Strangers In The Night

the Bert Kaempfert Story

Bert Kaempfert (1923-1980), one of the most famous representatives of Easy Listening, shaped his own distinctive style early on with titles such as Danke Schoen, A Swingin' Safari and Red Roses For A Blue Lady and wrote music history. He discovered and produced the Beatles, arranged for Elvis Presley and helped Al Martino comeback with Spanish Eyes. He himself had his greatest success with Strangers In The Night, a hit of the century.

However, it was a long and rocky road to Bert Kaempfert's breakthrough. The proverb about the prophet who is worthless in his own country must be applied to the Hamburg native, because it was only in America that the long-awaited success came. He is the most fascinating German export since Dietrich - this is how an editor of the Sunday Ledger Inquirer judged Kaempfert's great success with Wonderland By Night, in 1961, the first No. 1 hit by a German in the USA. Some 400 compositions and over 750 arrangements were penned by him and made him immortal. By 1980, he had sold more than 150 million records. 

Bert Kaempfert: First broadcast date: 11/22/2003 on NDR television (12,2% viewer rating)

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"Not only for nostalgics and harmony researchers a prime reason to spend Saturday evening at home." (TAZ)

"Discreet, light-handed and with a loving eye for detail!" (Süddeutsche Zeitung)

"A wonderful film. A worthy tribute." (Kieler Nachrichten)

"...Not a dull moment."

(Lübecker Nachrichten)

"...an impressive look behind the scenes of show business."  (Deutschland Radio Berlin)

""Boettcher's insightful portrait not only paints a picture of the brilliant composer and arranger, but also a cultural history of his time." (Stern)

"Marc Boettcher's affectionate documentary pays tribute to the legend of swing and easy listening as factual as it is anecdotal. - He creates a highly entertaining arc spanning nearly six decades." (TV-Spielfilm)

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