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Wrote Presley's "Wooden Heart" in two German and English


Despite all his wonderful, soft, mellow, big band hits over the years, German composer, producer and artist, Bert Kaempfert is best known in many circles still as the man who first discovered, signed and produced a record by four young Englishmen from Liverpool, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Pete Best with singer, Tony Sheridan. Unfortunately for Kaempfert, the record generated no interest at his record company and the group, known then as The Beat Brothers, later returned to England. But while the "experienced" record company moguls decided to pass on this first go-round, the group that was to become The Beatles proved for years to come, how right the Kaempfert musical ears really were.

Beyond discovering talent, Kaempfert was quite an enormous talent, in his own right, as a multi-instrumentalist, recording artist, record producer, and particularly a songwriter. The song that made the name, Bert Kaempfert, a household term at the top of the best-selling charts, was the 1961 instrumental, "Wonderland by Night," which established him as a worldwide hit-maker.

Born in October 1923 in Hamburg, he was sitting at the family parlor piano picking out one-fingered tunes virtually as soon as he could walk. First given private tutoring, the youngster later was enrolled in the Hamburg School of Music. Two years later, when he was 16, he graduated with honors. An avid student, Kaempfert soon branched out from the piano, which he had already mastered, into saxophone and clarinet as well as accordion, all skills which helped land him a spot on the roster of the Hans Busch Orchestra. Here he also began developing…

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Discography Highlights

DANKE SCHOEN Kurt Schwabach, Milt Gabler, Bert Kaempfert
Screen Gems - EMI Music, Inc.

STRANGERS IN THE NIGHT Chales Singleton, Eddie Snyder, Bert Kaempfert
Universal Champion Music Corp./Screen Gems - EMI Music, Inc.

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