(September 30, 1934-December 21, 2014)
Born in Kagenfurt, Austria
Birth name was Udo Jurgen Bockelmann
Represented Austria at the Eurovision Song Contest with 'Warum, nur warum?' (1964), 'Sag ihr, ich lass sie grussen' (1965) and 'Merci, Cherie' (1966)
Won in 1966
Other notable songs included 'Reach for the Stars' (1961) and 'Buenos Dias, Argentina' (1978)
Why he might be annoying
He was huge in Continental Europe, Japan and Latin America, but unknown in the US.
He was married and divorced twice.
He fathered two children out of wedlock.
He would perform his encores while wearing a white bathrobe.
He died while in the middle of his 'In the Midst of Life' tour.
Why he might not be annoying
Over a five decade career, he wrote a thousand songs, and sold 100 million singles and 20 million albums.
His 'Buenos Dias, Argentina' was the theme song for the German national soccer team at the '78 World Cup.
In one poll, his name was recognized by 95% of Germans (1980).
He founded a non-profit organization to benefit orphans (1999).
He was still filling concert halls in Europe in his 70s.
Credit: C. Fishel
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