Udo Jürgen Bockelmann
Nickname: Udo Jürgens
Instrument: piano, vocals

Photographer: Dominik Beckmann © (ÖKB)

Bockelmann Udo Jürgen

Compositions

General Information

Year of Birth:  1934
Date of Birth:  30. September 1934
Place of Birth:  Klagenfurt
Region of Birth: 
Country of Birth: 
Year of Death:  2014
Date of Death:  21. December 2014
Place of Death:  Switzerland

Education

PeriodEducationInstrumentTeacherEducation OrganisationLocation
1948

piano, harmonics, composition, singing

1951

Realgymnasium Klagenfurt: school-leaving examination

music-studies, a.o. at Salzburg Mozarteum

 

Activities

PeriodActivityOrganisationLocation
1949

first compositions influenced by Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Benny Goodman, Fletcher Henderson and Tommy Dorsey

1951

stage name: Udo Bolan, since 1954 then a new stage name: Udo Jürgens

1952

BFN (British Forces Networks): presenter and musician at the weekly radio show of the British military radio station

1952

Radiostudio Klagenfurt: working as a composer, conductor, piano, accordion and Vibraphone-player, as an arranger and singer

1953

Rias-Tanzorchester: played under the lead of Werner Müller

1953

first record deal with a label, first title: "Es waren weiße Chrysanthemen"

1963

Firma Montana: entered in a commitment with H.R. Beierlein, when Polydor did not want to renew the contract; 1. title: "Tausend Träume"

1966

wins the "Grand Prix Euro Vision Song Contest" in Luxembourg with "Merci Cherie" - the song becomes a worldwide hit with peak positions in the charts in over 20 countries

1967 - 2014

record deal; 1994 signing of a lifelong contract, being a first time event in the history of German phono-industry

1982

Pepe Lienhard Orchestra: first cooperation

1989 - 2014

Goodwill-Ambassador for UNHCR (United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees)

1991

World Championship Ice-skating: composer and singer of the anthem and of the official song "Wings Of Love"; arranged the opening-celebrations together with the Pepe Lienhard Orchestra

1998

publication of the single "Bring' ein Licht ins Dunkel" for the benefit of the charitable action "Licht ins Dunkel" at the ORF

1998

World Championship '98: composition the offical title "Wunderknaben" for the Austrian national football-team

1999

Udo Jürgens Foundation: establishment

working as an actor in movies and for television - filmdebut: "Und du mein Schatz bleibst hier"; among others actor in: "Traumschiff", "Ein Schloß am Wörthersee" etc.

publication of numerous books: "Smoking und Blue Jeans" (1984), "... unterm Smoking Gänsehaut" (1994), "Der Mann mit dem Fagott" (2004)

jazz-pianist

composer for many German music-stars: among others for Gus Backus, Gerhard Wendland, Rex Gildo for the movie "Tanze mit mir in den Morgen" und and for international stars such as Caterina Valente, Brenda Lee, Sacha Distel, Jean-Claude Pascal; Matt Monroe (world-hit: "Without You"), Shirley Bassey ("Reach for the Stars")

Performances (Selection)

PeriodPerformanceCompositionOrganisationLocation
1965

San Remo Festival: participation with "Abraccia mi forte"

1974

Maracána-Stadion: performed together with Shirley Bassey in front of 40.000 people; Udo's "Alguién Cantò" (Spanish version "Was ich dir sagen will") becomes a hit throughout South-America

1975

tours through Greece, Poland, Australia, Japan, Germany

1977

Canada, USA: performances with the Pepe Lienhard Orchestra

1982

South-Africa, Middle- and South-America, Benelux, Scandinavia: concerts and promotional tour for "Leave A Little Love"

1984

performance at the farewell-TV-show for German Federal President Karl Carstens on his personal request

1985

Arena di Verona: appearance at the charity-concert "Opera for Africa" together with initiator Jose Carreras

1986

opening at the Rathausplatz in front of 30.000 spectators; accompanied by the Wiener Symphoniker (conductor: Peter Falk), the Pepe Lienhard Orchestra, the Schönberg-Choir and the Gumpoldskirchner Spatzen

1987

Friedrichstadt-Palast, formerly GDR: 2 concerts for the 750th-anniversary-party of Berlin, 200.000 people want to be admitted

1992

Donauinsel: the biggest Open-Air-concert on the European continent ever with more than 200.000 spectators

1999

Mainau Schlosspark, Burgarena Finkenstein: Open-Air charity-concerts for the Udo Jürgens Foundation

1999

Olympiastadion München: Live-performance at the charity-mega-event "Michael Jackson & Friends"

