Gerhard Wendland

Gerhard Wendland (* April 19, 1916 in Berlin; † June 21, 1996 in Munich) was a German pop singer. After dropping out of law school, he began studying singing at the Berlin Academy of Music. Gerhard Wendland wanted to become an opera singer. However, the conductor and composer Franz Grothe persuades him to switch to the up-and-coming pop music industry. In 1943, Gerhard Wendland's first record, Du warst für mich der schönste Traum, was released. After the end of the Second World War, Gerhard Wendland received engagements with German radio stations. In 1951, his song "Das machen nur die Beine von Dolores" (Only Dolores' legs can do that ) can be heard on many radios. In the 1950s, the singer was one of the most popular voices in Germany. Gerhard Wendland also appeared as an actor in many feature films during this period. His greatest hits include "Lebewohl, du schwarze Rose" (1954), "Das Vagabundenlied" (1954), "Zwei Matrosen aus Shanghai" (1955) and "Bei uns in Laramie" (1956). In 1960, Gerhard Wendland took part in the German preliminary round of the Grand Prix Eurovision with the song "Alle Wunder dieser Welt". A year later, the singer achieved a number 1 in Germany with "Tanze mit mir in den Morgen". In the early 1960s, he scored further top 10 hits, including " Schau mir nochmal in die Augen" (1962), "Schläfst du schon?" (1962), "Mary-Rose" (1962) and "Mach die Augen zu" (1964). From the 1970s onwards, Gerhard Wendland appeared less and less frequently in TV shows. The singer died on June 21, 1996.

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