Label: Polydor - 46 398 • Format: Vinyl LP, Album • Country: Germany • Genre: Jazz, Pop • Style: Big Band, Easy Listening
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He was one of the most successful conductors, arrangers, and recording artists in the latter field, but was also a major producer and played a key if indirect role in the roots of the British beat boom of the early '60s, which evolved into the British Invasion of America in Berthold Kaempfert was born in Barmbek, a working-class section of Hamburg, Germany, in He was musically inclined as a boy, and found that interest indulged by an act of fate when he Bitter With The Sweet - Carole King - Premium Best six years old -- Kaempfert was injured in a car accident and his mother used the money from the settlement to buy him a piano.
He became proficient at the keyboard, and also on the clarinet and saxophone, among other instruments. He studied at the Hamburg Conservatory and although he was interested in all facets of music, Kaempfert was particularly taken with American-style big-band music of the late '30s and early '40s -- his multi-instrumental skills made him a potentially valuable commodity, and he was recruited into a pop orchestra run by Hans Bussch while in his teens, but was later drafted and served as a bandsman in the German navy, before being captured and interned as an Allied prisoner.
He founded a band of his own and later toured American military installations in Germany, at last able to play his favorite kind of music. Returning to his native Hamburg, he began performing on British Forces Network radio and writing compositions, initially using the alias of Mark Bones. Kaempfert's reputation in Hamburg attracted the attention of Polydor Records, which hired him as an arranger, producer, and music director during the second half Stardust - Bert Kaempfert & His Orchestra - Dreaming In Wonderland the s.
He arranged, produced, and recorded an instrumental entitled "Wonderland by Night," which was pretty enough but couldn't seem to get a hearing in Germany, even from his own company. He had signed a Liverpool-based singer named Tony Sheridan, who was performing in Hamburg, and needed to recruit a band to play behind him on the proposed sides -- he auditioned and signed a quartet from Liverpool called the Beatles, and even cut a couple of interesting sides of theirs, "Ain't She Sweet" sung by rhythm guitarist John Lennon and the instrumental "Cry for a Shadow" co-authored by Lennon and lead guitarist George Harrison during his sessions for Sheridan; with its pounding beat and raw singing, the former wasn't Kaempfert's kind of music, but "Cry for a Shadow," with its rich melodic line and sonorous guitar, was perhaps as close as this new music ever came to his own.
The Beatles' own sides didn't emerge until a couple of years later, when events made it economically feasible to do so, but Kaempfert's recording of the Beatles, even as a backing band for Sheridan, proved a vital catalyst to their Stardust - Bert Kaempfert & His Orchestra - Dreaming In Wonderland subsequent success.
Stylistically, none of the Kaempfert-recorded sides closely resembled the music for which they became famous, and had their path to being signed by George Martin at Parlophone Records resulted from, say, their being heard in a performance, those Hamburg-recorded sides would rate nothing more than a footnote in their history -- but those Polydor sides cut by Kaempfert played an essential role in their story. As Beatles biographer Philip Norman recalled in his book Shout!
Thus began a chain of events that led to his discovery of the Beatles and, through his effort, their signing by George Martin to Parlophone Records they first had to get clear of any contractual claim by Polydor. Wonderland by NightKaempfert had become so successful as a recording artist that he was forced to give up his duties as a producer -- his records were selling by the hundreds of thousands, the album of Wonderland by Night even topping the American charts for five weeks in Byhe'd joined the Silver Bullet (Acoustic) - Various - Take Action!
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Although Kaempfert's chart placements faded by the end of the decade, there could be no disputing his impact on the popular culture of the s, which was so widespread into so many different areas that few individuals appreciated its scope; teenagers, had they known of his role, could be grateful to him for giving the Beatles that all-important first break, while their parents may well have danced to "Wonderland by Night" and its follow-ups, their older siblings might Stardust - Bert Kaempfert & His Orchestra - Dreaming In Wonderland have orchestrated their romantic endeavors to "Strangers in the Night," and television viewers and casual radio listeners might well have heard and hummed the Kaempfert tunes "That Happy Feeling" an early piece of world music pop, adapted from a piece by Ghana-born drummer Guy Warren"Afrikaan Beat," or "A Swingin' Safari" which, in a recording by Billy Vaughn, became the theme for the long-running game show The Match Game.
His records continued to sell, however, and his Colour Block - Various - Summer Sampler 2012 remained healthy for another decade, and Kaempfert piled up awards in Germany.
His sales were always healthy, if not substantial, in America, but in Europe he was still a top concert draw as well. Kaempfert died suddenly, at the age of 56, of a heart seizure while at his home in Mallorca, resting up after a triumphant British tour. In the years since, he has finally been recognized for the breadth of his achievements -- virtually his entire album catalog and all of his hits from the late '50s through the end of the s remains in print on CD.
Additionally, Kaempfert's recordings of the Beatles have at last been given the recognition that they deserved, in the form of a Bear Family Records box. Additionally, his own music has acquired a new fan base in tandem with the late-'90s boom of interest in s pop instrumental i.
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