1999

solo-performance

2005

Germany, Austria: second edition of the summerly Open-Air-soloconcerts mit 66.000 people at 18 concerts

German-speaking Europe and bordering countries: 20 tours, each with up to 266 performances and about 520.000 people in the audience

USA, Canada, Middle- and South-America, Australia, Japan, China, Great Britain, Scandinavia, South Africa, CIS, CSSR, Poland, Romania, Bulgaria, Hungary: numerous guest performances

Awards

PeriodAwardCompositionAwarding Organisation
1950

First Prize at the composition-competition for

1960

Festival von Knokke: press-award for the "Best solo-singer" with the song "Jenny"

1964

Copenhagen: 5. place with "Warum nur, warum?"

1966

Luxembourg: First Place with "Merci Chérie"

1966

Lion in Gold for "17 Jahr, blondes Haar"

1968

Golden Europe (1)

1970

Bambi (1)

1976

Deutscher Schallplattenpreis: Singer of the Year

1976

Golden Europe (2)

1977

Golden Europe (3)

1978

Singer of the Year

1978

Deutscher Schallplattenpreis (2)

1978

Golden Europe (4)

1978

Lion in Silver

1979

Goldene Kamera for the TV-production "Ein Mann und seine Lieder"

1979

Decoration in Gold

1980

ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers): Country Music Award for the American version of "Buenos Dias, Argentina"

 

1981

World Popular Song Festival Tokio: "Outstanding Song Award" (as composer) and "Most Outstanding Performance Award" (as interpreter) for "Leave a little love"

1981

Deutscher Schallplattenpreis (3)

1981

Golden Concert Ticket (1)

1981

Golden Europe (5)

1981

Decoration in Gold

1981

Paul Lincke-Ring

1981

Robert Stolz-certificate of honour

1982

Deutscher Schallplattenpreis for "Leave a little love" (4)

1982

Golden Concert Ticket for the tour "Lust am Leben"

1983

Deutschen Schallplattenpreis for "Silberstreifen" (5)

1983

Golden Europe (6)

1984

Bambi (2)

1985

Golden Europe (7)

1985

granting of the honorary title "professor"

1985

Lippmann & Rau: "The Concert of the Year"

1987

Internationale Funkausstellung Berlin: Berolina for his long-year achievements

1987

Honorary Lion

1988

Goldene Kamera for being an Ambassador of Music in the TV-production "Heute Abend in Beijng"

1988

TV- Unicef/Danny Kaye Award

1989

City of Berlin: entry into the Golden Book of the City of Berlin on the day of the Fall of the Wall

1991

Medal of the Province in Gold

1994

Deutscher Schallplattenpreis for "artistic lifetime achievements" (3)

1994

Honorary Ring of the City of Vienna

1994

Cross of Merit I. Class of the Order of Merit of the FRG

1995

Goldene Kamera (3) for being "the most successful artist of the year 1994"

1995

Great Decoration for Services to the Republic of Austria

1996

FIFA (Féderation Internationale de Football Association): Order of Merit for diverse social engagement and commitment to the sport, presented by Franz Beckenbauer in the presence of Federal Chancellor Dr. Franz Vranitzky

1997

RSH-Gold for being the "Kult Star 1997"

1998

Golden Europe for his lifework (8)

1999

ZDF and Radio Regenbogen: Regenbogen-Award for his charitable foundation, advocating among others children in need

1999

Honorary Bambi (3)

2000

Amadeus-Award for "Solo-artist Schlager-Volksmusik"

2000

Bauer-media-award by the Bauer Publishing Group - Goldene Feder for "outstanding services in the media" for his lifework, presented by the German Chancellor Gerhard Schröder

2001

Amadeus-Award "Solo-artist Schlager"

2001

Honorary Citizenship

2001

Goldene Stimmgabel (4) for "most successful solist German/Pop"

2002

Forum Besser Hören: Helix

2003

Amadeus-Award (3) for his "lifelong achievements"

2004

Deutscher Fernsehpreis "Ehrenpreis der Stifter"

2004

Deutscher Musikpreis DMV "lifelong achievements"

2004

entry into the Golden Book of the City of Graz

2007

Honorary Membership of the international Carl-Löwe-Society

2008

Steiger-Award in the category Music

2011

Bambi, given by the audience for the ARD/ORF-twoparter "Der Mann mit dem Fagott"

2011

ROMY for his lifework

2012

ROMY for "Der Mann mit dem Fagott"

2013

Bambi (5) for his lifelong achievements

2014

Award of Music Authors for his lifework

Contact, Links

Website:  www.udojuergens.de