demands an Udo sings and there is little time to spend with his wife, son Johnny and his daughter Jenny to whom he is a devoted husband and father.
His world sale of records an compositions exceed 80 millions.
A ranking public opinion research institute revealed that 97% of all German citizens know Udo Jürgens.
in 74 countries of the world his records are available - in German, English, French, Italian, Japanese, Spanish, Afrikaans and recently also in Esperanto.
To-day he ranks with entertainers like Sammy Davis jr., Dean Martin or Frank Sinatra.